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A Daytrip With Pascan Aviation: King Air, AT4, J32  
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
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A NEW DAY, A NEW MONTREAL AIRPORT

Hardly having time to put down my camera bag from the previous day’s Dash 8 run up to Chisasibi (see:
Air Creebec Dash 8 Multistop: Montreal-Chisasibi (by palmjet Dec 15 2012 in Trip Reports), I was heading out into the pre-dawn Montreal darkness again in a taxi heading for an airport. Ground hog day. Or at least that’s how it felt.

After arriving back at my hotel the previous night, I asked the front desk to reserve a taxi to pick me up the following morning.

This was a special trip for me. Another day trip and a number of stops – but it would mean several new airports, two new aircraft types and a new airline. It would also mean flying out of Montreal’s “other” airport – St Hubert.

Unlike Air Creebec, my plans to fly with Pascan Aviation (www.pascan.com) were formulated and paid for months in advance.

Who?



Pascan Aviation (P6), founded in 1999, claims to be the largest independent airline in Quebec and flies to a range of small airports throughout that province, as well as airports in New Brunswick, Labrador. It also operates flights to Ottawa. They have a large but mixed fleet of Pilatus PC12s, Jetstream 32s, King Air 100s and two ATR42s.

Here’s the route map from their website showing all current destinations. Not bad for an airline that many people outside Quebec have probably never heard of.



I stumbled across Pascan by accident when I was looking at doing a day trip to Wabush in Labrador, and soon enough, after having looked at their excellent website, I found myself planning a couple of flights from St Hubert, which would take me up to Wabush, and back. I was also intrigued about flying on the Beech King Air 100 - a type I had never flown on before. Ditto for the Jetstream 32. Certainly more interesting types on offer from my perspective than a boring 737 or A320 flight. I also like flying on smaller aircraft to out of the way places in preference to flying on ubiquitous types like 777s to global hubs.

OK, so Wabush is not in Quebec but going there allowed for a decent day trip to and from Montreal with a number of intermediate stops enroute in Quebec. It would also be good to be back in Labrador again - even if just for a couple of hours  

After a couple of schedule changes, which Pascan notified me well in advance of, and I received immediate and excellent customer service when I asked to be re-booked onto different flights following those changes, my final schedule for that September day would be as follows:

1. Montreal St Hubert – Roberval – Alma - Sept Illes: Pascan Aviation Beech King Air B100

2. Sept Iles – Wabush: Air Canada Express Dash 8-100

3. Wabush – Sept Iles: Pascan Express ATR42

4. Sept Iles – Bagotville/Saguenay – Montreal St Hubert: Pascan Aviation J32

Why Air Canada again?

Originally I had found a King Air flight with Air Inuit from Sept Iles to Wabush which would have been another new airline for me, even though I wasn’t overly impressed with Air Inuit’s lack of response to my attempts to contact them about a Dash 8 multistop flight, which I ended up experiencing with Air Creebec instead.

However, after already booking the Pascan flights, Air Inuit suddenly changed their schedule which meant I could no longer fly with them as the connecting times no longer worked. Air Canada came to the rescue with a flight perfectly timed flight between the two towns so I am including this sector as part of the report, even though the focus is on Pascan Aviation.

In the end, my flights looked like this:



And in combination with my other Canada flights on this trip


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GETTING TO MONTREAL-ST HUBERT

St Hubert, or to use its full name: Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil is 16 km (9.9 mi) east of downtown Montreal and has been in operation since 1928. It was Montreal’s first airport until YUL was built, so there is quite a bit of history here. It is currently Canada's busiest general aviation airport and has a military section and a civilian section. It is also Pascan Aviation’s home.

My first flight of the day was due to depart at the ungodly hour of 630am which meant a very early start from the hotel, as it was difficult to estimate how long the journey would take to the airport.

The driver, when he arrives at my hotel, has no idea where St Hubert was – not a good start but not unexpected. I can’t imagine many people are heading over to St Hubert. Thankfully I have all contact details to hand, show him a map and a few sat nav instructions later, and we are on our way. Traffic is very light on this Tuesday morning and we’re heading to an unfamiliar part of the city. I spend most of the time snoozing and when I am awake, trying to work out where we are on the map. Some 40 minutes and $60 including tip (ouch) later, we enter the airport property and the driver drops me off in front of a nondescript looking building. I am inside the “terminal” which is a hive of activity. The small check in area is busy with a number of people in line checking in and a whole group of people to my left in the waiting area who are drinking coffee, reading and sitting down waiting for their flight to be called. Complimentary coffee and newspapers are available for passengers - a nice touch.

Clearly there’s an early morning rush and while I am in line waiting to be checked in (there is no OLCI), two flights are called by the ground agents. They simply call out the flight number and destination (in French only) and passengers meander to the door in a queue, and then are led out to the ramp. As doors out to the ramp are opened and closed, there is the comforting loud and then muffled sounds of aircraft being fired up for their first services of the day

I get to the front of the line and am checked in by a friendly young lady who alarmingly tells me that I need to check in my one and only bag – which is my camera bag. When I resist, she tells me that the aircraft (the B100) is too small to allow for ANY hand luggage to be taken with me, I am forced to relinquish my camera bag but I take out my camera and one lens. Thankfully the bag is secure – I tell her it’s a camera and she tags it with a “Fragile” sticker but I am still not convinced. The bag is gingerly placed with a few other bags where it will be hand carried out to the aircraft. I am then issued with a hand written boarding pass. How retro and personalised!

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Departure is scheduled to be on time, and I am required to change aircraft at Alma, where there is a new flight number for the sector to Sept Iles.

After the initial check in “rush” is over, it’s all quiet and peaceful.

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I then take a peek out of the window at one of Pascan’s Pilatus PC12s, C-FYUT which is getting ready to head off.

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From the airline’s website:

While the Pascan Aviation check-in process is quick, we recommend that passengers arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their flight departure. Check in counters record will be closed 20 minutes before departure time.

I don’t have to wait very long, as it’s soon time for our flight to board. At 620am, a short announcement is made and a full complement of passengers seems to be heading for the aircraft, which has now been dragged into position on the ramp.

Yes, it’s definitely a King Air 100, C-FLRB, that will fly me to Alma this morning. I am unable to find out much about the aircraft itself, other than its construction number (131). I suspect it has been around for some time. I also see that it has Exact Air titles which I later discover is an independent air charter company, formed in 1983, and based up the road in Bagotville/Saguenay. I resolve to ask the crew about this later as I am curious about the link between Pascan and Exact Air. It also explains why the aircraft is not in Pascan’s colours.

Either way, the colour schemes of both carriers are pretty plain in my opinion.

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SECTOR 1: MONTREAL ST HUBERT (YHU) – ROBERVAL (YRJ)
FLIGHT P6 312

The King Air 100 (B100) has capacity for up to 9 passengers. I am one of the last to board as I’ve been busy taking pics – sadly it means I get one of the strange side facing seat at the front of the aircraft – which in turn makes taking pictures very tricky! Many of my fellow passengers look like they know each other, and they all seem to be heading for some kind of work or mining project. They have clearly done this flight before as they are all very quickly belted up a few are already dozing while I am trying to get to my seat and get settled.

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This is the seat I was in (next to another burly gentleman!) – taken during a later part of the flight, on the sector to Sept Iles.

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The cabin feels very cramped with a full load of passengers, but the passenger windows are huge: B787 – eat your heart out! It also has the smell of a well used car - slightly musty.

The one advantage of being at the front is that there is no cockpit door so I can see freely into the cockpit where we have a lady in the captain’s set and a young guy as her first officer. Both of them look at least 10 years younger than me, making me suddenly feel very old.

The first officer conducts a short safety demonstration from his seat – he simply turns around to face us. It’s all in French and I just sit there nodding and grinning like a fool. I think it’s because I am travelling on a new type with a new airline – a happy state of excitement exists. I catch limited information about the procedures.

The props are fired up and I am immediately surprised how relatively quiet the sound is. The props on the B100 are so far forward of the fuselage that for passengers in the cabin, the sound is actually not too bad. Certainly no worse than on the Dash 8 the previous day.

Our take off is brisk and fun – this is the smallest aircraft I have ever flown in but it seems to have a lot of power and we launch into the sky and start a steep climb. Departure co-incides with a brilliant sunrise but I don’t get to take too many pictures on this first sector to Roberval. It also feels very weird to take off sitting facing sideways - rather than forwards (or backwards, as in Club on BA). Thank goodness the seatbelt stops me from flying in the lap of the guy sitting to my left.

This first sector is scheduled to be 55 minutes long.

I watch out of the windows on both sides and the twinkling lights of Montreal behind us get more distant as we gain height.

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The flight proceeds smoothly. I sit watching the cockpit crew do their thing – conditions are very smooth for flying today and the gorgeous golden light flooding the cabin reminds me why I love to fly so much. It doesn’t get much better than this. The folks up front also seem to be enjoying the beautiful morning of clear smooth flying. We eventually climb to 17,000ft as I can see the altimeter in the cockpit.

There is a single runway at Roberval. We approach from the east – which is largely smooth until a few hundred feet before touchdown, when it gets a bit bouncy. I manage a few landing pictures by twisting around toward the window beside me. It’s still quite dark here when we arrive.

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Roberval is a teeny tiny mostly general aviation airport, with a simple, but probably functional, terminal building.

There’s the terminal in the distance (the light blue coloured building)

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The stop here is very brief – passengers leaving us here are simply handed their luggage which has been stored at the rear section of the aircraft by the first officer. The captain remains in her seat. I can see my camera bag on top – looking comfy so I check to make sure it’s not flung about before moving to a seat on the second last row. The beauty of this little Beech is that all seats are window seats!

Bonjour Roberval

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Roberval lies on the south western edge of Lac Saint-Jean and is home of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, an annual swimming competition held since 1955. The major competition features the crossing of Lake St-Jean over a distance of 32 kilometres (20 mi). From what I can tell, Pascan are the only commercial operator here. Not much else to keep us company – just a helicopter on the other side of the small ramp and a few general aviation specimens.

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Most of my fellow passengers leave us here, so the aircraft now only has a few of us left to continue to our next hop, which will be a very short 15 minutes or so across the Lac to Alma, which lies almost directly opposite Roberval on the other side of Lac Saint-Jean.

No new passengers join us and very soon, the rear door is closed and the props are fired up for departure.

SECTOR 2: ROBERVAL (YRJ) – ALMA (YTF)
FLIGHT P6 312

I move to an empty seat second row from the back and now have this large window to myself.



Farewell Roberval

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We take off in the opposite direction to the way we landed, and are climbing fast for the next sector. We pass the town of Roberval off on the left on the lakeshore. We’re soon right over the lake but not very high, so we get some good views – even though the weather is not brilliant. The sun is still struggling to pierce the clouds.

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Roberval off to our left

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Banking left before heading out over the Lac

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The armchair like seats on this King Air

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Legroom shot - once seated, the aircraft is very comfortable and legroom is good (once the water bottle is removed - this was placed there by the airline for passengers before we left Montreal).

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The airport in Alma is south of the town centre and barely a few minutes after taking off, we’re again descending. We touch down at Alma on Runway 13 smoothly before backtracking to the terminal building.

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Flaps down and the approach is particularly bumpy this time.

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This time all passengers are offered the chance to stretch their legs here as our stop here is to be for a bit longer than in Roberval. It’s also technically the end of the first flight although the same aircraft will take us on to Sept Iles. I take the chance to get a few pictures of our little aircraft on the ramp and have a chat with the first officer, who seems very friendly. I also have a few words with the captain, who is also charming. They tell me that they work for Exact Air and have been chartered by Pascan to operate some of their flights, particularly during busy periods.

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Hello to Alma - here’s the compact but smart looking terminal building. There is not much going on at this time and I have plenty of time to take pictures. There is no problem at all - everyone is very relaxed.

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Inside the terminal, I have a look around for a few minutes – it’s quite well provisioned, including lots of flying and pilot magazines on the table in front of me. My guide book tells me that 98% of Alma’s 30,000 plus residents speak French as a first language - not surprisingly. It also describes the whole region as Quebec’s “most schizophrenic”: it encompasses some of the province’s most spectacular scenery, tremendous marine life, but also the dreariest of industrial towns. Alma is described as a dull aluminum-producing town! Hmmm, hardly inspiring stuff!

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Our aircraft, taking a short rest.

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We gain one new passenger here, but that makes a total of 4 of us heading to Sept Iles.

SECTOR 3: ALMA (YTF) – SEPT ILES (YZV)
FLIGHT P6313

We taxi out - passing a seaplane on the way. Don’t see too many of these in the UK!

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We farewell Alma just after 8am for the 45 minute sector to Sept Iles

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Still climbing - the weather gets a little better

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We then spend much of the flight above the clouds

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Close up of the panelling next to the window - carpet like soft features. It feels like being in a dated living room!

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Commencing our descent into Sept Iles, the weather looks pretty much the same as at Alma

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On final approach, passing over a number of tankers in the water down below. It’s hardly SIN though! Having said that, with the iron ore business, Sept-Iles has a developed deep-water seaport and it was second in Canada only to Vancouver in terms of yearly tonnage. The huge engineering project led to a major increase in population, and housing was quickly built to accommodate them. The town grew from 2,000 inhabitants in 1951 to 14,000 in 1961, and 31,000 in 1981.

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Passing the main part of town

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Very short final with flaps down

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On the ground

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King Airs seem to be popular in this part of the country. Here’s a sibling resting at one of the hangars as we taxi to our stand.

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And pass by this funky looking Dash 7, C-GJPI (cn 36), which I later find out is operated by Fugro Airborne Surveys. It doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere for a bit.

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The ugly concrete terminal at Sept Iles, and our ground agent waiting to meet us!

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We park next to a Pascan ATR42.

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I say goodbyes to the friendly cockpit crew and told them how much I have enjoyed my first King Air flights. They seem genuinely pleased to have an enthusiastic passenger on board. Our King Air and the ATR42 together.

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And while walking to the terminal, I pass another Pascan aircraft on the ground here - this time, a Jetstream 32. I would later find out this would be my aircraft for the return journey from here to Montreal.

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Why thank you - as I head to baggage reclaim, and see my camera bag on the carousel. I check to see if everything is there and in working order and thankfully it is. Phew.

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END OF PART ONE


Eastern - Number One To The Sun
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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8379 times:

PART TWO

Having arrived in the Capital of the North Coast and not having had breakfast, I am feeling hungry by the time I get to Sept Iles. There is a small but well stocked cafe in the landside part of the terminal so I grab a table and end up with a bagel, an oatmeal cookie and coffee. The lady behind the counter is very friendly and efficient.

Here’s a snap of the landside area after collecting my camera from baggage reclaim

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Breakfast is served while I update my flight log.

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Sept Iles’ airport is 70 years old this year.

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This is from the outside as I decide to go for a little wander. My next flight is not for a couple of hours and the clouds have started to disappear. Looks like it might be a nice enough day here. I like an airport that has an entrance for visitors!

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Overall, the terminal here is quite large as there are a number of flights operated from this airport. Pascan seems to have the largest network of flights but Sept Iles is also on the map for Air Canada Express, Provincial Airlines, Air Inuit and Air Labrador.

After finishing breakfast and having my wander, I decide to go back airside to see what’s out on the ramp. There are a couple of flights due to come and go while I am here on the ground waiting for my next flight up to Wabush, Labrador.

Security is a breeze - I am the other one going through, and the lady there tries to rip off my Pascan baggage tag that was attached to my camera bag. I try to tell her that I want to keep it - and that it’s not necessary to tear it off. She doesn’t understand what I am doing so in the end I rip off the tag and put it in my pocket. A rare souvenir of my first King Air flight and I was not having that thrown in the bin! I amble over to the window, where a baby Dash 8 in Air Canada Express colours has just arrived from Montreal and Quebec City.

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Note small Jazz titles near the nose

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Airside waiting area/gate area which is very sterile and quiet. I am the only one here for the next 30 minutes or so.

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Another baby Dash 8 in the old Jazz colours (green) heads off

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I am minding my own business when this Air Inuit Twin Otter, C-FTJJ, taxies past for departure - as if just to tease and remind me about my lost Twin Otter flight.

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SECTOR 4: SEPT ILES (YZV) – WABUSH, LABRADOR (YWK)
FLIGHT AC8704

My aircraft, C-GION arrives not long afterwards. It was first delivered to Air Ontario with the same registration way back in December 1988, meaning that it’s now a veteran commuter plane.

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Looking moderately battered and in need of a repaint into Air Canada Express colours!

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The aircraft has arrived from Montreal and makes an intermediate stop in Sept Iles before heading to Wabush.

The view from 3A

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The flight is mostly full but I have the seat next to me free. We are ready to go some 10 minutes before our STD. The single female flight attendant provides a warm and friendly greeting and makes her announcements in flawless English and clear French - a very stark contrast to my Air Creebec experience onboard where I could barely understand or hear any of the announcements.

Legroom shot - adequate for these short hops.

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Yes, it’s a baby Dash 8 operated by Jazz



One of my favourite views



Props fired up and we start our taxi. Once again, there is no message from the cockpit - no welcome and no flight information. Our flight attendant however has been given some information and she relays to us that we will be flying at 14,000ft and our flight time to Wabush will be approximately 45 minutes.

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Good bye Sept Iles - see you again in a few hours

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The town and some of the Sept Iles in the background. The 7 islands are: La Grosse Boule ("the big ball"), La Petite Boule ("the small ball"), La Grande Basque ("the large Basque", named after the visiting Basque fishermen), La Petite Basque ("the small Basque"), Île Manowin (from the Montagnais manouane meaning "where eggs are picked"), Île du Corossol (named after the French ship Corossol wrecked on the island in 1693) and Îlets Dequen (a group of tiny islands named after Jean de Quen who founded the local Catholic mission in 1650)

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Service on today’s flight

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Much of the flight is cloudy so there are few fews - the noise from the prop is very loud on this particular flight. I wonder whether it’s because this is a very early generation Dash 8? It certainly feels louder than on the Air Creebec Dash 8 the day before.

Gear down - feels great to be back in Labrador again!

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Wabush in the distance

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Touchdown after a slightly bumpy approach.

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We arrive into a relatively busy Wabush - a number of aircraft are on the ground when we taxi to our parking position on the ramp.

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It’s been raining here and it feels a few degrees cooler than Sept Iles. The friendly flight attendant bids us farewell at the door.

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There are two Air Inuit Dash 8s on the ground - one in new and one in old colours.

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New colours

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I also pass an old friend on the walk to the terminal - this is one of the B1900Ds that I flew on the previous week. I also later nearly run into the same captain who piloted this aircraft out of Gander inside the terminal at Wabush. See: Goose'n'Gander: To Goose Bay With AC Express (by palmjet Oct 13 2012 in Trip Reports)

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A Provincial Airlines baby Dash 8, C-FHRC, arrives just behind us.

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I then do a double take seeing this Dash 8-300 which is clearly an ex Air Nostrum aircraft. C-FPAE is now operated by Provincial Airlines.

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Welcome to Labrador - again.

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To stretch my legs for a bit, I head outside of the terminal and get a picture of my Dash 8 awaiting its return flight to Montreal via Sept Iles. Notice the curtain drawn across the passenger entry door to keep out the cool weather and the cabin warm.

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The rather non descript terminal from the outside. It’s chilly and damp, so I head back inside.

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I spend the next couple of hours reading, grabbing a snack at the small cafeteria and people watching. The terminal is busy and there seem to be a lot of passengers coming and going. The two Air Inuit Dash 8s appear to be on charter flights and very soon the terminal empties out. It then gets busy again 45 minutes or so before my flight is due to leave.

In the meantime, I go to the Pascan check in desks and am provided with a new boarding pass by the friendly agents there.

Another aircraft change - in Sept Iles.

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Our flight is subsequently called and passengers are invited to walk out to the aircraft.

SECTOR 5: WABUSH (YWK) – SEPT ILES (YZV)
FLIGHT P6 824 “PASCAN EXPRESS”

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Today’s flight will be operated by C-GPEA. It joined the Pascan fleet in April 2012 but is 23 years old. It used to fly in Europe as D-BCRP.

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which has more recently featured on an e-Christmas card issued by Pascan!



Not quite under the wing you know

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The aircraft looks nice and clean on the outside.

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The interior contains dark blue seats which look immaculate

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Although the cabin is showing its age.

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Seating is open so I take a window seat about 4 rows from the front of the aircraft on the starboard side.

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Legroom is a little tight, but OK for the short flight.

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The aircraft gradually fills up and we’re almost full by the time the door is shut. A single female flight attendant greets passengers at the door and welcomes them onboard. All of the Pascan staff I encounter today (and those from Exact Air) have been nothing but friendly and welcoming. A real plus.

Our flight attendant runs through the safety information and we’re soon off at approximately 5pm. We’re told that the flight will be 50 minutes.

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There is an interesting mix of passengers onboard - seems to be a lot of contractors/mining staff, along with tourists and locals.

There are no delays and we lift off gently into the late afternoon sky.

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Again, it’s mostly cloudy all the way back to Sept Iles, so not much in the way of views.

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We hit a couple of bumpy patches but nothing too severe.

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Service consists of a complimentary drink. I stick with sparkling water and get given the whole can. Wow, it’s like flying used to be pre 1992!

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Time to start our descent



Some lovely sunbeams through the clouds on the way down


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We make a smooth landing back in Sept Iles and on the way to our parking stand, we pass another Air Inuit Twin Otter but this one looks parked up.

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After the props are shut down, everyone disembarks and heads for the terminal. The friendly flight attendant is at the door wishing everyone well and saying goodbyes. I get a snap of the ATR42 on the ramp enroute to the terminal.

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I also pass a Jetstream 32 parked next to us - and assume this is my next ride back to Montreal (via Bagotville).

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SECTOR 6: SEPT ILES (YZV) – BAGOTVILLE/SAGUENAY (YBG)
FLIGHT P6 882


Back in the terminal, I am standing around for less than 5 minutes when our flight to Montreal is called. This has to be one of the quickest transfers I’ve ever done. The first officer is there to lead everyone out to the aircraft. He seems like a friendly guy. There is no security at the gate – everyone just follows the first officer out on to the ramp after a boarding pass check. Super!

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Here’s C-GUSC, built in 1990, getting ready to fly me to Montreal.

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Getting up close and personal with my first J32.

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My first impressions of the J32 – a very small and cramped cabin but the large cabin windows compensate to make it feel lighter and more airy than it should. Legroom is not brilliant but I am too excited to be worried about seat pitch. I take 3A so I have a good view of the port propeller. There is no overhead space and my camera bag barely fits under the seat in front. We’re about ¾ full when the cabin door is pulled shut. Seats are dark blue leather and the cabin is clean.

Window with a view

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The first officer does a safety demonstration in both French and in English before climbing into his seat. Like on the King Air, there is no cockpit door on this J32 so I have a good view of procedures up front. There is a curtain which can be drawn across but the cockpit crew keep the curtain open the entire time. Yay.

There is no flight attendant on the J32 and there is no galley. There is a toilet at the rear of the aircraft though.

Once the props are fired up, the first thing that hits me is the noise, noise and more noise. Oh boy – this little aircraft certainly has some lungs! Out of all the flights today, this one is the loudest by far. I now understand why there are some ear plugs in the seatback pocket in front of me. Being right next to the propeller probably does not help.

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Seatbelt fastened!

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Take off is spritely – and we soon leave Sept Iles behind. A short and sharp right turn immediately after take off and we are climbing rapidly. The noise on take off is incredibly loud!

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Passing some of the Sept Iles again off to our left

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While we are climbing, I spend some time watching the crew getting settled into the flight.



Once we’re above the clouds, and head further south, the weather improves and it is a lovely evening for flying.

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Seatback view

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The flight to Bagotville/Saguenay is timed to be 1hour 15 minutes which seems like a long flight with such a loud racket outside from the prop! We climb to 16,000ft as I can see the altimeter in the cockpit.

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The flight proceeds smoothly although by the time we start our descent into our first stop, my ears are pounding.

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Gorgeous autumn colours below as we get closer

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We approach the airport just as the sun is setting – casting a soft glow over the aircraft wing.

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Good evening Bagotville – sounds like a name from Middle Earth!

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We have a short taxi before pulling up next to the compact little terminal. Everyone is allowed off the aircraft to stretch their legs for 10 minutes or so.

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Our little pocket rocket on stand, taking a short breather

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I enter the terminal and there is some kind of bizarre wine and cheese tasting event going on in the main part of the building so is packed with people – none of them travelling however. I wander outside to get a few breaths of fresh Bagotville air as the light starts to fade.

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The airfield here doubles as a Canadian military base (CFB Bagotville) so there are lots of military aircraft around although nothing is moving. It’s also pretty quiet at the commercial air terminal with only our aircraft on the ground and another Pascan J32. Pascan is the largest commercial operator here although Air Canada Express also operate flights to YUL from here as well. I understand there are some seasonal charters to the Caribbean operated by Sunwings as well from YBG.

SECTOR 7: BAGOTVILLE/SAGUENAY (YBG) – MONTREAL ST HUBERT (YHU)
FLIGHT P6 882


I am back in the terminal and it’s soon time to re-board. No security check here either – it’s straight out onto the ramp – everyone following the first officer again.

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Time to get going for the last sector to Montreal, which would be approximately 1 hour long. The sound of the props is again, defeaning. The first officer asks passengers if they require taxis at St Hubert and if so, to let him know, as they will call ahead to ensure the taxis are waiting for passengers when they arrive. What a great and personalised service on offer.

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Farewell Bagotville

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I spend most of this flight trying to doze, although that’s impossible because it’s so loud, but gradually the blackness outside is replaced by twinkling lights and I know that we are not too far from Montreal.

By the time we land back in Montreal, it’s pitch black and although the views are great, I don’t get any pictures that turn out, so on leaving the aircraft, I get a quick but blurry picture of the cabin before heading down the airstairs.

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The aircraft parks almost in the same spot as the King Air 100 this morning, so it really feels like coming full circle today.

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Before leaving the ramp, I have a quick word with the first officer to thank him for a great set of flights on the J32. He is very friendly and happy to talk. Again, consistent with all of my Pascan experiences today.
I enter the terminal building and ask one of the check in staff if she can call me a taxi as I did not order one in Bagotville as I had planned to see if there was a quicker and cheaper way of getting back to the hotel. The lovely lady there did not hesitate and she’s quickly on the phone to arrange a taxi for me. She then gives me a business card and thanks me for flying Pascan today.

I end up getting a taxi which takes me to the Montreal Metro station of Longueuil-Universite de Sherbroke which costs just less than $30 plus tip. I pick up the metro from there back to Peel where the hotel is not far away. Needless to say, I fall into a long sleep after a great day’s flying.

WRAP UP

Pascan Aviation seem to have a well organised and extremely friendly operation in Quebec. They cover a large number of smaller places in the province and their fares are not as high as you might expect, even though they are the sole operator on some routes. They provide a vital connection to Montreal for those living in the more remote parts of Quebec. Montreal St Hubert is not exactly a convenient airport to fly out of however if you are staying in downtown Montreal although there is little congestion and the facilities at Pascan’s terminal are very comfortable. The complimentary coffee and newspapers made it feel like a premium experience. All of my flights were on time and both ground and air crews were consistently friendly and welcoming.

It was great to add two new types to my log today – the King Air and J32. The former is extremely rare in European skies and there are virtually no carriers here using that type of aircraft for commercial services. I was glad to be able to add the J32 even though I found it the most uncomfortable and loudest of all the prop types I had sampled over those past two days.

Finally, it was great to set foot in Labrador again, even if only for a few hours.

Thanks for reading and a happy and successful new year in 2013 to everyone!



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7979 times:

Why? Oh why? I don't understand any of this.

(filler)

(filler)

Why?
VSM



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7961 times:

Thanks a lot for sharing, This has been an excellent trip with an airline I never heard off. They have quite a network!

The taxi calling thing was cool. I remember flying with Cirrus Airlines from Berlin Tempelhof to Mannheim and they did the same. This route is discontinued now.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7804 times:

Hey, J.,

one more great read and pictures. I like these combination of aircraft types/airlines and remote places where the standard crowd really don´t know anything about it.

Is there something more coming up from you´re time in Canada?. Hopefully!.

All the best again for 2013
and take care,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7726 times:

VSmike,

I don't understand any of your filler, filler filler  

Hi J,

Excellent TR of an area of Canada not many of us travel to; again, you've taken us along some very interesting flights, airports and aircraft.

Love your pictures !!!

Thanks a lot for sharing...

MH017/Pieter...



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

Once again, a great report on a small Canadian carrier. In case you are wondering, the French names of the cities you visited are pronounced as such:

Roberval: Roe-ber-val
Saguenay (Bagotville): Sa-Gue-Nay (Bag-O-Vil)
Sept-Illes: Set-eel

Quite the tongue twister for a Britain. Don't get me started on the AirCreebec cities 



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7626 times:

Hi Palmjet

I thoroughly enjoyed that - a very unusual report on a series of flights with unusual aircraft and certainly an unusual airline. What I particularly like about your report is that your passion for aviation is quite apparent, and I can relate to that.

Looking forward to your next exploit. In the meantime, a happy new year to you too!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineCaptCufflinks From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

Thank you for writing such a well crafted TR for such an unusual round trip.

I go to Canada a fair bit in a heavy into one of the major cities - it's refreshing to see the smaller airports and the network and infrastructure that services them. I'm certainly going to go and read up about Pascan.

Oh, that shot of the Beech 1900 in AC express colours is very nice! I love those aircraft, but with all of the cones surrounding it - it looks like a very detailed scale model/toy!

Blue skies!

Josh


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7446 times:

Dear Palmjet (it just occurred to me that your username is the total antithesis of the present trip report's content: No palms and no jets. How's "mapleprop" for a temporary username?). This is the very first report that I read (and comment on) for the year. A lovely way to start my day  .

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
This is the seat I was in (next to another burly gentleman!) – taken during a later part of the flight, on the sector to Sept Iles.

Oh wow, now I see what you mean. I've never seen a sideways seat on a civilian aircraft. How interesting.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Bonjour Roberval

How cute that they put the airport's name on the building. If they didn't it would have looked like the local laundromat.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Hello to Alma - here’s the compact but smart looking terminal building. There is not much going on at this time and I have plenty of time to take pictures. There is no problem at all - everyone is very relaxed.

Man, Canadian regional airports are just adorable! (I know I've said this 127 times already).

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
On final approach, passing over a number of tankers in the water down below. It’s hardly SIN though! Having said that, with the iron ore business, Sept-Iles has a developed deep-water seaport and it was second in Canada only to Vancouver in terms of yearly tonnage. The huge engineering project led to a major increase in population, and housing was quickly built to accommodate them. The town grew from 2,000 inhabitants in 1951 to 14,000 in 1961, and 31,000 in 1981.

I love the fact that you're providing us information about the towns you flew to/from (I always appreciate this on trip reports). I like being educated while reading trip reports...

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I am minding my own business when this Air Inuit Twin Otter, C-FTJJ, taxies past for departure - as if just to tease and remind me about my lost Twin Otter flight.

Is IB their sponsor or something? Judging by their inability to answer e-mails (if I remember correctly from one of your previous reports) I'd say they are probably affiliated with IB.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I then do a double take seeing this Dash 8-300 which is clearly an ex Air Nostrum aircraft. C-FPAE is now operated by Provincial Airlines.

Ha! I knew it that IB was somehow involved with the local carriers...  .

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
There is no security at the gate – everyone just follows the first officer out on to the ramp after a boarding pass check. Super!

It reminds me of my domestic flights in the Bahamas. I love it!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Good evening Bagotville – sounds like a name from Middle Earth!

Not a terribly inviting name, is it? Sounds a little bit like Bigot-ville.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
The first officer asks passengers if they require taxis at St Hubert and if so, to let him know, as they will call ahead to ensure the taxis are waiting for passengers when they arrive. What a great and personalised service on offer.

For real? That's super nice!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
so on leaving the aircraft, I get a quick but blurry picture of the cabin before heading down the airstairs.

You should send this photo to the Travel Channel. There's a guy called Zak Baggans who I'm sure will find a ghost or two in this photo that he would love to use for his show.


Thanks for the lovely read and a very happy New Year to you and everybody else in here!

Widebodyroga.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7297 times:

Hey, anorher great report from your Canada trip! Loved the detailed descriptions of all the places you passed through, a great way to learn about all these small towns and communities. Thanks for the efforts!

User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7128 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Dear Palmjet (it just occurred to me that your username is the total antithesis of the present trip report's content: No palms and no jets. How's "mapleprop" for a temporary username?). This is the very first report that I read (and comment on) for the year. A lovely way to start my day  .

Hear hear ! I second the motion ! Mapleprop sounds like a perfect username given your recent dalliance in Canada !

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Not a terribly inviting name, is it? Sounds a little bit like Bigot-ville.
Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I enter the terminal and there is some kind of bizarre wine and cheese tasting event going on in the main part of the building so is packed with people – none of them travelling however. I wander outside to get a few breaths of fresh Bagotville air as the light starts to fade.

Personally it sounds to me like Baguetteville, and given this wine and cheese event it would have been quite appropriate to have some decent bread at the event. This airport makes me hungry !

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
It also describes the whole region as Quebec’s “most schizophrenic”: it encompasses some of the province’s most spectacular scenery, tremendous marine life, but also the dreariest of industrial towns. Alma is described as a dull aluminum-producing town! Hmmm, hardly inspiring stuff!

Clearly they need somebody new in the tourism board   One does not want to visit a Schizophrenic region, unless you want to visit somewhere that hears voices and suddenly wants to stab you when it thinks you're a hungry polar bear !

Let me just say that I congratulate you as you have partially achieved something that I have always been curious about, and that is visiting Chicoutimi, you see, Bagotville partially serves Chicoutimi/Saguenay. I remember a few years back I would always see Chicoutimi listed the in flight maps on UA and would wonder.. hmm I wonder what there is down there? Now, thanks to you, I have a partial answer to the question !!

Thanks for reporting, and a happy 2013 to you ! Here's to many reports in the new year : )


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

Hey VSM - lost for words? That must be a first for you! Glad to see you enjoyed the daytripping with Pascan.

Hey reifel

Quote:
The taxi calling thing was cool. I remember flying with Cirrus Airlines from Berlin Tempelhof to Mannheim and they did the same. This route is discontinued now.

Thanks for your comments. Yes, a great service which you would arguably only see on a small or niche carrier. Interesting that Cirrus used to do that too. I can imagine them doing it as they seemed to be a classy outfit. Shame they are no longer around.

Hi Markus

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one more great read and pictures. I like these combination of aircraft types/airlines and remote places where the standard crowd really don´t know anything about it.

Is there something more coming up from you´re time in Canada?. Hopefully!.

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed. There are a couple more coming up from Canada but no more multistop day trips - only two for this time in Canada.

Hi MH017

Quote:
Excellent TR of an area of Canada not many of us travel to; again, you've taken us along some very interesting flights, airports and aircraft.

Love your pictures !!!

Thanks very much for posting. Glad you enjoyed. Something a little different for sure. I can highly recommend Pascan if you're flying about in Quebec.

Hi JAGflyer

Quote:
Once again, a great report on a small Canadian carrier. In case you are wondering, the French names of the cities you visited are pronounced as such:

Roberval: Roe-ber-val
Saguenay (Bagotville): Sa-Gue-Nay (Bag-O-Vil)
Sept-Illes: Set-eel

Quite the tongue twister for a Britain. Don't get me started on the AirCreebec cities

Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the report. Actually the names of these places are pretty standard from my perspective. Don't forget us Britons live just across a small channel from the largest speaking French territory in the world.  

Hi knightsofmalta/William

Quote:
I thoroughly enjoyed that - a very unusual report on a series of flights with unusual aircraft and certainly an unusual airline. What I particularly like about your report is that your passion for aviation is quite apparent, and I can relate to that.

Looking forward to your next exploit. In the meantime, a happy new year to you too!

Happy New Year to you. Nice to receive your comments. Glad you enjoyed. I absolutely love flying - even for the sake of just flying and coming back. More coming soon from Canada!

Hi CaptCufflinks

Quote:
Thank you for writing such a well crafted TR for such an unusual round trip.

I go to Canada a fair bit in a heavy into one of the major cities - it's refreshing to see the smaller airports and the network and infrastructure that services them. I'm certainly going to go and read up about Pascan.

Oh, that shot of the Beech 1900 in AC express colours is very nice! I love those aircraft, but with all of the cones surrounding it - it looks like a very detailed scale model/toy!

What a great username you have. Thanks for your comments. Yes, these services are not your usual places in Canada and the airports are tiny in comparison - but that's what makes them charming in their own way. If you get a chance - fly Pascan!

I flew on several B1900Ds in Canada (reports are posted on here) and had great fun - although they are pretty ugly from my perspective.

Hi Widebodyroga

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Dear Palmjet (it just occurred to me that your username is the total antithesis of the present trip report's content: No palms and no jets. How's "mapleprop" for a temporary username?). This is the very first report that I read (and comment on) for the year. A lovely way to start my day.

mapleprop it is !

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Oh wow, now I see what you mean. I've never seen a sideways seat on a civilian aircraft. How interesting.

Take off was especially surreal!

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How cute that they put the airport's name on the building. If they didn't it would have looked like the local laundromat.

It definitely could do with a repaint.

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Man, Canadian regional airports are just adorable! (I know I've said this 127 times already).

Yes they are - a bit like Brainerd perhaps?

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I love the fact that you're providing us information about the towns you flew to/from (I always appreciate this on trip reports). I like being educated while reading trip reports...

I like to find out where I am flying into, even if not leaving the airport. It gives the trip more context. It also educates me about places I don't know about.

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Is IB their sponsor or something? Judging by their inability to answer e-mails (if I remember correctly from one of your previous reports) I'd say they are probably affiliated with IB.

Your question answered!

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You should send this photo to the Travel Channel. There's a guy called Zak Baggans who I'm sure will find a ghost or two in this photo that he would love to use for his show.

The ghost of me perhaps? I think it was my shadow and unsteady hand taking the pic - unsteady because I was practically deaf and shaking from the noise of that little prop right next to my ear!

HNY to you - thanks again!

Hi roberts87

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Hey, anorher great report from your Canada trip! Loved the detailed descriptions of all the places you passed through, a great way to learn about all these small towns and communities. Thanks for the efforts!

Pleasure - glad you enjoyed and thanks for posting a comment. Much appreciated when it takes hours/days/weeks to pull these reports together.

Hola R/SR117

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Hear hear ! I second the motion ! Mapleprop sounds like a perfect username given your recent dalliance in Canada !

Cheeky!

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Personally it sounds to me like Baguetteville, and given this wine and cheese event it would have been quite appropriate to have some decent bread at the event. This airport makes me hungry !

I was feeling kinda hungry at this point. Good thing I wasn't thinking the same thing - I may have eaten off the armrest on the J32.

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Clearly they need somebody new in the tourism board One does not want to visit a Schizophrenic region, unless you want to visit somewhere that hears voices and suddenly wants to stab you when it thinks you're a hungry polar bear !

Perhaps you could volunteer? I know how much you loved Canada.

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Thanks for reporting, and a happy 2013 to you ! Here's to many reports in the new year : )

You're welcome and happy flying in 2013 to you too - perhaps we will meet in Japan this year!



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

Maplepalmjet (thanks Stojan),

The root of my confuggelation comes from:

- King Air 100 is not a commercial aircraft.
- Jetstream J32 is not a commercial aircraft (although, a bit more arguable than a King Air B100, given that UAX flew them out of IAD in the 1980/90s, and likely other "airlines" elsewhere. I'd think they'd be relegated to intra-Africa now-a-days)... but Canada will do.
- Canada is not a real country. I mean, is it French? Canadieanne? Northern American? Tim Hortons?

Whilst your pictures and descriptions are as stunning as usual, the Jetstream is just so damn ugly it makes my eyeballs hurt out loud. What's that cancerous growth beneath the aircraft? It's as retchid-looking as wifi domes on top of WN 737s and B6 A320s. They do not belong. That is all.

Abfab report otherwise!
Your all-day-long-propfest even left me feeling a slight virbo in my bum.
Hope 2013 brings you more jets to sun-drenched globalplods - thereby more speed, comfort and sunkissed tans. For Brian, of course.

Brgds,
VSM

[Edited 2013-01-02 10:44:09]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6957 times:

Hey Palmjet

I did not realize you did that much flying in Canada, it just looks great.
Never heard of St Hubert Airport neither, but more fun to log!
Great job logging more exotic airports and types.
Keep em coming

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6840 times:

VSM - wow, you've regained your voice!

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King Air 100 is not a commercial aircraft.

Why not? It has seats, wings and two propellers!

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Jetstream J32 is not a commercial aircraft (although, a bit more arguable than a King Air B100, given that UAX flew them out of IAD in the 1980/90s, and likely other "airlines" elsewhere. I'd think they'd be relegated to intra-Africa now-a-days)... but Canada will do.

They were oh so common in the US back in the day. Perhaps some of those mothballed ones will come out of storage and be pressed back into service again?

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Whilst your pictures and descriptions are as stunning as usual, the Jetstream is just so damn ugly it makes my eyeballs hurt out loud. What's that cancerous growth beneath the aircraft? It's as retchid-looking as wifi domes on top of WN 737s and B6 A320s. They do not belong. That is all.

As a British made aircraft, I am shocked at how much your eyeballs hurt. I think it's a little pocket rocket - even if very noisy. It can't be worse than the B1900D that is still common in US skies?

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Abfab report otherwise!
Your all-day-long-propfest even left me feeling a slight virbo in my bum.
Hope 2013 brings you more jets to sun-drenched globalplods - thereby more speed, comfort and sunkissed tans. For Brian, of course.

A trip to PHL is definitely on the cards. Fancy another DL 48 hour marathon - oh wait, it might cost more than USD100 which means a big no no for you because you now have to pay for flights in the US, and like the rest of the world, tickets no longer cost $2.50 (well apart from on FR of course)?!!

Hi Marc

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I did not realize you did that much flying in Canada, it just looks great.
Never heard of St Hubert Airport neither, but more fun to log!
Great job logging more exotic airports and types.
Keep em coming

Thanks for your comments. I had a lot of flying planned in Canada this time. I saw a lot of Quebec - at least from the air that is! St Hubert is quite a large facility - perhaps when you're next in Montreal, you can check it out. Happy New Year to you!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

Hey there MapleProp,

Another great day out there. Although it must be getting on for a few months ago now as if I remember correctly, you were doing this trip at the same time I was in NYC.

You must of covered nearly every airport in Quebec with this trip?!

Great that you got to log all these obscure airlines though,

Till the next part...



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1718 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6712 times:
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Hello pj,

Wow, another nice milk run in Canada! You certainly seem to find these well hidden jewel flights very well! Nice mix of exotic aircraft, liveries and other stuff. Great footage and narrative   

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
And in combination with my other Canada flights on this trip

   What an itinerary. But I don't want to see your cc bill  

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I am then issued with a hand written boarding pass.

Nice. Was that a BP as well for the connecting flight?

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This is the seat I was in

A sideways seat, that's a first for me. I cannot imagine such a seat being comfy. Let alone for taking pics!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
They seem genuinely pleased to have an enthusiastic passenger on board.

You were probably the one and only.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
One of my favourite views

For a prop sucker  

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I also later nearly run into the same captain who piloted this aircraft out of Gander inside the terminal at Wabush.

It's a small world, isn't it?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I now understand why there are some ear plugs in the seatback pocket in front of me.

I hope they were not used ones  A nice touch.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Seatback view

That looks kinde worn with the upholstery coming off. Yuck...

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6628 times:

Another nice Canadian installment Mapleprop! Did you see any of Canada on your trip other than hotels and airports?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
And in combination with my other Canada flights on this trip

Wow, you are really quite crazy

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When I resist, she tells me that the aircraft (the B100) is too small to allow for ANY hand luggage to be taken with me,

How big is your camera bag...surely small enough to go between your feet?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
I am then issued with a hand written boarding pass. How retro and personalised!

I like the word "aeronef"...is that Quebecois?

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
This is the seat I was in (next to another burly gentleman!) – taken during a later part of the flight, on the sector to Sept Iles.

Looks like an awkward arrangement in a hideous 1980s cabin. Lucky you were able to spread out later in the flight



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2836 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

I am loving following these Canadian reports, I think I even recognise one airport from Ice Pilots! J32 does look like a funny little plane.

Thanks for sharing  



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6410 times:

Hi J

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Another great day out there. Although it must be getting on for a few months ago now as if I remember correctly, you were doing this trip at the same time I was in NYC.

You must of covered nearly every airport in Quebec with this trip?!

Great that you got to log all these obscure airlines though,

Till the next part...

Thanks for your comments! Yes, this was back in September. I left the same day that you did for NY - yes! I think there are still many more airports in Quebec I did not get to see. I did cross of a few though  

Next part coming soon.

Hi Nils

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Wow, another nice milk run in Canada! You certainly seem to find these well hidden jewel flights very well! Nice mix of exotic aircraft, liveries and other stuff. Great footage and narrative

I am always on the hunt for milk runs these days! Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed.

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What an itinerary. But I don't want to see your cc bill

Me either, I am still in denial.

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Nice. Was that a BP as well for the connecting flight?

Yep - on BP for both flights.

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A sideways seat, that's a first for me. I cannot imagine such a seat being comfy. Let alone for taking pics!

It was weird and tricky for pics. Lucky I had practice having sampled a couple of CX flights in J  

Thanks for your comments - safe travels this week!

Hi Gab

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Another nice Canadian installment Mapleprop! Did you see any of Canada on your trip other than hotels and airports?

Thank you! Yes, I did experience non airports and and hotels for some of the time I was there!

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Wow, you are really quite crazy

Certifiable - but then again, I've seen some pretty crazy bookings out there amongst fellow A.netters.... like NRT for 3 hours for example  
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How big is your camera bag...surely small enough to go between your feet?

Seriously, it's not that big at all!

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I like the word "aeronef"...is that Quebecois?

I am guessing so. I dont often see this word in France.

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Looks like an awkward arrangement in a hideous 1980s cabin. Lucky you were able to spread out later in the flight

Yes - plenty of room later on and the colours were very.... 80s as you say!

Hi aerdingus

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I am loving following these Canadian reports, I think I even recognise one airport from Ice Pilots! J32 does look like a funny little plane.

Pleasure - thanks for your comments. The J32 is one loud little pocket rocket. Not many of them flying around in Europe these days - you'll have to try BA/Sun Air out of Billund to try one out here.

Thanks again all Mapleprop, erm Palmjet



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6329 times:

Quoting vsmike (Reply 13):
- Canada is not a real country. I mean, is it French? Canadieanne? Northern American? Tim Hortons?

No revert to this nonsense? I'm flabbershockered.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
A trip to PHL is definitely on the cards. Fancy another DL 48 hour marathon - oh wait, it might cost more than USD100 which means a big no no for you because you now have to pay for flights in the US, and like the rest of the world, tickets no longer cost $2.50 (well apart from on FR of course)?!!

PHL? Brianwhat? Brainwashed!!
Don't blame ME for airfares in the good 'ole USA having risen 300% in 3 years. Same-day returns? Multi-multi- stop flights? Mileage runs? As they probably say in Canadian: Non!

God Save The Queen(s)!



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6234 times:

VSM

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PHL? Brianwhat? Brainwashed!! Don't blame ME for airfares in the good 'ole USA having risen 300% in 3 years. Same-day returns? Multi-multi- stop flights? Mileage runs? As they probably say in Canadian: Non!

There must still be some good same day returns which are do-able, even in the USA, which compared to Europe and Australia, is still one of the cheapest places on the planet to get from A to B. Mileage runs - as they say in Canada (and France): OUI !



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6165 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 22):

Ozark Airlines - When Three Swallows Would Get You There

Sicko.
What would Brian say if he read this? "Yes please!"
I think not.

You are pillaging our fine aviation history...

LOL!
LOL!

VSM



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User currently offlineONT2CGI From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Ah yes, the Jetstream. Almost as loud as a Cessna 402. Remember flying it many a time to CGI, and having to step over the wing.

User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 25, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6004 times:

Hi Palmjet,

Wow, what a continuation of your trip to Canada! How many legs did you fly in total? It must be more than in some reports we've seen on here about flying Wideroe along Norway's coast!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
The bag is gingerly placed with a few other bags where it will be hand carried out to the aircraft. I am then issued with a hand written boarding pass. How retro and personalised!

Certainly very unusual these days. Glad to hear your camera bag & contents made it safely.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
They have clearly done this flight before as they are all very quickly belted up a few are already dozing while I am trying to get to my seat and get settled.

Haha, I bet you got a few stares with your camera too!

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
This first sector is scheduled to be 55 minutes long.

That seems like a very long time in such a small aircraft sitting sideways.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
Bonjour Roberval

The smallest terminal buidling I've ever seen.

Quoting palmjet (Thread starter):
am minding my own business when this Air Inuit

Air Inuit. I remember trawling trough their website once after seeing some pictures of the stunning lac des pingualuits. Fascinating stuff.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 26, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5882 times:
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Hi Palmjet,

Another fantastic addition to your Canadian series here! Great report with many nice and clear pictures  
Never heard of Pascan Aviation until reading this report, very nice! They sure look like a fun little airline and always nice to log those 2 unusual types!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 27, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Hi ONT2CGI

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Ah yes, the Jetstream. Almost as loud as a Cessna 402. Remember flying it many a time to CGI, and having to step over the wing.

Yes, there is a wing spar in the middle of cabin which you have to step over - makes it interesting getting to your seat up front! It sure was much louder than I expected for an aircraft of its vintage!

Hi Hannah

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Wow, what a continuation of your trip to Canada! How many legs did you fly in total? It must be more than in some reports we've seen on here about flying Wideroe along Norway's coast!

Thanks for your comments. I lost count!

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Certainly very unusual these days. Glad to hear your camera bag & contents made it safely.

It was very strange - then again, the Beech King Air was and is the smallest aircraft I have flown on (to date). I guess the rules are different sometimes for these baby planes!

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Haha, I bet you got a few stares with your camera too!

I did but they were so sleepy that they mostly ignored all my camera shooting.

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That seems like a very long time in such a small aircraft sitting sideways.

It was! Felt quite long but the views were great as the sun was rising.

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Air Inuit. I remember trawling trough their website once after seeing some pictures of the stunning lac des pingualuits. Fascinating stuff.

I really wanted to fly with them. Maybe next time (after I've won Euro Millions lottery)!

Thanks again

Hi Brendan

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Another fantastic addition to your Canadian series here! Great report with many nice and clear pictures
Never heard of Pascan Aviation until reading this report, very nice! They sure look like a fun little airline and always nice to log those 2 unusual types!

Thanks very much for your comments. Glad you enjoyed. No, they are pretty unknown outside of Quebec. I stumbled across them by accident really. They were a great airline to fly with and I'd definitely fly with them again. Take care!



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