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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7479 times:

CYWG-CYRT Beech 200 King Air (pics),

Hi everyone,

After some absence from A.net (TR writing, because I read all your reports regularly) I'm back with a rather short trip report from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic with a Beechcraft King Air 200. For various reasons, I will leave some details out and hope that everyone's fine with that.
A few months ago, after a medivac mission, it was time to head back up North and reposition our aircraft in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The small hamlet is on the western side of Hudson Bay about 1500 km North of Winnipeg, Manitoba and serves as a commercial and cultural centre for the Kivalliq Region. The only access to the community is by air, and during the summer months there is a brief window where supply ships can bring much needed cargo, such as construction equipment, heavy duty machinery, cars, etc. The airport has a single paved runway 13-31 (6000 ft x 150 ft) with a VOR & NDB. It has no ILS. Regular passenger service is provided by Calm Air, First Air and Canadian North to various destinations in the North and to Southern Canada. Regular aircrafts there are B737-200, ATR42/72 both pax and cargo versions, Boeing 767F and Dornier 328J. All communities in Nunavut are accessible by air only, and Air Ambulance is the only viable methods of efficient and rapid transport of patients that require immediate medical services.

Google map showing our route from Winnipeg to Rankin Inlet:


Our route super-imposed over a Canadian High IFR map:


Our B200 prior to departure, parked near a Calm Air Dornier 328 Jet:


It was the beginning of my rotation so I was dropped off by my wife at Winnipeg airport. Our aircraft, a B200 was parked on the ramp and ready for departure. The captain and the other first officer that I would replace were already at the airport, the captain finish up his flight planning for the return leg to YRT and the First Officer was finishing up his duties so I could take over. The plane was already fueled for the return trip. We had a brief chat about the aircraft and how it performed and he handed me the cell phone and keys to the crew apartment. I was now the F/O and he was on his way to some tropical island (lucky bugger) for a well disserved 2 weeks off. I proceeded outside, did a walk around and pre-flight cockpit checks while the captain wrapped up his pre flight duties. We had a brief chat about the weather en-route and he informed me that the plane was good to go and there were no issues. In the meantime, the flight nurse returned from the hospital, where she transferred the patient, and soon we were ready for departure. I removed the engine tents and prop ties / engine plugs. For this leg the captain would be the PF (pilot flying) and I would assume the duties of the PNF (pilot not flying) which means I would work the radios and perform the non-flying duties as per company SOPs. (standard operation procedures)

Winnipeg Airport Diagram:


Departure procedures from Winnipeg International:


The captain assumed his seat in the flight deck and I remained outside to remove the chocks and close the door. Once the signal was given the parking brake was on, I un-choked the plane, got in the aircraft, secured the door and the back cargo area. I assumed my seat, fastened my seatbelt and started with the checklists. The captain started the PT6 engines and the ground agent removed the GPU (Ground Power Unit). We completed the "After Start" checklist, and proceeded with the required items on the checklist. We obtained the ATIS and I contacted Winnipeg Clearance Delivery to obtain our IFR clearance to Rankin Inlet. Today would be runway 18 departure then turning North to intercept our course.

After obtaining our clearance, I requested taxi clearance to the active runway. We were given Hotel, Foxtrot, Tango to runway 18. This is quite a long taxi from ramp IV, where we were parked, on the South side of the airport. Once we arrived short of runway 18, we were cleared for take-off. Once on the runway, we performed the "Line Up checks" and we started our take-off roll. The captain advanced the throttles and I set them to their required torque setting. We accelerated to Vr and the captain eased on the controls, climbing away. The B200's PT6-42 engines are each rated at 850shp so they have quite the pull, especially when we're light. After take-off, I contacted Winnipeg Departures and they vectored us North, towards our course and gave us a higher Flight Level, though not our final cruising altitude. We did our 10,000 ft checks and continued our climb...

Line up checks:


Starting the take-off roll:


Setting T/O power


Climbing away from the runway:


Turning West after taking off runway 18


Setting climb power:


Checking "externals" (wings, fuel caps, wing lockers)


Required paperwork items (time up, etc)

Not long after that we were asked to contact Winnipeg Centre. They cleared us to our final cruising altitude of 27,000 ft (FL270). At FL180 we switched the altimeters to Standard Pressure and made sure our O2 was as required. We kept climbing. Once we reached our cruising altitude, we performed the cruise checks and got the aircraft ready for cruise flight. I set the appropriate torque and RMP for cruise and started on the required paper work. The 3+ hour flight to Rankin Inlet would bring us over Island Lake, Gillam and Churchill Manitoba. All along we were in contact with Winnipeg Centre, though we had to change frequencies a few times. Once North of Churchill, we contacted Edmonton Centre.

Climbing away to our cruise altitude:

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Con-trails at near our cruising altitude. I think it was from a Calm Air D328J (but I may be wrong)


Checking out the right wing:


View out my window:


Cruising toward Rankin Inlet:

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About 85 miles South of Rankin Inlet, we requested descent and clearance out of high level control airspace. Since we were in the Northern Domestic Airspace, we had to report to Edmonton Centre leaving FL230. Once below that, we switched to the en-route frequency of 126.7 . Shortly after, we contacted Rankin Inlet Radio and informed him that we were inbound to the field. YRT does not have a control tower, so we only need to broadcast our intentions. The Radio operator gave us the latest weather and traffic information for the airport. More checks were performed, the altimeters were set to the required setting, etc; We performed the Approach checks and Final Checks.

Approaching Rankin Inlet:


Rankin Inlet Approach plate for Runway 31:


Not long after, we were on final for runway 31. Since it was clear we did a visual approach. For landing we confirmed the gear was down and we had 3 green indicator lights, props levers were to the full forward position and flap was in the full down (LDG) position. By the time we landed it was getting dark. The captain touched down smoothly applied reverse and I retracted the flaps. I performed the After Landing checklist and we backtracked to the apron. I reported cleared of the active runway and the captain taxied to the parking spot.

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet and the airport can be seen in the "sea of snow"


Final runway 31:


Once we shut down the engines, I got out of the aircraft, chocked the plane and put on the prop ties / engine plugs. The fuel guy was already there and started filling the plane for the next medivac mission that would come. After putting the aircraft in the hangar and finished our post flight duties we all went to our designated crew apartments and started our rest period. This would be the start of a another two week rotation for me, of a very rewarding job... playing a small part in saving lives.

Fueling the aircraft:


I'll leave you off with some various photos of Rankin Inlet (taken throughout my extensive stays in the hamlet)

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And finally a picture of Rankin Inlet and its airport taken after off... (I took this when I was deadheading back to Winnipeg after my rotation)


Thanks for taking the time to read my report. Comments are encouraged and def. welcomed.

Vio


Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7363 times:

A very "cool" report. Pardon the pun. I can empathise with you. In the 1970s I flew Nordair 373-200 with a former Luftwaffe ME-262 pilot at the helm from Montreal to Frobisher Bay and then on to Panguerton (sp) on a Shorts. I had a terrible nose bleed for two days, but what can you expect in zero humidity. Keep up your good humanitarian work.

User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6962 times:

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 1):
A very "cool" report. Pardon the pun. I can empathise with you. In the 1970s I flew Nordair 373-200 with a former Luftwaffe ME-262 pilot at the helm from Montreal to Frobisher Bay and then on to Panguerton (sp) on a Shorts. I had a terrible nose bleed for two days, but what can you expect in zero humidity. Keep up your good humanitarian work.

Thanks. Usually I make them (reports) longer, but I didn't have too much time or material. I used the GoPro2 to take the photos. You basically set and forget. It takes a picture ever 2 seconds (or whatever you set it to)

Yeah, I flew the 737-200 Canadian North quite a few times to "Frobisher Bay". The official name now is Iqaluit and it became the capital of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut. Pangnirtung is a great place to go to, especially during the summer months. The approach is spectacular, basically flying between the mountains over the fiord. We go there quite a lot (the boys who are based in the Baffin region).

The humidity is tough. I'm used to it to some extent, but we do have humidifiers in our crew apartments. May I ask, what were you doing in Pangnirtung?



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week ago) and read 6128 times:

Hi Vio,

Thanks for the answer. At the time, I was a reporter for United Press International (UPI), when it was still a viable news organization. Based in Montreal, I was doing a series on life in the Canadian north. I wrote the story and took a lot of heat from Nordair for disclosing that their 737-200 combi captain was a former Luftwaffe ME-262 pilot and also for saying that once the plane landed in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit), a bunch of local pan-handlers were prominent at the baggage area. Cheers!

Emil


User currently onlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3943 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

Love these kinds of trip reports, thanks for sharing!  

User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Thanks for sharing this trip report!

I frequently see your airplane flying over my house. Now I know what it's doing. Keep up the great trip reports.



Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4853 times:

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 3):
At the time, I was a reporter for United Press International (UPI), when it was still a viable news organization. Based in Montreal, I was doing a series on life in the Canadian north

Impressive. I don't think life has changed much in the North since you've been there. Perhaps in Iqaluit, but that's about it.

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 3):
. I wrote the story and took a lot of heat from Nordair for disclosing that their 737-200 combi captain was a former Luftwaffe ME-262 pilot and also for saying that once the plane landed in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit), a bunch of local pan-handlers were prominent at the baggage area

Yeah, "Welcome to Canada". We like to wear white gloves and we better not tell things how they are, just because it may offend someone. Good for you for not playing the "Political Correct" game.

Quoting airkas1 (Reply 4):
Love these kinds of trip reports, thanks for sharing!

My pleasure.

Quoting canadianpylon (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing this trip report!

I frequently see your airplane flying over my house. Now I know what it's doing. Keep up the great trip reports.

Thanks. We didn't think anyone notices our little "buzzers" but we use them for a good cause.

Here are some videos I made:

Landing in Arviat, Nunavut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDFCCnSgg58

Landing in Churchill, Manitoba
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFgLp9tr3I4

Landing in Winnipeg, Manitoba
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI6C7PVEPn8



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4341 times:

Excellent report from the flight deck, even if it's a bit technical, i really enjoyed as few years ago i used to play FSX and virtually fly this Beechcraft.

awesome videos thanks to the fantastic weather  .

Many thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2174 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

I think it's a crime this trip report has only seven replies. I'm tired of seeing the same reports from the same airlines where the majority of content is just a scanned copy of the menu given out to J or F pax, so thank you for posting exactly the sort of thing I love to see! I watched your videos too and would kill to fly around the areas you get to.

To me, the smaller the aircraft the better, and a King Air is pretty good going! Glad to see someone in touch with real flying - my dream job.

Cheers Vio!



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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):

Excellent report from the flight deck, even if it's a bit technical, i really enjoyed as few years ago i used to play FSX and virtually fly this Beechcraft.

Thank you. I tried not to make it too technical, but I may have not tried hard enough.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 8):
I think it's a crime this trip report has only seven replies.

Well thank you!!!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 8):
I'm tired of seeing the same reports from the same airlines where the majority of content is just a scanned copy of the menu given out to J or F pax, so thank you for posting exactly the sort of thing I love to see! I watched your videos too and would kill to fly around the areas you get to.

I love all reports here, but a few of them tend to get repetitive and it seems that some people focus way too much on the menu / food on board than the actual aviation side. I thought to share this with A.net, because we don't get too many reports from the Canadian Arctic, especially Air Ambulance / Small turbine ones.

My job is really great and I love it, but work is work and sometimes it's hard. None the less, I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity so I can work hard and become what I always wanted. The Canadian Arctic is an unforgiving place and one becomes quite a good aviator after spending some years flying in the Great White North.



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlinemarcos From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Very interesting report. Do another version covering flights in the summer time to these exotic destinations so we can see something other than snow! What is your apartment like in Rankin? Wild nightlife up there? Many years ago I flew out of Churchill, back in the days when it had a gravel runway. This report and your youtube landings brought back memories. THANKS1

User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

Awesome TR and gret pictures. You don't see this kind of report very often.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
View out my window:

Just curious, is that a GoPro suction mount on the window?

Thanks for posting.

N172DM



And in the world, a heart of darkness... -U2
User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Quoting marcos (Reply 10):
Very interesting report. Do another version covering flights in the summer time to these exotic destinations so we can see something other than snow! What is your apartment like in Rankin? Wild nightlife up there? Many years ago I flew out of Churchill, back in the days when it had a gravel runway. This report and your youtube landings brought back memories. THANKS1

Thanks for the reply. I will do a TR as soon as the snow melts. I'll be doing one rotation on Baffin Island, so that should be cool. It'll be July so the snow should melt by then. I'm not based in Churchill, but the apartment in Rankin is pretty nice. We have our own apartment with 1 bedroom, living, kitchen and washroom. Perfect for a pilot trying to have some privacy.

Quoting N172DM (Reply 11):
Awesome TR and gret pictures. You don't see this kind of report very often.

Thanks. I knew some people would find it unique. Others, don't care too much for it, unless it's first class, on some 4 engine jet across some ocean  
Quoting N172DM (Reply 11):
Just curious, is that a GoPro suction mount on the window?

Yup. Sure is. I love it. I get some pretty neat shots with it.

Here's a pic it took (you can set it so it takes pictures every number of seconds). This was taken as we approach Pond Inlet at the North of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8256/8684156716_7506fa3f4b_c.jpg



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Quoting vio (Reply 12):
Yup. Sure is. I love it. I get some pretty neat shots with it.

Thanks for the reply. I too have a GoPro. I've been using it to document my flight training. It's a great little camera, and it's incredibly easy to use.

Thanks again. It would be nice to see a similar report in the future, if you've got the time.

N172DM



And in the world, a heart of darkness... -U2
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