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The Let 410 To The Isle Of Man (BLK-IOM-GLO)  
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5876 times:

The Let 410 to IOM
BLK-IOM, IOM-GLO


Thank you for clicking on my latest trip report, covering a recent trip to the wonderful Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. This trip report will focus on the flights to and from the Isle of Man, operated by Van Air Europe with the rare Let 410 Turbolet on behalf of the islands hometown airline, Citywing - formerly known as Manx2. Also the airports in the UK I departed from and arrived at are rarely covered here on A.net, Blackpool’s (BLK) very small airport and Gloucestershire Airport (GLO) - which is mostly a general aviation field except for a scheduled flight to the Isle of Man.

I had been to the Isle of Man before in 2009, on a quick stopover in between flights. As I had only a few hours back then, I did not leave the airport. However it did seem like a very interesting destination for a small holiday, so I made a promise to myself to return there, and to actually visit the island. I was also interested in visiting Blackpool - once a thriving resort destination for UK families and holidaymakers until cheap air travel brought Spain, Greece and Turkey within reach of all. The town is still a tourist destination though, and I was interested in paying a brief visit to it’s old piers and the infamous Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park featuring one of Europe’s oldest still operating roller coasters. Blackpool also has a small airport, with mainly scheduled or chartered flights to holiday destinations, as well as flights to Dublin and.... Isle of Man.

The flights to Isle of Man are marketed and sold by Citywing, based on the Isle of Man itself. It has a small network of destinations in the UK and Ireland and is a so called virtual airline - all the flying is done by subcontracted airlines on a wet-lease basis. Currently, two airlines operate for Citywing: Van Air Europe with a Let 410 and Links Air with a Jetstream 31. Most routes are operated by the Let 410, including the BLK route, so this would be a great chance to fly this very rare Czech manufactured aircraft. For the return flight I browsed through the destinations served from IOM and my eye fell on Gloucestershire airport, a general aviation airfield that also has scheduled service to IOM with Citywing. This would be a great opportunity to have visit such an airport. Also this flight would be operated by Van Air Europe. Getting to Blackpool from the Netherlands, and home again from Gloucestershire was easy - a KLM open jaw ticket to Manchester (MAN) and returning from Birmingham (BHX) was booked - both airports had good train connections to BLK and GLO respectively. To close the booking process, I secured myself a B&B in Douglas - Isle of Man’s capital - for the first night on the island, and a room in Castletown for the second night - close the airport.

Before we get underway, please allow the Great Circle Mapper to illustrate the routing:





| | | Getting to the UK | | |
This trip report will focus on the Citywing flights to and from the Isle of Man, but I will share with you some pictures from the flight from Amsterdam to Manchester, KLM flight 1028 on a Boeing 737-700.

View from the lounge towards Schiphol’s E-pier. If it wasn’t for those blue ground vehicles you might mistake this for DTW, ATL or MSP


The 737 that will take me across the North Sea today. Not such great weather - lots of rain and about 10C. Not the weather one hopes for in May.


Take off into the grey skies with a good view of runway 18C/36C


Cruising over the North Sea


It is also gray and raining in Manchester



A brief visit to the parking garage as I waited for my train - view of Terminal 2 with a Virgin A330 taxiing out


| | | Blackpool & Blackpool Pleasure Beach | | |

From Manchester I took the train to Blackpool - a convenient direct service taking about 1,5 hours. The train arrives at the Blackpool North station, from where I walked to the waterfront and I strolled down central seafront area towards Blackpool Pleasure which I briefly visited. From there, it was only a 15 minute walk further to the airport. Fortunately, the weather was becoming more favorable and even the sun made an occasional appearance.







Saturday, May 2013
Citywing Flight 119 operated by Van Air Europe
Blackpool International Airport (BLK) - Isle of Man Ronaldsway Airport (IOM)
Let 410
Seat 6F


225th overall flight
1st flight on Citywing
1st flight on a Let 410
1st visit to BLK, 3rd visit to IOM
1st time flying the BLK-IOM route

Departure Time (Scheduled/Actual): 19.00 / 18.24
Arrival Time (Scheduled/Actual): 19.40 / 18.57
Block time (Scheduled / Actual): 0.40 / 0.33
Flight duration: 24 minutes
Mileage: 69 miles

So I walked from the beachfront towards to the Blackpool International Airport, and after a short walk through a residential area I arrived at the small terminal building just a little before 5pm. As said before, BLK only has a handful of charter or scheduled destinations - in fact, on this Saturday there were only 8 passenger flights. And it turned out, that at the time I arrived there would be just one more flight - the 7pm flight to Isle of Man where I was booked on. The previous flight, a Jet2 flight to Palma de Mallorca had already left at 4pm. The airport was therefore totally deserted. It was almost a scene out of Stephen King’s story The Langoliers. All check-in desk were closed, the security checkpoint was closed, the car rental desk were closed and all the tickets desk were closed. My Citywing confirmation said that check-in “usually opens” 60 minutes before departure, and the flight was also listed on the FIDS, so I wasn’t worried. Since I past a cafe/pub that also served food on my way to BLK, I decided to head there for an early dinner.

Blackpool Airport Terminal building


Empty check-in desks



Closed security checkpoint and arrivals area




At just before 6 I headed back towards the airport, and when I arrived there some activity was going on now. An agent was just opening up one of the check-in points and 4 people were queuing up. Check-in was quick, as none of the passengers in front of me had any baggage to check and when it was my turn the agent said “You must be Mr. Roberts87” - I was the last passenger to check-in. It turned out that it would just be the five of us this evening. The agent mentioned that the security checkpoint would open up in a few minutes, and we then all be able to get a “quick drink at the Executive Lounge”. A quick drink, I wondered - why quick, as we are still almost an hour before departure time? The agent then reached for her phone and called in “all passengers check-in, no checked baggage” . An easy night also for the baggage handlers it seemed.

My fellow passengers and I then proceeded to a ticket machine to pay the 10 GBP Airport Development Fee (making my 29 pound ticket almost 35% more expensive) and waited for the security checkpoint to open. And indeed, after a few minutes out of nowhere three security officers turned up and the passengers and the agent were all quickly security checked. One of the officers jokingly mentioned that this had to be a new record for fastest security check. We then arrived in the departure lounge - which was also deserted except for us. The restaurant, the cafe and the duty free shops were all closed. As promised, the agent then opened up the Executive Lounge for us - a small airport lounge normally available at a fee - and went to do her paperwork at the gate. I helped myself to an orange juice, one other passenger got himself a small bottle of wine and the other passengers declined the offer. A few minutes later the agent appeared again - we were ready to board. Mind you, it was still 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The aircraft was there, the crew was there, the passengers was there - why wait? As my boarding pass was scanned I asked if we would be arriving at IOM before we were scheduled to depart - the agent confirmed that this would probably be the case! We then made walked over the apron towards the waiting Let410.

Deserted departures area


The small lounge


Walking towards the aircraft


Looking backwards towards the terminal


And there’s the Let140, with a rear door for all passengers




At the door the First Officer was welcoming us all aboard, and offering small sweets. When everybody was settled, he introduced himself and the captain and welcomed us all on board this “very short flight” to the Isle of Man. He wished us a good flight and then directed our attention to a large TV screen where a safety demonstration would be played. It was a nice safety demo, with young kids playing all the parts. Something different than the usual ones. Once the safety demo was completed, we departed the Blackpool Airport apron - 36 minutes early. We backtracked the runway, and then departed to the West. As the clouds had made their way for a blue sky, stunning views of Blackpools were offered.

My view for the next 30 minutes


Cabin view - with the tv screen on the separation between cabin and cockpit


Backtracking on the runway - much better weather now



Take-off, with the airport in the foreground and Blackpool Pleasure beach in the background



Stunning view over Blackpool and the coastline






The remainder of the flight was uneventful. Some silent movies were played on the video screen and I enjoyed the scenery of the Irish Sea below. The flight was short, all in all the block time would turn out to be 33 minutes, and the actual flight time 24 minutes. The weather did become worse again as we approached IOM, so there were some humps and bumps during the last 10 minutes of the flight - but the Let410 was more smooth than I expected.

Crossing the Irish Sea





Descending towards the Isle of Man



Land in sight!




Final approach



Touchdown, while a Flybe Q400 is waiting for us to land


And the Let410 after arrival




After landing we taxied towards one of the gate near the main terminal building. Once the we stood still and the engine were shut down the First Officer came back into the cabin and thanked us for flying Citywing. He then opened the door for us and the other passengers and myself walked to the terminal building and a brief walk to arrivals. Welcome to the Isle of Man. Arrival time: 18.57 - 43 minutes early, and three minutes before we were supposed to depart!

| | | Isle of Man: Douglas, Laxey and Castletown | | |

Some photo’s from the Isle of Man, including Douglas, Laxey and Castletown as well as the scenic landscape as seen from the Manx Electric Railway and the Steam Railway. Too bad about the weather: it literally rained non-stop from Sunday morning until the late afternoon.















Monday, May 2013
Citywing Flight 600, operated by Van Air Europe
Isle of Man Ronaldsway Airport (IOM) – Gloucestershire Airport (GLO)
Let 410
Seat 2A


226th overall flight
2nd flight on Citywing
2nd flight on a Let 410
4th visit to IOM, 1st visit to GLO
1st time flying the IOM-GLO route

Departure Time (Scheduled/Actual): 07.40 / 07.34
Arrival Time (Scheduled/Actual): 08.45 / 08.47
Block time (Scheduled / Actual): 1.05 / 1.13
Flight duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Mileage: 183 miles

So on Monday morning it was time to for the second Citywing and Let410 experience. As I had an early flight - 07.40 - I had opted to stay in Castletown, which is a town about a mile away from the airport. To get to the airport I had the option of taking a five minute bus ride, but the times were inconvenient - I would either arrive rather early, or it would become a bit tight. I therefore decided to walk - it took me about 20 minutes and since the weather was a bit better then before it was a nice morning walk. I arrived at the airport a little before 6.30 and approached the Citywing check-in desks. I was quickly checked in by a business friendly agent who also inquired if a I needed a taxi at Gloucester - which I declined. Keeping Saturdays experience in mind I asked if it would be a full flight to which she replied “it is a fairly full flight” - in a tone that said she wouldn’t tell me any more. Even though it was getting busy at the airport, security was brief and I was landside just before 6.45 am. Airside was a bit of a mess, as there was some construction going on - the previous airport branded airside cafe was turned into a Costa Coffee.

Now IOM has an interesting departure bank on Monday morning. Basically all RON aircraft leave between 6.45 and 08.00 hours - and the first flight doesn’t arrive until 08.30 which basically means that all commercial aircraft present depart and the airport is then empty until the 1st flight arrives. This also means that it was getting fairly busy and a little crowded in the terminal. There were 3 FlyBE flights, to Manchester, Gatwick and Liverpool, one British Airways (operated by Eastern Airways) flight to London City and three Citywing flights, to Blackpool, Belfast - and my flight to Gloucestershire. My flight would be the last of all flights to depart, so I killed the time waiting with watching all the aircraft push back and take-off.

Apron and terminal view from the landside restaurant - BA, Citywing and FlyBE are all present


Departure lounge


Small terminal extension with 3 FlyBE Q400’s and one Citywing Let410


Similar shot, with the Q400's gone, and the Let410 taking the skies towards Belfast


Eastern Airways in full BA livery pushing back - the BA livery sure looks good on the Saab 2000!




Once all the other flights departed, some 15-20 people still remained in the departure lounge - all passengers on the Citywing flight to Gloucestershire. Boarding was called at around 07.25, first for Business Select passengers. When no one turned up, general boarding was quickly called. As I wanted to secure a good window seat, I made sure I was one of the first to board. All passengers walked down the stairs of the terminal building and onto the apron. As I reached the aircraft it was the same routine as on the first flight - a greeting and sweets from the FO as I got on the aircraft, and a welcome speech from him when everybody was settled in.

The aircraft for today, OK-TCA, just as the first flight


View for the next hour - this time ahead of the wing and a little closer to the front office



Taxiing to the active runway, passing some interesting aircraft



Take-off



A great view of Castletown after departure








The flight itself was uneventful again. It took about one hour, at a cruising altitude of FL110. The weather conditions were alright, changing from overcast, to scattered clouds to clear skies and back to overcast as the flight progressed. Especially when it was partly cloudy there were some stunning views on the clouds from this relative low cruising - to bad the prop was mostly in the way for good photo’s.

Back over the Irish Sea towards to the UK





Making landfall



Overcast over the UK



Descending through the clouds with the typical English landscape appearing






Flying over Cheltenham and the M5 motorway




Final approach with some of the Gloucestershire facilities and a private aircraft holding short of the runway visible


Exiting the runway




Also on arrival the same routine as before. A quick thank you from the First Officer and then all passengers could exit the aircraft into the very small Gloucestershire terminal.

Arrivals - with a very small luggage belt


View towards the apron, with the Let being refueled for the return trip to IOM


The “terminal” at Gloucestershire Airport, from the inside and outside



Final overview of the airport, with the Let departing back to the Isle of Man


| | | Back to The Netherlands | | |

And from Gloucestershire airport I took the bus towards Cheltenham, from where a direct train to Birmingham’s New Street Station was available, taking about an hour. In Birmingham I did some shopping in the enormous Bull Ring Shopping Center, and took another train to Birmingham Airport, from where KLM flight 1463, operated by a Boeing 737-800, would bring me back home. A brief perspective on this flight.

As I walked through the airport, an announcement was made asking all passenger on the BMI Regional to flight Gothenburg to please come to the Champagne bar in the central area. It turned out that the inaugural BHX-GOT flight was that day, and BMI treated all the passengers to champagne and fancy snacks and finger foods. Great job BMI Regional, that’s the way to celebrate an inaugural!


Very dark skies east of the airport. My flight is parked at the right of the picture


Less dark skies, and a rainbow, south of the airport


And clear skies and sun west of the airport


Taking off towards the dark skies


Climbing over the clouds


And the skies became clear as we approached the Netherlands


Approaching the coastline, seen here is IJmuiden and the North Sea Channel


Now flying over the Northern part of the Noord-Holland province, near the city of Alkmaar - we will be landing to the South on the remote ‘Polderbaan’ runway


Looking towards IJmuiden and the North Sea Channel again, but from the other side, while of final approach


| | | Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this report. Comments and remarks of course appreciated. Stay tuned for the next report, which will feature - if all goes as planned - a flight on the Beech1900 with Twinjet in France...| | |

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User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5172 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5726 times:

Hi, R.,

that was for sure a really enjoyable Sunday evening read. Two Let´s on one run, a good quote!.
Also the pictures from the Isle are looking good. There is something to write about these island also soon here.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5359 times:

Hi Robert,

nice report with good pictures! The landscapes are great over there. Good idea to try the Let 410, not eady to get.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5089 times:

A very enjoyable report Robert! As I mentioned before I love reports about IOM, a place that I never got to visit, despite living so close to it for many years. Excellent photos from both the island and Blackpool. They made me feel I was back in the UK.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
on behalf of the islands hometown airline, Citywing - formerly known as Manx2.

What a terrible decision to change their name. Manx2 was immediately identifiable whereas Citywing is so generic and lame...

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Blackpool’s (BLK) very small airport and Gloucestershire Airport (GLO) -

I must confess that I had never even heard of this airport. Good job managing to log it!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
The town is still a tourist destination though, and I was interested in paying a brief visit to it’s old piers and the infamous Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park featuring one of Europe’s oldest still operating roller coasters.

Even though my sister lived just 20 miles from Blackpool for over 3 years, I never went there when visiting her. Perhaps its reputation for being "Chav Central" made me subconsciously avoid it.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
It was almost a scene out of Stephen King’s story The Langoliers.

You should have bought a beer to see if it tasted stale!  .

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
The restaurant, the cafe and the duty free shops were all closed. As promised, the agent then opened up the Executive Lounge for us - a small airport lounge normally available at a fee - and went to do her paperwork at the gate. I helped myself to an orange juice, one other passenger got himself a small bottle of wine and the other passengers declined the offer. A few minutes later the agent appeared again - we were ready to board. Mind you, it was still 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The aircraft was there, the crew was there, the passengers was there - why wait?

How absolutely fabulous! What a great mentality! I applaud them!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Cabin view - with the tv screen on the separation between cabin and cockpit

It gives you the feeling you're seating on the bulkhead of a widebody! Never seen anything like that in such a small aircraft before.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
The flight was short, all in all the block time would turn out to be 33 minutes, and the actual flight time 24 minutes.

So you got there earlier than you should departed (like you mentioned further below). Fantastic!

Thanks for the excellent read Robert. You managed a whole bunch of cool feats in this trip: Fly the Let 410, register GLO, and you got to (properly this time) visit such a unique little island like the Isle of Man. I'm definitely looking forward to your Beechcraft report, whenever it comes out.

Stojan

[Edited 2013-06-10 07:56:52]


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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4271 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

Hi Robert

nice to read your Let 410 experience and some rainy pics from the island. Stay tuned for sunny pictures, more electric railways and another Let 410 soon. I also visited the island some time ago and the report is soon to be written.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

Hello Robert,

great little report, enjoyed it very much and a nice reminder of my own trip to the Isle of Man just last year. It covered a few quite familiar sights for me, especially of course the little Let. I was also on OK-TCA, and even in the same seat than you, 2A, on my flight from Belfast with them. Back then they still called themselves Manx2, quite sad that they changed their name into the somewhat generic Citywing. Anyway a cute little airplane and fun to fly with. Also a nice experience with the empty Blackpool airport.

Shame about the weather though on the Isle of Man, but you managed to take some beautiful pictures anyway.

Thanks a lot
CaptainRed


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4886 times:

Hi Robert !

Great report with great pictures !

Very nice that you got to try the Let 410 ! It looks very odd with 3 across seating.....and very small.

Pictures from Isle Of Man are great and the whole island looks very scenic!

Very much looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

Hi Robert,

Great report from the little Isle of Man.

Nice experience with Citywing, it seems like. The Let L-410 is special; I hope it'll still be flying by the time I'll get to the IOM sometime in the next year. It's a popular destination with us A.netters, it seems  

So few passengers between Blackpool and IOM... Strange. Led to good service, though. Nice to arrive before you're scheduled to depart, haha.

Gloucestershire airport is a funny one as well--good to manage to log such a rare airport.

Thanks for your report, Robert!


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4633 times:
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Hello roberts87,

Very nice story, well written and pictured. Good to see you had a ‘double Let’, a very cool experience it seems. IOM seems to have it’s fair share of prop aircraft, that BA one in particular really interests me  

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
My fellow passengers and I then proceeded to a ticket machine to pay the 10 GBP Airport Development Fee

Oh how I hate this these ‘tax excuses’. And why don’t they just include this in the ticket?

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
three security officers turned up

Lol, what a busy day for those folks! So you each of you nearly had an officer to yourself   

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
43 minutes early

That must be a record for you!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
As I walked through the airport, an announcement was made asking all passenger on the BMI Regional to flight Gothenburg to please come to the Champagne bar in the central area. It turned out that the inaugural BHX-GOT flight was that day, and BMI treated all the passengers to champagne and fancy snacks and finger foods. Great job BMI Regional, that’s the way to celebrate an inaugural!

Wow, still an airline that spoils it’s pax. Did they heck bp’s? Otherwise you could’ve joined the party  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

Hi Robert!

Great pics, thanks for sharing it with us!
Really would like to see the IOM myself one day.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4453 times:

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
that was for sure a really enjoyable Sunday evening read. Two Let´s on one run, a good quote!.
Also the pictures from the Isle are looking good. There is something to write about these island also soon here.

Thank you Markus, and looking forward to that as always!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
nice report with good pictures! The landscapes are great over there. Good idea to try the Let 410, not eady to get.

Thanks PH! Yes, it's a bueatiful island, and the Let was a great plane!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
As I mentioned before I love reports about IOM, a place that I never got to visit, despite living so close to it for many years. Excellent photos from both the island and Blackpool.

Such a shame, it's a wonderful island!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
What a terrible decision to change their name. Manx2 was immediately identifiable whereas Citywing is so generic and lame...

A horrible name indeed.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
I must confess that I had never even heard of this airport. Good job managing to log it!

I never heard of it either!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
Perhaps its reputation for being "Chav Central" made me subconsciously avoid it.

I was glad I was not staying there iether... lots of hag and stag parties going on...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
You should have bought a beer to see if it tasted stale!
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
I'm definitely looking forward to your Beechcraft report, whenever it comes out.

The plane is on schedule for this Friday, if all goes well! Give me another month or so to compile the report  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
nice to read your Let 410 experience and some rainy pics from the island. Stay tuned for sunny pictures, more electric railways and another Let 410 soon. I also visited the island some time ago and the report is soon to be written.

Thanks - and looking forward to tour take on the island!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
great little report, enjoyed it very much and a nice reminder of my own trip to the Isle of Man just last year.

Yes, I remember your report!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 5):
Shame about the weather though on the Isle of Man, but you managed to take some beautiful pictures anyway.

I can only image how it would be with better weather  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Great report with great pictures !
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Very much looking forward to your next report!

Thanks - and coming up soon I hope

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Great report from the little Isle of Man.
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Thanks for your report, Robert!

Thanks and you're welcome!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Very nice story, well written and pictured. Good to see you had a ‘double Let’, a very cool experience it seems. IOM seems to have it’s fair share of prop aircraft, that BA one in particular really interests me

A double Let, nice play on words again from your side   Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Lol, what a busy day for those folks! So you each of you nearly had an officer to yourself

Almost!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
That must be a record for you!

I once had a long haul flight arriving almost an hour early, but that was blocked at 10+ hours instead of 40 minutes  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Wow, still an airline that spoils it’s pax. Did they heck bp’s? Otherwise you could’ve joined the party

Didn't think about that!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Great pics, thanks for sharing it with us!
Really would like to see the IOM myself one day.

Thanks, you're welcome - and definarely try IOM if you have the chance!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Hi Robert.  

Great report . Some really interesting places you went to . I have never been to Blackpool but some of my friends in the UK live not far and often go for the nightlife.

As for IOM so many times Ive flown over it and living not that far I have never got to it. Hopefully one day it looks fun.

Very nice read and pics.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

Hi Robert,

A very special report, thank you for sharing it with us. Having been to the Isle of Man myself a couple of months ago it was good to read about your trip. Shame the weather let you down but you still fitted a lot into your trip. Never been to Blackpool, it’s true what you say about the effect cheap flights have had on the town as a tourist destination. Great pictures you took after take off of the coastline.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
So I walked from the beachfront towards to the Blackpool International Airport, and after a short walk through a residential area I arrived at the small terminal building just a little before 5pm.

There aren’t many places where you can walk from the town to the airport!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
My fellow passengers and I then proceeded to a ticket machine to pay the 10 GBP Airport Development Fee

Crazy, such a fee. Were you informed clearly about this when you bought your ticket?

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Something different than the usual ones. Once the safety demo was completed, we departed the Blackpool Airport apron - 36 minutes early.
Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Arrival time: 18.57 - 43 minutes early, and three minutes before we were supposed to depart!

Fantastic!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Basically all RON aircraft leave between 6.45 and 08.00 hours - and the first flight doesn’t arrive until 08.30 which basically means that all commercial aircraft present depart and the airport is then empty until the 1st flight arrives.

I bet the busy apron at the little airport was quite a sight.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned for the next report, which will feature - if all goes as planned - a flight on the Beech1900 with Twinjet in France...| | |

Looking forward to that one. Hope you weren't booked on the Lille route.....

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3822 times:
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Hoi Robert,

Nice report on your quick trip to the IOM, you sure chose a nice routing! Great to see BLK & GLO, 2 airports you barely read about here. That must have been a very interesting experience on your first Let410 flight. From the deserted airport to arriving before your STD! Great pictures of Blackpool & the IOM too  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently onlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Hi Robert good report there. I had looked at trying out that airline last year to try and get something a little rare - and they even seem to fly to some pretty interesting places. Can't remember why I didn't go ahead now though!

If you think being in Blackpool deserted was a little odd, try being the only person in DXB, as I was the other week! Now that was a strange experience!



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User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Excellent report and well done on logging Gloucestershire.

Brings back old memories walking through that terminal after arriving in my trust C152.



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Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Great report .
Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
As for IOM so many times Ive flown over it and living not that far I have never got to it. Hopefully one day it looks fun.

Thanks, and yes you should go - it's so close!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
A very special report, thank you for sharing it with us. Having been to the Isle of Man myself a couple of months ago it was good to read about your trip. Shame the weather let you down but you still fitted a lot into your trip.

You're welcome and I just read Markus' report. A shame the wheater let you down too!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
There aren’t many places where you can walk from the town to the airport!

Indeed! Done it once before, in Biarritz believe it or not!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Crazy, such a fee. Were you informed clearly about this when you bought your ticket?

Yes, but in small print  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Nice report on your quick trip to the IOM,

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):
Hi Robert good report there. I had looked at trying out that airline last year to try and get something a little rare - and they even seem to fly to some pretty interesting places. Can't remember why I didn't go ahead now though!

Thanks - and go try again - IOM is lovely!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):
If you think being in Blackpool deserted was a little odd, try being the only person in DXB, as I was the other week! Now that was a strange experience!

I can imagine!

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 15):

Excellent report and well done on logging Gloucestershire.
Brings back old memories walking through that terminal after arriving in my trust C152.

Thanks and that sounds pretty cool!


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