In 1998 I flew on the Jersey European flight from Belfast City to Londonderry ( a short flight of only about 20- 25 mins. My friend and I were the only 2 passengers on the SHC360, and the pilot performed one of these take offs. It was very shocking, but extreemly enjoyable, as ill prob never get the opportunity to do it again.
as soon as we lifted off, I thought that something had gone wrong, as we didnt seem to be gaining any altitude. all of a sudden, about 5 or 6 seconds later, he pulled up the nose sharply and we soared into the air!!! Something that i didnt think a SHC360 was capable of!lol!
The stewardess (who turned out to be the wife of the captain!!) told us that they do this all the time when there are no passengers oin board or only a few "young lads" such as ourselves. We were then aloud to stand outside the cockpit doors (there are 2 on the SHC360....one to the right of the captains seat, and one to the left of the co-pilots seat) until final appraoch into Derry airport. He kept the cockpit doors open for the landing aswell, so that we could pretty much see most of the approach, unitl the last few seconds when the nose was raised, then all we could see was sky, as the cockpit on the 360 is a step up from cabin level.
Just thought i would share this interesting experience (for me anyway!!lol!) with u guys!!
when i was doin work experience at BFS
in 1999 as part of my sixth for study, an Aer Lingus flight attendant told me that they also do this when they are on an empty, or ferry flight, and the cabin crew sit on trays and slide down the ailses when the aircraft pulls up sharply!lol!!