I typed this whole thing out in the civil-aviation forum before deciding to put it into the trip-reports forum and changing the subject a bit.
Flt KL1056 BRS-AMS
February 19th 2001
Dpt 17:15, Arr 19:45
I got the day off school for this flight, which was to be my first flight without my parents. We left home at about 14:30 with my nextdoor neighbour. We got to the airport early and the checkin Desk for KLM still wasn't open. To take up the time we went and had a look at the shops, where i bought the latest edition of Airliner World. Thanks to my mom's paranoia, we still had plenty of time before the flight opened so we went and had a coffee at the bar.
nearly an hour later the KLM desk finally opened up, we strolled over and gave in our bags. The woman was very nice and asked if i would need any assitance at both ends, i declined since i have flown this route many times before. I was booked on a window seat on the third row (could not remember the seat number).
After going back to the shops AGAIN, i finally said my goodbyes and went through security. It wasn't a busy afternoon so i just went through the express security (for Buisness and 1st class passengers when the airport is busier) and made my way to the departure lounge.
My flight was delayed by a massive 15minutes, which i was understandably not bothered about. I watched the aircraft i was to fly on (PH-KVC) arrive from the Mezzanine floor, before nearly falling asleep infront of the apron.
We finally started to board at 17:10, i took my seat on what was a full flight, and immediatly fixated my eyes on the busy apron out of my window. Our aircraft pushed back at 17:25 and we slowly taxied out for departure on Runway 27. Our Fokker 50 held for a long time, giving me a great view of the sunset and most of the runway. Two Brymon ERJ145's landed before we departed, both in very quick successtion.
After alot of waiting (and anxious passengers starting to get a bit worried) we finally lined up on the runway and applied full power. The Fokker 50 is known as quite a noisy aircraft, and the overhead bins rattle alot to amplify that noise. We lept into the sky using only about 1/4 of the 2000m runway, and almost immediatly made a 120 degree turn towards the centre of Bristol.
Then came one of the points where you wish that your camera wasn't in the overhead bin, we flew directly over Bristol airport with a great sunset unfolding behind it. Thats the last time i ever go on a flight without a camera by my side!!!
This flight was amidst the Foot and Mouth crisis (i think) and there were many fires burning throughout the West Country. We crossed over Bristol and i got a good look at just how close the Memorial Stadium is to the County Ground (Bristol Rovers' Home ground and Gloucestershire CC's Ground). Food was promptly served over Swindon. A Ham Sandwhich and a Donut, probably some of the tastiest food you will ever
get on a short haul flight.
The last light of the day dissapeared as we overflew London, and then onto the English Channel where we encountered quite alot of CAT (oh yeah, i loved that
). Flying at night is so much different to in the daytime, although i don't know which i prefer. after 40 minutes of nothing but darkness except the occaisional ferry or oilrig we reached the coast of Holland, at which time we were already descending through 6000ft.
The most annoying thing at this point is the fact that we approached over the seeside town of Noordwijk aan-zee and followed the two roads that you take to get to Schiphol by car. I mean, why don't they have parachutes in the aircraft so they can drop you to your door?
The weather wasn't too good, light drizzle and quite cool. We made the final crossover of the A5(?) Highway before touching down firmly on the Kaagbaan (1R?).
For anyone familiar to Schiphol, you will realize that the commuter ramp is directly opposite the Kaagbaan, and somewhere down the line our pilot obviously made a massive mistake and we ended up taking a huge tour of the airport (oh, i wasn't complaining!) in which we encircled the terminal complex. Finally we parked up next to a KLM Alps Dornier 328, which we then had to wait for in the bus.
Baggage claim was surprisingly good, which Schiphol isn't renowned for, all our bags were there and waiting to be collected by the time we arrived. Security was tight but overall it was a great trip.
What was your favourite flight? Please post your trip report in detail!!!