Here´s a trip report of my flight ZRH
on the Fairchild Metro III of OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport GmbH).
After I had read in some magazine in january that OLT switched their ZRH
flight from Saab 340 (had flown on that before) to a Metro III, I decided to book that flight for my trip home after the exams at university. It turned out to be rather inexpensive, about 120 Euros for a oneway flight.
So this is what the flight was like:
Date: 17 March 2006
Type: Fairchild Metro III
Airline: OLT (OL)
After having spent some time on the visitors terrace at ZRH
, I went to the gate (B22, in a crappy old bus gate area) and waited for boarding. At 1545, I boarded the bus along with 10 other passengers - a load factor of around 60 percent. the aircraft was waiting on the apron and it was even smaller than I had expected. I rushed up the stairs to get a seat up front, since the cockpit has no door. the only seat in first row had a basket with tea and coffee on it, and the right seat in the second row was occupied by a box with snack bags. so I chose the left seat in row 2, right behind the door. when everybody was inside, the FO pulled up the door and secured it. the captain made a short announcement of welcome abord etc. and asked the passengers to read the safety card and mentioned the emergency exits and the normal exit door. then he looked around to check that everyone had their seatbelts on. he looked out of the window, where the ramp agent held up 6 fingers. the pilots where discussing what that could mean - either "6 bags in the hold" or "6 minutes waiting time". in the end, the captain opened the door again and asked. the guy had meant 6 bags in the back. so the engines were started and we taxied to the runway (nice sound of the engines already, a deep bass). unfortunately, the cockpit has a rather high panel so it was hard to look out through the front windows.
takeoff was very powerful and noisy. after a steep climb to the north, we turned left and continued to circle up until we were heading north again - the guys behind the german border probably didn´t hear us this way - and continued on at a constant speed of 190 knots. i checked out the snack bag and found a can of coke, a bottle of water, a bagel with tomatoes, egg, lettuce and cream cheese (nice) and a mars chocolate bar. not too bad for a short flight. flying time was 1h40. after a while, i felt a human need and went to the back to the toilet compartment. the ceiling was about half as high as i´m tall... the toilet compartment was a surprise: just a camping toilet in a sort of cargo hold! the door couldn´t be locked, but since all the passengers had seen me make my way to the back, nobody came in...
the descent into BRE
was rather steep and the speed went up to 220 knots. then, short after we had crossed the thick layer of north german clouds, the airport came into view and i noticed a lot of wind coming up. on the final approach, a lot of crosswind forced us to go at a nice angle against the runway and it became rather shaky - just as i like it. landing was smooth and the taxi was fast. the flight was over too quickly, and when i had climbed off the plane and looked at that funny looking tube again, i thought about doing this again soon, maybe on EAE or dauair.
i made my way home to HAM
by taking the tram to the station (only 20 minutes) and then the train to Hamburg (1h20).
hope someone found this interesting to read.
pictures might follow, but only as soon as i get back to switzerland in two weeks where i forgot the device to put the pics on the computer.