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Daytrip To The Isle Of Man: Flying The Dornier 228

Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:45 pm

Hi all,

My next tripreport is about a trip we (me and a friend of mine) did in July 2009 to the Isle of Man. It is already a long time ago but I still want to share this trip with you. We booked the trip one month in advance.

Date: 15July2009
Flight: bmi baby // WW 5476
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: East Midlands // EMA
Duration: 0h53m
STD: 09.40 // ATD: 09.58
STA: 10.00 // ATA: 10.08
Aircraft: Boeing 737-500 // G-BVZE
Seat: Economy // 21F
Price: € 47,12 per ticket

We arrived around 8 o'clock in the morning by car at Schiphol Airport. We did online check-in the day before so went straight the H-gates from where our aircraft would depart. There were three bmi baby aircraft standing next-to eachother. All three flights would leave more or less at the same time, one aicraft to MAN, one to BHX and our aircraft to EMA. Boarding started on time. During boarding the cabin crew at the door was sending some passengers back to the gate since they were boarding the wrong plane. They were heading for BHX or MAN but still menaged to get threw the gate. Aircraft was around 60% full. Boarding was compleated and departure time passed but for some time nothing happened. Then suddenly more passengers were getting of the plane and a few minutes later a young lady got on the plane. There seemed to be a mix up of passengers on all three bmi baby flights. Apparently the boardingcards aren't checked at the gate. Offcourse I also don't understand the passengers because the destinations and flightnumbers are clearly mentioned on the screens at the gates.
Because of this mix up we pushed back 18 minutes behind schedule.
The KLM Boeing 737-800 on the right is being washed
Nice lineup of interesting aircraft. Unfortunately no bmi anymore at AMS
Line-up on runway 24 behind an other bmi 737 taking off
Dutch coastline

Smooth flight to East Midlands. Heavy clouds over the UK and some rain showers around the airport.
Landing was on runway 27 and we arrived 8 minutes behind schedule on stand 12 from where we had a long walk to the terminal entrance.

Date: 15July2009
Flight: Manx2 // NM 413
From: East Midlands // EMA
To: Isle of Man // IOM
Duration: 0h50m
STD: 12.00 // ATD: 11.58
STA: 13.00 // ATA: 12.52
Aircraft: Dornier 228-200 // D-CMNX
Seat: Economy // 2B
Price: £ 52,90 per ticket

I was a bit excited about this flight because I didn't know what type of aircraft to expect. Let 410, Dornier 228 or Swearingen Metro, all types of aircraft on my list of aircraft still to fly with. In the days before our flight I checked the flight every day, just to make sure if the flight is often delayed but I got a bit worried when I discovered that the flight was cancelled quite often. I quickly checked how to get from East Midlands to Liverpool if our flight to IOM would be cancelled.
Luckily our flight wasn't cancelled.
Check-in was done online. We went through security a bit early because there wasn't much to see outside the terminal. Since we were flying Manx2 we were alowed to take the fast lane. In the departurehall we went upstairs to do some aircraftspotting. A Koralblue A319 was new for us since we hadn't seen this one before.
At around 11:25 we saw our Manx2 aircraft coming in from the Isle of Man: a Dornier 228-200. Very nice to fly this type of aircraft; remembered us the times when we were small kids and watched a Flexair Dornier 228 operating flights to London City at our home airport Rotterdam Airport many years ago.
Boarding time approached and still no gate mentioned on the screens. About 15 minutes before departure we decided to go to the gate area and look for the gate by ourselves. When we found it, we saw that everyone was already on the bus and we were one of the last ones. A bit strange since there was no gate mentioned on the screens in the departurehall.
The aircraft was parked at a remote stand. The female co-pilot was waiting at the door and asked everyone if their destination was Isle of Man. Free seating except for the first row. That was because the wife and kid of the captain were flying with us aswell and the seats in row 1 were reserved for them. We took seats 2A and B. It was not possible to place my rucksack under the seat in front of me and since there was no overhead compartment, I had to hold my it between my legs for the entire flight. The seat itself was quite comfortable.
The British female co-pilot closed the door and went up front to welcome us on board and introduced the German captain Thomas. Then she did the safety demonstration. Thereafter she went through the cabin with a basket of sweets. No other drinks or snacks on this flight.
Start-up was two minutes ahead of schedule and the takeoff was from runway 27.
A little bit bumpy during the climb when we went through some rain clouds but after a few minutes it became clear and it was a smooth flight all the way to Ronaldsway Airport. Twelve pax on this flight. Cruising altitude was 10,000 feet.
Note the reflection of our aircraft in the propeller cone

No door between the cockpit and cabin
The overhead panel

The main panel
Almost overhead Liverpool Airport
Passing Liverpool Airport

Touchdown was at 12.52 on runway 26. On blocks 7 minutes ahead of schedule. Small delay in disembarking because there was no groundcrew available upon arrival.
Our aircraft after disembarking

We went for a walk around the airport. The Isle of Man looks like a very nice island. Also, no fences at all around the airport
View of the airport from the other side

Date: 15July2009
Flight: Flybe // BE 605
From: Isle of Man // IOM
To: Liverpool // LPL
Duration: 0h50m
STD: 16.20 // ATD: 16.20
STA: 17.00 // ATA: 16.55
Aircraft: Dash 8-Q400 // G-JECT "Matt Le Tissier"
Seat: Economy // 21A
Price: £ 37,49 per ticket

Our next flight to Liverpool was on Flybe.
Check-in was done online. Not a lot of passengers on this flight today, aircraft was around 30% full. Push back was exactly on time and takeoff was from runway 26.
The Isle of Man

Clear skies all the way. Turbulence started when flying a right-hand downwind for runway 27. Touchdown was at 16.51 and we arrived 5 minutes ahead of schedule on stand.
Everton FC stadium "Goodison Park"

Date: 15July2009
Flight: easyJet // EZY7011
From: Liverpool // LPL
To: Amsterdam // AMS
Duration: 0h54m
STD: 19.15 // ATD: 19.09
STA: 21.30 // ATA: 21.37
Aircraft: Airbus A319-100 // G-EZIR
Seat: Economy // 25F
Price: £ 23,46 per ticket

Last flight of the day was the easyJet flight back to AMS. A lot of pax on this flight. Compliments from the captain for the fast boarding. Beacause of this we pushed back 6 minutes ahead of schedule. Take-off was from runway 27 with a right turn when airborn.
Passing Manchester Airport

Smooth flight all the way but the approach was a bit bumpy. Landing was on the famous "Polderbaan" so a long taxi to the terminal. We touched down at 21.12 but unfortunately there wasn't any gate available for us. The captain came on and told us we had to wait until one of the other planes would depart but that could take up to 30 minutes. The passengers weren't happy about that. We stopped at taxiway C with one engine running. After about 15 minutes a gate H3 became available on which arrived 7 minutes behind schedule.
Crossing runway 18C/36C at taxiway W5

It was a very nice day It was a nice experience to fly the Dornier 228. Unfortunately it's not that easy anymore to fly this one in Europe.

Thanks for reading!
I hope you like this trip report, even though it is from last year
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RE: Daytrip To The Isle Of Man: Flying The Dornier 228

Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:56 pm

Hi Martin,

Great TR. Really enjoyed it. The Do 228 is certainly something different. Manx2 have recently started flights from my local airport in Galway to Cork and Belfast. Reading your report has made me more determined to get on them while I can!


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RE: Daytrip To The Isle Of Man: Flying The Dornier 228

Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:16 pm


I envy you getting that Do228. A type I really want to get on, but also the SA.227 Metroliner. Both in use with Manx2 as of today, but as said, difficult to plan and not always sure what type is operating.
IOM does have fences at least around the terminal building. I didn't walk all the way around. You've been lucky with the weather also. My single visit to the island got me on a Dash 8-Q200, also a type difficult to get, and I think I've to plan another visit similar to yours to get some more exciting metal in the books  

btw I remember the Flexair Do228's at RTM also, as well in AMS we got Suckling to Cambridge operating that type.

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