After lurking for a long time I have decided to put the reports I have partially written for the Monarch Enthusaists days, apologies for the picture quality as most have not been edited.
Trip 1 -LTN-GIB
ZB068 (ATC MON068L)
ETD 0830 ATD 0900 ETA 1225 ATD 1225
GATE 23/Stand 46/ STAND 2.
This is the link for the full days pictures here
Part 1 of the day started with a visit to the Operations centre, this was fascinating on how they deal with ATC delays, and deal with issues within the fleet. Sadly before long it was time to get the bus to the terminal and check in, I had already pre allocated extra legroom and a window for the flight, this by the way is brilliant for someone who is 6’4’’! Check in was done smoothly but the normal WIZZ invasion of 10+ aircraft in 90 minutes, meant a 30 minute security wait and no time in duty free, at least the line moved swiftly for the amount of people.
G-MPCD by leonard320, on Flickr [/img]
Boarding commenced on time, and we were bussed to the aircraft, once we were onboard we were told that Shell didn’t show so we suffered a 30 minute delay thanks to shell not turning up. Luckily we were only 20 mins late when we pushed and following a brief taxi to B1 before backtracking 08 and departing on the CPT6C departure. Once airborne we were kept at 4000ft for some time it seemed thanks to a lot of traffic inside the TMA, within 10 mins I had personally seen 4 aircraft near us.
The flight itself was smooth and en route I got a Bacon Panini, tub of Pringles and a pepsi for £6.40, and the bacon was lovely.
We started our descent at 11.10Z and then we discovered the weather in GIB, runways 09 poor visibility of 1500m in places and a cloud base of 300ft. Luckily we were on the better approach round the rock as this enabled the bay to partially clear and allow our arrival, if the runway was 27 that would have been a divert to AGP, later ATC advised us that if the pilot is not visual by 3 miles for 09 they must go around. As 27 wasn’t in use we didn’t ask about the limits but being straight in I would of thought they may be a tad lower.
Once landed and through we had a tour of the airport, very small and all the staff were waiting for the new terminal to open in the coming months. And it seems there will be a spotters balcony landside. The tour also took us airside and to the last point we could go to- about 100 ft away from the runway edge to take photos of the departure back to Luton.
We then spent some time in the town and went up the rock, whilst up there we learnt even the slightest gap in a bag is a opening for the residents the rock who seemed to enjoy the torment of my mother when nicking from the bag. Now ,advice to all, DO NOT walk from the cable car to the Sirte tunnels, I did it takes around 1hour down steep hills of about 30-40 degrees.
G-EZGP by leonard320, on Flickr[/img]
After seeing the easyJet arrive, having dinner we went back to the airport, crossed the runway to get ready for our ATC tour, now I’ve been in towers before but they were very friendly answered lots of questions and allowed us to snap away. When we were in the VCR our inbound aircraft came up so we were able to see the preparation of getting the road to a runway, once he was cleared we then went out and took pictures of the arriving aircraft from the balcony.
G-MPCD Strobe by leonard320, on Flickr[/img]
ETD 1940 ATD1940 ETA 2125 ATD 2115
The flight home was uneventful, by this time tiredness was setting in. By the end of the flight we arrived nearly 15 mins early on runway 08. A word for both crews who were fantastic and answered all questions the group had.
Once we had landed and visited the flight deck and had a long chat with the crew, we then went round to the hangers where we found an A300 and B757 undergoing major checks which we look round before completing the day.
To sum up, what a fantastic day it was, full of information and it was great to see Monarch has embraced the hobby with this day. I just hope more are arranged.
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