Four minutes after landing, our aircraft came to a complete stop near the airport terminal building. Winds were gently blowing from the east, with a speed of about 20-25 knots. We don't know about any in-box reviews for this Flybe (Loganair) Twin Otter (#72-115) from 26 … You can check out the timetables and book directly on Loganair’s website. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. After all necessary flight preparations were done, the doors were closed and the flight crew was cleared to start up the two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 engines. Development of the aircraft began in 1964, with the first flight on May 20, 1965. I’m glad you enjoyed your flight on this Scottish world record holding Airline. An excellent report and video. So I booked a taxi that would pick me up at 08:15 at my hotel in the city centre of Glasgow. The second flight of the day had arrived. 5 seconds later, I was already walking to the aircraft, Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS. The sturdy wheels of the Twin Otter splashed up some water as we decelerated and made a right turn towards the airport terminal, located just next to the beach. I would like to thank the flight crew of Loganair, the ground crew of Loganair, Glasgow Airport, Barra Airport, Stobart Aviation Services, and the friendly people I met at Barra for making this day so unique and making sure that everything went according to plan. As I boarded the aircraft, I was kindly welcomed by our First Officer Daniel. I continued to look through the windshield of the aircraft’s cockpit and Glasgow’s RWY 05 came into sight as the runway lights were on. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. Marlin Seeley. We were on our way to Barra. Flightradar24 tracks 180,000+ flights, from 1,200+ airlines, flying to or from 4,000+ airports around the world in real time. At 13:39, both engines were throttled up and stabilised, a final check of the runway ahead of us was made (e.g. After a few moments, the nice views were gone and all we could see were white and grey overcast clouds. Note the cafe where you can order a healthy lunch or just something to drink before flying. The availability of the 550 shp (410 kW) Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-20 propeller turbine engine in the early 1960s made the concept of a twin more feasible. Two aircraft pack, with BA (Loganair) G-BVVK and Scilly Skybus G-BIHO. I already knew that Barra was special as it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. I had booked seat 02A, but eventually took a seat in aisle seat 02B, as this one had better views of the flight deck. I moved back and forth between the port and starboard side of the aircraft to make some photos and videos, but always made sure that my seatbelt was on. Airliners can still be painted with meaning, not just white or corporate emblems. Aviation Photo #5904073 De Havilland Canada (Viking) DHC-6-400 Twin Otter - Loganair [ Medium Large] Tweet. As a matter of fact, there are three runways on the beach, each one clearly marked by a wooden pole. Except for me, who sat in the corner, eating a sandwich and looking outside of the window to enjoy the scenery of Tràigh Mhòr…. At 11:19 local time, we were approaching RWY 07 at Barra and flew over the island on a downwind leg for our landing runway. As I walked towards the terminal building, I asked the ground crew member why he had to do this, and he said it was mandatory for this flight originating from Barra. Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. As I exited the Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-HIAL aircraft, I was welcomed by someone of the ground handling team at Barra Airport. I already knew that Barra was special as it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. Once we reached our top of descent (TOD), our flight crew started the descent into Barra. Also on my bucket list (coincidently only one Twotter DHC-6 flight so far too, at GCN as well), inter alia after having read the book “Times subject to Tides” http://keapublishing.com/kea_aviation.php. In May 2019, I had made plans for a city trip to Glasgow, Scotland. It has a check-in and ticketing desk for Loganair, a nice cafe where you can have a drink or eat something, and some tables where you can sit and relax after landing, or before flying away from Barra. For some reason I was glad that my inbound flight had just four passenger, including me. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. A Loganair Twin Otter aircraft has been converted into an additional air ambulance aircraft, allowing it carry Epishuttle isolation pods for the safe carriage of Covid-19 patients by air. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS parked at Glasgow Airport shortly after landing. Cabin interior of Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-HIAL during final preparations by the flight crew members. PSOs are obligations imposed by Transport Scotland on a carrier to provide a set level of service on a particular route in order to ensure that the service satisfies fixed standards of continuity, regularity, capacity and pricing. Since the PSO route to Barra is operated from Glasgow, this would definitely allow for a day trip during my city trip. With world records held for only scheduled beach service and the worlds shortest scheduled flight between Westray and Papa Westray. So I booked my seats onboard flights LM451 GLA-BRR and LM456 BRR-GLA on Tuesday 26 November 2019. Our aircraft came to a complete stop just next to the airport terminal, the engines were shut down and the doors were opened. a visual check that there were no obstacles approaching from the left or right), and the Captain on today’s flight LM0456 BRR-GLA released the brakes. It was becoming very obvious that everyone on the island knows each other. By Barry Blaisdell, Jean-Pierre Brisard, Bob May, Kevin Pardy and Danny Crance - Premier Aircraft Design. Just after 13:00, I heard the sound of turboprops, and all of a sudden, a Twin Otter passed next to us and landed on RWY 07 at Barra Airport. Around 15:00 I arrived back in the terminal building of Glasgow Airport. I asked him if I could take my seat on row 2, and as he did not see any reason not to sit on row 2, I took my seat. 0:42. The departure gate for my Loganair flight to Barra was not yet displayed, so I took a seat and read some online news articles and checked some posts on social media. The female Loganair gate agent and a Stobart Aviation Services agent (Stobart Aviation Services is the ground handling services provider for Loganair at both Glasgow and Edinburgh airport) were doing their normal preflight preparation duties and started to check the luggage of the passengers, i.e. By the time we reached our cruising altitude of 8.400 feet, weather conditions started to deteriorate again, as expected by the crew before our departure. At 10:15 (our scheduled departure time), the Loganair gate agent finally announced that our flight was ready for boarding. Another thing that I noticed is that the Captain (and possibly also the First Officer, but I didn’t see that) got a security search by one of the ground crew members. Winds were gently blowing from the east, with a speed of about 20-25 knots. 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In other words: it felt great! I told him that I was not a local on a journey from Glasgow to Barra (I’m pretty sure he knew that already, since he did not recognise me) but one of the many avgeeks flying to Barra for the fun of landing on the beach. You never know when turbulence might hit you, especially on a smaller aircraft like this Twin Otter. I didn’t really mind so I agreed and boarded the aircraft. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, currently marketed as the Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter, is a Canadian 19-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada and currently produced by Viking Air. Twin Otter take off from Panama City. to see if we would be able to take them in the cabin. Just after 13:00, I heard the sound of turboprops, and all of a sudden, a Twin Otter passed next to us and landed on RWY 07 at Barra Airport. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. As of 2006, over 40 years after design and manufacturing work on the original DHC-6 began, more than 500 of this aircraft were still flying. At 09:45 (the planned boarding time), we were not allowed yet to board our aircraft. I immediately noticed that the gate for my flight to Barra was quite empty as well. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. The perfect beginning of a bucket list flight trip. The end of a safe and uneventful, but quite an adventurous flight. He also informed us that there would be three pilots onboard today’s flight to Barra: Our Captain John, First Officer Richard and a new Loganair pilot who would observe both John and Richard and their flight operation duties during the flight. The twin otter aircraft has been adapted to carry epishuttle isolation pods for the safe carriage of COVID-19 patients by air. The Pratt & Whitney engines spooled up, and the aircraft moved gently backwards. As the wind was getting a bit stronger, I made my way back inside the airport building, put my belongings next to one the tables, and ordered a healthy sandwich and a drink at the counter of the cafe inside the airport building. The departure gate for my Loganair flight to Barra was not yet displayed, so I took a seat and read some online news articles and checked some posts on social media. Narrative: Loganair Flight LC423 was a scheduled passenger flight from Glasgow Airport (GLA) to Islay/Port Ellen (ILY). The perfect beginning of a bucket list flight trip. We were on our way to Barra. I decided not to go to one of the bars, but just to buy a bottle of cola at one of the many tax free shops. Together with the Glasgow-Tiree route it is one of two public service obligations (PSOs) imposed by Transport Scotland. Engine number two was started first, followed by engine number one. As I walked towards the terminal building, I asked the ground crew member why he had to do this, and he said it was mandatory for this flight originating from Barra. 2585 On Tuesday 26 November 2019, I checked off one of my avgeek bucket list items, as I flew on a Loganair Twin Otter from Glasgow to Barra and back. Thank you! The four passengers, including myself, enjoyed the exterior views as we flew toward Barra. At 11:19 local time, we were approaching RWY 07 at Barra and flew over the island on a downwind leg for our landing runway. Judges at the ERA awards praised Loganair for being “an exceptional regional airline, which has rebuilt its commercial infrastructure after the end of its franchise’ while implementing ‘a complete rebrand’ undertaken by a ‘young and inspirational CEO,” according to The Glasgow Evening Times. I had already checked in online for both Loganair flights few days earlier (on Friday 22 November, which is four days before departure) and was only travelling with my camera bag, so hence I could immediately proceed to the mandatory security screening. On Tuesday 26 November 2019, I checked off one of my avgeek bucket list items, as I flew on a Loganair Twin Otter from Glasgow to Barra and back. Aircraft: Current fleet: Stored / Scrapped: History: I thanked them for a nice experience and said that another of my aviation buck list items could be checked off. Thanks for the kind feedback. Once all passengers were seated, Richard gave us some more information on the flight and also gave us the mandatory safety demonstration. PSOs are obligations imposed by Transport Scotland on a carrier to provide a set level of service on a particular route in order to ensure that the service satisfies fixed standards of continuity, regularity, capacity and pricing. The end of a safe and uneventful, but quite an adventurous flight. The second flight appeared to be quite a full flight as many passengers exited the aircraft. It was becoming very obvious that everyone on the island knows each other. After a very impressive final approach in our Twin Otter and a nice view of the approach, our aircraft made a safe landing on RWY 05 at 14:43. Loganair was established on 1 February 1962 by Willie Logan of the Logan Construction Company Ltd, operating as its air charter arm with a Piper PA-23 Aztec based at Edinburgh. Plane spotting - Belgium • BRU 15/12/2020, Plane spotting - Belgium • LGG 13/12/2020, Latest aviation news • 2020 Antwerp Airport (ANR/EBAW) latest news, Plane spotting - Belgium • ANR 15/12/2020 SCOOP, Plane spotting - Belgium • LGG 15/12/2020 ELAI 789, Plane spotting - Belgium • OST 15/12/2020. As a Scot, born in Glasgow and having visited the island by ferry before, I had always wanted to fly in. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. As the weather was much better than it was in Glasgow when we left earlier that morning, I went outside of the terminal building and decided to go for a short walk. However, even it’s just a small airport building, it is very comfortable and has a unique, friendly atmosphere. As I entered the airport, I checked the flight information screens and noticed that my morning flight to Barra would operate as scheduled. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers. I noticed the flight crew discussing the expected ground track for the approach route and noticed that soon we would be flying directly into some rain showers. Maybe the weather in Barra would not be as bad as the weather in Glasgow? As I exited the Twin Otter, I said goodbye to our Captain and to the First Officer. Aircraft photo of VP-FAW - De Havilland Canada DHC-6-310 Twin Otter - Loganair / British Antarctic Survey, taken by Danny Grew at Aberdeen - Dyce (EGPD / ABZ) in Scotland, United Kingdom on 14 June 1978. I was indeed fortunately to fly on both aircraft. Copyright © 2020 | Ivan Coninx | All rights reserved, A Brief Look At My Flickr Photos – November 2019, A Brief Look At My Flickr Photos – October 2020, First Airbus A400M Atlas for 15th Wing Air Transport arrives at Melsbroek Air Base, British Airways says farewell to the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, A Brief Look At My Flickr Photos – September 2020, A Brief Look At My Flickr Photos – August 2020. Around 15:00 I arrived back in the terminal building of Glasgow Airport. This allows for aircraft to land on Barra, independently of the surface wind direction. The sturdy wheels of the Twin Otter splashed up some water as we decelerated and made a right turn towards the airport terminal, located just next to the beach. After a one minute walk, the path being clearly indicated by ground markings and my walk being monitored by the Stobart Aviation Services agent, I arrived at the aircraft for today’s flight from Glasgow to Barra: Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-HIAL, operated by Loganair but painted in a Scottish Government livery. Loganair Twin Otter flight from Glasgow to Barra, Sign me up for the daily newsletter. He also informed us that there would be three pilots onboard today’s flight to Barra: Our Captain John, First Officer Richard and a new Loganair pilot who would observe both John and Richard and their flight operation duties during the flight. I took a seat in the arrivals zone of the airport, made a few more notes and checked my photos and videos. 1:40. He briefed us on the aircraft’s emergency exits. This reminded me of the fact that my one hour flight to Barra would not have any restroom facility available. The sound of the engines increased dramatically as they spooled up and about five seconds later, at a speed of 73 knots, the nosewheel was raised and we gently rotated off the beach at Barra Airport. I didn’t really mind so I agreed and boarded the aircraft. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. At 13:30, a Loganair employee stood up and asked if anyone in the terminal was on the flight back to Glasgow. Twin Otter - Engine failure on take-off. As I boarded the aircraft, I was kindly welcomed by our First Officer Daniel. Bottlecriticize. By Ivan Coninx | Published November 26, 2019 On Tuesday 26 November 2019, I checked off one of my avgeek bucket list items, as I flew on a Loganair Twin Otter from Glasgow to Barra and back. Loganair Barra & Benbecula Services Boarding a Twin Otter at Glasgow Airport Since this page was written the service pattern has changed. The remainder of the cruising part back to Glasgow was uneventful. It’s possible to fly out and back on the same aircraft if you check in online – but I’d really recommend spending a little time on the island. Sub menu Loganair. As I exited the Twin Otter, I said goodbye to our Captain and to the First Officer. Only four passengers would be flying to Barra this morning. Flights to Barra are operated from Glasgow. As a matter of fact, there are three runways on the beach, each one clearly marked by a wooden pole. I kept watching the flight deck, reviewed some of the many photos and videos I had already taken, and made some notes regarding the flight. After we had passed the island, we made a 180 degrees left turn to put ourselves on final approach and get fully aligned with RWY 07. Shortly after boarding we were welcomed by our First Officer, Richard. The second flight of the day had arrived. And apart from the mandatory restrooms, that’s basically it. 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