Learn how your comment data is processed. Only four passengers would be flying to Barra this morning. 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. Your lucky to have flown the entire Scottish Governments aircraft fleet. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The second flight of the day had arrived. For some reason I was glad that my inbound flight had just four passenger, including me. As we cruised in a northwesterly direction, the Captain, First Officer and observation pilot were discussing various operational items. 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. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS parked at Barra Airport. I thanked them for a nice experience and said that another of my aviation buck list items could be checked off. 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. However, as I was surfing the internet, I noticed an article about flights to Barra in Scotland. Around 15:00 I arrived back in the terminal building of Glasgow Airport. 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. All four passengers (I was the first one, of course) headed to the counter and the gate agent checked my digital boarding pass (I used the excellent Loganair app) and wished me a nice flight. 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.. Calling from overseas? 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. 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. 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. 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. The terminal does not need to be big of course, since there are not even one hundred passengers flying to and from Barra on a daily basis (and that’s even considering two full in / full out rotations on a 19-seat Twin Otter). We talked a bit more, and I took some more photos (including a selfie of me, posing next to a sign on the airport building, welcoming passengers to Barra Airport). Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. An airport in its purest form. Hi Jim. See more ideas about Aircraft, Aviation, Atr 72. Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. (BE/Exeter) franchisee to suspend services to the island of Barra as it is the only aircraft currently certified to land on the beach of the island. Quite a spectacular and unique sight to see an aircraft take off from a beach. There is no floor storage for this seat during takeoff and landing. Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. We protect your data, read our privacy policy. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. You never know when turbulence might hit you, especially on a smaller aircraft like this Twin Otter. I still had more than one hour to spend before for my flight back to Glasgow. Join Date: Mar 2013. After two good engine starts and final checks, brakes were released and we made our short taxi towards the beginning of RWY 07 at Barra Airport. As a matter of fact, there are three runways on the beach, each one clearly marked by a wooden pole. Check out our Loganair seat maps - the most detailed, up to date, and popular Loganair seating charts and cabin layouts available. I told her that our approach into Glasgow got bumpy at a given moment, and she told me that she’d never fly on one of those ‘small planes’. I immediately noticed the big difference compared to the ‘regular’ Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier or Embraer aircraft that I fly: a low cabin ceiling, basic seats, no packed overhead bins, no cabin crew welcoming me onboard this aircraft and so on. Once all passengers were seated, Richard gave us some more information on the flight and also gave us the mandatory safety demonstration. And indeed, during the later stage of our descent into Glasgow, our aircraft was flying into moderate rain showers and we were all treated to a quite bumpy ride. Are Loganair using all three of their Otters or is one a back up? This reminded me of the fact that my one hour flight to Barra would not have any restroom facility available. 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. Maybe the weather in Barra would not be as bad as the weather in Glasgow? As we cruised in a northwesterly direction, the Captain, First Officer and observation pilot were discussing various operational items. After these plans were made, I started to look for some nice things to do in and around Glasgow. As I boarded the aircraft, I was kindly welcomed by our First Officer Daniel. As our Twin Otter gained altitude, Barra slowly disappeared on the horizon and the flight crew of our flight set course towards Glasgow. You are fully correct. I took a seat in the arrivals zone of the airport, made a few more notes and checked my photos and videos. Legroom-wise, the Economy pitch of 0cm " is average, though of course what that means for you depends on how tall you are! The aircraft taxied to the airport terminal building and came to a stop few moments later. Thanks again. I immediately noticed that the gate for my flight to Barra was quite empty as well. 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. Among the 30-strong Loganair fleet are two eight-seat Britten-Norman Islanders used for services within Orkney, including the 1 1/2-minute, 1.7-mile … 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. 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. I have updated the trip report accordingly. This afternoon’s return flight appeared to be even less crowded than my inbound flight: flight LM456 would have two flight crew members and just three passengers (including myself). Just few seconds later, we exited the active landing runway and began a short taxi to stand number 2, our remote parking position for this afternoon’s flight. Once we were cleared for takeoff, our engines spooled up while our aircraft firmly stood still on the runway. 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. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. 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. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. The terminal does not need to be big of course, since there are not even one hundred passengers flying to and from Barra on a daily basis (and that’s even considering two full in / full out rotations on a 19-seat Twin Otter). As we decreased our altitude, I continued to enjoy the views of the fabulous scenery below: a mix of cloud patches, some nice sunlight reflections on the North Atlantic Ocean and some beautiful Scottish islands. Thanks for the kind feedback. 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 was kindly welcomed on the ground by the same female Loganair gate agent who handled the outbound flight from Glasgow to Barra. Looks good in the logbook 😉. Engine number two was started first, followed by engine number one. At 09:45 (the planned boarding time), we were not allowed yet to board our aircraft. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. As I entered the airport, I checked the flight information screens and noticed that my morning flight to Barra would operate as scheduled. The airport’s airside surface is located on a beach, but pilots cannot just land on any spot they want. After another check of my digital boarding pass before boarding, I was allowed to board the Twin Otter. 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. I thanked them for a nice experience and said that another of my aviation buck list items could be checked off. Plus, you can say that both your arrival and departure times were dependant on the whims of the mighty North Atlantic. As I walked back to the airport building, I noticed that the Twin Otter was about to leave again for Glasgow. Unfortunately it seemed a bit too complex to arrange a day trip out of Glasgow. This allows for aircraft to land on Barra, independently of the surface wind direction. Let me know if you like it and be sure to drop any feeback down here 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. By now, our Twin Otter was already flying between some cloud layers and we continued our climb towards a cruising altitude of about 8.400 feet. I made my way to the gate, where I arrived at about 09:40, just five minutes before expected boarding time. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. To only give a 2* rating on an airliner that has NO cabin crew and NO in-flight catering is, for me, a bit poor. Hi Brian. Seat 1 A is a standard Economy Class seat that has additional legroom. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. He briefed us on the aircraft’s emergency exits. Our aircraft came to a complete stop just next to the airport terminal, the engines were shut down and the doors were opened. Around 15:00 I arrived back in the terminal building of Glasgow Airport. 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. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. I had reserved seat 02A but since there would only be four passengers on today’s flight, I was kindly requested by the First Officer, who was doing the preflight external inspection, to use seat 03A, as row 2 on the Twin Otter is the emergency exit row, and for some reason he did not want me to sit in that row. Shortly after boarding we were welcomed by our First Officer, Richard. 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