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 Post subject: Flybe Dash-8 Q400 Manchester to Isle Of Man
PostPosted: 07 Aug 2009, 21:12 
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Hi, My 1st flight in over 6 months, ok, i'll try to be as informative as possible here goes:

We left home at about 7:45am for the hour jouney across the pennines and to be honest we arrived in good time, we saw a few aircraft vectoring for RWY 23R over the M56, our flight was going from Terminal 3 and gate 146. At the airport i got some time to take some shots of aircraft on stand, a highlight was an American Airlines 767 with blended winglets, and the usual suspects (BA A321, BMI ERJ-145, BMI Baby 737-600 etc...).

Flybe has a tight schedule and crazy turn around time, when we arrived the aircraft we were going one was just leaving to come back :lol:
Heres the flight info:

Flybe Bombardier Dash-8 Q400
G-ECOB BE7343
dep: 10:50am arr: 11:20am

Anyways It was a joy to know that we were walking to the the plane past many other aircraft (picture time!). Its the 1st time I went on a commercial Turboprop, and it looked smaller from the outside than it did inside, in a good 2-2 config with generous legroom for that type of plane. We were seated at the rear on seats 21A B C D and the plane was quite empty to be honest, which surprised me. The pilot was quick off the mark to taxi to Runway 23L then departed for a Wallersey Departure over Liverpool taking some good snaps of John Lennon airport and Birkenhead, then over he Irish sea climbing to something like 12,000ft then straight back down, by the time id opened my J20 it was time to belt up! we decended steadily experiencing none to minimal turbulence, but when we got to about 1,500ft the pilot just went nose down to the runway (RWY 26) and flared then touched down quite heavy but thats probably me, applied reverse thrust, and stepped on the brakes abit hard but when we turned off we were at the end of the runway with the numbers glaring at me. A quick taxi to the gate for an early arrival!

Now heres the main part... I GOT TO GO ON THE FLIGHTDECK!!!

the 2 chaps seemed pleasent, Matt and Josh I think, Matt been the Senior captian who had flown ERJ-145s and Jetstream 41s and Josh who looked to be a young 1st officer, then we chatted for abit about the Dash 8 and I confirmed it was a Wallersey Departure! and overall a pleasent conversation with a few bits of humour! technically it was the best 3 minutes of my aviation life up to now!

Whats more, I got pictures and it all on video!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc7CJXZQ ... annel_page

AA 767
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

British Airways A321
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

BMI Baby 737
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

BMI Embraer ERJ-145
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

Just out of Manchester
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

Over Liverpool inbound to WAL VOR (Wallersey)
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

Manx2.com aircraft
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

The Office
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

Overhead Panel
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

The Captains side
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1038856188

I hope you enjoyed them!!

I will do a report on our flightback!!

Thanks for viewing!!

(let me know if you cant get on the facebook public links) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Flybe Dash-8 Q400 Manchester to Isle Of Man
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2009, 05:46 
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Nice write up Nick! Never having flown on a Q-400 myself before, how is it for a turboprop?

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 Post subject: Re: Flybe Dash-8 Q400 Manchester to Isle Of Man
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2009, 21:24 
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flybywire22 wrote:
Nice write up Nick! Never having flown on a Q-400 myself before, how is it for a turboprop?

Thanks!
It was a nice aircraft for a small commuter, good legroom, fair head clearence for the tall people, not that noisy but we were sat at the very back and a lot of power for a small craft!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Flybe Dash-8 Q400 Manchester to Isle Of Man
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Im flying back tomorrow so I will try to get a flight report done within a few days :)

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