Since the PSO route to Barra is operated from Glasgow, this would definitely allow for a day trip during my city trip. Yes it's very odd the 2 companies don't allow access to each other's seat plans. However, as I was surfing the internet, I noticed an article about flights to Barra in Scotland. You have entered an incorrect email address! At 13:39, both engines were throttled up and stabilised, a final check of the runway ahead of us was made (e.g. I was kindly welcomed on the ground by the same female Loganair gate agent who handled the outbound flight from Glasgow to Barra. The Pratt & Whitney engines spooled up, and the aircraft moved gently backwards. Flights to Barra are operated from Glasgow. 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. The second flight of the day had arrived. As the flight crew had finished their preflight duties at 13:33, both engines were started (I really love the sound of these turboprops). As the flight progressed, the weather started to improve and the first patches of blue skies started to appear. Hence, I also headed to the gents restroom. 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. 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. Once we were cleared for takeoff, our engines spooled up while our aircraft firmly stood still on the runway. to see if we would be able to take them in the cabin. After another check of my digital boarding pass before boarding, I was allowed to board the Twin Otter. So I checked Loganair’s website and immediately booked a return flight, as fares were very affordable (a return ticket would cost me just over 100 euros). At about 14:40, our Twin Otter broke through the clouds and we could again see the Scottish ground below us. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. Sep 27, 2020 - Explore Merlyn Pauley's board "Turboprop Airliners" on Pinterest. In comparison, the Twin Otter normally seats 19. At 14:23, we reached our top of descent (TOD) and the flight crew gently reduced power as we started our descent towards Glasgow’s RWY 05. 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. 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. Once we reached our top of descent (TOD), our flight crew started the descent into Barra. 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. So I remained outside for a few moments, and witnessed the departure of the Twin Otter. 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. As a matter of fact, there are three runways on the beach, each one clearly marked by a wooden pole. I have updated the trip report accordingly. 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. Hence, I also headed to the gents restroom. After a few moments, the nice views were gone and all we could see were white and grey overcast clouds. At 09:45 (the planned boarding time), we were not allowed yet to board our aircraft. This allows for aircraft to land on Barra, independently of the surface wind direction. Oban and Loch Lomond were clear on the way back. And apart from the mandatory restrooms, that’s basically it. Via BA which stated these had been allocated by the carrier and unable to change. Overseeing daily flights to and from Glasgow on a 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, Tish heads up a team of three Loganair employees tasked with ensuring customers and … Our captain was the pilot flying and gently pulled forward the overhead throttle levers as we lined up onto the runway. 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. Maybe the weather in Barra would not be as bad as the weather in Glasgow? And apart from the mandatory restrooms, that’s basically it. 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. Applicable when traveling with an accompanying adult. The bumpy ride only lasted for a few minutes and eventually we were again flying in less turbulent air and continued our approach towards Glasgow. 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). Loganair’s route network mainly consists of services in Scotland. 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. At 09:35, the flight information display screens (FIDS) finally announced the gate for my flight, which was gate 1. Looks good in the logbook 😉. Apart from Barra, what other routes do they do and are they used for freight atall? 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). 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’. Typical photo of a Twin Otter parked at Barra Airport. Hi Jim. At about 14:40, our Twin Otter broke through the clouds and we could again see the Scottish ground below us. I guess morning rush hour had already passed. 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. Thank you! In May 2019, I had made plans for a city trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) is planning to retire its DHC-6 Twin Otter 300s from service which would force the Flybe. In 1967, Loganair took delivery of three Britten-Norman Islander twin-engine eight-seat light commuter airliners and began regular flights between the Orkney Islands, and started operating in Shetland in 1970. Engine number two was started first, followed by engine number one. However, even it’s just a small airport building, it is very comfortable and has a unique, friendly atmosphere. However, even it’s just a small airport building, it is very comfortable and has a unique, friendly atmosphere. No big shopping malls, no long queues at the security screening, no fancy cars in the middle of a very long pier that only major league football players could ever afford, no first class lounge,…. 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. Airliners can still be painted with meaning, not just white or corporate emblems. Covid-19 - If your call relates to the impact on your booking with us, please read our advice first. 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. 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. Once all passengers were seated, Richard gave us some more information on the flight and also gave us the mandatory safety demonstration. You are fully correct. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS parked at Barra Airport. The perfect beginning of a bucket list flight trip. 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. Less than half a minute later, we disappeared into the low overcast clouds, our pitch attitude was reduced and the engines were set to climb thrust. After a smooth security screening, I made my way to the tax free shops, bar and restaurant area of Glasgow Airport, which looked quite desolated at this time of the day. Bear in mind, the Twin Otter has no door between the passenger cabin and the cockpit, so aviation enthusiasts like me are able to follow the flight operations if they are able to get a seat in e.g. In the past, I had flown in the Twin Otter just once (a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon in the United States). 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. I already knew that Barra was special as it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. (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. ** Child discount applies to the net fare only and excludes taxes and charges. Eventually, I went outside of the airport terminal building and took the Glasgow Airport Express back to the city centre of Glasgow. * Restrictions apply on flights operated by Twin Otter and BNI aircraft (Barra, Tiree, Campbeltown and inter-island routes)– up to 15kg per piece. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. So I booked my seats onboard flights LM451 GLA-BRR and LM456 BRR-GLA on Tuesday 26 November 2019. In other words: it felt great! The end of a safe and uneventful, but quite an adventurous flight. 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I guess morning rush hour had already passed. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. As I enjoyed my lunch, I noticed some locals entering the airport building, picking up arriving passengers from the second flight which was about to land as well as airport employees having a friendly chat with each other. 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. 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. Thanks Reply. The end of a great adventurous day. An airport in its purest form. The two engines were shut down and doors were opened. 5 seconds later, I was already walking to the aircraft, Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS. 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. Scotland’s airline Loganair has celebrated 40 years since one of its Twin Otter aircraft set-off on the first-ever service between Glasgow Airport and City of Derry Airport in April 1979. The four passengers, including myself, enjoyed the exterior views as we flew toward Barra. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. Eventually, I went outside of the airport terminal building and took the Glasgow Airport Express back to the city centre of Glasgow. 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. I sat there for quite some time, made some photos, enjoyed the views and…well…enjoyed the views again. Thirteen 34-seat Saab 340s form the bulk of Loganair’s fieet but the airline also uses five 50-seat Saab 2000s, three 32-seat Dornier 328s, three DHC-6 Twin Otters and two Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders. I had a few hours to spend at Barra so it would be a shame to just sit inside, especially since the weather was very good for the time of the year. Less than half a minute later, we disappeared into the low overcast clouds, our pitch attitude was reduced and the engines were set to climb thrust. After a few moments, the nice views were gone and all we could see were white and grey overcast clouds. After two good engine starts, the before taxi checklist was completed and clearance was received to taxi to the runway. Thank you! Row №7 was more like 3+0: its located in a narrow tale part and aisle was not necessary at the last row. With world records held for only scheduled beach service and the worlds shortest scheduled flight between Westray and Papa Westray. The airport’s airside surface is located on a beach, but pilots cannot just land on any spot they want. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. I still had more than one hour to spend before for my flight back to Glasgow. 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. As I enjoyed my lunch, I noticed some locals entering the airport building, picking up arriving passengers from the second flight which was about to land as well as airport employees having a friendly chat with each other. 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 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’. View of the front office aka ‘the cockpit’ of our Twin Otter as we are about to begin our taxi to RWY 07 at Barra Airport. 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. The bumpy ride only lasted for a few minutes and eventually we were again flying in less turbulent air and continued our approach towards Glasgow. As our Twin Otter gained altitude, Barra slowly disappeared on the horizon and the flight crew of our flight set course towards Glasgow. 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.. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. At 14:23, we reached our top of descent (TOD) and the flight crew gently reduced power as we started our descent towards Glasgow’s RWY 05. The 2* rating on the meal and catering is indeed a bit awkward since they do not offer the service in the first place (which is normal of course on this route and this type of aircraft), so a 2* rating seemed fair. 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