After these plans were made, I started to look for some nice things to do in and around Glasgow. The Twin Otter is a great little aircraft to fly on, and landing on the beach is a must for any aviation enthusiast. For some reason, I started to look into the world’s shortest commercial flight, from Westray to Papa Westray in Scotland and operated by Loganair. 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). In the past, I had flown in the Twin Otter just once (a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon in the United States). to see if we would be able to take them in the cabin. She seemed to be surprised to see me back in Glasgow, but as I told her I was on a bucket list trip, she understood. 1:40. After a 15 minute drive, the taxi driver dropped me off at the terminal building at Glasgow Airport. As the flight progressed, the weather started to improve and the first patches of blue skies started to appear. Latest aviation news • Brexit and British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, et al. Looks good in the logbook . In May 2019, I had made plans for a city trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Learn how your comment data is processed. I thanked them for a nice experience and said that another of my aviation buck list items could be checked off. 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. At 13:30, a Loganair employee stood up and asked if anyone in the terminal was on the flight back to Glasgow. The four passengers, including myself, enjoyed the exterior views as we flew toward Barra. 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 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. Note the cafe where you can order a healthy lunch or just something to drink before flying. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. Flight LM451 from Glasgow to Barra was scheduled for a 10:15 departure on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, I noticed one of the Barra passengers heading to the gents restroom. 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. 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 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. Eventually, I went outside of the airport terminal building and took the Glasgow Airport Express back to the city centre of Glasgow. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. Our aircraft came to a complete stop just next to the airport terminal, the engines were shut down and the doors were opened. Except for me, who sat in the corner, eating a sandwich and looking outside of the window to enjoy the scenery of Tràigh Mhòr…. This reminded me of the fact that my one hour flight to Barra would not have any restroom facility available. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. As I exited the Twin Otter, I said goodbye to our Captain and to the First Officer. 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. 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 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. PSOs are basically an essential way to support certain Highlands and Islands air routes and to make sure they are commercially viable. 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. 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 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. By Barry Blaisdell, Jean-Pierre Brisard, Bob May, Kevin Pardy and Danny Crance - Premier Aircraft Design. Except for me, who sat in the corner, eating a sandwich and looking outside of the window to enjoy the scenery of Tràigh Mhòr…. The end of a great adventurous day. Since the PSO route to Barra is operated from Glasgow, this would definitely allow for a day trip during my city trip. Loganair converts Twin Otter to air ambulance for C-19 crisis. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. The four passengers, including myself, enjoyed the exterior views as we flew toward Barra. After another check of my digital boarding pass before boarding, I was allowed to board the Twin Otter. 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. 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. The perfect beginning of a bucket list flight trip. I had booked seat 02A, but eventually took a seat in aisle seat 02B, as this one had better views of the flight deck. What makes Barra so unique is that it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. I immediately noticed that the gate for my flight to Barra was quite empty as well. A Loganair operated Twin Otter plane at Barra's beach airport in the Outer Hebrides. Flightradar24 tracks 180,000+ flights, from 1,200+ airlines, flying to or from 4,000+ airports around the world in real time. 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. We were on our way to Barra. The airport building at Barra Airport may be rather small, but it offers all needed services and has its own ATC tower. 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. At 09:45 (the planned boarding time), we were not allowed yet to board our aircraft. After two good engine starts, the before taxi checklist was completed and clearance was received to taxi to the runway. At 10:35 we were cleared to line up onto RWY 05. Best regards, Ivan. Just a few minutes later, we touched down firmly on the beach and the engines were put into reverse thrust again. At 10:15 (our scheduled departure time), the Loganair gate agent finally announced that our flight was ready for boarding. We got access to the Lounge with Scottish treats like tablet, you must have missed out there. Advertiser Disclosure: Many of the credit card offers and links that appear on the website are from credit card companies or websites from which Seatlink.com receives compensation.However, this compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site. As I walked back to the airport building, I noticed that the Twin Otter was about to leave again for 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 passed through the door leading to the tarmac and made my way towards the aircraft. 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. However, even it’s just a small airport building, it is very comfortable and has a unique, friendly atmosphere. I kindly acknowledged, packed my winter jacket and camera bag, and showed my boarding pass. 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. Flight LM451 from Glasgow to Barra was scheduled for a 10:15 departure on Tuesday morning. I had done some research and noticed that you could easily walk from Tràigh Mhòr or ‘Big Beach’ (where Barra airport is situated) to Traigh Eais or ‘Long Beach’ at the opposite side of the island. After just a few seconds, the captain gently pulled back the steering wheel and we rotated. 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. I kindly acknowledged, packed my winter jacket and camera bag, and showed my boarding pass. 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. 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. In May 2019, I had made plans for a city trip to Glasgow, Scotland. As we cruised in a northwesterly direction, the Captain, First Officer and observation pilot were discussing various operational items. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. Thank you! Calling itself “Scotland’s Airline”, Loganairis a success story in how to turn a regional airline into a winner. Loganair Barra & Benbecula Services Boarding a Twin Otter at Glasgow Airport Since this page was written the service pattern has changed. As I walked back to the airport building, I noticed that the Twin Otter was about to leave again for Glasgow. So fasten your seatbelt, put the table in front of you in the upward position and enjoy this trip report. Note: Twin Otter Archive is being archived and re-vamped with a data format and layout consistant to that found on DHC-2.com and DHC-3archive.com.. Master Index click here* Aircraft already updated in new format with some additional images. Founded in 1962 by William Logan at Renfrew airport with a single Piper Aztec aircraft, Loganair won the contract t… Quite a spectacular and unique sight to see an aircraft take off from a beach. Plus, you can say that both your arrival and departure times were dependant on the whims of the mighty North Atlantic. I guess morning rush hour had already passed. You are fully correct. So I booked a taxi that would pick me up at 08:15 at my hotel in the city centre of Glasgow. An excellent report and video. Our 889 employees are based around the network and operate Embraer 135/145, ATR 42 -500, ATR 72-600 , Saab 340, Twin Otter and BN2 Islander aircraft types. Since the PSO route to Barra is operated from Glasgow, this would definitely allow for a day trip during my city trip. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. 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. After a few moments, the nice views were gone and all we could see were white and grey overcast clouds. 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. Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. The airport’s airside surface is located on a beach, but pilots cannot just land on any spot they want. 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’. Only four passengers would be flying to Barra this morning. We protect your data, read our privacy policy. For some reason, I started to look into the world’s shortest commercial flight, from Westray to Papa Westray in Scotland and operated by Loganair. 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. Aviation Safety Network: Aviation Safety Network: Database containing descriptions of over 11000 airliner write-offs, hijackings and military aircraft accidents. So I booked a taxi that would pick me up at 08:15 at my hotel in the city centre of Glasgow. And apart from the mandatory restrooms, that’s basically it. 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. Less than two minutes later, we started our short taxi toward the threshold of RWY 05. Your lucky to have flown the entire Scottish Governments aircraft fleet. 31/10/2019 news CAE and Loganair … Quite a spectacular and unique sight to see an aircraft take off from a beach. Loganair Limited, Lightyear Building, 9 Marchburn Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley, PA3 2SJ. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. +44 141 642 9407 Mon-Fri: 08.00-17.00 It was great to visit the island and a unique experience to land and takeoff at the beach. 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’. 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