G-HIAL | Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter | Loganair | Kyle McKinlay | JetPhotos 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. 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. After a 15 minute drive, the taxi driver dropped me off at the terminal building at Glasgow Airport. 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. I kindly acknowledged, packed my winter jacket and camera bag, and showed my boarding pass. 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. 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. Flights to Barra are operated from Glasgow. Sign me up for the daily newsletter. I sat there for quite some time, made some photos, enjoyed the views and…well…enjoyed the views again. For some reason I was glad that my inbound flight had just four passenger, including me. 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. 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The second flight appeared to be quite a full flight as many passengers exited the aircraft. As I walked back to the airport building, I noticed that the Twin Otter was about to leave again for Glasgow. Twin Otter taking off from remote camp in Nunavut, Canada. 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. The Twin Otter was introduced on services from Glasgow to Tiree, Barra and Campbeltown. 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. Thank you! 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. 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. 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. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter G-SGTS parked at Glasgow Airport shortly after landing. I made my way to the gate, where I arrived at about 09:40, just five minutes before expected boarding time. Great trip report, pictures and videos ! My return flight LM0456 from Barra to Glasgow was scheduled to leave at 13:45. Except for me, who sat in the corner, eating a sandwich and looking outside of the window to enjoy the scenery of Tràigh Mhòr…. It seemed like a very close community and everyone is very social. In the meantime, we were flying over the North Atlantic Ocean and still had a few moments to go before reaching Barra. Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. Hence, I also headed to the gents restroom. What makes Barra so unique is that it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. 1:40. 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. Instead, I noticed a Loganair Embraer aircraft arriving at its stand just in front of our gate, and the crew and pax got off the aircraft just few moments later. As I exited the Twin Otter, I said goodbye to our Captain and to the First Officer. 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. Flights to Barra are operated from Glasgow. 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. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about 226 kilometers (122 nautical miles) from Glasgow. Hi Brian. Meanwhile, I noticed one of the Barra passengers heading to the gents restroom. Instead, I noticed a Loganair Embraer aircraft arriving at its stand just in front of our gate, and the crew and pax got off the aircraft just few moments later. The small but very enjoyable airport building at Barra Airport. Barra is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides, roughly about … A Loganair plane has been converted into an additional air ambulance aircraft, following calls to extend airlifting capability in the isles in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 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 airport building at Barra Airport may be rather small, but it offers all needed services and has its own ATC tower. Maybe the weather in Barra would not be as bad as the weather in Glasgow? At about 14:40, our Twin Otter broke through the clouds and we could again see the Scottish ground below us. Latest aviation news • Brexit and British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, et al. After these plans were made, I started to look for some nice things to do in and around Glasgow. Less than two minutes later, we started our short taxi toward the threshold of RWY 05. Four minutes after landing, our aircraft came to a complete stop near the airport terminal building. As I walked back to the airport building, I noticed that the Twin Otter was about to leave again for Glasgow. I already knew that Barra was special as it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. The handling pilot, who occupied the first pilot's position, had recently converted to flying the DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, and was completing a series of supervised route flights required by the airline before the award of full command status. 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 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. De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Loganair (1962-now) G-BVKK; G-BFZP; Designed for. I didn’t really mind so I agreed and boarded the aircraft. An airport in its purest form. 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 I exited the Twin Otter, I said goodbye to our Captain and to the First Officer. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. Both G-SGTS (Scottish Government Transport System) and G-HIAL (Highlands and Islands Airports Limited) are resplendent in the national flag of Scotland colour scheme . As the flight crew had finished their preflight duties at 13:33, both engines were started (I really love the sound of these turboprops). Once the engines were running smooth and stable at takeoff setting, the brakes were released and we quickly accelerated on RWY 05. 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. So long, Barra! However, even it’s just a small airport building, it is very comfortable and has a unique, friendly atmosphere. 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. Our aircraft came to a complete stop just next to the airport terminal, the engines were shut down and the doors were opened. Once all passengers were seated, Richard gave us some more information on the flight and also gave us the mandatory safety demonstration. I’m confident I’m not the first one she sees flying to and from Barra on a single day. Advertise with us. 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. As I boarded the aircraft, I was kindly welcomed by our First Officer Daniel. So I booked a taxi that would pick me up at 08:15 at my hotel in the city centre of Glasgow. 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. 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. So I booked my seats onboard flights LM451 GLA-BRR and LM456 BRR-GLA on Tuesday 26 November 2019. 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. After another check of my digital boarding pass before boarding, I was allowed to board the Twin Otter. At 10:29 our Twin Otter moved away from the airport building. 0:42. You never know when turbulence might hit you, especially on a smaller aircraft like this Twin Otter. As our Twin Otter gained altitude, Barra slowly disappeared on the horizon and the flight crew of our flight set course towards Glasgow. 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). The two engines were shut down and doors were opened. The second flight of the day had arrived. Once we reached our top of descent (TOD), our flight crew started the descent into Barra. 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. 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. 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. 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. What makes Barra so unique is that it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. 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. 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. 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. This photo is copyright protected and may not be used in any way without proper permission. We got access to the Lounge with Scottish treats like tablet, you must have missed out there. As a Scot, born in Glasgow and having visited the island by ferry before, I had always wanted to fly in. I already knew that Barra was special as it is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. 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. As I entered the airport, I checked the flight information screens and noticed that my morning flight to Barra would operate as scheduled. The two engines were shut down and doors were opened. 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. 0:40. 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. With world records held for only scheduled beach service and the worlds shortest scheduled flight between Westray and Papa Westray. I thanked them for a nice experience and said that another of my aviation buck list items could be checked off. However, as I was surfing the internet, I noticed an article about flights to Barra in Scotland. Calling itself “Scotland’s Airline”, Loganairis a success story in how to turn a regional airline into a winner. Twin Otter take off from Panama City. 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. 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. 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. Hence, I also headed to the gents restroom. Flight LM451 from Glasgow to Barra was scheduled for a 10:15 departure on Tuesday morning. Loganair Barra & Benbecula Services Boarding a Twin Otter at Glasgow Airport Since this page was written the service pattern has changed. Once all passengers were seated, Richard gave us some more information on the flight and also gave us the mandatory safety demonstration. Mr Mackay said: “As Minister for Transport and Islands, I understand just how important these air links are to the local economies of Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra. In the meantime, we were flying over the North Atlantic Ocean and still had a few moments to go before reaching Barra. I sat there for quite some time, made some photos, enjoyed the views and…well…enjoyed the views again. By Barry Blaisdell, Jean-Pierre Brisard, Bob May, Kevin Pardy and Danny Crance - Premier Aircraft Design. I was very impressed by this performance, and the sound of the two turboprop engines as well of course. 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. 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. Airliners can still be painted with meaning, not just white or corporate emblems. 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. Otherwise that was an interesting report. Flightradar24 tracks 180,000+ flights, from 1,200+ airlines, flying to or from 4,000+ airports around the world in real time. I was indeed fortunately to fly on both aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the airport terminal building and came to a stop few moments later. In other words: it felt great! 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. Maybe the weather in Barra would not be as bad as the weather in Glasgow? This allows for aircraft to land on Barra, independently of the surface wind direction. 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). Quite a spectacular and unique sight to see an aircraft take off from a beach. 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. Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. Aviation Safety Network: Aviation Safety Network: Database containing descriptions of over 11000 airliner write-offs, hijackings and military aircraft accidents. I was kindly welcomed on the ground by the same female Loganair gate agent who handled the outbound flight from Glasgow to Barra. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. My return flight LM0456 from Barra to Glasgow was scheduled to leave at 13:45. 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. However, instead of being pushed back by a truck, the two engines were put into reverse thrust. At 09:45 (the planned boarding time), we were not allowed yet to board our aircraft. 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 Twin Otter take off from Glasgow. 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