GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:24 am

Bell 407 wrote:Always a pleasure reading your posts GD and welcome back, it's been a while :good:

What was the issue with the bad seats? Just an old aerie that hasn't been upgraded yet?

Thx, yes been a busy Christmas.

BVK was actually only delivered in 2013, but has the same interior as KLMs first 777-300 from 2004. This was when they first started with the 3-4-3 (iso 3-3-3) on the 777 still using old school seats leaving no legs and no space on the side. The new 3-4-3 layout on the KLM 777-200s is much better with not too hard slim seats. Still crap for a 12 hour flight but you get what you pay for.

Raffles wrote:Nice pics GD, did you get the inside of the Fokker?

Economy usually sucks unless you can get the emergency exit seats, or a window seat and the seat next to you is vacant in one of those two-seat rows

Thx Raffles, yes the Fokker was our chariot from Amsterdam to Billund. The wing pic is from the Fokker, didn't make any cabin shots.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:38 am

After a couple days of much too much early Christmas food we headed on to Slovakia. Bit of a detour from Billund via Amsterdam and Paris to make the required number of Skyteam flights to keep my Frequent Flyer status.

Started out in Billund where PH-EZL Embraer 190 KLM-Citihopper was waiting to take us to Amsterdam.
ImagePH-EZL_14Dec16-EKBL by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

After a short wait in Amsterdam F-GRHB Airbus A319 of Air France arrived at our gate to my disappointment, flight was scheduled with the much rarer A318.
ImageF-GRHB_14Dec16-EHAM by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

At least the safety card didn't care if it was a A318 or A319.
ImageF-GRHB_14Dec16-in-flight by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Another short wait in a remarkebly quiet CDG terminal 2F
ImageCDG-terminal_14Dec16-LFPG by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Soon after F-GKXR Airbus A320 of Air France took us on Vienna in the dark (no pics), where we were picked up for a 40 min drive to Bratislava.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Bell 407 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:52 am

GD, I haven't seen a reference to a 318 in ages :thinking: That is a rare bird and would have been nice to have flown on that type :good:

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:05 am

After more eating and drinking in Bratislava and Vienna, we returned to Vienna airport. Send the wife straight back to Amsterdam on KLM and went on the airports airside bustour before my later flight.

Weather was terrible as it was during most of the trip so excuses for photo quality

The mentioned airside bustour has its own little terminal, here the check-in counter. Far better than you average check-ins.
ImageVista-Terminal_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

And here our bus for the tour.
ImageVista-Bus_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Onto the aircraft which was the reason to go. Especially the bizjets that can't be seen from the main terminal area.

OE-HGG Challenger 300 of Austrian gun manufacturer Glock
ImageOE-HGG_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

ZS-SUM Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign all the way from Cape Town (at least that is where it is/was based with Signature).
ImageZS-SUM_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Highlight sightingwise was this anonymous USAF 757, 00-9001 C-32B is apparently used for the American Foreign Emergency Support Team, if that was the reason it was in Vienna I can only guess. N818LF Gulfstream G550 is the machine on the left.
Image09001_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Also past though the maintenance area where most hangars were unfortunately closed due weather. Did find OE-LFJ Fokker 70 Austrian Airlines parked up at the engine test stand though.
ImageOE-LFJ_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

The firebrigade keep this ex. Austrian Air Force Saab J29F on display.
Image29392_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EOK on stand
ImageA6-AOK_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

And finally former Czeck Air Force 2614 Let L.29 Delfin was on the terminal roof visible from my gate.
Image2614_19Dec16-LOWW by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:15 am

Bell 407 wrote:GD, I haven't seen a reference to a 318 in ages :thinking: That is a rare bird and would have been nice to have flown on that type :good:

Had two AF A318 flights back in May 2006, unfortunately I only have the registration on one of them - F-GUGG. Would have loved another A318 flight, but on a positive note it was my first Air France A319 flight.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Bell 407 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:23 am

GD, so let me get this right, the airport offers an airside bus tour around the airport for nutters like you to have a look? That is brilliant and would be great if something like that was started here at FAOR :good:

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:40 am

To get back to Amsterdam and wife I had two Air France Airbus A321 flights to endure.

First was F-GTAS Airbus A321 Air France, here above the typical European landscape during our visit.
ImageF-GTAS_19Dec16-in-flight by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

One of the best snacks I remember having had on a flight was these 'Beignnets aux Pommes' a sort of filled doughnut :heart:
ImageF-GTAS_19Dec16-in-flight-snack by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

After arrival I had to run through to my connecting flight to Amsterdam, quickly got dark so no pics from this flight on F-GTAY Airbus A321 Air France.

Night stop at the the Citizen M next to the terminal and with reasonable airport views. Most convenient for the morning flight back to Jo'burg so even had time to catch this ex Kalitta Learjet 25 (former N555LB) now is use as playground inside the terminal.
ImageN555LB_20Dec16-EHAM by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Flight back was PH-BQH Boeing 777-200 KLM with the new cabin, so even if still 3-4-3 seating a much less uncomfortable flight than the way up.
ImagePH-BQH_20Dec16-EHAM by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Food was very decent, but the favorite was the text on this snack box :biggrin:
ImagePH-BQH_20Dec16-In-flight-snack by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

That was it, no more flying for me this year :bye1:

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:45 am

Bell 407 wrote:GD, so let me get this right, the airport offers an airside bus tour around the airport for nutters like you to have a look? That is brilliant and would be great if something like that was started here at FAOR :good:

That is correct - they do charge EUR 10 (R150) for the 90 minute tour, but considering the cost of the operation with own terminal, bus and security check not unreasonable.

Only other airports I know of doing something similar is Zurich and Munich.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Bell 407 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:55 am

great dane wrote:That was it, no more flying for me this year :bye1:

Been a real pleasure to read and see your trips this year GD, thanks for taking the time to write about them and to post on the forum. Here's wishing you a bumper 2017 :champion:

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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:41 am

Excellent pics as usual GD, thanks very much for sharing :thumbs:

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Propnut » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:11 am

I for one cannot wait for 2017 and GD's next adventure. Many of your pictures are a true snap in a time warp.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Raffles » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:26 pm

Great pics! I don't know how fast the queues at CDG are but I found the terminal itself sucks, it is ugly and the food is horrible.

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby great dane » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:34 pm

My chariot from May last year had a little mishap today :yikes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETqCljptqYU

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2016

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:36 am

Oh dear but looks like all done very well indeed. She should be good to go soon :good:

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Postby Propnut » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:42 am

The art of low and slow well practised GD. And all that with no flaps to assist - good all round airmanship.


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