Airlink ORT to PMB return (Outbound Leg)

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Airlink ORT to PMB return (Outbound Leg)

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Postby Bell 407 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:37 pm

So, had occasion to fly to PMB yesterday for the day for family business. Frustratingly, there is only on morning flight to PMB which departs at 7am so it was an early start for the day.

Arrived at ORT in the dark and even the bus ferry to the aircraft was still in the dark. Our trusty steed for the flight down to PMB was RJ85 ZS-TCO.

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Just as we started climbing the stairs to board, the sun just made it over the horizon giving a lovely early morning glow to the east. Once on-board, the flight was about 80% full.

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Re: Airlink ORT to PMB return (Outbound Leg)

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Postby Bell 407 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:43 pm

Seating on this aircraft was 2 - 3 so had booked online Row 5 but only found out once on-board that Row 5 is the notorious "no window" row. So, pictures on the outbound leg are limited to squeezing the camera in the gap between the seat and window of the row in front.

We departed Rwy 03L at ORT with a right hand turn to PMB for a straight in approach onto Rwy 16.

Catering on the way down was a hot beverage with either an Apple Danish or a Cheese Croissant. I did the Danish thing (in honour of Great Dane) with a cup of 5 Roses tea.

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Flight down was incredibly uneventful and as smooth as glass. Winter morning flying in SA is just brilliant. On the left, approaching the escarpment and on the right short finals for PMB Rwy 16.

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To be honest, I really do love the RJ85. Such a stocky aircraft that seems incredibly strong and I just think those those 4 x hairdryers for engines are awesome :champion:

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More on the Inbound Leg post :good:

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Postby gear up » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:58 pm

:thanx: :goodpost: Awesome trip report, have great memories of my first official flying job flying a C206 Aerial Survey aircraft from PMB.
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Postby Raffles » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:14 pm

Thanks for the report :clap: :clap: :clap:

What is the seating configuration of the Airlink RJs?

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Postby Bell 407 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:36 pm

Raffles wrote:What is the seating configuration of the Airlink RJs?

TCO on the outbound leg was 2- 3 but SSH on the inbound leg was 3 - 3.

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Postby Raffles » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:00 pm

Bell 407 wrote:
Raffles wrote:What is the seating configuration of the Airlink RJs?

TCO on the outbound leg was 2- 3 but SSH on the inbound leg was 3 - 3.


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Postby Propnut » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:29 am

407 so close to my home town, so close.

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Postby Bell 407 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:53 am

Propnut wrote:407 so close to my home town, so close.

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Postby great dane » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:45 pm

Missed out on these when I had hiding in the Bush.

Lovely pics despite the no window row (a crime against humanity really).
Still love the Avros though, especially if in 2-3 config....


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