Canary Island Hopping Vol.2: IBB 619 – TFN to SPC
Welcome to part 2 of our tour around the Canary Islands. Today’s flight will be from Tenerife North to Santa Cruz de La Palma. Instead of the usual heavy metal, we will use an ATR 72-500 today. Binter Canarias is the major airline connecting the Canary Islands with each other and to the outside world, and they offered us to fly with them.
I can recommend the great video of Pilotseye.tv about a Condor flight from Munich to La Palma and back on A320 to see some real action into this challenging airport. And this video is not only worth watching because of the hot F/O… 😉
There is not much to tell you about the route today. It will be pretty much a direct-to flight with headings given to us by ATC. Take-Off will be on runway 30 and we’re landing on runway 01 in SPC, with the only approach possible: NDB01. More about that later.
One engine is spinning already, the other one is locked with a propeller brake and provided the juice to start it. So technically both are running. The ATR has no APU, and therefore the technique with the propeller brake is used in normal ops – at least for parking positions with pushback.
A little high. But the ATR is very forgiving and doesn’t mind a steep glide path. Also we’re experiencing 17kts headwind. Nevertheless, everything’s under control, I just don’t wanna scare the passengers with the terrain coming to close…you know.
Parked at the gate. It seems the people on our flight are lazy as hell. They sent a bus to pick them up and bring them to the gate. Not only is the bus the exact same distance to the exit as the terminal building, but also this is like a 10 second walk. That’s probably why they use wind turbines – because they take the car to pick up their mail.
That’s the end of today’s report. Hope you enjoyed. The next three flights will be something different. Because I don’t want to go back and forth all the time between the different islands (the smaller islands are only connected via the hubs in TFN and LPA) I found a guy on SPC who owns a P-51D Mustang. So prepare for some Dog(-fish) Fighting during our upcoming VFR flights between the small islands of the Canaries.