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… 😉


 

The info for our virtual flight today, ETD is at noon WET:
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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.
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Picture time! Welcome in our cozy little cabin. Considering that other airlines offer a similar spaced cabin on flights that last a few hours, this will do for our short hop.
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The cockpit is a nice change to the usual jets. Also I really like flying the ATR from time to time, it’s always fun.
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The colorful livery of Binter looks good on the ATR.
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We’re ready for pushback.
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In case you didn’t notice by now: The terminal says we’re in Tenerife North…
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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.
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Looks like we got us a little convoy!!! But what is this B737 doing in there? This was intended to be ATR-only, he crashed our party.
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And another Binter ATR just coming in for landing.
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Lined up on 30.
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Looks like it’s a long way down behind the threshold.
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Rotate at 110 kts.
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The Teide volcano to our left. Highest point in Spain, highest point ASL in the islands of the Atlantic and third highest volcano in the world, measured from the base at the ocean floor.
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Close up mid-air.
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The ATR is a good performer when it comes to climbing. But our CRZ LVL is only 12,000 feet today.
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The Teide again – impressive.
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It’s just water between us and La Palma now.
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And clouds. During descent it got a little bumpy.
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We’re turning towards our approach course, while descending already.
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And there the island of La Palma comes in sight.
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We’re on the only approach available for SPC: NDB01. We have to fly diagonal to the runway heading to avoid terrain.
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That’s what this terrain looks like.
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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.
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See, just as we’re turning on runway heading we’re perfect on the PAPI.
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Lovely water around here.
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On short final.
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Seconds to touchdown.
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And we are back taxiing on the runway. They only have two taxiways connecting the runway with the apron.
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Looks like they use a lot of wind turbines here.
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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.
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Nice little airport they got here in SPC.
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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.

2 thoughts on “Canary Island Hopping Vol.2: IBB 619 – TFN to SPC

  1. Max, as great as the F1 ATR is I never really got into it for some reason. Your shots on final there make me wish I had given her more attention. HEY! I own a few PETV Blu-Rays, (This one you mention, Lufthansa 744, Austrian Alps and Austrian 777) the F/O is hot and gives a tour of the island in her street clothes (not in bikini tho). Speaking German makes her even more sexy….. 😀

    Flight sim (even FSX) does not get the sloped runways like they are in the real deal. LPA is one neat runway for sure…

    • You should give her another try. It takes some time getting used to her, but it’s really a joy to fly. Even though I have to google how to unlock the propeller blade EVERY time I take her out of the hangar… 😀

      The PETV productions are great. My favorite one is the Lufthansa B744 to LAX. I think I have most of them, the Austrian 777 and the one I mentioned with the Condor A320 are great too. The others are all pretty high quality, but I personally prefer Boeings. Watching people fly Airbus is just…well, boring. But the approaches on the LH Blu-Rays to Seattle and San Francisco are stunning. And after flying an A330 to Seattle, the crew visits the Boeing Museum – that one made me laugh out loud. I think both flights have female F/O’s too, but they can’t keep up with the Condor F/O, haha.
      Heard they are working on an LH A380 episode right now…

      You’re right. I also miss sloped runways in FS. You would have to get X-Plane for that and I don’t really like it. Tried the XP10 demo once, but just like MS Flight never got into it again after testing it.

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