Nordic Expedition 1: KLC 1173 – AMS to TRD
As you can see, the first leg will be from Amsterdam to Trondheim (ENVA). From there on I will visit Bodo, Tromso and Longyearbyen on the island Svalbard (which is also the northernmost airport [78N] in the world with scheduled flights). From there I will fly down to Oslo, across the country to Stavanger and finally back to Amsterdam. This makes for some nice short flights, except for the one from Svalbard to Oslo.
First leg today was from Amsterdam to Trondheim on KLM Cityhopper Embraer 190. This was also my first scheduled flight with the E-Jets. I always liked those planes, but never took the time to understand them. I can fly Airbus, Boeing, MD-11, ATR, CRJ, Fokker and even the older EMB-jets. Of course most of them only in normal ops, but I know their systems and how to operate a regular flight with them.
The types I fly more often, like the 737NG, 747 and 767, I would say I know quite a lot about them. I have to say that I probably never had such difficulty in learning a new aircraft-type than with the E-Jets. Their design philosophy is completely different to anything I knew. Their Autopilot has so many different modes, the FMC is completely different to other aircraft and the systems are really something special. I took the time to read through a lot of pages in the operating manual and learned the systems while doing some test rounds in the sim. Today I finally felt ready for my first scheduled flight and I have to say that the E-Jets are lovely aircraft. Their degree of automation is something you have to get used to, but they are a joy to fly. And definitely the best product Wilco/Feelthere have ever released.
The routing will take us towards the northern tip of Denmark and then pretty much straight through Norway up to Trondheim, which is the third most populous city in Norway. Take off in Amsterdam will be on 36R and we will land on runway 09 in Trondheim.
You can see the design philosophy behind the EMB 170/190 series when you take a look around the flight deck. Very structured, very sorted and clean. Only a few big displays. Even though the info on the screens can look a bit chaotic at first.
When I went to the lavatories I found this FA sitting in the cabin. She looks a little creepy if you ask me, more like a Zombie-FA… The real ones on my KLM Cityhopper flight from AMS to DUS were definitely better looking! 😉
Another critical moment. Until now the Autopilot was flying the ILS-approach. I wanted to see if I remembered all the tricks to get this thing to fly an ILS. It’s not as easy as in a Boeing or Airbus, you have to configure exactly the right modes on the Autopilot…and it has a lot of modes!
We made it! The first successful scheduled flight on the E-Jets. I’m a little proud of myself. The landing was a little bit hard, but still within limits. Not bad for the first one (apart from the Touch-and-Go’s during practice).
Thanks for reading! The next leg will be on SAS 737-700 to Bodo, further up North.