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Old 8th Jan 2017, 15:35
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Originally Posted by virginblue View Post
re mail order, I was referring to mail orders by the 2.000 or so people living on the island. I assume that particularly because of the lack of a choice of shops and larger department stores on the island, a lot of folks would resort to mail orders from Amazon and the likes - and these orders must be delivered somehow to the island. So is all that stuff flown into the island or is there parcel mail (and food) just once a week? I am surprised that the needs of 2.000 people can be catered for by a ship that calls once a week and cargo that be squeezed into 19seat passenger planes.
Yes, that's about it !
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Old 9th Jan 2017, 11:23
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Originally Posted by toscana24 View Post
Yes exactly. Only the weekly boat for food etc. Aurigny is the way in (and out) for people, mail (including parcels) and newspapers. Bumblebee has increasingly come into play for mail/parcels when Aurigny fail (as they have often done in the last year or so). There are no other options (currently). That is why there is such a strength of feeling on Alderney re the performance of Aurigny. That said I personally have flown with the airline many many times to or from ACI and it has to be said that the pilots (and ATC etc) do a great job in the face of weather and scheduling challenges.
I agree. In the light of many recent complaints about Aurigny's services to/from Alderney, some comparative studies of similar operations might be worthwhile. Consider Loganair's operations around the Scottish islands, as well as Skybus services to the Isles of Scilly. Have either of these carriers received the negative comments directed at Aurigny? If not, perhaps Aurigny could learn something from either of these "small island" carriers.
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Old 9th Jan 2017, 12:59
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I think ( don't know ) that the Scilly Isles & Orkney/Shetland/Hebrides services do enjoy a greater degree of insular satisfaction than Aurigny's Alderney services. Certainly, the Scilly Isles enjoy a far more frequent service than Alderney ( the population is a bit larger than Alderney's ). But, from what I understand, the fares are pretty steep. As far as some of the very small Scottish islands are concerned, there is a Government subsidy - is there not ? Having visited Westray, Papa Westray, Ronaldsay, Flotta, Sanday & Eday I have to say that they are far smaller communities than Alderney - so perhaps they appreciate their subsidized services a lot more than the Alderney community.
Alderney passengers have to pay fairly high fares (but less than Scilly Isles pax) & they have suffered from dependability, delay, cancellation issues associated with the "Dornier/Trislander debacle". But, I think that they should be at least a little grateful about what they generally do get from Aurigny , whilst I acknowledge that the airline has its failings, too.
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Old 14th Jan 2017, 13:01
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GR605, Thursday

I see that G-LERE was squawking 7700 on the return from Gatwick on Thursday. I wonder what the problem was.
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Old 16th Jan 2017, 14:18
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I wonder if GCI-LTN-GCI will be operated now that they have (along with SI/BE) the licence to operate?
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Old 21st Jan 2017, 04:25
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G-LGIS

I was just wondering if there is any news on what is happening to G-LGIS. It has been in Germany for over 4 months now at the factory, which seems rather a long time.
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Old 21st Jan 2017, 08:21
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I am informed that G-LGIS is due to return to GCI this month. There appear to have been certification issues relating to missing maintenance records. "Paperwork" is blamed for the delay, but with the ongoing Dornier saga who knows? It might not return in January!
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Old 24th Jan 2017, 14:44
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I guess the suggested timescale for the return of G-LGIS fits with the operational extension of G-RLON. Not long to go though before we find out if it will make it home before the end of January.
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Old 25th Jan 2017, 07:39
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Don't hold your breath.
On the Dornier theme, G-SAYE performed a Medevac yesterday (ACI-GCI). This may have been the first by a Dornier. It would be interesting to know how it performed. Concern had already been widely expressed that removing seats, as well as start-up times being considerably longer, will mean that the Dornier is never going to be as efficient as the Trislander for Medevac work.
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Old 25th Jan 2017, 18:54
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Start up time might be a bit longer on the Dornier, but at least you don't have to spend 5 minutes warming the Lycoming engines up before boarding pax.
Stretcher is now permanently fitted in G-SAYE. Can't look good for tourists!
SAYE couldn't carry many pax anyway so the loss of six seats is no issue.
Perhaps they could put the fishing rods on the stretcher
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Old 25th Jan 2017, 19:42
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Thanks for that. Perhaps GR should now offer "sleeper class" on some flights from ACI when the stretcher is not in official use. Who knows, such a novelty might attract more pax to the route.
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 15:06
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Trislander GRLON

1600, Monday 30 Jan, RLON at 5000ft over IOW as GR501 having departed GCI heading N............end of service with Aurigny?
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 15:22
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Or maybe just going to Southampton to do the GR502 flight SOU-ACI.
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 15:35
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"Or maybe just going to Southampton to do the GR502 flight SOU-ACI."
Ah, you're probably right....morning fog causing cancellation of ACI - SOU service
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Old 30th Jan 2017, 20:50
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G-RLON
Confirmed. It flew GCI-SOU as GR501, then SOU-ACI as GR502, and finally ACI-GCI. A lot of bad-weather disruption today. RLON should be active for a few more days.....
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Old 6th Feb 2017, 14:51
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Still no sign of G-LGIS returning. I wonder whether it will get back before the new Dornier is delivered.
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Old 6th Feb 2017, 16:55
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Anyone's guess. Is it still a case of "missing paperwork"? It would be interesting to see a picture of it at its current location in order to know if anything is really being done or if it's just sitting there.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 11:06
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G-BDTO

Trislander G-BDTO was de-registered yesterday.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 13:58
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Charges for checked in baggage are being introduced very soon, I also assume complimentary inflight refreshments will go too & not before time.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 16:44
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Why "not before time"? Coffee and a biscuit after parting with several hundred quid?
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