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Old 4th Sep 2023, 08:07
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My Trislander time was on the oil patch in Scotland. Regular Aberdeen-Sumburgh/Unst. The only occupant of the RHS would have been an oily bear.
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Old 4th Sep 2023, 17:02
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Originally Posted by Herod
My Trislander time was on the oil patch in Scotland. Regular Aberdeen-Sumburgh/Unst. The only occupant of the RHS would have been an oily bear.
What’s wrong with bears?
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Hairy legs and long toenails.....
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Old 5th Sep 2023, 14:31
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Hairy legs and long toenails.....
Often found in Crawley Nightclubs
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Old 5th Sep 2023, 16:01
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Originally Posted by ViscountFan
I flew in them a few times between Jersey and Alderney back in the 1970s. As far as I can recall, passengers weren't weighed, although the pilot did tell people where to sit. Strange how the one sitting next to him was always an attractive female with a short skirt, and good legs. Unfortunately, I didn't qualify under any of these criteria!
I got fed up paying UK tax and left in February 1971. Prior to my departure Aurigny had started ACI/SOU/ACI with Islanders, each passenger was weighed before departure.
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Old 5th Sep 2023, 16:37
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We sometimes weighed pax at Tingwall (Shetland) when there were full loads. Any baggage or freight that tipped the scales afterwards went to its destination on the next flight. Foula, Fair Isle and Outer Skerries dwellers often turned up with 'miscellaneous' items well over their personal limit but it wasn't a problem if there were empty seats.
Occasional incoming flights carried a cardboard box relocating a hedgehog that was banished from Skerries for eating ground-dwelling birds' unhatched eggs (no trees in the windswept islands for nests.)

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Old 5th Sep 2023, 17:55
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Originally Posted by stevef
We sometimes weighed pax at Tingwall (Shetland) when there were full loads. Any baggage or freight that tipped the scales afterwards went to its destination on the next flight. Foula, Fair Isle and Outer Skerries dwellers often turned up with 'miscellaneous' items well over the limit for a BN2 but it wasn't a problem if there were empty seats.
Occasional incoming flights carried a cardboard box relocating a hedgehog that was banished from Skerries for eating ground-dwelling birds' unhatched eggs (no trees in the windswept islands for nests.)
On a trip to Foula from Sumburgh with Peter, we carried one pax plus a heavy looking petrol generator mounted on wheels which was squeezed in via the centre door probably on C of G.
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Old 5th Sep 2023, 18:49
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Originally Posted by chevvron
On a trip to Foula from Sumburgh with Peter, we carried one pax plus a heavy looking petrol generator mounted on wheels which was squeezed in via the centre door probably on C of G.
Sometimes freight weights from the outlying islands to Tingwall could have been written by a fiction author. I remember a (suspicious) captain asking me to check the weight of some boxes of mechanical odds and ends in the baggage bay on arrival and they were nudging double what the handlers had claimed.
The BN freight lashing rings for the seat keyhole slots were a real pain when using nets for the dedicated food supply runs. Vickers rails would have been a better solution all round.
A slightly annoying aircraft to maintain but I liked it more than efficient - but characterless - American twins.
What better aircraft for Outer Skerries!
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Old 6th Sep 2023, 07:49
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It's the dictionary definition of a niche aircraft
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Old 6th Sep 2023, 09:39
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I did two trips with Loganair both in G-AVRA whilst I was detached to Sumburgh then years later I flew with Peter Cadbury in G-BESO a couple of times and also with Capt Mickey Munn of the Red Devils in G-AXDH. Although I didn't have a twin rating, Mickey let me fly it back to Farnborough from Duxford even down to landing it, proving it wasn't difficult to fly.
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Originally Posted by happybiker
Often found in Crawley Nightclubs

or the old Skean Dubh Bar at Dyyce
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"the old Skean Dubh Bar at Dyce". Memories, memories.
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That's interesting - very few people have any memories of the Skean Dubh - especially the next morning.

Remember the days when people would come in and shout "I need a welder out at Forties tomorrow? Any takers??"
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