North Las Vegas - North Grand Canyon - West Grand Canyon/Y, Do 228-200: NOW…
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While in the US I was able to book a charter flight to West Grand Canyon operated by Vision Airlines. So, here an additional report in that trip!
We'll receive our eletronic tickets by mails and are confirmed on the friday morning flight, V2 9503 leaving North Las Vegas at 06:50a
There is a dedicated terminal for all Vision Airlines flights:
Inside it looks like any airport terminal:
Very fast and friendly check in, we are on the third flight of the morning. The lady at check in will learn us that V2 flight numbers begin with 9 when they are operated from North Las Vegas, 5 is for Friday and 03 for third flight of the day. Easy.
Seats are assigned according to passenger's weight. I'll have the 4A and I am very happy with it as the seats on the A side have the best views to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.
We'll be informed that our flight will stop at North Grand Canyon to unload some passengers. We'll be asked if this is not a problem for us, and that there are seats available on the directs flights leaving earlier. For me it is only bonus, as I have never flown to North Grand Canyon. Our little princess will be happy as well, she loves flying. The other members of my party were not that happy about it, most of them had their first time in such a small turbo prop!
A nice and unexpected treat was the snack box we all received before boarding, it containted a water bottle, chips, a cookie and a roast beef sandwich. I was so surprised that I forgot to take a picture!!
A few external pics of the Do 228 and the two leaving before us:
Our flight is called ten minutes before departure and the copilote will lead us through the apron to the plane:
The rear exit door:
That's my emergency exit seat, but the pitch was not better than aboard a Spirit plane ;)
The copilot will give the safety briefing that our little lady will follow carefully:
The safety on board card:
Fast take off, U turn over the airport and our flight path takes us to Lake Mead via the Nascar of Vegas:
A few cockpit shoots:
Cabin shoot and PSU:
Here someone that enjoys the flight:
We are approaching Hoover Dam, sorry for the low quality of the pictures, but it was hazzy that morning and the sun was rising:
After twenty minutes we'll approach North Grand Canyon Airstrip, aka Whitmore International Airport, where we'll land at the North Concourse, Terminal A ^^:
Good sense of humour there!! We'll unload 4 passengers and will stay as the only 6 remaining in the plane. The passengers will be unloaded via the rear left door, with the right engine still running as there is no APU on the plane, nor GPU at the North Terminal. Maybe at the South ;)
After the take off we'll fly over the airstrip, to be noted that we already landed on the gravel before the concrete surface:
We are then off to West Grand Canyon with lovely shoots of the Canyon:
That's Guano Point:
And the airport:
We'll be treated with a kiss landing, and upon disembarcation, here some cabin shoots that remind me UA old colors:
Note the noise cancelling headseats. There is a choice between audio comments about the flights or music.
Two baby Cessna's next to us:
At our parking spot:
Las Vegas North - VGT
Grand Canyon West - GCW
To sum up the experience, I leave a 5 out of 10 for the cabin comfort, as it is expected when you fly a Do 228. A lovely crew, very nice with our child. No flight attendant on board, but we received a snack box. That is much more than a legacy carreer. Great to have a choice between music and audio comments on such a plane. North Las Vegas is really cool, free WIFI, snacks and drinks available for purchase. West Grand Canyon could be cleaner.
No report for the return leg, as it is strictly the same as the outbound.
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