Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Wellcamp - Sydney Trip

                                WELLCAMP AIRPORT               (File Photo)

Having commitments in Pittsworth on Friday I decided to drive out to Pittsworth last night where our friends live and stay the night with them. Then this morning I would have a short 20 min drive to Brisbane West (Wellcamp) Airport (IATA: WTB - ICAO: YBWW.)
Flying back into Wellcamp on Thursday night I would be in Pittsworth for my personal appointments on Friday morning. (The below photos were taken from a previous visit to the airport.)

This is the first time I have flown out of or into this airport.
My QantasLink flight (QF 2015) departs at 6.20am and boarding is at 6am, so at 5am I left our friends home in Pittsworth arriving at the airport at 5.20am.


We began boarding at 6.10am and I took my seat which was 4A, the aircraft for today was a Dash 8 Q400 and the registration was VH-LQG (CN 4376) Wellcamp doesn't have an aerobridge so we had to walk out onto the tarmac to board the aircraft. Getting out to the aircraft we had to wait for about 2 minutes before we could board for some reason. We finally boarded and the last cabin door was closed at 6.30. The engines were started at 6.33am. Since Wellcamp don't have aerobridges we didn't need pushing back so we just started taxiing at 6.36 and taxied out for runway 30. We had a rolling start and got airborne 20 minutes late at 6.39am, we made a long slow left hand turn as we climbed to flight level 250, and i could see the airport as we flew south.


Our track took us just west of Stanthorpe and down over the top of Glen Innes, there we tracked to the east of Armidale and on to Cessnock then into Sydney. The flight down was very smooth and comfortable. The pilot told us the delay was due to our slot time in Sydney, if we left on time we would have had to hold for 20 minutes anyway so it was best to stay on the ground.

At 7.40 we began our descent and once over the city of Sydney we banked left and headed out to sea for a short while before making a 180 degree turn and landing from the south on 34R right on our scheduled time of 8.00am.

CATHAY A330-343 B-LAI (CN 959) 

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXJ (CN 33480)

EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EUI (CN 221)

SINGAPORE A380-841 9V-SKD (CN 008)

KKOREAN AIR A330-323 HL-7553 (CN 267)

After stopping a few times on our taxi in we made it to the gate only to find we had to get a bus to the terminal. So this was a whole new experience for me.

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