Join British Midland on a flight from East Midlands Airport to Nice, Cote D'Azor, Southern France.
Running time: 167 minutes
DVD features 150 chapter points
DVD – All regions, PAL
In this detailed look at the Fokker 100 you join the Chief Pilot (Fokker fleet), Captain Ian Lawrie and First Officer Euan McLean. Your journey begins at East Midlands International Airport (EGNX), in the crew dispatch office for pre-flight preparations where Ian and Euan begin with a detailed briefing for the flight.
Next we join Ian at our aircraft (G-BXWE) for a guided tour of the externals of the aircraft. We then move on to the flightdeck for the round trip to Nice Cote D'Azur Airport (LFMN) in Southern France. We depart EGNX using runway 27 and during our outbound sector (BD289) Ian is Pilot Flying and gives you lots of information regarding the aircraft, systems and operation.
Follow the manual landing into Nice using runway 04L. On our return sector (BD290) Euan is Pilot Flying for a zero flap take-off from LFMN runway 04R. Ian describes in detail the Navigation Log and fuel calculations and Euan takes you through the overhead panel in detail. We’ll then settle into the descent for a Cat IIIa Autoland into East Midlands runway 27. During the flight you will not only see just how the aircraft is flown but will be able to follow Air Traffic Control, see the briefings and the checklists and procedures carried out in the cockpit on a scheduled airline flight.
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About the crew
Captain Ian Lawrie commenced flying lessons aged 16, completing his first solo flight on his 17th birthday. In order to advance his flying hours and total experience,
Ian spent some time in Vancouver, Canada prior to training to become a flying instructor on his return to the UK. Ian worked at a flying school specifically involved in ATC Flying Scholarship contracts in addition to instructor training.
Upon completion and issue of his professional licence, Ian moved into general aviation charter flying before joining British Midland as a First Officer in 1986 on the Shorts 360. The DC-9 series 15 & 32 followed with his first Command being attained after type conversion on the BAe ATP.
1990 brought a return to instructional flying with appointment as a Line Training Captain with subsequent qualification as Type and Instrument Rating Examiner following in 1991 (aircraft and simulator). During 1993 British Midland ceased operations of the BAe ATP. Orders for a mixed fleet of Fokker 70 and 100 followed and Ian joined the team that introduced this new type into the company.
The Fokker 100 aircraft entered British Midland service in 1994. Since then Ian has been involved in all aspects of Company pilot training, later being appointed to the post of Technical Pilot, which included Certificate of Airworthiness flight testing. Appointment to current position of Chief Pilot (Fokker fleet) was in 1997. This role combines office/management duties with continued involvement in flying training in addition to responsibility for pilot recruitment.
Ian lives in the East Midlands area with his wife and young son. His interests include F1 motor sport, rallying and river/canal boating.
About the Airline
British Midland is the UK's second largest scheduled airline, operating over 2000 flights a week to 32 cities in Europe, 18 of which are served from London Heathrow. The airline has amassed a record of considerable accomplishments, most notably building its take off and landing slots to an impressive 14% at the world's biggest international airport, London Heathrow.
In July 2000, the airline became a member of Star Alliance, a global grouping of airlines serving more than 760 destinations worldwide. British Midland's returned to the transatlantic market in 2001, with direct scheduled services from Manchester Airport to Washington Dulles and Chicago O'Hare respectively.
British Midland operates a modern fleet of 55 aircraft including six Fokker 100 and three Fokker 70. The airline took delivery of its first Fokker 100 in May 1994 and phased in eight more Fokker's over a four year period.