EXTREME FLIGHT – B737-200 Combi Gravel Strip Operation

EXTREME FLIGHT – B737-200 Combi Gravel Strip Operation

– It’s not every day you get to
fly a 737-200 Classic Combi. (heavy rock music) – This one’s gonna be my take
off so it’ll be a scary one. – [Presenter] There’s
free meals on board, wow! Yummy. – That was so exciting, first time landing on a gravel for me, man. – You have a really good job. You only have one plane coming every day. – [Air Traffic Controller]
And they’re taking every single inch of the runway. – [Presenter] Yeah. – This is what I love about aviation. Amazing. (text typing) Good morning from Sunny Montreal-Mirabel. Yesterday I was rushing
all the way from New York, through Ottawa to Montreal
because today I’m flying on this beautiful 737-200 Classic to the Arctic North of Canada. (vibrant rock music) – Okay so I’m Paul, your
First Officer today. Walking you through the
walk around this morning. So over here we’ve got, this
is the front motors here with a skid reduction plate. That’s to stop the gravel
coming up when we land. You’ll see it’s gonna make
a big mess in the gravel. (upbeat music) – [Presenter] What is this? – So this is the gravel protect
system, so what that does. Is it takes high pressure
bleed air from the engines, pushes it out here through
these three little nozzles and it creates a shield
of air pressure here and what that does is it stops the gravel from being ingested into the engine. So without that, we’re not going anywhere that isn’t concrete. Here’s another thing you
probably don’t see very much. This is the reverse on this system, instead of it just reversing the thrust. – [Presenter] Is it the
normal, same as every other 737-200 or is this some special modified? – Normal to the 200’s but
you don’t normally see that, the bigger engines don’t do that. – [Presenter] Absolutely,
the clam shell opens. – 300 and up doesn’t have a clamshell but if you look out the
window when we’re landing you’ll really see that open
up and it’s pretty cool. Today we’re gonna be in the
combination configuration which means we’re going to
be half cargo and passengers in the back if you look through the door. So that wall right there can
be moved wherever we want it. We can put it all the way up here, fill it all with passengers, we can put it all the way at the back and take the chairs out,
fill it all with cargo. They’re really versatile planes. All of our planes can do this. – Not every day you get to
fly a 737-200 Classic Combi, and look at this. They’re bringing all the equipment, lifeline supply to the
Arctic North in Canada. Today, the configuration. Half cargo, half passenger at the back. And you can access between the two cabins through this little, little door on the left side of the plane. – Hi, I’m Natalie, welcome
on board the North Flight. This is a Boeing 737-200 series. – [Presenter] How many passenger are we expecting today, Natalie? – [Natalie] 58. – [Presenter] 58? – Yes. – [Presenter] Every seat is filled? – Yes. So one feature that’s
interesting but is kind of an inconvenience for passengers. On the Boeing 737-200 the
overhead bins are really small. It’s ’cause they need to leave space for the cargo plates to be
pushed all the way to the back, so that’s why they are so small. – [Presenter] All right, so if it became all cargo configuration,
the bin stays like this, they’re small? – [Natalie] Exactly. – [Presenter] So there’s
room for the cargo to be pushed down? – Exactly. (upbeat music) – First rule of flying to Val-d’Or. The cargo will come on board at Val-d’Or, so the first sector we
don’t have any cargo but we have a full load
of passenger coming. – Hey good morning. My name is Pascal, I’m the Captain for Meadowbank flight today. We’ll do one stop before
reaching Meadowbank, first stop is in Val-d’Or. Should take right about 50 minutes, and the other leg to Meadowbank will take about three hour, twenty minute. Meadowbank is a gold mine. We are the life line to that mine. No road, no boat can reach that place. The only transportation
available is the plane. (upbeat music) One of our two 737-200
equipped with the Aphis system. LCD display is in operation in the fleet for about a year and a half. – [Presenter] Is the
airline taking good care of the cockpit? – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah those planes should be in flight at least for the next 10 to 15 years. – [Presenter] Another 10 to 15 years? – Yeah. – [Presenter] That’s amazing. Keep up the 737-200 in the sky. – Yeah. (upbeat music) – Ready to start number one. – [Paul] Number one, starter engaged, start knob open. – [Pascal] 20% at two. Fuel flow, line up. (engine roaring) – There we go. – This is the three first protection plane of the C-Series or Airbus A20, 220. (vibrant music) – Better. (engine humming) – [Automated] 100. 40, 30, 20, 10. – [Paul] Brakes up. (wheels touching ground) Reversers toggle. 80 knots. 60. (vibrant music) (beeping) (engine slowing) (machine whirring) (beeping) – [Presenter] Paul what are these cargoes? Do you know what’s inside? Are they food, water, stones? – Ah could be anything. It’s mostly mining supplies
but there’s definitely some food in there,
normally it’ll be separate. But really there’s no way of telling. We’ve got some dangerous goods, I’ll tell ya exactly what that is. But that’s pretty much all I know, it’s all wrapped up, so. Short of going through it,
not much I could tell ya. (cargo sliding) (engine roaring) – [Presenter] So what’s
the dangerous goods, Paul? – So the dangerous good
we have today are just batteries and some aerosols
and stuff like that. It doesn’t sound very dangerous but we have to be aware
that it’s on the plane, should there be a fire or whatever, we know what we’ve got, where it is. Pretty much it. (vibrant music) – [Presenter] How are
we doing at the back? – Good. – [Presenter] All passenger, 57? – Yes, exactly. – [Presenter] There’s
free meals on board, wow. Excellent. Look at this. Whoa. Everything’s in oven. – [Natalie] So here we have
apple and caramel waffle. – [Presenter] Ah huh. – [Natalie] And ham, potatoes and eggs. – [Presenter] Wow, yummy! (vibrant music) (engine roaring) – Passenger signs. – [Pascal] On. – Gravel protect. – [Pascal] On. – Windows. – [Pascal] Lock left. – Locked right, HSI. – [Pascal] Heading 3-1-8. – ALTS to GLU. – 5,049 for now. – [Paul] Take off speeds. – 50, 50, 359, set left. – Set right. PVCS pre-flight. – Ah, not equpped. – Rudder/aileron trim. – Three and zero. – That’s the take-off briefing. – Completed. – Anti-collision way. – Done. – Before start checklist complete. – [Pascal] 20% and two. Fuel flow. Bat up. – [Paul] Start valve closed. Gravel protect. – [Pascal] Stable. – [Paul] Number one, starter engaged. Start valve open. – [Pascal] And one,
we’ll reach 20% and two. And check the fuel. Light up. See rise of EGT. – [Paul] Starter cut up. Start valve closed. Gravel protect. – [Pascal] Engines stable. – [Controller] Roger. 882, 9950 to Meadowbank Airport. (Radio speaking) On course. (vibrant music) – Filter Radar, nine, five,
zero’s in the backtrack, one way, three-six. – Nine, five, zero, roger. (upbeat music) (engine roaring) – Engine stable. Takeoff so set. – 80 knots. – Check. (clicking buttons) (mumbling) – Clear up. (clicking buttons) (vibrant rock music) – So a little bit about our autopilot. this SB 177, a little bit of
an older style of autopilot. Typically you’d see on
a more modern aircraft, you would set your altitude. So you’d put flood level three-two-zero, it’ll fly to level three-two-zero, level off, and capture three-two-zero. Us, we don’t really have that, so we kind of have to hand fly everything, and say once we get to
the desired altitude it can tell it to hold and
that’s pretty much all it’ll do, it’ll hold altitude but it
won’t make changes for us unless we physically make
the changes ourselves. It’s the same thing for descent, we can’t just set a descent
speed, you know, two-five-zero, and say let’s go. It’s really just, disconnect the autopilot and now we can control the pitch, and then we just control
the speed with the pitch. Push down if you wanna go faster, pull up if you wanna go slower. – Do you prefer flying the
aeroplane manually on a 737-200, or would you prefer a
more automated aeroplane like the 737-800 or Airbus 320? – Oh for me, I’m manual all day, man. – You love it. – Who wants to take off and
flick a switch four hundred feet and get to your destination? I like to do something. You know, it makes the time go faster, makes me fun, makes more fun you know? It keeps my skills sharp. – The bacon, the pancake
waffle is nice too. – Yeah. – (upbeat music) – Ladies and gentlemen, this
is your first officer speaking, Paul next to Captain Pascal, we’ll be landing in
approximately 15 minutes, temperature at Meadowbank
is a very warm 16 degrees. We’re gonna be planning a
landing on a gravel strip today. In order to do that we need what’s called a gravel protect system. So, what that gives us is, we
have an engine in left gear. That’s where the air flows in, comes out the back, gives us thrust. So, you’ll see outside,
we have a little bar that sticks out of the bottom, and then it has air flow
that pushes down like this so what you get is
here’s the engine inlet, and it gives you sort of an
invisible wall of air like this. – So you’re saying this is the gravel? – Yeah. – And then the air is
trying to deflect the gravel so nothing goes into the engine. – Exactly. – Start to see the mine site there. Just on the other side of the lake. (intense suspenseful music) – Speedbrake. – Armed. – Landing gear. – Down. – FAF’s. – 40, we like. – Landing checklist done. – Landing. – Confirm. – [Automated] 100, 40, 30, 20, 10. – Brakes up. – Reversing toggles. – 80 knots. (engine roaring) 60. (triumphant music) – That was so exciting. First time landing on
a gravel for me, man. Captain Pascal, good job! Good job, man. Thanks a lot. Yeah, very exciting. This is in the middle of nowhere, few hours in the Northern
Arctic of Canada. Very exciting. Now the plane’s gonna start off low and we’re gonna depart slowly
once we offload everything, and then pick up the new load of cargo and passenger on our way back. (rock music) – Do you see how the operation here works? The fork just lifts up all of
that in a container like this. That is so convenient. (laughs) (rock music) – So landing on the gravel strip, it’s important to check if
something go in the engine. No there, no something. – That’s amazing! Nothing went inside. – Yeah. – Wow. – Yeah. (machine roaring) – This is the control tower? – Yeah. – Okay, let’s have a look. – Hey sir. – What? (speaking french) – We’re going directly to Val-d’Or. Yeah, no stop in Churchill finally. – Okay, so you’re ATC here? – Yeah. – How many planes come here every day? – We get like one. – One like this one? – Or two. – Now you have a really good job. You only have one plane
coming in every day. (laughs) – There’s such a lot of
insects in this Arctic region. There’s a lot of wasps and flies, they’re biting me non-stop
and very, very crazy. But, what a cool operation really. This is what I love
about aviation, amazing. (machine buzzing) – We only have one cargo on the way back? – Yep, just one. – Oh. – 42 passengers to go to Val-d’Or and then 32 to Mirabel. – Here we are in Meadowbank, this is our typical
Canadian gold mine I guess. We’re about to take off
here, we got 1200 miles, take us back to Val-d’Or. This one’s gonna be my takeoff,
so it’ll be a scary one. – (laughs) – And we got 5,300 feet. We’re gonna use every inch of that today and that’s it, up to 3-5-0. – You’re gonna use every single
inch of the gravel runway? – Every single inch, man. Every time. (heavy rock music) (laughs) – We’re taking every
single inch of the runway. – Yeah. – Aw. (rock music) (dinging) – Air control. – I control this. – I don’t know, man. (indiscernible talking) – Thrust is stable. – Pickup thruster. – Pickup thruster. 80 knots. Three-one, loading. (engine roaring) – What’s the rate? – Yeah. (engine roaring) (rock music) – [Automated] 100. 50. 40. 30. 20. 10. – Speedbrake up. – 80 Knots. (engine roaring) (rock music) – It’s weighing in 1.3 tonnes, so when you have passengers
loaded in the back of the plane, you have to put this one in front to be sure that the plane
won’t tip the wrong way and as well that the centre of gravity is at a good place for you to take off. – Allison is also working at the airport. You told me you are a plane painter? – Yep. – But today you are helping loading cargo. Do you like doing this kind of work? – Yeah I like it. – You like it? – Yeah. – Wow. – It’s money well worth,
so I really like it. – Wow, thank you. Nice to meet you. – Thank you. – I’m with all the miners on the way back, now we’re stopping in Val-d’Or. This is Sam as well. What’s your name sir? – Henri. – Henri? You guys work two weeks,
now come back two weeks? – Yeah. – Like going two weeks
after working again. You’re a frequent flyer of this aeroplane. – Yes. (indiscernible announcement) (rock music) – [Automated] 100. 50. 40. 30. 20. 10. – Speedbrake up. (laughs) – Zeros are normal. This one as well, we’ll
follow the next one. 80 knots. Okay, I have control. – You’re in control. – Paul, great landing. Thank you very much flying me today. – Good man. – Thank you, Pascal. – My pleasure. – It was a lot of fun with you. Hopefully one day I’ll
start my own flying as well. Maybe one day I’ll become
your first officer. – No problem with that. – Thank you so much flying me.

100 thoughts to “EXTREME FLIGHT – B737-200 Combi Gravel Strip Operation”

  1. Hi Sam, thank you very much for this amazing report. If you don't mind, please, think about doing a report about buffalo air in the north west territories of Canada. I guess you know them, but it's always worth a visit.

  2. Sam, you fly both survival planes to the arctic and the Residence class flights and everything in between and there is always such an optimistic and good manored tone in your videos. Thank you again for doing it, it is very de-stressing to watch.

  3. Very nice video Sam. Quebec has a lot of mining towns, and its nice to see the 737 (i.e., Boeing workhorse) be the lifeline of Meadowbank! It was also really cool to see the first 3 production units of the A320 on the Mirabel runway!

  4. So, i don't know why, but when i'm looking to your smile, i want to smile too, you are very funny and positive👍🏻

  5. Very cool Sam! Appreciate this video more than some of the others. You just don’t see this anywhere else! Better than flipping omelettes!
    Bernie in Sydney x

  6. Very nice video…Amazing that the 732 still fly….you shall try come in Greece and make the small islands operations..Rhodes Karpathos Kasos Sitia or Rhodes Kastellorizo….

  7. I always enjoy Sam Chui’s videos but the very best ones tend to be this kind where he flies on rare airplanes or lesser-known airlines. Really cool!

  8. Am just 16, i see your videos and dream to fly, i would be lucky if i get a chance to fly with you.

  9. Hello from South Africa 🇿🇦, love your videos Sam. Can you please do a video reviewing TAAG Angolan Airlines. I'm going on a trip and I'll need a review of the airline.

  10. Nice video Sam. This brings back old memories of flying in Nunavut (B200, B1900 and LR35). I flew to Meadowbank a few times to pick up patients in our B200 and fly them to Winnipeg.

  11. This was really fascinating. I love all your videos but I think this one was a rare look at something most of us will never do, land in a jet aircraft on gravel. Well done Sam.

  12. Are you a pilot or have FAA credentials? Having access to the cockpit and jumpseat during flight is a huge deal. Or was someone else filming it?

  13. Good to see some real Pilots. Now a days with so much automation. Pilots in most commercial airlines are just as good as another passenger in the plane.

  14. Very cool to see a classic like the 200 still going strong. I actually photographed this particular aircraft at Amsterdam airport way back in 1985 when it flew for Royal Air Maroc.

  15. This brings back memories, I used to work on this type of aircraft for Nordair and Canadian Airlines when they operated in the Canadian Arctic.

  16. Buffalo airways might buy these planes in 10 to 15 years!!!
    Sam – Where is the review of the club at Meadowbank Gold Mine??? LOL. Love your videos…

  17. That was probably one of the most enjoyable videos of yours I have watched. Something completely different from the ‘ norm ‘. I like the fact that you are now starting to show us different aspects of aviation.

  18. Omg my dream was that you where coming to my closest airport in val-dor…and you did it !you discovered the best part of the quebec Sam!salut de val-dor!

  19. Amazing video. Love the 737-200 and those clam shell trust reversers. I flew Air California's 737-200's frequently back in the 70's. I will never forget a landing in San Jose one morning when my buddy almost had a heart attack when he saw the clam shell deploy upon landing. I will never forget the look on his face!

  20. I used to fly for a couple of different carriers in that region of Nunavut and flew into Meadowbank a couple of times when the mine was being setup. This brought back some good memories of working up north. Thanks Sam!

  21. Reminds me of when I was working in Papua New Guinea, and we would fly an Air Niuginia Dash-8-100 from Port Moresby to Tari up in the Hela Provence. Tari was a dirt strip and very short and made for fun take offs and landings.

  22. Scene at 19:45 – UNBELIEVABLE! …never seen any flight video with views like this until now – Thanks Sam!

  23. your videos are THE BEST and a legend !!!! keep on doing this great job ! greets from Vienna, Austria ! 🙂

  24. nice report !:) about the real and mitic jet and the serie 737 -200 Combi a touch of modernity the avionic efis , i like it ….the MD 80'series too a lucky pilots they practise the real aviation …good job and fly safe !:)

  25. awesome classic 737 ,I would fly with it any time of the year and day their build like tanks and pilots have control of the plane unless computer plastic bombers from today .

  26. Sir how to apply us a cargo handler in ur company .b4 i work at saudia cargo airlines in jeddah saudi Arabia..by d way i came from phillippines

  27. And at first I thought people with a big belly couldn't fly the 737, because in my flight simulator the yoke goes all the way back to the seat when I flare XD

  28. At least there're some interesting knowledge and stories behind, instead of purely watching how airlines kiss his a**.

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