USA/Caribbean Trip Part 4: Winair SXM-SBH-SXM (Photos)

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USA/Caribbean Trip Part 4: Winair SXM-SBH-SXM (Photos)

Postby Brandon Giacomin » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:52 pm

Introduction:

Part 1: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=13820

Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=13822

Part 3: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=13833

Here is Part 4 of my report. This will include my flights from SXM- SBH and return, as well as what I did whilst in St Barths.

ST MAARTEN PRINCESS JULIANNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On our 3rd day in St Maarten we flew to St Barths for the day. We got to the airport at 8:30am for the 10am departure. Check-in was easy, we were given an arrival card for St Barths because it is an international flight! We then proceeded through security, grabbed something to eat and sat down at our gate. At 9:40am, Winair announced that boarding would soon commence. The departure time came and went and at 10:30am, employees from Winair walked around finding passengers travelling to St Barths. We were told that due to fires on St Barths the airport was closed and they would try to recommence flights at 12pm. So we had a look around the terminal.

Sunwing Boeing 737-800 C-FTOH from Toronto
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Sunwing Boeing 737-800 C-FLSW from Montreal
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Finally staff announced that St Barths Airport had re-opened. Winair commenced boarding for the 11:20am service to St Barths, so we were just put on that flight.

June 6, 2013
Winair
WM619 (not sure what the flight number for the 11:20am service was)
SXM-SBH
PJ-WIJ DHC6
Seat 2A


We caught a bus out to the aircraft. Today, PJ-WIJ would take us to St Barths. The Dash 6-300 Twin Otter is a 19 seater, it is quite small inside! I was really looking forward to the flight to St Barths. The flight was scheduled to take 15 minutes.

Onboard, there were probably 10 people on-board
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Cockpit :)
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We taxied out to RWY10, Sunwing B738 C-FTOH took off before us
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Maho Beach
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Josh took a video of the takeoff and landing. Here it is…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM8MlFQvK4g

Takeoff roll
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And we’re up!
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Got some beautiful views of St Maarten
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En-route
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St Barths
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Diving into RWY10
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Over the road
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Down the hill!
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We stopped so quickly we made the first exit rather than using the whole runway and backtracking. Very impressive! The runway at St Barths is 650m long.
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Taxiing to the terminal
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WIS is here!
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Parked at the gate. WIS is ready to go.
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The airport terminal
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WIJ
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The flight only took 12 minutes!
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ST BARTHELEMY GUSTAF III AIRPORT

We walked to St Jean Beach first, which is at the end of RWY10 (start of RWY28).

St Barth Commuter Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander F-OIJS
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WIJ taking off on RWY10 after a 5 minute turnaround
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Back to SXM
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St Jean Beach
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Trans Anguilla Airways Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander VP-AAA
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Air Antilles Express De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter F-OHJG
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St Barth Commuter Cessna Grand Caravan F-OSBH
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St Barth Commuter Cessna Grand Caravan F-OSBM
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RWY10/28
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We then walked up the hill; you get a great view from up there!
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F-OIJS diving into RWY10
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F-OSBM diving into RWY10
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Awesome view!
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Air Antilles Express Cessna Grand Caravan F-OIXJ lining up
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WIS is back
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We then went back to the beach. St Barths sure is an awesome place!

WIS going back to SXM
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F-OSBH backtracking RWY10
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WIJ back in St Barths
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WIJ departing
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Two Twin Otters leaving
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We then went to the terminal and checked in for the flight back to St Maarten. We had to fill in an arrival card for St Maarten again. After that we went back up the hill.

Busy afternoon!
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F-OSBM departing
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After that we went into the terminal, no security screening. They have a security officer at the door to the departures lounge and they check your passport.

The very modern terminal at St Barths
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WIS arrives to take us back to SXM
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As soon as the plane arrived and the passengers disembarked, we were on our way out!

June 6, 2013
Winair
WM682
SBH-SXM
PJ-WIS DHC6
Seat 2C


Walking out to WIS
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Interior
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Onboard in Seat 2C, the plane was about half-full
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Josh took a video of the takeoff and landing again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfZd5wLoIEM

Taxiing out to RWY10
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Lining up on RWY10
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Over St Jean
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En-route
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Nice view
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St Maarten
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Freedom of the Seas leaving St Maarten
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Joining downwind
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SXM!
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Turning base
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Great view!
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Turning finals
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On finals for RWY10
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Over a very quiet Maho Beach
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Back in SXM, the return flight was only 9 minutes! Pretty short international flight!
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WIJ, WII and WIL!
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Cockpit
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Interior
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WIS
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We got a bus back to the terminal. We passed Insel Air MD-83 PJ-MDF on our way.
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The terminal
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We walked to the Sunset Bar and Grill for some dinner and then back to the hotel.

St Barths was fantastic, beautiful island and the airport is awesome. Really want to go back!!! The flights were great too. Even though it was 12 mins there and 9 back they were great. I was looking forward to flying Winair to Saba a couple of days later. That will be part 5 of the report, I will try to do that tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

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