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Old 23.09.2011, 23:50
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

So anyway, what's the first thing I think?

Probably: "Please don't let them confiscate all my fillet steak, lamb, pork, tunnocks caramel wafers, Crunchie biscuits, malt loaf, bacon, chocolate, sausages, cheese, lobsters,..."
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

I hope I don't have to wait to long in the airport cellar for a train!
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:53
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Landed in Zurich several hundred times and every time I can't help thinking of the Stadlerberg accident when we pass over....
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

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On BA? Seriously?...Brits? That's a new one for me.
Well yes, being mostly British, it was more a repressed ripple of appreciation

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It's all true, and the people that are clapping are those with the window seats who've all just seen their lives flash before their eyes
And I'm also told that locals sometimes like to stand at the end of the runway fencing and hold up score cards marking landings out of 10. I was at a window but didn't see anyone. Is this true?
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Honestly ? I whisper a prayer of thanks for the landing and can't wait to switch to French, which means home to me.

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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Surprisingly, nobody mentioned it in 3 pages.
My first thought was 'where are all the people'.

Guess what, I landed on a Sunday morning and I did not see more than 5 people walking on streets in 3 hours. I was like there is a curfew or something today.

No marks for guessing, I was coming from India.

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And I'm also told that locals sometimes like to stand at the end of the runway fencing and hold up score cards marking landings out of 10. I was at a window but didn't see anyone. Is this true?
I don't know if the locals do (though it wouldn't surprise me), but the pilots pretty much do


I put a few explanations in (brackets), otherwise this is straight from the Pilot's Mouth...

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Sat in the afternoon at innsbruck - clear day landing on 08 with a stiff breeze down the runway. No fohn conditions or turb noticed on our arrival.

About 10 minutes later a ba73 (British Airways 737) arrived and when turning finals went around. Fair enough. Second approach at about downwind he/she went around again. He/she then positioned to land on 26 with a v.stiff tailwind. Needless to say we all went out to watch.
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Anyway the main point of this drivel is that on the second goaround, a 757 was descending into the valley from KTI (a navigation beacon) and ended up also going around. When i first started going to LOWI (Innsbruck airport) about 4 years ago, we were told that the deal with LOWI was that only one aircraft was to manoever in the valley at once. Now, obviously that is not the case as you have aircraft cleared to line up as you are downwind.

Not ideal if you goaround as they get airborne. (Master of the understatement!)
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I always think........'back to the language barrier and the never ending Grüezi's'

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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

While we're still in the air, I try to pick out Rigi and Pilatus through the clouds. Once on the ground, same as Sandgrounder, but the train to Luzern.

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"nearly home..."
And once I'm on the bus or train from Luzern to home, my main thoughts are of the bliss of being back in my own bed.
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

...God I hate Geneva...lets get to Neuchatel asap!!! home!!!
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Ok we landed finally. Hope the bags come out early
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It's all true, and the people that are clapping are those with the window seats who've all just seen their lives flash before their eyes

There's a very good reason for it. A picture speaks a thousand works: you're landind down a narrow wee valley surrounded by high mountains with nowhere to go if it alls goes wrong (big diagram), and the window passengers get to see how close to the tops of the mountains you get on the way in and out (bottom right diagram).

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It's a fine line between the passengers clapping, and the passengers crapping, as they say
This is why I prefer to take the train from Munich.
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This is why I prefer to take the train from Munich.
so its funny u say that, my company insisted on flying me to munich from neuchatel via geneva....ive worked it out and by the time i get to my hotel its about five hours...the train takes about that long and i just get on in neuch and off in munich.....dont understand..nothing i can do now as all tickets are booked...
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Old 24.09.2011, 12:39
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

"Have those buggers lost my luggage again?"
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

"Again a great holiday/travel/journey, lucky me" and,
as a swiss bünzli, I'm already thinking of the bottle of RIVELLA and the RAGUSA chocolate bar I'll buy for the way home (didn't find Rivella in Gloucester nor Ragusa in Buffalo, does anybody know where I could find it ??)
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So anyway, what's the first thing I think?

Probably: "Please don't let them confiscate all my fillet steak, lamb, pork, tunnocks caramel wafers, Crunchie biscuits, malt loaf, bacon, chocolate, sausages, cheese, lobsters,..."
You'd have to stand well back after opening your suitcase with that lot in it, if it had been lost for a few days, as mine was recently, luckily with only dirty clothes in............but even that was bad enough
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Well the last and only two times I have flown into Zurich, the first thing I thought of, after spending nearly 29 hours getting here was I can't wait to see my lovely boyfriend and give him a hug and kiss.
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

That I'm entering the only airport that my bag ever got opened, stuff taken out of it, loss reported, stuff found eventually and when I went to collect it-was told they can't hold onto stuff forever!!

That's why I always bring my kid on as hand luggage... He's getting a bit heavy but is of great sentimental value to me!
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