thread Oddly,
we were talking about short commercial flights at work today. I've done 40 mins from Casablanca to Fez, and something similar from Damascus to Amman, but one of the guys has done one in the Orkneys that was less than 3 mins.
permalink Dublin-Shannon
was always fun, and usually about 20-25 minutes (DUB-SNN anyway). I've done lots of shorter hops than that, often 5 min or less, but usually in helicopters on fieldwork.

Off to Nelson* tomorrow, and that again, is usually about 20 min. But is on a different island. Which if you drove-took ferry-drove, would take about 6 hours.


permalink I've never been in a helicopter.
We were offered a free sightseeing trip on one in Cuba, but we turned it down, on account of the chopper being an ageing Soviet one, probably the Mil-8, that looked utterly unsound, and had liquid dripping from it. I wonder if it's still flying.
permalink Mil-8s are great fun to fly on!
Although I suspect that the one I flew on was likely aggressively disassembled not long afterwards.

The people flying choppers tend not to like dying, so it would probably have been OK.

Most of my choppering has been in much less glamorous Bell 206s or 222s. Still bloody good fun though. I miss all of that.
permalink Just found a thread on Tripadvisor about it.
Apparently, it was damaged on the ground by Hurricane Ike in 2008 (4 years after we were there), and repaired, then was wrecked after it came down in a banana plantation a couple of weeks later, though no one was killed.
permalink That Orkney one is famous for being the shortest
as far as I know.
permalink Yeah,
I've just asked him, it's Westray to Papa Westray and is indeed the UK's shortest commercial flight. Its record is 57 seconds, apparently.
permalink Or you can get a ferry,
if it's a Tuesday or a Friday.