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    Hoping that some of you who have flown Tim Air before can calm some of my fears...I am a bit of a worrier but have also learned in life that fear can hold you back and as a result miss out on some amazing experiences...so with that, I am considering flying from Montego Bay to Negril. Having said that, did any of you feel nervous or unsafe at any time? I say this with no disrespect to Tim Air in anyway, it's more just a question I need to ask to put my mind at ease. I am not a nervous flyer, have flown in 4 seater planes before, and although I never relax completely, the experience is worth the butterflies....

    Thanks for your help...
    Kris

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    I hate flying in general.. take off and landing in jets make me cringe!
    Having said that.. we take TimAir every time and while there were moments I closed my eyes.. I felt safe the entire time.
    The view is spectacular and the ride quick!
    Take Tim Air you won't be sorry!

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    flying tim air is kind like getting in a 1967 mustage it rattles the seat are vinyl and the windows dont seal,you can't hear much other then the engine but it has charm. We used to fly it before the road was completed. People will argue about the net time saving but that aside i would look at it as a sightseeing tour that is worth it at least once especially as you apporach ther negril aerodome hint have camera ready

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    Sun Kissed,

    We took Timair to and from CN when we were there in 06. My wife was somewhat nervous but put her head in a magazine as she had never been small plane like that before. On the way back to Montego Bay she didn't hesitate, but yes it isn't a big plane and it can be a little bumpy. Seeing that part of Jamaica and crossing over the ocean for a bit was quite the experience though.

    This time we plan to take the shuttle more so for the fun of the ride/the Red Stripes and the social aspect of it. When we took Timair we didn't have a chance to hit the Couples lounge and we were escorted right to another part of the airport once we cleared customs.

    See you there as we overlap for part of our visits. It is amazing how much we measure every lapse of time waiting and waiting for April to arrive....like Monday is March 1st and we will be in the 30 day countdown before we know it!!

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    It was awsome probably one of the highlights of our trip in February!!!! This is a smaller plane and a little larger plane, weflew in the smaller and I got to sit in co pilots seat, the trip/flight was very smmooth and alot of great views!

    I did not see any reason to be nervous, even my wife was very comfortable, we ahve flown into St Barts and this was piece of cake compared to that for my wife.

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    We flew Tim Air for the first time earlier this month. Our pilot was Curtis and he put us totally at ease. It was funny, however, when we checked in at the Tim Air terminal in MoBay. The woman at the counter said, "relax for a little bit, we are trying to find a plane that works." How can you not love that?!?

    Having said all of that, the plane we flew did appear to be a little bit worn on the inside (torn fabric and such). However, I've seen worse on a 737. And the proof is in the pudding. We flew to and from Negril, and are still hear to talk about it!

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    hmm, the planes are not new, they are old Cessna's 150's or 180's, cannot remember.

    I had to hold the door closed once during a flight.

    never felt unsafe, they can only fly to negril during the day because it is only a paved strip w/o lights and a windsock

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    We have flown on Tim Air quite a number of times. We went from Montego Bay to Boscobell airstrip near CTI. There was always a small amount of anxiety involved. For us, it got better each time we did it. The pilots are really great. They will point out places of interest, answer any of your questions. We loved it. But it priced itself out of our pocket. We're back to the bus.
    It's a great experience flying over the Caribbean ocean and along the coast of Jamaica. You can do this.

    richie

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    I was very nervous and worried it would appear unsafe. But they are very professional and our pilot was great. The views were so amazing. The island is so beautiful on that flight. The flight goes so fast. If I could afford to do it every time I would.

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    We flew Tim Air a couple of times and felt quite safe. It was a good experience for us.

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    Kris, I sent you an e-mail about this!

    Karen

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    I absolutely hate flying! Having said that, I have decided to fly Timeair from Montego Bay to CN this April. The time we save alone is so worth it to us, so I'm going to give it a try and make the best of it! I'm actually sort of excited... I have heard wonderful things about Curtis, so I'm hoping for him on our trip! You can do it Sun-Kissed!!!!

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    Kris, look at it this way, once the plane takes off your fear will last no more than 15 minutes, and I suspect it will have dissipated long before then.

    Your nervousness with flying is the same with me when it comes to deep water, being that I'm a poor swimmer. So I too had questions early on when discussing water-based activities like the cat cruise, snorkling, hobie cats, etc.

    Kindred spirits there mate.
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbcwp View Post
    hmm, the planes are not new, they are old Cessna's 150's or 180's, cannot remember.
    FWIW TimAir operates a fleet of several 6 (pilot + 5) seat Cessna 206s and 1 (twin engine) Britten-Norman BN-2 10 (pilot + 9) seat Islander.

    A wiki about Tim Air can be found here:

    TimAir

    Our selves personally, have flown with TimAir from MBJ to Negril return over a dozen times. Myself as a qualified Airframe, powerplant and avionics tech, I have never had an issue flying on any of their aircraft.

    No worries, sit back, enjoy the scenery and the flight.

    Cheers,
    Tom & Erin 22x CSA Veterans
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenON View Post
    Kris, I sent you an e-mail about this!

    Karen
    Thanks Bella...you are the best!
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryJoel View Post
    I absolutely hate flying! Having said that, I have decided to fly Timeair from Montego Bay to CN this April. The time we save alone is so worth it to us, so I'm going to give it a try and make the best of it! I'm actually sort of excited... I have heard wonderful things about Curtis, so I'm hoping for him on our trip! You can do it Sun-Kissed!!!!
    Thanks for the vote of confidence Mary! Awhile back you told me to have a pina colada and a vodka slushie waiting for you when you get there...perhaps I'll make it a double for ya! We're getting close...and I think I get more excited by the minute!
    Kris

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    What's an appropriate tip on TimAir? Is $20 for a couple adequate?
    Thanks in advance... we are going in 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inthesun View Post
    What's an appropriate tip on TimAir? Is $20 for a couple adequate?
    Thanks in advance... we are going in 2 weeks.
    Yup!

    Cheers,
    Tom & Erin 22x CSA Veterans
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    I have also flown them many times and my only stomach dropping experience was in a storm. I do not like to fly in bad weather but we made it fine, shaking, rattling and rolling all the way.

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    How much do the TimAir flights run? Would it save money to find another couple coming at the same time and share the flight?

    We're staying there this July and I think that an arial introduction to Negril would be a great way to start the trip

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    Send TimAir an email for a no obligation quote.

    TimAir

    Rates do change with fuel prices.

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    Tom & Erin 22x CSA Veterans
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    After that flight Chris - Make it a TRIPLE!!!! Just kidding! Yes, we are getting so close! I've already started putting things aside to pack...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MazerRackam View Post
    How much do the TimAir flights run? Would it save money to find another couple coming at the same time and share the flight?

    We're staying there this July and I think that an arial introduction to Negril would be a great way to start the trip
    Great name! If our first child had been a boy, he would have been Andrew, and I would have called him Ender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryJoel View Post
    After that flight Chris - Make it a TRIPLE!!!! Just kidding! Yes, we are getting so close! I've already started putting things aside to pack...
    A triple it is! HA HA. Think we've decided to travel with the shuttle...but look forward to hearing about your experience. I'm sure it will be beautiful and you will get to the swim up bar all that much quicker. I've been making lists of things to bring...totally off topic but do I need to bring an extension chord for my hair straightner? I've heard there are no outlets in the bathroom?
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sun Kissed View Post
    I've heard there are no outlets in the bathroom?
    You heard wrong....

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