sexta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2009

A dream come true...

This is a post definitely dedicated to my spotter friend Jan Swiderski!

One of my dream traffic at Madeira was the Tu-154. There were a few (at least 3) Tu-154 here before but, I missed them all...
The only other 2 times I had the oportunity to see one of these live was in Barcelona, in 2005 and now in 2009 but on both times it was quite far away to apreciate it the way it should be.

When I first heard the info that one these was coming I couldn't believe it...WOW!!!
Too bad it came and departed in the night....anyway still managed to take some pics...(Madeira Spotters rules!! hehe!)

It was a great night (arrived at the airport around 9.30pm and left the airport after midnight) together with some spotting guys (and looks like we're grabbing another guy into plane photography spotting...he sure looks enthusiast and took some very nice pics also.)

Anyway, the pics...
Say what??

Ah...ok...

That tail and engines are fantastic!! And what about that "bird impaler"? Is that an antenna or just some aerodynamic address? Does anyone know? Have to look about that...


The tail/engines does stand out of the plane...

Love those main gears...unfortunatelly with night landing/take off couldn't see them in "action"...

Putting the protections into the engines...(Yellowish hu? Well, didn't use customized white balance on this one...)

The front of the plane looks quite aerodynamic, oposite to the back...


12mm shot. Thanks to Jorge for lending me this lens. Looks like it's the next on whishlist, althought this shot doesn't show the potencial of the lens..

quarta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2009

A great night!

Yesterday night we had a great piece of traffic, one of my dream traffic around here!
As far as I know we had 3 planes of these around here but I never got to see them (and even less photographing them...)
It will stay at Madeira during today.

Took a few more pics but didn't have a good look at them yet. Just choose this one for a little quiz...can you identify the plane? Hehe!

terça-feira, 27 de outubro de 2009

Smells like the 80's



Since (Cimber) Sterling restarted flying here that I was after this one: Cimber Sterling livery.
On a time that some airliners are remembering the old days with "retro" liveries this one, despite being new, sure reminds me one of those, back from the 80's....and an amazing one...
If it weren't for the winglets, you might thing you were back in time...

Runway 23 was in use, so decided to go the terminal balcony (although it looks like the light was nice on the side of runway 23...)

The livery looked realy amazing and on a crop without winglets it looks even more "oldie"...






The black nose and sunglare area, with the stripes coming out of the nose looks really great, specially on the shining new painting...

18mm shot...

Too bad I couldn't stay for the take-off but, probably wouldn't get anything too special as I heard it made quite an early take-off...
See you soon...

domingo, 25 de outubro de 2009

New Photo of the Week - French traffic and more

Last Saturday went for the first regular flight by Aigle Azur.
Besides that one, there were a few more traffic that could be interesting, including the one from this week's choice: Europe Airpost (French Post callsign).
It's been quite a long time since I last got one of these planes. Usually they were coming in the morning and in the late afternoon...not good for me...
The sun was shinning...unfortunatelly somewhere else....



The Aigle Azur, wich was making its first regular flight in Airbus and the first in Airbus A319 (the very first flight was actually a promotional flight, made a few days before in A320. Pics HERE)
Unfortunatelly it was delayed about an hour and with that weather, it didn't improved the light, for sure...


Anyway, when I first got to the airport, noticed this unusual Binter...unexpected...
Another spotter told me it had a technical problem while pushing-back, in the morning.


This Air Berlin was also a nice catch, as lately it seems like I'm allways getting the old and crappy livery...


Meanwhile, low light was nice for trying some pannings...with a large amount of luck to get this one with the strobe on...

On late Saturday afternoons Easyjet rules for sure. Besides these 3, another one was taxiing after landing on runway 05. So, we have: the one from London Stanstead, London Gatwick, Lisbon and Bristol (and another in the morning, from Lisbon)

 
Departure of the Aigle Azur to Paris, with very low light...

sexta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2009

Puma no Operacional

O site Operacional.pt publicou um interessante artigo acerca deste "velho conhecido": O SA-330 Puma da FAP.

Ver Artigo


Eyes on... Jorge Abreu Photography

I'll start sharing, everynow and then, some links of my favorites, regarding aviation and other stuff.
I'll start with JA's site.
He's been making more updates lately and it's definitely a "must" regarding aviation (and ship) photography at Madeira (and other locations).

LINK

quinta-feira, 22 de outubro de 2009

Madjet flying...

A couple of days ago, after leaving work decided to go to the airport for some spotting.
Didn't knew exactly what was coming but didn't care. Just wanted to see and shoot some planes.
Got some TAP's and 3 Air Berlins (old colors....blargh...) and a Tuifly when it was already getting dark...but, the top catch was this little bizjet!
Althought it's based at Madeira, I had no previous shots of it flying.

Was sitting in the car, listening to some music and switching radio freqs. between Approach and Tower when sudendly, out of nowhere I heard on the radio "Jet2. Runway 23, cleared to land!"
Jumped out of the car, thinking "Jet2?? what is that?" It crossed my mind it could be a plane from the Jet2.com airline but then I noticed it was this little bird, coming in on a great light!







Fúria Divina


Bem, está quase cá fora...
Confesso que aguardo com alguma expectativa o novo livro do José Rodrigues dos Santos.
Sou um grande fã dos seus livros (tenho-os todos, incluíndo os 3 livros do trabalho de investigação/tese publicados em  "Crónicas de Guerra").
Curiosamente, nos últimos tempos têm saído perto dos meus aniversários e este não foi excepção...hehe!
A temática parece interessante e cada vez mais actual.

Uma das razões da minha preferência tem a ver com o facto de este aliar de forma excelente a literatura de ficção com o trabalho de investigação e o enriquecimento cultural.

Segundo a imprensa televisiva desta manhã, a Visão traz um artigo de capa acerca deste novo livro (o marketing a trabalhar...) pelo que, daqui a pouco vou dar uma saída para comprar a revista que, diga-se de passagem, normalmente vale sempre a pena...

Entretanto esta noite acabei fazendo noitada, até às 3 da manhã, completamente absorvido no "Munique" de George Jonas. Está quase no fim e tem sido uma leitura extremamente interessante.
Depois logo coloco mais qualquer coisa acerca do mesmo...

Eastern Europe Night at LPMA

Well, after all will be posting some planes tonight.
After seeing a news on a local spotter blog on the eventual interest of Estonian Air to come to Madeira, decided to post just a few pics regarding the premiere of this airline at Madeira, a couple of years ago.

That night was even more interesting because we also had Travel Service's special livery Telefonica O2, which is an amazing livery...great night!!




The fantastic OK-TVC, from Travel Service...

quarta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2009

Relaxing with music...

Not really in the mood for posting any pics...
I'm just "surfing" the web while listening some calm and relaxing music of one of the singers I've been listening lately...

First air pics of the CS-HEU

Yesterday, on lunch time, went to the harbour, trying to get the Heliatlantis/Helibravo airborn.
The only pics I had of it were from the days after its arrival and all on the ground.
As I was arriving, noticed its noise...landing or taking off?? I was lucky. It wasn't on the helipad.
So, I just had to wait a little bit. Probably 15minutes.
After around 15m there it was again coming back...



It's definitely a lot lighter than the other helicopter. The last time I had go to that place, I got a "bath" from the sea water, sprayed by the downdraft of the rotor.
This one came in a bit higher and didn't spray neither water nor even some wind...



Refueling...



segunda-feira, 19 de outubro de 2009

New Photo of the Week - Back to 2006

Well, looks like I'm a little bit nostalgic so here's another shot that I just found:














It was taken 2006 and it was lost deep down on my photo folders...;)
Can you tell me how many of those airlines still exist or maintain its name and colors? ...
Stuff does change...and it was only 3 years ago...

Remembering - A night bath

A few days ago, Jorge posted a pic on Aviação Portugal Fórum that remembered me a very interesting night a couple of years ago.
It was something you don't get to see many times: a night bath ceremony.
The event: celebrating the last flights of a PGA capt. that was going to retire. The flights to Madeira and the return to Lisbon would be its lasts (as an airline pilot).

The pics...well, not many great spotting pics but definitelly some diferent pics and night well spent.

While the guys were getting ready (a well known madeirean spotter on top of the stairs of an handling company that is already gone), the plane is already on the circuit (notice the long-exposition of the lights of the plane, on the low background).


The night bath while CS-TPB enters the apron (not much of the plane but a nice effect anyway...)

After arrival, the captain received some souvenirs from the scale guys at LPMA and some friends.
Meanwhile, took this shot because I noticed that when using the flash, the water sprayed over the plane seemed like shining stars in the night...

Well, time to push-back for the return to Lisbon.

and time for another strange but with a nice efect shot...


And this last one, a tribute to another person on that day...
This shot was made with my equipment but by another spotter. One that, unfortunatelly is no longer among us...Tony Silva

sábado, 17 de outubro de 2009

Shooting the Falcon

I haven't many oportunities to shoot the F-16's, so I was a little expectating with the display of PoAF Falcons, on the last day of PAS2009.

On the other ocasions I had photographed them the pics got quite crappy and this time they didn't get too much better...
Anyway as from some moment I gave up shooting and just stayed there enjoying the passings and the NOISE!!! LOL!

It was just too bad that they didn't brought the 50 Years Falcon...





quinta-feira, 15 de outubro de 2009

Transavia by Gol

Sometimes just minor details are enough to make a plane special.
In this case, this Transavia's last operator was Gol Transportes Aéreos, the Brazilian airline (PR-GIB) and the plane is on a summer lease to Transavia.
As the Winter season is about to begin, the plane will be returning very soon to its original operator.

The other point of interest is that it mantained its previous operator winglets and on some parts of the plane it's noticeable the old livery apearing under the "new clothes"....

Finally, on the same day of the Aigle Azur, I got it...
Landing on runway 05, from Amsterdam.


On the take off run, from runway 05...