sábado, 28 de julho de 2018

Photo of the Week: The Zurich flight

Edelweiss A320 HB-IJV on short final to runway 05
This weekend seemed the right one to publish the first shot of Edelweiss I publish, from this year.

From the same day of Transavia's Sunweb special livery (check HERE), and with a nice morning light, it's definitely one of my favorite shots of this airline, which by the way has one of my favorite liveries from those around here...

sexta-feira, 27 de julho de 2018

Condor Loves Sentido

Yesterday, on a quick stop, managed to catch some new stuff :)
One of the newbies (for me...) was this Condor A321 with special titles regarding the Sentido Hotels & Resorts.
Was at Santa Cruz when I noticed this one on final to runway 05, no way I could manage to get the arrival but was nice to make a record on the departure....

It's easy to notice Thursdays are Condor day at Madeira, currently (with 8 flights...)
Still, a nice record with 3 different liveries for Condor...A321 D-ATCD, with Sentido titles, A320 LY-VEF, leased to Avion Express and a different tone on the tail grey and A320 retro D-AICA

segunda-feira, 23 de julho de 2018


From last month, on the same day of the TAP retro flight (check HERE), a shot of one of the 2 Lufthansa flights of the day.
It's been ages since I last got a Lufthansa...they kept coming on saturday lunch time (and the second fligh didn't made a lot of change on that...), a crappy time either on the light and on the mood for going at the airport....

A321 D-AIDB landing on runway 05

sábado, 21 de julho de 2018


Um dos pontos de spotting em Sevilha, com um B738 da Ryanair alinhando na pista 27
Para variar das fotos da semana centradas nos aviões, uma com destaque para o spotter, e de propósito um spotter de ocasião, não daqueles "todos artilhados" com máquina fotográfica, em busca da melhor foto, como eu próprio costumo ser...

Confesso que ultimamente tenho ido pouco ao aeroporto apenas para apreciar os aviões...as ultimas idas têm sido apenas para registar movimentos de interesse, normalmente em visitas rapidinhas...decididamente algo a corrigir, especialmente nas férias...

quinta-feira, 19 de julho de 2018

Global Inc.

More than ever, aviation is a global business :)
This is specially visible during summer season, when airlines try to get planes wherever they are to answer the high levels of demand...

From last week, a plane that really meets the "Global Inc." spirit, with a great looking mix :)
An hybrid, still with the livery of Libyan Afriqiyah Airways, with Small Planet titles, Lithuania registration, leased to a german airline (Condor)...

A320 LY-ONJ on short final to runway 05, with a shy sun, hiting the right spot, on the plane...

segunda-feira, 16 de julho de 2018


From the same day of the first visit of the first TAP A321NEO, CS-TJI (check HERE), this was the kind of light that would be, if the TAP had arrived on time...(for the benefit of TAP, this time, the delay was due to the current state of chaos at Lisbon Airport...)

Anyway...lately only been to the airport for special traffic (in this case, the 321NEO) but, still do make some shots on the other birds, after all, it's allways a joy to make some shots with a lovely afternoon light...
On final to runway 05, racing a little boat, Easyet's A320 G-EZRW

Beacons! :)

and a somehow bit of a colorfull smoke on the touchdown...

sábado, 14 de julho de 2018

Photo of the Week: Transavia Sunweb

For this week was planning to choose as photo of the week a shot of Small Planet / Afriqiyah hybrid but Transavia finally decided to present the local spotters with the Sunweb livery plane...What a catch...Transavia hardly ever brings its special liveries to Madeira so, it was great to be able to get this one (Thanks for bringing it on a Saturday :)  )

B738 PH-HSJ on final to runway 05 with a very nice morning light despite the gathering dark clouds on the back...

Already over runway 05 and about to land.
From this spot (below the runway) we don't get the touchdowns but the morning approaches to runway 05 have great background... 
Only after arriving home realised that the livery is different on both sides....too bad...maybe I get another oportunity for some shots..

The TAP French planes...

While publishing last entry on F-HBAL, the Aigle Azur A319 leased by TAP, noticed that hadn't published yet any pic of it while on duty with the french airline, so a couple of pics of the Aigle Azur planes leased to TAP, for the summer while on duty with Aigle Azur...
A319 F-HBAL still with Aigle Azur old colors, on final to runway 23, back in 2015
A320 F-HBIS landing on runway 05, back in Sep.2015.
More on that day, HERE
While operating for TAP, HERE (F-HBAL) and HERE (F-HBIS)

sexta-feira, 13 de julho de 2018

A French TAP

TAP has leased a couple of Aigle Azur's for the summer.
Despite some rumours and images of special stickers for these planes, their're still white with Aigle Azur tails and small Operated By TAP stickers on the nose.

TAP's (Aigle Azur lease) A319 F-HBAL arriving to the stand

Haven't made any run for getting these, despite the many flights they've been making to Madeira but still, already managed to get a shot of F-HBIS at Lisbon (check HERE) and now, of F-HBAL, on the night of the Brazilian Challenger 350 (check HERE)

The record is made, unless they really get some nice stickers into the planes :)

quinta-feira, 12 de julho de 2018

Agusta A109BA Hirundo

Keeping on with the military, a change on Madeira...

The "older Brother" of the probable replacement of Portuguese Air Force Alouette III (the AW119 Mk.II Koala), the Belgium Agusta A109BA Hirundo, now on display on the Air Museum of the Royal Army Museum, in Brussels.

H-08 (OT-ARH), CN  0308, entered on service back in Aug.1992, until Jan.2004
Check THIS page for a little more info on these helicopters.

quarta-feira, 11 de julho de 2018

C-130: 2 anos

16804 na Madeira, em 2010
Muitos portugueses recordarão o dia de hoje, há 2 anos, como sendo o da chegada da Selecção Nacional a Lisboa, após se sagrarem Campeões Europeus, em França...mas, a vida continuava além disso e precisamente na altura em que as atenções se viravam para a chegada da Selecção, acontecia um dos momentos mais negros da Força Aérea, nos últimos anos:
Durante uma missão de treino, na Base Aérea do Montijo, despenhou-se um C-130, com perda total da aeronave e, pior, morte de 3 dos seus tripulantes.

A primeira vez que tive oportunidade de fazer umas fotos ao 16804 (aeronave acidentada) foi em 2010.
Fotos com aeronave em voo seriam eventualmente mais interessantes mas, escolhi propositadamente uma com um tripulante pois, esta entrada não trata da aeronave em si mas, dos homens e mulheres que todos os dias operam estes aparelhos e os mantêm a voar em condições cada vez mais difíceis e em especial, como homenagem aos que perderam a vida naquele dia.

Boa Missão!

terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2018

Condor from 23

Back to last month, from the same day of Easyjet's Berlin livery (OE-IZQ, check HERE), the departure of Condor's A321 D-AIAD, from runway 23

segunda-feira, 9 de julho de 2018

Brazilian by night

PR-HNG, a great looking Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350, with one of the airport's fire trucks passing behind.

Yesterday, we got 3 Brazilian bizjets...2 of them, with very nice liveries...
Didn't managed to get any of the arrivals but as PR-HNG had this really nice livery and was within reach of some pics from the public balcony, decided to go for some night-shots...

With 1 TAP flight canceled and the other 2 delayed (way to go.....) was beeing a bit hard to get some color behind the plane but finally, the airport fire corp made a change on the vehicles of the Advanced fire station, allowing some nice long-exposure trail on the back.

Later, one of the TAP (an Aigle Azur plane) arrived, allowing some more shots but, more on that later..

domingo, 8 de julho de 2018

Photo of the Week: Jet2 Holidays

It's that time of the year when the sun is more favorable for some late afternoon take off's from runway 05, from this spot.
With late take-offs this spot gets really interesting...
On this day (same day of TUI Belgium B738MAX...check HERE), dark was all around except for this point, which is not bad....usually is the other way around :P

Jet2 Holidays B738 G-JZBF departing from runway 05

with this airline, it's a win/win situation as I really like both the liveries they are using...

sábado, 7 de julho de 2018

10 Years Ago....

...Sata was making the inter-island flights with the British Aerospace ATP :)

It was those kind of planes that (in my opinion) was really ugly but definitely makes some memories :)
CS-TGX taxiing to runway 05 for the trip to Porto Santo.
Since then, Sata had the Dash Q200 on this route, beeing replaced by Aerovip, with the Dornier 228 and the BAe Jetstream.
Currently the route is beeing made (since June) by Binter, with the ATR-72

sexta-feira, 6 de julho de 2018

Inflight sunset

Despite I don't usually reserve places nor plane my trips considering the photos, still, sometimes you get some oportunities that you can't miss...
flying somewhere up high while the sun sets down...

quinta-feira, 5 de julho de 2018


Do mesmo dia do 321NEO da TAP e do SAS, a saída do CS-TTC para Lisboa, após um tempo considerável de espera no stand, devido aos congestionamentos no aeroporto da capital.

O que à distância parecia algo estranho na pintura, mais perto notou-se que era efetivamente o que um vendedor descreveria, na melhor das hipóteses, como um "look vintage"(não confundir com retro....)

Dá um aspecto mauzinho mas, sinceramente, se pintar o aparelho significar cancelar ainda mais voos que aqueles que têm sido cancelados....mais vale ficar assim....

descolagem, com o B738 LN-RRF da SAS a taxiar, após a chegada de Bergen. (ver AQUI)

quarta-feira, 4 de julho de 2018

The Norwegian SAS

From the same day of the first TAP A321NEO (Check HERE), the second SAS of the year, for me...(the other one was back in January, the first time they brought the A320NEO to Madeira..check HERE)

On final to runway 05, from Bergen (BGO/ENBR)...

 It'm pretty sure it was the first time I got a SAS with a Norwegian flag, instead of the Scandinavian flags....

smoke on....
 For the departure, the sun had already went behind the mountains, so, tried a 1/30 panning...

EH-101: 25.000Horas na FAP

A Força Aérea Portuguesa anunciou hoje um importante marco na operação do EH-101:
As 25000Horas de voo deste aparelho, operada pela Esquadra 751, ao serviço da FAP.

Parabéns a todos por este marco, em especial tendo em conta as exigências da missão que levam muitas vezes a operação aos limites, na salvaguarda da vida humana.

terça-feira, 3 de julho de 2018


Monday mornings...not exactly as UK Blue as it used to be but still we can manage to fit a couple of TUI Uk planes in a frame...
This was the same day of my first catch on Easyjet's Berlin livery (check HERE)

B738 G-FDZD finishing the push-back while bigger brother B752 G-OOBE departs from runway 23
Curiously, G-OOBE was the plane used by TC&Starquest Expeditions back in 2011, including a stop at Madeira (check HERE)

segunda-feira, 2 de julho de 2018

Foto da Semana: Primeiro TAP 321NEO

Depois de ter falhado a estreia do A320NEO da TAP por cá (bem...até ele falhou a própria estreia, já que o seu primeiro voo resultou num borrego e regresso a Lisboa sem meter rodas cá....depois disso, o CS-TVA já cá veio mas, ainda não o apanhei...), lá fui apanhar a vinda do primeiro A321NEO da TAP por cá...o CS-TJI

À hora prevista de chegada estava uma luz fantástica de final tarde, infelizmente, devido ao caos do aeroporto de Lisboa, o avião saiu bem mais tarde, chegando cá já com o sol por trás das montanhas...

na final para a 05, onde é bem visível a diferença nos motores---

As sharklets ficam bem melhores assim pintadas, embora a versão inicial do CS-TVA, com o intradorso e extradorso pintado ficasse bem melhor.....opinião pessoal, claro....

As mudanças visuais nesta versão do 321 resultam num avião bem mais bonito, além das vantagens operacionais....