quarta-feira, 31 de outubro de 2018

Travel Service

Another batch of pics from the day of the visit of the Portugal Spotters at Madeira: The arrival and departure of Travel Service B738 OK-TVS...

landing on runway 05

tails on the apron, not as blue as it used to be on monday mornings---

Meanwhile, the runway changed and the take-off was from runway 23

segunda-feira, 29 de outubro de 2018

MAX e outra aviação/spotting no Gnose

Comecei recentemente a colaborar no Gnose.eu, um site que pretende partilhar artigos, visões e opiniões sobre os mais diversos assuntos, desde a actualidade regional, ao mundo em geral.

Com colaboradores dos mais variados quadrantes profissionais e da sociedade, fui convidado a partilhar um pouco da minha paixão pela aviação e spotting.

O facto de ter acordado hoje com a infeliz notícia da queda do B737MAX8 da Lion Air, na Indonésia deu o mote para um pequeno texto sobre este aparelho, que poderá ser lido AQUI

OO-MAX, da TUI Belgium, aterrando na 23
Tentarei que os textos não sejam demasiado chatos e que tenham algum interesse não só para o entusiasta de aviação e spotting, como também para o pessoal que não ligando muito ao metal voador, possa ler sem meter demasiados tecnicismos ao molho e se calhar ficar interessado no assunto para tentar saber um pouco mais....

Entretanto, foi adicionado link para este site, à direita, na secção "Traffic Around", que permitirá destacar as últimas publicações do mesmo...







sábado, 27 de outubro de 2018

Photo of the week: Tails

It's allways nice to see a full (or almost) with some variety of planes and airlines...

I guess mondays are still the days of the week with most traffic at Madeira and if the variety of types isn't that much (Airbus medium haul rulling..)  the mix of tails isn't that bad (as for the fuselages, white is winning for a long distance)
The Lufthansa plane is not a regular on mondays..the 2 weekly flights are made on Saturdays but due to the Leslie storm, those flights were changed to monday.

quarta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2018

Transavia

From the same day of the "Cock" livery (check HERE), Transavia's B738 PH-HSM on short final to runway 05, from Amsterdam

terça-feira, 23 de outubro de 2018

Mickey :)

Mais um conjunto relativamente à Operação Estrelícia 2018, a visita dos Portugal Spotters à Madeira, este mês, com uns registos do taxi do A321 da TAP, CS-TJG para a 05...

 No lado esquerdo, um Comandante conhecido pelos seus cumprimentos aos spotters com a famosa luva do Mickey :)
 Algum do pessoal da Associação Portugal Spotters...

segunda-feira, 22 de outubro de 2018

Germania to scrap

Looks like Germania's B737 D-AGEU (and D-AGEQ) have been ferried to Erfurt-Weimar Airport (ERF-EGBP)  for part-out & scrap...

Gave a review to my records and it seems like this was the only time I got D-AGEU (and no records on AGEQ)...
D-AGEU on a windy short final to runway 05, back in 2005
Still, Airfleets site only give it as stored (D-AGEU) and beeing a plane with "only" 20 years, I wonder if it won't get a second life with some other airline....

sábado, 20 de outubro de 2018

Photo of the Week: Thomas Cook Special from Manchester

Long time waited, finally got, this week, the Thomas Cook "I Love Cook's Club" special livery.
With the sun coming on and off, was lucky enought to make a few shots with a bit of sun shinning on the plane while on short final to runway 05, from Manchester.
A321 G-TCDV...the main color reminds me of a plane still on primary, but it looks nice.

Taxiing to runway 05, on the flight back to Manchester


sexta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2018

Sunsetting on the Alouette III

Despite beeing an already known decision, Leonardo has announced the Portuguese Air Force order of 5 AW119 Koala  (with an option for plus 2) to replace the good old Alouette III (check HERE)
The first units should be already delivered this year ....

With 55 years duty on the Portuguese Air Force, the remaining 6 (?) helicopters have seen a lot during all these years, from the war in Africa, and since then all the other missions in Portugal, instruction, SAR, surveillance, etc....
Maybe the sun is setting on them but, for now, I'm sure they'll still have some more to give...

quarta-feira, 17 de outubro de 2018

Jet2

It's been quite a longe time since I last got some nice pic's on a regular Jet2 livery.
Really nice to see that some airlines are keeping more original liveries than the regular eurowhite ...

B738 G-JZBL about to land on runway 05, a plane delivered this year

 And a couple of shots of the departure....
taxiing to runway 05...

passing taxiway "charlie"

terça-feira, 16 de outubro de 2018

Edelweiss at Op. Bird of Paradise

Yesterday, on an October tradition, a group of spotters from the mainland paid us a visit at Madeira for some spotting and gathering.

Joined them during the morning for some shots and socializing, before heading to work.
Was hoping to get the arrival of Edelweiss but didn't managed to do so...

A few shots of the departure then...

head to head with A320 HB-JIW

Like I mentioned a few times...one of my favorite liveries...

a friendly captain...

departure to Zurich, with some of the Portugal Spotters making the shots...not an usual at Lisbon so, it was a nice bird for them to get...

segunda-feira, 15 de outubro de 2018

Foto da Semana: Despedida ao CS-TGV

O último A310 da Sata deverá efectuar hoje o seu último voo comercial ao serviço da companhia Açoreana, um excelente motivo para partilhar alguns dos registos que lhe fiz, ao longo dos tempos e dedicar-lhe a foto da semana...
descolando da 23, em Março de 2005

Em Fevereiro 2009, já com a pintura seguinte, acabando o push-back...

A última vez que o fotografei, em Janeiro do ano passado, de regresso a Boston, num charter de final de ano....

Um registo à descolagem da sua terra-mãe...São Miguel, para o Porto
Uma das minhas fotos preferidas deste aparelho, descolagem da 23, em 2005



quarta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2018

First Choice

Back to 2005, a pic I still hadn't processed...First Choice B752 G-OOBE

taxiing to runay 05 with another gone in the back, a My Travel plane (became Thomas Cook Scandinavia)...
A plane from 2003, despite working for the same guys all these years, knew quite a few names and liveries...

Started on Air 2000 in 2003 which was renamed to First Choice Airways later that year.
With the merging with Thomson, it became Thomson Airways, beeing renamed, last year, to TUI Airways.... :)


terça-feira, 9 de outubro de 2018

C Seri....err... Airbus A220-300

Another shot from Zurich with another of the former C Series, from Swiss.

The now Airbus A220-300 HB-JCH taxiing to the runway with a couple of the more comon airlines here on the back, Edelweiss and Swiss

sábado, 6 de outubro de 2018

Photo of the Week: Memory on the Smartwings

Back to 2011, remembering Smartwings older livery and planes..back when they had the B735 (which wasn't a very common type of 737 at Madeira)

OK-SWU departing from Madeira's runway 05
13.Jun.2011...the plane was stored later that year...

quinta-feira, 4 de outubro de 2018

Binter to Porto Santo

Currently, Binter is carrying the Madeira - Porto Santo - Madeira flights.
Getting the airline's ATR's at Madeira is common but getting a runway 36 landing is more rare for me so, went for an afternoon landing on one of the days I was there...

EC-KSG on final to runway 36


segunda-feira, 1 de outubro de 2018

Another one gone: Primera Air

Looks like Primera Air will also shut down as from tonight...

Not the biggest visitor around but still, a regular one at Madeira skies...whish all the best for the employees and their families...

Check the Cease Operations info HERE

B737 YL-PSB taxiing through "Bravo", at Madeira, to runway 23, back in 2015

Check a few more Primera/JetX pic's, HERE