Saturday, 20 April 2013

Trip to (a windy!) BHX

Birmingham is one of the few airports in the country to have its runway north-south orientated, most have an east-west heading since the prevailing winds in the UK are westerly. This means BHX has crosswinds more often than most airports - as we saw on a recent trip to Sheldon country park, at the 15 threshold end of the runway:
A Ryanair 737-800 on final 
A Lufthansa 737-300 caught by gusts of up to 30kts
An Emirates 777-300ER making a smoky touchdown on rwy15

While there we just happened to hear the transition of air traffic control from the old 1939 Elmdon tower to the new tower, with a brief 5 minute swap over period in which inbound traffic was put in the hold! A historic moment since the old tower has been in constant use for 74 years. Change is afoot at Birmingham: new tower, new radar, Monarch's new engineering hangar and of course the runway extension! 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Trip to Geneva Part 2

The landing of the return flight from Geneva, arriving on Gatwick's RWY 26L, aircraft was EasyJet Airbus A320 G-EZUL:
The return flight was delayed due to bad weather (torrential rain) and an emergency, closing Geneva airport briefly. The emergency was actually involving the previous Gatwick-Geneva flight which was eventually cancelled.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Trip to Geneva Part 1

I've just returned from a trip to CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, so here are the videos/pics!

London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) to Geneva (GVA/LSGG)
Flight EZS8464 leaves from Gatwick's north terminal. Having arrived very early for the 8:15am flight, the inbound flight was delayed due to air traffic control strikes in France. This flight was operated by Easyjet Switzerland, the aircraft is Geneva based and had a Franco-Swiss crew. Waiting at the gate was Airbus A320 HB-JZR, which first flew in September 2009. After nearly an hours delay, we left a rainy Gatwick, so rainy in fact that the take off video was no good! One hour later we were on approach to Geneva's rwy23:

Geneva airport was surprisingly busy I thought. It was interesting to see the amount of bizjets and flag carrier airlines (Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Finnair, El Al, Saudi Arabian, Qatar, Etihad, TAP, Iberia and of course Swiss), most of which operating A320 series aircraft - it seems to be a very popular type at Geneva! We then got free train tickets to the city center and after 5 minutes on the train we were there. Part 2 coming soon.