Saturday, October 15, 2016

Old Airline - New Planes

Most people are aware of low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines with their bold yellow "insert your own descriptive comment here" aircraft.  With their fleet renewal taking place, there have been a lot of deliveries over the past year, in particular their sharklet-equipped Airbus A321s.

The past week however, has seen them venturing into the brand new with the delivery of their first two A320NEO's.  The largest generation of the A320 family with brand new Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, the latest in geared turbofan engine technology was initially ordered back in 2011 with the purchase of 45 aircraft.

I was lucky to be able to see the arrival of the second aircraft, N902NK which got to Spirit's Fort Lauderdale home base on October 14.  The first thing I will say is how much quieter the new engines area on approach.  Still a "Yellow Taxi Cab" to me, but still nice to see.  Both aircraft will start their commercial life in the coming week,

Some more time spent behind the camera lens....

Monday, September 5, 2016

Another special scheme crossed off the list....

I have bene tracking this one since it first came out - Westjet's Disney scheme.  For as long as it has been around, I have missed it for a variety of reasons.  However, Sunday, September 3, turned out to be different.  I'd noticed a post on a Facebook group in the morning that it was due in and managed to get everything  that I needed to get done done in plenty of time.   Got the the airport, set up in plenty of time, and fortunately, the clear skies held for it's arrival.

While there, I managed to get another first - a couple of the new Delta A321's and a pretty rare United A319.  All in all, a nice bit of time spent with my son getting some nice aircraft...

Some more time spent behind the (BIG!!!) camera lens!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Day

Tuesday August 23, 2016 was a pretty momentous day for American Airlines.  They retired 20 McDonnell Douglas Super 80's, for so long, the backbone of the American domestic fleet.  At the height of their career, there were over 360 different variants of the aircraft in the fleet.   With the fleet renewal process occurring, there would be a time that they would go to their well deserved retirement.

One of the 20 aircraft that was retired in the process was N565AA, a DC-9-83(MD-83), C/N 49347, L/N 1373, first flight 4/23/1987.  It's port of departure for it's final retirement flight was Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (KFLL).   At 11:15am, she was pushed back from the gate, and then taxied out to runway 10L and in some glorious sunlight, departed for it's final resting place is Roswell (KROW), New Mexico.  Here are some shots from the day, taken with a new acquisition, a Sigma 50-500mm lens - that I am looking so forward to using more and more...

In the meantime, some more time spent behind the camera lens...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

What a recent move did.....

Well, recently my family moved house - we moved into the specific school location for our son for when he goes to high school.  However, what it has also done is move us a lot closer to the flight path for my home airport, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.   Now, while I am out in the back yard grilling, or taking the dog out for a walk, or just standing outside for the heck of it, I can, with my 300mm lens on my camera, shoot the arrivals onto runway 10L.  One of the first ones I was able to get is something I have wanted to catch for a long long time...the Virgin America San Francisco Giants special scheme.

So, hopefully, there will now be more time spent behind the camera lens.....

Saturday, March 19, 2016

That never ending quest - for the special schemes

Having seen sooooo many special schemes over the years, it's amazing that as soon as you think you have them all, another one appears on the horizon.  There - are some - that - will never (well, I guess never is the wrong word - probably ever be seen is better) actually be met by my camera's sensor, but for those that are, the quest is never ending.  What is missing?  All the Alaska schemes, except Salmon-Thirty-Salmon ( I know - go to Seattle), Southwest - Colorado One, JetBlue - the Mint specials (I know - go to New York or the West Coast), the list goes on.  However, there is one that I was just able to cross of the list - YAY!! :)  United (thank you scheduling department!!) brought the March of Dimes special in late on night, and then let it depart the next morning - and - I made sure I was there that next morning!!

So, the list does get one entry crossed off - but - the quest is still ongoing.....

In the meantime, some more time spent behind the camera lens....

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Iron Maiden Arrives

For the second time that I have been in South Florida, I have been able to see the arrival of "Ed Force One" - the aircraft used to transport the heavy metal group, Iron Maiden around.  Back in 2011, it was a Boeing 757-200 that belonged to the English charter company Astraeus Airlines.

For the 2016 tour, the group as upgraded considerably, this time being a 747-400 belonging to Air Atlanta Icelandic that has recently been acquired from Air France when they retired their Boeing 747-400 fleet.

Why it is always cloudy when they arrive, I have no idea, maybe it's because of the flight 666 call sign :)  But - regardless of the weather, they are always a welcome sight.