Saturday, October 26, 2013

jetBlue Tribute NYFD

jetBlue recently announced and presented their latest special scheme - a salute to the New York Fire Department.  After it was recently released, it has started making its trips around the stations of jetBlue.  Today, October 26, 2013 was the turn on Fort Lauderdale.  It great light, she made presence well known around the area.  A stunning aircraft - well done jetBlue.

Edit 10/27/2013 - added a couple more pictures that I have edited of this beauty.

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

Friday, October 11, 2013

Good weather - and even better biz-jets!

It was another nice Florida sunny but not too hot day today, so I went and spent my lunchtime checking out what was around.  Apart from the usual suspects, it turned out to be biz-jet day today!

These Citation CJ3's are growing on me.  A friend of mine flies one and says they are wonderful to fly - they just look so compact but I bet inside, they are luxurious.

A very interesting foreign visitor - the ride of former Formula 1 racer Rubens Barricchello.  It's been seen a few times in Fort Lauderdale - I'm not sure if he has home in the area to visit.

 The charter Learjet 45 of National Jets approaching it's home base.

A Brazilian-based Citation Sovereign.

I saved my favorite for last.  The Gulfstream G650 of Carnival Cruise Line and Miami Heat basketball team owner Mickey Arison.  This registration used to belong to a Bombardier Global Express, but that was sold and replaced with this glorious Gulfstream.  The Global Express used to be my favorite biz-jet, but, it has now been replaced by the G650 - I just love the lines on this aircraft.

Some more time spent behind the camera lens...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Finally - some good weather!!!

The long, wet, dreary summer in South Florida is finally coming to an end I hope.  There have been some opportunities of late to spend a little time at lunch time at the viewing park at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and a chance to hone some skills back up in preparation for the winter season that will this year hopefully include the new Air Transat Boeing737-800s, the introduction of the international service by Norwegian - although that looks as thought it will start with Airbus equipment as they have been having some issues with their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, but - those hopefully be a thing of the past soon as well.

So, onto the latest catches.

This Air Jamaica color scheme is still wonderful to see around ,even though on a couple of their jets, it now has Caribbean Airlines titles.

This departure was a very noisy one - a Mexican Government Lear 28 - you can tell it's older, it is officially still designated as a Gates Learjet!

This is something we don't get in Fort Lauderdale a lot at all - Falcon Air Express - although, seeing as it went to Aruba a couple of times in a few days, we were wondering in the area if it was filling in for Tiara Aruba Airlines.

Wing flex on a Saab SF340B!!  Silver Airways, which was originally Gulfstream International, and their colorful Saabs are based in FLL, this one heading to Key West

And finally, the flying box car - a Shorts SC-7 Skyvan - from FLL-based GB Airlink.  This plies the cargo trade between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas on a daily basis.  This must have been a test flight, as it didn't use it's GB Airlink callsign and after take-off, went onto downwind, base and final legs before landing and heading to the hangar.

Hopefully, this weather will stay like this for the foreseeable future - I've missed getting out of the office during lunchtime a lot!!

Some more time spent behind the camera lens!!