Tuesday, 16 January 2018

An Hour at Gold Coast Airport

Having to work on the Coast today I headed down a little earlier and did some calls, then around 9.30am I headed to the Gold Coast airport to get the rush from 9.45 - 10.30. During this time Hong Kong Airlines A330 comes out first heading off to Cairns, followed shortly by the 1st Air Asia X A330 heading back to Kuala Lumpur, then a Jetstar B787 comes out bound for Tokyo and then the last international for around this time is the arrival of a 2nd Air Asia X A330. In amongst all of this there are a few domestics.

HONG KONG AIRLINES A330-343 B-LNP (CN 1398)



TIGERAIR A320-232 VH-VNR (CN 5900)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXU (CN 33761)

BUSINESS AVIATION SOLUTIONS BOMBARDIER CL-600
VH-BLM (CN 5407)


AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXU (CN 1581)

SPORTING "THE X-MEN APOCALYPSE"  LIVERY




VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-YFG (CN 40999)

TIGERAIR A320-232 VH-VNB (CN 2906)

AIR GOLD COAST CESSNA 172RG VH-OUA (CN 172RG0534)

R R & C R INVESTMENTS CESSNA 206G VH-XGD (CN 20603669) 

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFU (CN 5814)


JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKF (CN 36231)


AIR ASAI X A330-343 9M-XBB (CN 1674)

















After the arrival of the 2nd Air Asia it was time to get back to work.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pegasus Airlines skids off runway

A Pegasus airlines flight carrying 162 passengers and 6 crew skidded off the runway on Saturday night after landing on runway 11 at Trabzon Airport, Turkey. The aircraft went off the left side of the runway and stopped on a steep downslope.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, departed Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC) at 22:33 hours local time on a domestic flight to Trabzon Airport (TZX/LTCG) in Turkey. The flight made a straight in approach to runway 11 and touched down at 23:25 hours.
About 2400 m past the runway 11 threshold, the aircraft went off the left side. It travelled across the grass and went down a steep slope, coming to rest with the tail sticking out just above runway level. The occupants evacuated through the rear and over wing emergency exits.
Runway 11 is an asphalt runway with a Landing Distance Available of 2640 metres.
Elevation of the runway at the point of the excursion is 95 feet (28,90 m) above sea level.
Weather information at Trabzon Airport shows it had been raining there since about 22:10 hours with visibility deteriorating to about 4000 meters at the time of the accident. The scale of the tragedy could have been a lot worse as the aircrafts left engine was ripped from the wing during the crash. It was even reported that smoke was billowing into the cabin as passengers were trying to escape.
All 168 souls on board escaped in hurt.


Aircraft Information
Aircraft: Boeing 737-82R
Operator: Pegasus
Registration: TC-CPF
Serial Number: 40879
First Flew: 15/11/2012
Age: 5 Years 2 Months
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26E














Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday Funday at Southbank

The morning started out with a lazy breakfast at our local café with long time friends we haven't seen for a while. After that we headed into a place near the city called Southbank Parklands for a swim. South Bank Parklands, a place established on the former site of World Expo 88, is one of Brisbane's most popular tourist attractions.The parklands are home to many famous restaurants and cafés that cater for all tastes, as well as landmarks such as the Queensland Conservatorium, the Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach, (a large man-made swimming area), a Boat pool and of course the very popular markets. Streets Beach is Australia’s only inner-city man-made beach and it boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. Streets Beach (from Streets Ice Cream) is free to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.  Another popular swimming area is the Boat pool, and similar to Streets Beach, the Boat Pool is free to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.
Another good thing about Southbank is when they are using runway 19 for departures at the airport, departing aircraft heading to New Zealand, USA, Canada or any of the Asian countries all bank over  Southbank before setting course for their destination, making a good day in the park a great day.
Below are some photos that were taken by either myself, my daughter or my wife.


SOUTHBANK POOL



BRISBANE CITY

BRISBANE EYE

SOUTHBANK MARKETS

CHINA SOUTHERN B787-8 B-2737 (CN 34930)
GUANGZHOU - CHRISTCHURCH 

AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-319 ZK-OKR (CN 44546)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJS (CN 25564)

QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBS (CN 1258)



AIR CANADA B787-8 C-GHPU (CN 35259)


VIRGIN B737-81D VH-YFE (CN 39414)

ALLIANCE FOKKER F28 MK 100 VH-FKJ (CN 11372)

ALLIANCE FOKKER F28 MK 70 VH-QQV (CN 11565)

AIR CHINA A330-302 B-18356 (CN 1272)


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA EMBRAER 190 VH-ZPH (CN 19000199)

THAI B787-8 HS-TQB (CN 35316)


BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL CITY CATS

KOOKABURRA QUEEN PADDLE STEAMER















Malaysia Airlines returns to Brisbane


FRONT: MASKARGO A330-223F 9M-MUA (CN 1136)       File Photo
REAR: MALAYSIA A330-323 9M-MTC (CN 1229)                        

















Back on the 25th June 2015 I wrote a story about Malaysia Airlines pulling out of Brisbane (again) and on the 8th August that year the last flight arrived. Below is a small part of that story 
Tonight is the last flight for Malaysia Airlines flight MH 135 / MH 134 into Brisbane and 9M-MTI did the honours.
With Malaysia Airlines cancelling its daily services this means there will no longer be direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane.
Malaysia Airlines, reeling from the disappearance of MH 370 and the shooting down of MH 17, is "technically bankrupt" and is in the midst of a massive operational upheaval.


TOASTING THE LAST ARRIVAL OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES






Well I have some good news for us aerosexual cloud bunnies and some bad news.
The good news is from the 6th June 2018 Malaysia Airlines will commence flights to Brisbane again. The four times weekly service will be provided using their A330-300 aircraft with up to 290 seats. The airline will be operating every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The bad news is the aircraft will arrive in darkness meaning no daylight shots.
The flight schedule will be this;
MH135 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 9.50am KL time and will arrive in Brisbane at 7.55pm.
The returning flight, MH134 will depart Brisbane at 11.20pm and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 5.50am the next morning.

MALAYSIA B777-2H6 9M-MRE (CN 28412)               File Photo

















Other cities Malaysia Airlines’ operate between are Sydney (twice daily), Melbourne (twice daily), Perth (once daily) and Adelaide (4 times a week).