Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Public holiday means plane spotting day

Today is a public holiday in Brisbane for the Brisbane show day (EKKA).
While most people sleep in I got up early and went out to the airport for a few hours to grab the early morning movements.
Below are some of the two hundred and thirty photos I took in the three hours I was there.

I pulled up on the side of the road to grab the arrival of Malindo, which is an aircraft I don't see very often due to its early arrival and departure times.

Malindo B737-8GP 9M-LNR (CN 39836)
















When I got to the fire station spotting area I noticed some ground fog which made for some good photos especially with the city in the background.

BRISBANE CITY AT DAWN

ALLIANCE F28 MK 100 VH-QQX (CN 11571)

CORPORATE AIR SAAB 340B VH-VEP (CN 377)

EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EDA (CN 11)



QANTAS LINK DASH 8 Q400 VH-QOH (CN 4132)

ALLIANCE F28 MK 100 VH-XWO (CN 11280)

QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPF (CN 0595)


JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKI (CN 36235)


VIRGIN SOMOA B737-8FE VH-YID (CN 38709)
NOTICE THE FROST ON THE AIRCRAFT

SINGAPORE A330-343 9V-STG (CN 1012)


VIRGIN B737-8FE VH-VOR (CN 33799)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OEJ (CN 32914)



QANTASLINK B717-200 VH-YQT (CN 55179)

JETGO EMBRAER 135KL VH-ZJG (CN 5522)
















































While I was there one of the newly painted Qantas 737's come out and this was the first time I have seen this new scheme on the 737, it wasn't long when another one came in from Cairns. I also got to see three new Alliance aircraft that I haven't seen before.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYE (CN 33993)       New Scheme


QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXO (CN 33485)        Old Scheme

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXM (CN 33483)         New Scheme

QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPA (CN 0553)

CORPORATE AIR FAIRCHILD SA227 VH-VET (CN DC-839B)

CORPORATE AIR SAAB 340B VH-VEM (CN 340B-364)

NAURU AIRLINES B737-319 VH-YNU (CN 25607)

AIR CANADA B787-8 C-GHPQ (CN 35257)


DASSAULT FALCON 7X VH-CRW (CN 217)

ALLIANCE F28 MK 100 VH-UQW (CN 11367)

QANTASLINK DASH 8 Q300 VH-SBW (CN 599)

CHINA SOUTHERN A330-323 B-5959 (CN 1575)




GOVERNMENT of NETHERLANDS F28 MK 70
PH-KBX (CN 11521)
SOON TO BE REPAINTED AND RE REGISTERED FOR
ALLIANCE AIRLINES










Sunday, 13 August 2017

Australian Airlines charge police for information

I came across this story this morning and I thought it was very interesting.

Passenger information could be worth $500,000 a year


  • Qantas charges police $50 every time they request any passenger information
  • With 10,000 requests annually, this could earn Qantas up to $500,000 per year
  • Police source says it's a 'matter of principle' to want to help law enforcement
  • Fears that it could become the norm for businesses to askto be paid by police

It has been revealed Qantas and Jetstar quietly started charging law-enforcement agencies every time they request formation about passengers during the course of police investigations.
Four months ago Qantas has been selling the information at $50 a pop which, based on an estimated 10,000 requests per year, would earn the airline $500,000 over a twelve-month period.
Investigators have slammed the fee as 'penny-pinching' and '­onerous', but according to Qantas, the money goes towards paying staff to respond to the requests. 
'These checks can involve a substantial amount of work searching old passenger records and databases,' a Qantas spokesperson told The Australian.
'Inquiries that could relate to public safety are processed at no cost and usually on the spot.'
Senior police have also slammed the fee, saying that it is 'neither community minded nor compatible with being a good corporate ­citizen'.
A source within the police said that it was not the money that was the issue, but the principle.
The source warned that it could become the norm for businesses to charge the police if they needed assistance during an investigation. 
It is alleged that police are now requesting less information, because of the 'red tape' involved, meaning that potentially crucial information does not make it into police hands. 
Virgin Australia also charge a fee, but provide less information and only charge $30 each time.
Phone companies like Telstra and Optus also charge agencies to provide phone records, as do banks and utility companies.
This is the first time it has been reported that an airline have been charging such a fee.
Qantas does not charge the fee if the information is obtained under a warrant, however it costs the law enforcement agency significantly more than $50 to produce a warrant. 
Virgin Australia's policy is to waive the fee if the request relates to 'an emergency regarding the welfare of a child, imminent risk to aviation security or imminent risk to the safety of a person'.
Virgin also does not charge if the information 'pertains to or is initiated by' the airline.
The Daily Mail has reached out to the Australia Federal Police for comment.

Story sourced from here.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4775626/Qantas-charges-police-50-passenger-inforamtion.html#ixzz4paGJhdhe
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ospreys grounded temporarilly

The Commandant of the US Marine Corps is temporarily grounding all of its aircraft following the crash of an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Australia that killed three troops.
"Gen. Robert B. Neller, of the US Marine Corps, directed US Marine Corps aviation units to conduct an operational reset for a 24 hour-period where no flight operations will take place but no operational commitments will be impacted," the Marine Corps said in a statement.
A Marine MV-22 Osprey crashed last Saturday afternoon around 4pm during an exercise off the Australian coast, killing three service members out of the 26 that were on board.
The reset will take place over the next two weeks depending on the schedules and needs of the Marines' various air units.
Each unit commander will have the flexibility to carry out the pause at his or her discretion within a two-week period, meaning not all aircraft will be grounded at the same time. This will allow Marines currently performing combat missions to continue operating and come up with a plan to ensure that operational commitments are not affected by the pause.
It will "focus on the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization and combat readiness," the Marines said, noting that no operational missions would be impacted.
"Pauses in operations are not uncommon and are viewed as a responsible step to refresh and review best practices and procedures so our units remain capable, safe, and ready," the Marine Corps statement said.


The MV-22 -- a hybrid helicopter-turboprop has two engines positioned on fixed wingtips that allow it to land and take off vertically. It can travel much faster and further than a helicopter.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

U. S MV-22 Osprey plane crashed into the sea


UNITED STATES MARINE OSPREY VMM-265               File Photo
















The US military is searching for three missing marines after their Osprey aircraft carrying 26 personnel crashed off the central Queensland coast yesterday.
A search and rescue operation is under way off Queensland's coast for three marines who are still missing after a US military plane crashed into the sea.
The plane, an MV-22 Osprey, (also known as a tiltrotor) was carrying 26 personnel including crew when it crashed about 4pm on Saturday off the central Queensland coast at Shoalwater Bay.
It had taken off from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was on regularly scheduled operations when it hit the water in a "mishap", a statement from the US military says.
Small boats and aircraft from the Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship, immediately swung into action.
Twenty-three marines were rescued while three remain missing.
US President Donald Trump, who has just begun a 17-day "working vacation", at his New Jersey golf club, had been briefed on the incident by his new chief of staff John Kelly, a White House official told reporters.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne confirmed in a statement late on Saturday night that no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft.
The search and rescue operation is being conducted by the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unite and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, which are on deployment in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
"The United States are leading the search and recovery effort," Senator Payne said.
She had also briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and spoken with US Defence Secretary James Mattis to offer Australia's support.
"Our thoughts are with the crew and families affected," she said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk offered her government's support to the search and rescue efforts.
"In recent weeks, many Queenslanders have had the opportunity to meet US servicemen and servicewoman visiting as they prepare for the joint military exercise Talisman Sabre in central Queensland.
"On behalf of all Queenslanders, our prayers are with those US military personnel involved in the incident," she said in a statement.
The Osprey aircraft, a tilt rotor aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but flies like an aeroplane, was in Australia for Operation Talisman Sabre, a biennial training exercise involving the defence forces of both countries, at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The exercises concluded at the end of July.

In 2015, a US Osprey crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii, killing two Marines.
Last December, a US military Osprey crash-landed off Japan's southern island of Okinawa. Its five crew members were rescued safely.
And in January this year, three US soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Spotting at Gold Coast Airport

For about a week now I have been thinking about going down to the Gold Coast airport to do some plane spotting, so this morning I left home at 5am and set off for the hour long drive, arriving at Coolangatta just a little past 6am. Curfew doesn't lift until 6am so I knew it was no good getting there any earlier. Below are some of the photos I took in the 4 hours I was there.

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VGN (CN 4434)

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VQH (CN 2766)

AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXG (CN 1131)


HONG KONG AIRLINES A330-343 B-LNO (CN 1384)


JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKJ (CN 36236)


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUU (CN 36609)

BLUE WING AIRLINE De HAVILLAND DH 6 VH-BVS (CN 90)

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-VFO (CN 5631)


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUG (CN 34438)

JETSTAR A321-231 VH-VWN (CN 7438)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYJ (CN 34182)


SCOOT B787-9 9V-OJA (CN 37112)


AIR GOLD COAST CESSNA 172S VH-OMU (CN 172S10939)



ROTORWING ROBINSON R44 VH-NUL (CN 0608) 

AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-232 ZK-OJI (CN 2297)


AIR GOLD COAST CESSNA 172R VH-RBB (CN 172R80776)

AIR GOLD COAST BEECH 76 DUCHESS VH-ZUA (CN ME-351)

TIGERAIR A320-232 VH-VNG (CN 3674)

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

X-MEN APOCALYPSE


       CLIVE PALMER CESSNA 750 CITATION VP-CFP (CN 750-0021)

Yesterday I called into Brisbane Airport as I heard there was a Gulfstream C37A from the United States of America.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GULFSTREAM C37-A 10028 




When I got there, there was also a Bombardier BD-700 and a QANTAS A330-303


FMG RESOURCES BOMBARDIER BD-700 VH-FMG (CN 9015)







QANTAS A330-303 VH-QPE (CN 0593)