Saturday, 25 February 2012

More CRJs to come!

Lufthansa have announced they are re-starting their service to Hamburg using CRJ's:
http://www.bhx.co.uk/meta/news/2012/02/lufthansa-news-article.aspx

While the evening Air France service to/from Paris CDG, currently an Airbus A318, will become a Brit Air CRJ-1000 as of 25/03/12. This follow the news that Brit Air's twice daily Lyon service will end at a similar date, this was operated by CRJ-100's (100 not 1000, there is a 50 seat difference!).

Monday, 20 February 2012

D-Day: Dakotas and Gliders

Well, back from France now, and while there we went to a D-Day aviation museum in Sainte Mere Eglise, a small town in Normandie which was in the middle of events on the 6th June 1944. The museum had a restored US-built Waco glider and a Douglas C-47 (military variant of the DC-3/Dakota).

 John Steele famously landed on the church in Sainte Mere, effectively having to play dead amongst the barrage of bullets while American forces liberated the town
A Waco glider, these were towed aloft by C-47's, each carrying 13 troops. The British Horsa gliders were larger, seating up to 28.

The instruments on a Horsa

 Inside a Waco

C-47 
A different view!







Sunday, 12 February 2012

Round~up

Only a few bits and bobs, the main news is that the evening Fedex ATR flight will become a MAN-BHX-CDG operation using Boeing 757's as of late March. Also, the new Eurojet hangar is open which now houses Eurojet's fleet of Cessna Citations.

I'll be away in La France for a week as of tonight so there will probably be a lack of updates. The upshot is driving past Southampton Airport on the way down to Portsmouth!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Midland Airports going green

East Midlands Airport installed wind turbines back in May 2011 to reduce the airports reliance on mains supply electricity: meaning smaller electricity bills for the airport and less pollution for the environment:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13343937

Now it seems Birmingham Airport is following suit, with photovoltaic cells on the terminal roof:
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/meta/news/2012/02/solarpanels-news-article.aspx
These will power lighting and automatic doors, and again will cut bills and emissions.

Even though these energy improvements are negligable compared to the emissions of aircraft, these technologies are only just becoming economically viable and we need to start somewhere: on the ground seems a sensible place to do that.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

That was the snow... [edit]

So, there were quite a few diversions from BHX, and none as far as I know inbound! The diverts out included:
 - 2 to Cardiff
 - 1 to Manchester
 - 2 to Stansted
 - 2 to Newcastle
 - 1 to Glasgow!! (EK37)
 - 1 to East Midlands

Emirates is due to position back into BHX at ~11:00am on 05/02 as the EK37A so there could well be 2 EK 777's on the ground this lunchtime.

East Midlands was also affected, not to mention the now infamous-for-snow-Heathrow...

[Edit]: A Thomson 767 diverted to EMA and has just (11:10) postioned back to BHX

Friday, 3 February 2012

Here comes the snow

Not much news apart from that Turkish Airlines' service to Birmingham from Istanbul will become daily from March. Also, with snow forecast tomorrow (04/02/12), there's always the chance of a few diversions. There's usually the odd British Airways 777 or 747 from Heathrow which diverts to BHX, and ocasionally there are hordes of aircraft from all of Londons airports like in the last few years!