Wednesday 31st December
North Flying Metro III OY-BPH returned during the early morning,
from Aberdeen to Aalborg as NFA022/022E.
LBT803 F-GHEC & Lear 31 N331SJ again
Tuesday 30th December
The North Flying Metro appeared only once, at lunch-time, OY-BPH
operating as NFA022, from Aalborg to Bergen. Lear 31 N331SJ returned
after not visiting for a week, arriving from Cardiff and
Monday 29th December
British Airways Boeing 737-400 G-DOCV went u/s on push-back on the
early morning departure (BAW13C), and departed empty to Heathrow at
lunch-time as BAW1321. That really was the only news-worthy item of
the day !.
Sunday 28th December
British Midland began their Turin charter series (BMA7372/1, a 'W'
from Stansted) during the afternoon, Boeing 737-400 G-OBMF being the
first aeroplane used, wearing the new colour-scheme.
For the second time in three days, Airtours operated via Teesside
outbound from Newcastle, with Airbus A.320 G-RDVE (IAE V2500
engines). Being of slightly poorer performance than our usual
aeroplane G-TPTT (P&W engines), it's not able to take the fuel
necessary off our runway 25 under certain weather conditions (due
obstacles) to get to 'far-away' places, but it can off Teesside's
runway !!. Today's flight was to Larnaca, Friday's was to Teneriffe.
Piper Saratoga G-DCSW, which had arrived from Bremen on Saturday
evening, continued onwards to Reykjavik during the early morning, a
common delivery routing, but not for a UK-registered aeroplane.
Saturday 27th December
The second Tyrolean CRJ flight produced our second of the fleet,
North Flying operated the first of two days flying this week; SA.227
OY-NPB visited during the early hours as NFA036E/036 from Aalborg to
Bergen, and again during the afternoon as NFA036/036E from Aberdeen
Friday 26th December
AIH053 G-SJMC VIV1748/9 EC-FLF FUA100/1 LX-LGG VIV1752/3 EC-FLF
Thursday 25th December
We normally have no flights at all on Christmas Day, maybe just a
returning charter flight in the early hours, but this year, for what
we believe to be the first time ever, we had a scheduled service.
Air UK operated out to Amsterdam at 0641 as UKA836 with Fokker 100
G-UKFH, with G-UKFL returning as UKA837 at 0955. Apart from the
Police Helicopter, they were the only two movements of the day.
Wednesday 24th December
Very little ! .... although we did lose another Citation 525 on
delivery. After losing D-IGAS a few weeks ago, N1216N was
flight-planned to us at about midnight on Christmas Eve, but had to
go to Prestwick instead, for more reasons I won't go into !. Probably
just as well as I would never have seen it, the state I was in on
Christmas Eve night !!.
Tuesday 23rd December
The only movements of any note involved two ambulance helicopters,
'Helimed03' a Bolkow 105 G-BTHV, which arrived from the RVI Hospital
(Newcastle City Centre) and departed to Halfpenny Green, and our
very own medic helicopter, Northumbria Air Ambulance's Twin Squirrel
G-NAAS ('Medic02') which arrived from Blyth, and departed to
British Airways had two aeroplanes 'overnight', which is unusual,
Boeing 757 G-BIKD and 737 G-DOCF.
AMC2107 9H-ABS & Lear 31 N331SJ once
Monday 22nd December
British Airways Boeing 757 G-CPEN 'sneaked-in' on the afternoon
BAW12G/13J, a movement that could have easily been missed, but was
in fact a first-visitor !. The night-stopper 757 was G-BIKW, in the
new 'Martha' colour-scheme. Not its first-visit to Newcastle as such
however, as I did indeed miss that last week ... its first-visit in
the new colours was on the night of the 16th of December.
Aer Lingus used Boeing 737-500 EI-CDE in place of the usual Fokker
50 for the evening EIN308/9 rotation.
North Flying operated a passenger charter from/to Aalborg as NFA111,
with Navajo OY-FRE. A first-visiting exec jet was Dassault Falcon
Service Falcon 900 F-GLGY, with visited over lunch-time, from
Farnborough to Gatwick.
Piper Malibu G-BMBE visited twice, both from/to Blackpool.
Lear 31 N331SJ twice again !
Tuesday 21st December
Air Kilroe Jetstream 31 G-OAKA day-stopped from Luton to Stansted as
AKL71/72, presumably in connection with the 'big match', as did S&N
Citation 560 VP-CSN, from/to Edinburgh. Mooney M.20 D-EMFH passed
through on delivery before lunch, from Bremen to Reykjavik. European
1-11 G-AXLL departed to Bournemouth as EAF793P.
Cimber Air ATR.42 OY-CIU arrived on the late flight from Copenhagen,
and positioned out immediately to Sonderborg as CIM9225, an
indication that they don't intend to operate many night-stoppers over
the Christmas period.
Lear 31 N331SJ twice !
Saturday 20th December
Major excitement of course for our first Tyrolean CRJ flight which was operated by OE-LCI as TYR987/8, our
first CRJ since the last Lufthansa flight on the 26th of March !.
European Aircharter One Eleven G-AXLL returned from Agen during the
evening as EAF4793, and night-stopped. Danish Air Transport operated
a late evening freight charter to Gothenburg-Save with King Air 90
OY-JRO as DTR352, the aircraft having positioned in from Southend as
DTR352P. Airlink King Air 300 OE-FME departed to Prestwick just
before lunch, again as JAR09.
AIH053 G-DAJC & Lear 31 N331SJ again ...
Friday 19th December
More of the same, Lear 31 N331SJ from Birmingham to Dresden at
lunch-time, Airlink's King Air 300 OE-FME from Salzburg in the
morning for a night-stop, and European One Eleven G-AXLL from
Bournemouth to Agen as EAF792P/4792.
CFE71NA/72NB G-BUPS VIV1748/9 EC-GAP AIH053 G-DAJC FUA100/1 LX-LGG
Thursday 18th December
What an appalling week; terrible weather and, after a quite exciting
last few months, absolutely no good aeroplanes. The only visitor of
note was that Lear 31 again, from Dresden to Prestwick just before
FUA122/3 EC-FZT CFE75NA/76NB G-BUPS
Wednesday 17th December
Gill Airways used Emerald Airways HS.748 G-EMRD for their Dusseldorf
service, positioning in from Liverpool as GIL285P, operating as
GIL285D/284D, and positioning back to Liverpool as GIL284P.
Sterling Jets' Lear 31 was around again, visiting on three ocaasions
during the day, all flights being from or to either Prestwick or
LBT803 EI-CBO CFE75NA/76NB G-AVMY
Tuesday 16th December
In addition to the now regular European One Elevens on the Gatwick
schedule, City Flyer used Titan ATR.42 G-BUPS for the afternoon
Lear 31 N331SJ visited again during the morning from Prestwick to
Dresden, and Citation 550 N112JS returned during the evening, from
Frankfurt to Luton. Airlink's King Air 300 OE-FME also appeared
again, from Salzburg to Prestwick as JAR09. Aztec D-IHUS departed at
lunch-time on its delivery flight, to Reykjavik, and at the same
time NEA Lear 35 G-ZENO was on the ground, from Manchester to Madrid
The Metro Radio traffic helicopter, 'Starburst1' (Jet Ranger
G-AVSZ), made an emergency landing in a field approximately 1 mile
south-west of the airfield, on its return from the morning traffic
survey. Two other helicopters that had just got airborne, Squirrel
G-PLMB ('Osprey52') from Newcastle and Belgian Army Agusta 109 H12
('OTARL') from Ouston, rushed to assist, but thankfully the Jet
Ranger landed safely, and the two occupants (including the lovely
Ingrid !) were unharmed. The aircraft stayed the night in the field,
and flew out on Wednesday back to us, and hasn't flown since.
Interestingly the field it landed in was very close to the site of
our last fatal crash at Newcastle, a German Aztec during the early
AMC2107 9H-ABR CFE69NA/80NB G-AVMY
Monday 15th December
On a big day for the military, there was very little else; European
One Eleven G-AVMY appeared again on a City Flyer service, the
Aztec D-IHUS arrived from Bremen during the evening for a
night-stop, on its delivery flight to the US.
Sunday 14th December
Yet another Tyrolean Dash Eight passed through on delivery, our
third in two weeks !. OE-LTL was again in an all-white scheme, and
routed from Keflavik to Innsbruck. As with OE-LTK on the 1st, this
had also diverted from Reykjavik to Keflavik with a problem on its
flight to Iceland.
Sterling Jets' Lear 31 N331SJ was in and out twice before breakfast
!, from Prestwick to Dresden, and then back the other way, and then
visited again during the late evening, from Dresden to Prestwick
again. BAe125-800 G-ETOM of Tom Walkinshaw Racing visited from/to
Oxford in connection with the Gloucester vs. Newcastle Gosforth
Rugby match, and Citation 500 VP-CDM, from/to Chester, and Citation
550 N112JS, from Luton for a night-stop, were both present at tea-time.
Not bad for a winter's Sunday !.
Saturday 13th December
A 'new' Emerald HS.748 appeared during the early hours, G-OSOE
operating the inbound JEM03M mail flight from Liverpool, and then
departing to East Midlands as JEM2431. It returned from Gothenburg
as JEM2433 during the late evening. It looks very pretty in a
turquoise, 'Securicor Omega Express' colour-scheme. We lost the Airtours
767-300 arrival from Orlando to Manchester during the morning, as its
anti-skid was u/s and it needed a longer runway (Newcastle's was
The night-stopping execs all departed during the day, Falcon 10
OE-GSC to Innsbruck, 125 G-OMGE to Frankfurt as MGC660, and King Air
200 F-GEPY to Le Bourget as DRT2312.
Friday 12th December
A pretty busy day with plenty of GA visitors, and even more biz-jets
!. During the morning we had three Citation 560's on the ground at
the same time, the night-stopping N560WE being joined by N2000M
from/to Farnborough, and a new one for us, VP-CCV, from Leeds to
London City. Tyrolean Jet Service Falcon 10 OE-GSC arrived from Faro
during the evening, on an ambulance flight, Lear 31 N331SJ passed
through again during the evening, from Prestwick to Dresden, and
Magec 125-800 G-OMGE arrived from Glasgow during the afternoon for a
One Eleven G-AVMY appeared again on CFE73NA/74NB. Air UK Fokker 50
G-UKTB diverted in en-route Aberdeen to Norwich as UKA606 with a
door-seal problem during the evening. This same aeroplane diverted
into Newcastle with a problem, on this very same flight, on the 17th
November !!. Air UK have in fact been having a pretty miserable time
at Newcastle over the last few days, with almost daily technical
problems with their Fokker 100's; Thursday afternoon saw G-UKFO go
u/s after arrival from Amsterdam, the aircraft being 'out' for a day,
while G-UKFN also went u/s on Saturday afternoon, with a problem
that also delayed its departure on Sunday morning.
We only got two British Airways Heathrow arrivals during the day, a
737-400 at 1800L and a 757 at 2200L. The early morning departure
left more or less on-time and diverted to Stansted.
AIH053 G-SJMC BAL990F/362A G-BYAA VIV1748/9 EC-FHR FUA100/1 LX-LGG
Thursday 11th December
The two Air Ukraine Tu-154's departed at midnight-thirty and one
o'clock respectively, waking up most of Tyneside in the process
(including me !). City Flyer continued to use European One Eleven's,
G-AVMY operating the CFE73NA/74NB and CFE77NA/78NB.
Yet more biz-jets; Lear 31 N331SJ is becoming quite a regular now,
arriving from Dresden in the morning and continuing to Manston.
Interesting visitor during the morning was Michelin's Falcon 20
(re-engined) F-GOBZ, which was on the ground for just under an hour,
from/to Clermont Ferrand. It didn't wear the c/n externally ... any
ideas anyone ?. Falcon 50 N52JJ, in possibly the best biz-jet
colour-scheme of the year, spent a few hours on the ground during
the afternoon, from/to Gatwick, and Aviation Beauport's Citation 560
N560WE arrived from Jersey during the evening for a night-stop.
A couple of interesting King Air's appeared, King Air 200 VP-CMA
making its first-visit up here from/to Coventry, while much better
was King Air 90 TC-FRT on delivery during the early afternoon, from
Luxembourg to Reykjavik. DARTA's King Air 200 F-GEPY arrived during
the evening from Le Bourget as DRT2312, for a two-night stay.
Wednesday 10th December
City Flyer ATR.72 G-BVTK returned for an emergency landing after
departure as CFE70NB, the early morning Gatwick flight, after
shutting down the port engine on take-off (the second such incident
concerning an ATR in four days - Gill's G-ORFH had another 'pan' on
Sunday afternoon with ATR.42 G-ORFH after departure to Paris, again
after shutting down the port engine !). G-BVTK landed safely
(bursting a tyre in the process) and positioned out later to Gatwick
during the early evening as CFE072P. More aircraft substitutions
included European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMY again, on the
CFE75NA/76NB, and Atlantic Airways' Metro G-BUKA still covering for
planned maintenence on Jetstream 31 G-CBEA, again operating all the
Southampton schedules (EAW101/2/3/4).
Still lots of biz-jets around, although not many particularly new.
One that was, was Eurojet Italia's Beechjet 400 I-GCFA which stayed
for a few hours late morning, from/to Milan as ERJ2314. Others
included Sterling Jets' Lear 31A N331SJ again, from Northolt to
Dresden during the afternoon, and the Taunus Air Lear 35 D-CGRC
returning from Madrid during the early hours as TAQ243, positioning
out to Amsterdam at lunch-time as TAQ251. GAMA Aviation's Lear 35
G-GJET operated another trip to Sweden during the morning, as GMA552
from Heathrow to Norkoping.
Tuesday 9th December
The big arrivals of the day were obviously the two Air Ukraine
Tupolev Tu-154's, which arrived from Kiev during the early afternoon,
within 18 minutes of each other. UR-85482 was the first in full Air
Ukraine colours, while UR-85535 followed and wore basic Aeroflot
colours, with Air Ukraine titles and tail logo. Both aircraft
night-stopped to depart after the game on Wednesday night.
Atlantic Airways operated the European Airways Southampton schedules
again (EAW101/2/3/4) with Metro G-BUKA.
Taunus Air Learjet 35 D-CGRC visited during the afternoon, from
Frankfurt as TAQ251, departing to Madrid as TAQ242.
Monday 8th December
Quite a big day for aircraft substitutions; European Airways used
Atlantic Airways Metro III G-BUKA all day for the EAW101/2/3/4
Southampton schedules, and Aer Lingus' mid-day Dublin EIN304/5
schedule was operated by Boeing 737-500 EI-CDD. The morning saw two
BAC One Elevens operating for City Flyer and Maersk, European Air
Charters G-AVMY operating the CFE73NA/74NB and G-AWYR on the
MSK392/3. European's G-AVMY returned on the night-stopping CFE79NA.
Sterling Jets' Learjet 31A N331SJ made another visit, from/to
Prestwick during the afternoon. GAMA's Lear 35 G-GJET arrived from
Heathrow and operated a trip to/from Stockholm-Bromma, and then
departed back to Heathrow, all as GMA548.
Sunday 7th December
Lunch-time saw the first-visit of a new helicopter type, Eurocopter
135 F-GMCJ calling in on its way to demonstration to Bond
Helicopters at Aberdeen, arriving from Cambridge.
Saturday 6th December
Another Dash Eight for Tyrolean passed through on delivery, our
second in a week (a nice taster for the CRJ's in two weeks time).
OE-LTJ arrived from Reykjavik at 9.33pm, night-stopped, and departed
at 9.32am to Innsbruck on Sunday morning. The aircraft was a -300 in
an all-white scheme, no titles, and is c/n 481.
Arsenal directors arrived to see their team beat Newcastle in
Citation 501 N400PG, which day-stopped from/to Luton.
An emergency exercise during the morning on the remote stands,
simulated a ground collision between the Airtours A.320 G-RDVE, and
the fuselage 'hulk' of Shorts 330 N331L,which normally resides by
the fire station. A certain amount of damage was inflicted to the
'hulk' during the exercise, mainly to its 'nose', and as of Tuesday
morning it was still present on the grass behind the remote stands.
AIH054 G-DIMB BAL362B/994F G-BNYS
Friday 5th December
The Peach Air Tristar TF-ABE finally departed after just over a week
parked-up here, as KGC712P to Gatwick. The departure was fairly
exciting apparently, as it trailed a cloud of vapour from the
undercarriage bays during the initial climb-out !.
SABENA operated an RJ.100 through Newcastle for only the third time,
unfortunately the one we'd seen twice before during July and August
though, OO-DWA which operated the afternoon SAB673/4. Gill Airways
used Emerald Airways HS.748 for four scheduled services, to/from
Belfast City as GIL732B/735B/740B and 741B. The positioning sectors
were from and to Liverpool, as GIL732P and GIL741P. City Flyer used
One Eleven G-AXLL again, arriving on the night-stopping CFE79NA.
AIH053 G-DIMB BAL993F/362A G-BNYS VIV1748/9 EC-GGE FUA100/1 EC-ETB
Thursday 4th December
One Eleven G-AXLL was used again by City Flyer, on the CFE73NA/74NB,
while the afternoon CFE75NA/76NB was operated by Titan Airways
ATR.42 G-BUPS. The night-stopping CFE79NA was G-AXLL again !.
King Air 200 D-IHUT passed through on delivery at lunch-time, from
Reykjavik to Augsburg, and the Citation N213JS visited again at
tea-time, from Basle to Luton.
Wednesday 3rd December
City Flyer used One Eleven G-AXLL for the afternoon CFE75NA/76NB
rotation. After our second-last Airtours Airbus A.320 during the
'Barcelona period', we got our last during the evening, the
first-visiting G-RDVE positioning from Manchester as AIH01E to
become the based aeroplane, replacing G-TPTT which departed as
Citation 550 N213JS departed to Le Bourget during the morning, and
the German Cessna 310 D-IHMT departed to Elstree during the
afternoon. S&N's Citation 560 VP-CSN came back through at tea-time
from Rotterdam to Edinburgh.
Tuesday 2nd December
City-Flyer used European One Eleven G-AXLL (becoming quite a regular up here) for their morning Gatwick CFE73NA/74NB rotation.
Citation 550 N213JS departed to Frankfurt before breakfast, returning during the evening for another night-stop, this time out in the open. North Flying Corvette OY-SBR departed to Copenhagen during the afternoon after its night-stop, as NFA052.
V-tailed Bonanza D-EBJT continued its delivery flight with an early morning departure to Reykjavik, and arriving during the afternoon was the very smart Cessna 310 D-IHMT, from Glasgow for a night-stop.
Monday 1st December
After spending most of the summer worrying about when I'd see the
Monarch A.321, and then finally 'getting it' on its two visits last
week, it came back today !, arriving from Birmingham as MON324P and
operating a charter to Lille as MON9327.
The Dash Eight expected late on Saturday night appeared during the
early afternoon from Keflavik. Wearing basic Dac Air colours, OE-LTK
(483) departed to Innsbruck, and delivery to Tyrolean Airways.
North Flying Corvette OY-SBR arrived from Turany in the Czech
Republic during the afternoon, as NFA051, for a night-stop. Norsk
Luftambulanse Citation 650 LN-NLC visited during the evening, as
NOO102 from Pori to Fornebu. Another evening exec arrival was JS
Aviation's Citation 550 N213JS which replaced Citation 560 N311DG,
and night-stopped, the aeroplane actually taking refuge from the ice
in a hangar, a very unusual occurrence for a visiting exec jet.
Beech Bonanza D-EBJT arrived from Paderborn at tea-time for a
night-stop, the aircraft expected to continue its delivery flight to
the US on Tuesday morning to Reykjavik.
Interesting light aircraft visitor during the afternoon was Piper
Vagabond G-BTOT making the short trip up from Fishburn.
Sunday 30th November
Boeing 737-500 EI-CDS appeared on the morning Aer Lingus Dublin
Magec HS.125 G-OMGD day-stopped from/to Luton as MGC664A/B, and
Citation 501 VP-CFG spent 12 minutes on the ground during the
afternoon, from/to Kidlington. PA-31 Navajo N565WA passed through
from Vagar (Faroe Islands) to Staverton.
Saturday 29th November
Manx Airways operated another Metro Centre charter, this time just a
one-day visit, using the same BAe146 as a few weeks ago, G-MIMA,
which was from/to The Isle-of-Man as MNX905/6. European Airways also
operated a day trip to Newcastle, from Bournemouth, with One Eleven
G-AXLL as EAF4740/1.
The airport looked pretty good again, with lots of varied aeroplanes
lying around; after the above, a couple of Canadian Forces Hercules,
the Peach Air Tristar which is still here, we also had the three
execs left over from Thursday, all of which departed at tea-time as
follows; Abelag Falcon 50 OO-LFT to Charleroi as AAB41T, Challenger
C-GPGD to Luton, and Aero Services Executive Gulfstream I F-GFIB to
Le Bourget as BES375.
A new Edinburgh Air Charter Cessna 402, G-BXJA, visited twice, from
Edinburgh to Bristol in the afternoon, and returning just before
AIH054 G-DIMB BAL362B/990P G-BNYS
Friday 28th November
The mid-day Futura flight (FUA100/1) was operated by the Luxair
Boeing 737-400 LX-LGG again.
A first-visiting exec jet was BAe 125-800 VP-BSI which day-stopped
BAL991F/362A G-BNYS AIH053 G-DIMB VIV1748/9 EC-FLG CIM227 OY-CIS
Barcelona Traffic 25/26/27 November
The biggest movement yet of Newcastle United football supporters for
a European match, for the game in Barcelona, resulted in the
following extra flights at Newcastle Airport.
While the majority were operated by airlines not unfamiliar to
Newcastle, we still got some first-visiting aeroplanes. It was of
course also a very lucrative event for the airport, the flights
listed below making for substantial extra revenue. The bulk of the
flights were operated by Monarch Airlines, the least common of the
major UK charter carriers at Newcastle, so it was good to see all
their types back again. The last based Monarch aircraft was an A.320
during Summer 1994, while the last Airbus A.300-600 operation through
Newcastle was during Winter 1991/1992.
Tuesday 25th November
Eight flights departed on Tuesday morning, being spread over a
three-hour period. Delays were experienced by Airtours, who had to
perform a tyre change on A.320 G-DJAR before departing with the team
itself, and Air 2000 who's Boeing 757 G-OOOV arrived late from
Dublin again due to technical reasons. The mornings proceedings
produced two first-visiting aeroplanes, both Airbus A.320's,
obviously the stunning Star Europe F-GRSD, and the Airtours G-DJAR,
one of two Airtours A.320's we still need to see at Newcastle. This
aircraft still wears the modified scheme, with no fuselage 'stripe'.
The afternoon/evening saw two Monarch aeroplanes arrive in
preparation for Wednesday morning, a Boeing 757, and the Airbus A.321
G-OZBC, another first-visitor, and only our fourth A.321 ever.
TF-ABE L.1011 KGC5766 0626-0806 EGCC LEBL Peach Air
F-GRSD A.320 SEU090P/900L 0649-0810 LFPG LEBL Star Europe
G-DJAR A.320 AIH122P/3797 0700-1109 EGCC LEBL Airtours
G-MOND B.757 MON272P/9272 0702-0822 EGKK LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-MONB B.757 MON288P/9288 0704-0830 EGCC LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-OOOJ B.757 AMM923P/9236 0824-0914 EGCC LEBL Air 2000
G-BBAJ L.1011 CKT9640 0925-1116 EGCC LEBL Caledonian Awys
G-OOOV B.757 AMM757M/9298 0950-1042 EIDW LEBL Air 2000
G-MOND B.757 MON273P 1354-26th LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-OZBC A.321 MON252P 1850-26th EGBB Monarch Airlines
Wednesday 26th November
While the Wednesday morning may have only involved one more
departure than Tuesday, a total of nine, it was in my opinion, a much
more impressive sight, while it also proved to be the closest we were
to come over the whole period to 'max-ing out', as far as available
stands go. The most impressive moment for me (possibly of the whole
three days) was being in the tower and seeing three different
Monarch Airbus types go airborne within eleven minutes !. At one
point, at the start of my shift at 0700L, eight of the extra nine
aeroplanes below were on the ground at the same time, this in
addition to the normal night-stopping aircraft. For those familiar
with our parking it was as follows:
Stand 1-SAB 146 1N-BRY DH8 2-AMM
757 3-UKA F10 -KGC L10 then LEI 763 once L10 had pushed back 5-MON
320 5N-AFR A42 6-MON AB6 7-BAW 757 8-empty 9-CFE A72 10-GIL A42
11-JEM HS7/EAW J31 12-empty 13-CIM A42 14-BRY DH8 15-AIH 757 16-MON
321 17-MON 757 18-AIH 320 19-BAL 757 !!!.
TF-ABH L.1011 KGC9644 0452-0718 EGCC LEBL Peach Air
G-MONZ A.320 MON260P/9260 0556-0730 EGCC LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-CSVS B.757 AIH314P/3813 0610-0805 EGPF LEBL Airtours
G-OJMR A.300 MON246P9246 0618-0738 EGCC LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-OOOB B.757 AMM926P/9264 0650-0749 EGKK LEBL Air 2000
G-UKLH B.767 LEI075P/969 0659-0833 EGCC LEBL Leisure International
G-OZBC A.321 MON9252 25th-0741 LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-MONW A.320 MON378P/9378 0814-0857 EGGW LEBL Monarch Airlines
G-MOND B.757 MON9230 25th-0827 LEBL Monarch Airlines
Thursday 27th November
The prospect of twelve arrivals in just over an hour was too much
for me, and I arranged to work a night-shift on the Wednesday night
after my 'early'. Inevitably though a lot were delayed, meaning they
were spread out more evenly, while some very quick turnarounds meant
that there wasn't really any problem as far as accomodating
everything on stand (the most we had 'at the same time' only being
five or six). Unfortunately we got the same Star Europe.
The afternoon/evening saw the last five flights arrive back,
including two of our first-visitors from Tuesday, the Airtours A.320
and Peach Air Tristar TF-ABH, the latter which will stay until the
G-OJMR A.300 MON9247/247P 0155-0232 LEBL EGCC Monarch Airlines
G-OOOJ B.757 AMM9237/937P 0205-0243 LEBL EGKK Air 2000
G-MONB B.757 MON9289/289P 0222-0309 LEBL EGCC Monarch Airlines
G-OOOV B.757 AMM9299/929P 0236-0324 LEBL EGKK Air 2000
G-MONZ A.320 MON9261/261P 0241-0319 LEBL EGCC Monarch Airlines
G-OZBC A.321 MON9253/253P 0250-0543 LEBL EGBB Monarch Airlines
G-OOOB B.757 AMM9265/965P 0300-0546 LEBL EGHH Air 2000
G-UKLH B.767 LEI970/076P 0304-0344 LEBL EGCC Leisure International
F-GRSD A.320 SEU901L/091P 0307-0356 LEBL LFPG Star Europe
G-DAJB B.757 MON9273/273P 0316-0404 LEBL EGFF Monarch Airlines
G-CSVS B.757 AIH3814/314P 0409-0443 LEBL EGPF Airtours
G-MONW A.320 MON9379/979P 0440-0516 LEBL EGKK Monarch Airlines
TF-ABE L.1011 KGC5767 1659-n/s LEBL Peach Air
G-DJAR A.320 AIH3798/098P 1810-1856 EGKK EGCC Airtours
G-MOND B.757 MON231B/231P 1935-2012 LEBL EGGW Monarch Airlines
G-BBAJ L.1011 CKT9641 1949-2053 LEBL EGCC Caledonian Awys
TF-ABH L.1011 KGC9645 2106-2149 LEBL EGCC Peach Air
All in all a very interesting and exciting period, and at times it
looked like a real airport :-)
Unfortunately it looks like it won't happen again for some time
Thursday 27th November
The mid-day Futura Arrecife was operated by Spanair as SPP122/3 with
Aeroleasing Learjet 35 HB-VJJ arrived during the morning (after we'd
got rid of an extra 12 charter flights !) as FPG298 from Geneva,
returning there under the same callsign at tea-time. At around the
same time CL604 Challenger C-GPGD arrived from Luton for a
night-stop, while Abelag Falcon 50 OO-LFT arrived from Brussels a
little later as AAB41T, also for a night-stop. An executive prop
arriving during the afternoon was Gulfstream I F-GFIB operated by
Aero Service Executive, and using the callsign BES375 inbound from Le
Bourget, this aircraft also night-stopping.
Wednesday 26th November
Apart from the Barcelona traffic, absolutely nothing else, on one of
the most miserable days for a long time !.
Tuesday 25th November
Brymon used Titan ATR.42 G-BUPS for their morning BRY52A/52B/53A/53B
Bonanza D-EKMD departed to Reykjavik before breakfast. Mu-2 F-GEQM
visited during the evening, from Nevers to Orleans.
AMM514/5 G-OOOA AMC2107 9H-ABS
Monday 24th November
An interesting late night arrival was Miami Air Boeing 727 N804MA
which arrived from Shannon on a trooping flight, using the callsign
'M1211' (Reach). It departed to Gatwick just after midnight as BSK196,
after not being allowed to stay any longer due to all our extra
charters on Tuesday morning (which was a shame as the crew wanted to
visit the Metro Centre !).
Gill Airways used Emerald Airways HS.748 G-EMRD for their lunch-time
Belfast City scheduled service GIL722B, the aircraft arriving from
Liverpool as GIL748P.
Another Citation 525 delivery appeared in the shape of D-IWIL, which
arrived from Reykjavik and departed to Bremen during the afternoon.
Mooney M.20 PH-DAG visited briefly during the afternoon, from/to
Rotterdam. Arriving from Bremen at tea-time was Beech Bonanza D-EKMD
for a night-stop.
Sunday 23rd November
Cessna 172 D-EJRW departed to Cologne during the morning, and Cessna
310 N510PS left for Walton Wood during the afternoon.
Saturday 22nd November
The Il-76 appeared during the early morning, RA-76842 of AirStans
(?), arriving from Montreal with an industrial pump engine as
VDA9908, departing at lunch-time as HLA754 to Paris-CDG.
Citation 525 D-IURH passed through again, during the early hours,
from Keflavik to Munich. Citation 560 N560WE departed to Jersey
during the evening, and Falcon 900 N70EW departed to Santa Maria,
Azores later in the evening after its two night stay.
Tea-time saw two German-registered light aircraft visit on ferry
flights, one in each direction, Cessna 172 D-EJRW arriving from
Reykjavik for a night-stop, and King Air 90 D-IFCL from Munster
departing to Reykjavik.
Cessna 310 N510PS returned from Exeter for a night-stop, and we got
a new resident in the shape of the appopriately registered TB.10
G-TYNE, which arrived from Blackpool.
BAL362B/990F G-BOPB AIH054 G-DAJC
Friday 21st November
The second Luxair Boeing 737-400 to first-visit in a few weeks
appeared on the lunch-time Futura flight, LX-LGG wearing basic
Luxair colours with Futura titles ( on the port side only). Flight
numbers were FUA100/1, from/to Teneriffe. (The first was LX-LGF
operated by Sobelair on the 5th of November)
City Flyer used One Eleven G-AVMS for the afternoon CFE75NA/76NB
Gatwick rotation. The night-stopping Cimber was ATR.42 OY-CIB, quite
a rare machine in Newcastle.
The Ratioflug F-27 D-ADUP departed at breakfast-time to Brussels as
Citation 560 N560WE arrived from Leeds during the evening for a
BAL993F/362A G-BOPB AIH053 G-DAJC VIV1748/9 EC-FLF
Thursday 20th November
Ratioflug F-27 D-ADUP arrived from Paris-CDG at lunch-time as
RAT027, for a night-stop. Not a first-visitor though, as it visited
on the 22nd October 1995 as OE-IPN !. City-Flyer used BAC One Eleven
G-AVMS for the mid-morning CFE73NA/74NB rotation.
Skyservice's King Air 90 LX-LTX arrived during the morning from
Valenciennes as SKS90, returning during the afternoon as SKS901.
Cessna 404 N6763R passed through on delivery during the afternoon,
from Rotterdam to Reykjavik, and Abelag Learjet 35 OO-GBL visited
during the afternoon as AAB41G, from/to Brussels. Falcon 900 N70EW
arrived from Madrid at tea-time for a two-night stay.
Wednesday 19th November
The two Nouvelair Tunisie MD.83's we had yet to see this winter,
both appeared, F-GHEC on the scheduled morning rotation, and EI-CBO
on another extra flight during the evening, from Monastir to Glasgow
Gill's new ATR.42 N4210G disappeared into the hangar today,
reportedly for quite a long time.
Airlink King Air 300 OE-FME arrived during the morning as JAR09 from
Manchester for a night-stop, and Citation VP-CFG day-stopped from/to
Kidlington. Interesting shape was Beagle Basset G-HRHI, which
visited during the afternoon from/to Cranfield. A military aircraft,
but worth mentioning, Xingu 098 visited during the morning as FAF6795
from Avord to Exeter.
Tuesday 18th November
S&N Citation 560 VP-CSN visited again just after midnight as
expected, from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Bond Helicopters' S-76 G-SSSD
made a fuel-stop during the afternoon en-route from Aberdeen to the
Ravensbird 'A' Rig.
Monday 17th November
Air UK Fokker 50 G-UKTB diverted in during the evening en-route
Aberdeen to Norwich as UKA606 with 'mild to moderate' airframe
vibrations, the aircraft positioning out to Aberdeen later as
UKA9503. The passengers meanwhile continued to Norwich by bus !.
It was certainly a day for UK-based exec jets to make short visits;
L'Equipe Air's Citation N12NM spent only 12 minutes on the ground
during the morning, from Gamston to Edinburgh, its reverse routing
in the afternoon, involving a longer stop at Newcastle, of just over
3 hours. British Aerospace's 125 G-TSAM visited at lunch-time from
Farnborough to Northolt, spending just 10 minutes on the ground,
while its colleague G-TCAP spent just 15 minutes here in between
arriving from Northolt and departing to Bournemouth during the
evening. We haven't had a Scottish & Newcastle exec visit since the
beginning of September (G-OSNB), meaning we hadn't seen the new
Citation 560 VP-CSN yet, but this finally first-visited at tea-time,
from Edinburgh to Glasgow, spending just 18 minutes on the ground.
Strong 'southerlies' meant problems for Aberdeen-based Oil support
helicopters, with the first of a number of fuel-stops over the next
few days involving Bell 214 G-BKFN arriving from Aberdeen as BHL70C,
during the evening for a night-stop.
Sunday 16th November
The extra Nouvelair Tunisie in the early hours was operated by MD.83
EI-CNO, from Dublin to Monastir (LBT853).
The two night-stoppers departed during the afternoon, the Manx 146
G-MIMA back to the Isle-of-Man (MNX904), presumably with heavier
hand baggage (and lighter wallets), and the Chauffair Lear out to
An interesting light twin visitor was Cessna 310 N510PS, at tea-time
from Walton Wood to Booker.
Saturday 15th November
The European One Eleven G-AXLL returned from Malmo, via Glasgow
during the afternoon, positioning out to Birmingham (EAF4725/725P),
while a pre-Christmas shopping spree for some 'islanders' saw Manx
146 G-MIMA arrive for a night-stop (MNX903).
The early morning saw a couple of interesting exec jets, Falcon 900
N127EM arriving from Heathrow, and departing to Farnborough, and
Citation 525 D-IURH which made another trip to the US, arriving from
Munich, and departing to Reykjavik before 0900. The Chauffair Lear
35 G-OCFR ex the night-stop, departed to Norwich and onwards to
Montpellier during the afternoon, returning from France just before
midnight ... anybody know who 'Montpellier United' were playing
Saturday night, and what was the name of their striker ?!.
AIH054 G-DAJC BAL362B/990F G-BYAB UKA837/840 G-UKFO
Friday 14th November
The detached Air 2000 Airbus A.320 departed to Brussels during the
early hours as VEX510P, returning during the afternoon as VEX511P,
presumably after a Virgin Express 'sub'. None of the Futura/BCM
Spain flights operated, instead Air 2000 Boeing 757 G-OOOB flew there
and back, as AMM9102/3, the aeroplane wearing an all-white
colour-scheme with the new style titles. Positioning flights were
from Gatwick to Manchester (AMM102P/103P).
The two MD Explorers departed to Leconfield before breakfast.
Thursday 13th November
Gill Airways' 'new' ATR.42 arrived at lunch-time, in the shape of ex
Mahalo Air machine N4210G, still in full Mahalo c/s. The European
1-11 G-AXLL departed at lunch-time, to Glasgow and onwards to Malmo,
as EAF4724. City Flyer ATR.42 G-BVED operated the mid-day rotation
(CFE69NA/80NB), and was first-noted with an all-white forward
freight door !.
Learjet 31 N331SJ of Sterling Jets visited during the morning
from/to Belfast City.
Air Normandie operated an evening freight flight from Nevers
(France) with King Air 100 F-GHHV as RNO713, the aircraft positioning
out to Le Havre as RNO700. That pair of MD.900 Explorers arrived at
tea-time for a night-stop from Aberdeen, the reggies ... N9208V (the
red one) and N92001 (the blue/white one).
Wednesday 12th November
We got another diversion from Heathrow, although still nothing
exciting, in fact an even older BA 747 than last week's !, G-AWNB
arriving from Montreal as BAW094. It day-stopped and departed during
the evening to Heathrow as BAW1094.
European Airlines One Eleven G-AXLL arrived from Dublin as EAF712P
for a night-stop.
Lear 55 D-CLIP went back to Munich as MTM46 during the morning.
Citation 560 N311DG returned again (!), at tea-time, from Le Bourget
Beech Baron N3214H passed through on delivery at lunch-time, from
Blackbushe to Reykjavik.
Tuesday 11th November
Another nice executive jet arrived early, MTM's Lear 55 D-CLIP,
using MTM46 from Munich and night-stopping. Falcon 50 VP-BKG visited
again, a much briefer affair this time, from/to Luton over
lunch-time, while the Gulf IV that it shared the ramp with over the
weekend, N80AT finally departed for Gatwick at tea-time. Citation 560
N311DG departed to Frankfurt first thing.
Monday 10th November
Cimber Air's 'new' ATR.42 OY-CIU (c/n 112) first-visited on the
morning CIM221 arrival, and appeared again during the afternoon,
while the night-stopper was the 'quite rare up here' OY-CIH. The last
City-Flyer arrival, the night-stopper, was operated by BAC One
Directflight operated what presumably was a freight charter from
Troyes with Bandeirante G-JBAC during the late evening, as DCT671,
the aircraft departing immediately to Norwich.
Citation 560 N311DG arrived during the early evening from Manchester
for a night-stop, while the Lauda Executive Learjet 60 OE-GNL
departed to Lyons during the late evening, with a certain Mr.
Sunday 9th November
Arriving for a Rugby match at Newcastle Gosforth were Air Toulouse
Boeing 737 F-GHXK presumably with the team, as TLE254/5 from/to
Toulouse, and Falcon 50 F-GPPF, presumably with the directors, also
from/to Toulouse. Lauda Executive Lear 60 OE-GNL arrived from
Birmingham during the afternoon, for a night-stop, looking very
pretty in the basic Lauda Airways colour-scheme.
Aerostar D-IMMO, a fairly regular Atlantic 'crosser', passed through
again during the afternoon, from Reykjavik to Bayreuth.
Saturday 8th November
Another new Falcon 20 visited during the evening, THS's F-GLMD
arriving from Palma, and departing to Le Bourget as THZ083. Falcon
50 VP-BKG departed to Luton during the afternoon.
Aero Commander N24A departed to Geneva before breakfast; visiting
during the afternoon was Cessna 337 D-IBHS, from Biggin Hill to
Friday 7th November
The much-publicised 'Montserrat Relief Flight' appeared during
mid-morning, Monarch Airlines 757 G-MONE arriving direct from
Antigua as MON9380 with 77 passengers bound for local hospitals and
nursing homes. The aeroplane positioned out to Glasgow as MON380P.
As I suspected only one of the Futura/Air Europa combination
operated, the Air Europa A320, again as I thought, by a BCM Spain
aeroplane, EC-GLT operating from/to Tenerife a few hours late as
Citation 560 N311DG visited again at tea-time, from Frankfurt to
Manchester, and arriving just before midnight was Aero Commander
N24A from Keflavik, on a ferry which takes it to Geneva early on
BAL990F/362A G-BYAA AIH053 G-SJMC VIV1748/9 EC-FFN BAW12T G-CPEM
Thursday 6th November
Another very 'cosmopolitan' day, possibly even busier than Wednesday
!. Two very regular Citation 560's up here 'moved' before breakfast,
N311DG of Hamlin Jet (for computer company Sage) departing to
Frankfurt, while Comfort Air's N68MA arrived on another
Siemens-related visit, from Dresden, returning there at tea-time. It
was another great day for executive jets !. Passing through at
lunch-time was another Citationjet on delivery, D-IEWS (c/n 0217)
arriving from Reykjavik, and departing to Bremen. There's a few more
due in the coming weeks apparently !. Arriving during the evening
were Falcon 100 F-GHPB of Trans Helicopter Service, from/to Le
Bourget as THZ061, and two staying slightly longer, but much less
interesting, Gulf IV N80AT and Falcon 50 VP-BKG, both arriving from
Denim Air failed to carry the Eindhoven team again (the
non-appearance of the Fokker 50 on Monday evening being a consequence
to a ground collision with a catering vehicle prior to departure !)
New Air's F-27 OY-EBC arriving from Pori in Finland during the
morning as NAW9706, and departing with the team to Eindhoven as
NAW439. Supporters charters included Transavia 737 PH-TSX, from
Copenhagen to Amsterdam as TRA8254/8368, and BASE Regional's
Jetstream 31 PH-KJG again, from/to Eindhoven as BRO900/1.
The TBM.700 F-GLBF departed back to Holland during the morning, and
visiting was Cessna 340 OY-BSO, from Stauning to Manchester.
Wednesday 5th November
An excellent day in the 'Great North-East' of England, with
Bulgarian, American (x2), Dutch (x3), French (x2), Austrian,
Luxembourg and Belgian-registered aircraft visiting !.
Our second Antonov An-12 in two days appeared on Nissan cargo
flights, this one visiting even earlier, Bulgarian Flying Cargo's
LZ-BFD being in and out before 0530. Operating as BFB606/7, the
aircraft arrived from Santander and departed to Lyon-Bron.
Visitors for the Newcastle United/PSV Eindhoven match were BASE
Regional Jetstream 31 PH-KJG (from/to Eindhoven as BRO900/1), and
Transavia Boeing 737 PH-HVG (from/to Amsterdam as TRA8367/8), both
of which departed straight back to Holland during the afternoon.
Visitors staying until after the game were Constellation's Airbus
A.320 OO-COH, still with its Virgin Express tail c/s (from/to
Brussels as VEX1719/20), Sobelair Boeing 737-400 LX-LGF (from/to
Brussels as SLR4667/8), and Tulip Airways PA-31 PH-EEF (from/to
Rotterdam as TLP07A/B). Also probably connected with the game was
TBM.700 F-GLBF, which arrived from Weert during the afternoon, and
Other foreigners during the day included two Citation 560's, N311DG
again from Manchester during the early evening, and night-stopping,
and Euralair's F-GKGL, which visited from/to Le Bourget also during
the early evening. The Austrian was King Air 300 OE-FME which
departed to Biarritz during the afternoon as JAR09, and on delivery
was King Air 90 N1135K which passed through from Reyjavik to
Siegerland over lunch-time.
Almost overlooked after all that was the first Nouvelair Tunisie
flight, LBT803 being operated by MD.83 EI-CGI.
The new Flyer, G-BXTN appeared on the first arrival of the day,
CFE71NA, with the next, CFE73NA and the afternoon CFE75NA arrival,
being operated by European One Eleven G-AVMH. 'TN' was also the
Gill Airways Shorts 360 G-OLAH returned to service after its major
check, operating the evening Aberdeen departure, GIL779A.
Tuesday 4th November
The first freight flight of 'the strike' appeared during the early
morning, Air Sofia Antonov An-12 LZ-SFK (the one in the special
scheme) arriving from Pontoise as SFB219. The aeroplane departed
during the afternoon to Pamplona as SFB224, and the rumour is that
it will remain 'Newcastle-based' for the rest of the week, which is a
shame as we have seen it here before, a few months ago.
'That' 727, N763AT, departed to Hamburg during the morning. Visiting
executive types included Airlink's King Air OE-FME from Salzburg as
JAR09, Aero Services Executive's Gulf I F-GFIB from Troyes to Le
Bourget during the afternoon as BES313, and another visit from the
very nice Citation 650 D-CACM, which arrived from Braunschweig, and
departed to Karlsruhe.
CFE71NA/72NB G-BXTN AMM514/5 G-OOOW AMC2107 9H-ABS
Monday 3rd November
Another of those 'strange' Boeing 727 visits that happen every now
and again, produced American Trans Air's N763AT, which arrived from
Keflavik during the morning, and night-stopped. The operator was
listed as Century Management, but who knows what it was really doing
PSV Eindhoven arrived slightly later than planned, the original
Denim Air Fokker 50 not appearing at tea-time, after presumably going
u/s. They finally pitched-up at 9pm on Transavia 737 PH-HVG as TRA438
The Corvette OY-SBR departed during the morning, as NFA051, to
Leeds, and King Air 200 N8PY arrived from Manchester for a
Sunday 2nd November
Poor weather just about everywhere produced two diversions.
Diverting from Amsterdam, whilst en-route there from Freeport in the
Bahamas, was Challenger 604 D-AMIM, which was in and out before
0900L, departing onwards to Karslruhe, while another diversion at
lunchtime involved the slightly less interesting British Airways
Boeing 747 G-AWNP, which arrived from JFK on the BAW116, and which
spent just under two hours on the ground here, awaiting Heathrow's
weather to clear. This aeroplane was however notable in that it was
the first ever 'Jumbo' to be pushed-back from a 'nose-in' stand at
Newcastle ... all previous visits having gone onto
The British World Viscount G-APEY visited for its pleasure flight
during the afternoon, the local flight itself being of 34 minutes
duration, off to the North along the Northumberland coastline.
Saturday's arriving Piper Malibu on delivery, N22SY, continued
onwards to Maastricht at lunch-time, and arriving at tea-time for a
night-stop was North Flying's Corvette OY-SBR, from Aarhus.
Saturday 1st November
What would appear to have been the only Nordic flights during this
last weekend of the summer season, were operated by Classic Airways
Tristar G-IOII, KGC854 from Tenerife, and KGC854P to Stansted.
Gill Airways Shorts 360 G-OLAH was noted engine running during the
afternoon, the aircraft having emerged from the hangar after its
major check (the most major check ever to have been performed on a
Shorts 360), which took almost three months to complete.
Brymon Dash Eight G-BRYO was noted with an extra motif under the
Captain's side window. Presumably in connection with Harvey's
Bristol Cream, it consists of a square bottle shape with the letter
'H' inside, and the inscription '200th' (the 'h' being the 'H' inside
the bottle shape), and 'Harveys Bicentenary 1787-1987'. It is not
very colourful, and not really noticable.
Piper Malibu N22SY arrived during the afternoon on delivery from
Reykjavik, subsequently night-stopping.
FUA102/3 EC-GOB AIH4118/7 G-YJBM
Friday 31st October
The morning saw three airliners divert from Teesside due fog,
British Midland Fokker 100 G-BVJA (BMA5WT/333), Air Kilroe Jetstream
31 G-OAKI (AKL501/2) and Airtours Boeing 767 G-DIMB (AIH044/053P).
The second aeroplane to first-visit in a week, in the BA 'Whale
Rider' colours, appeared during the afternoon, Boeing 757 G-CPEO
finally visiting on the BAW12G/13J.
The Trislander departed to Cardiff at tea-time as JFK591.
AMM923/2 G-OOAB AMM917/6 G-OOAD OHY441/2 TC-ONP
Thursday 30th October
The latest Air UK Fokker 100 G-UKFO, still in basic KLM
colour-scheme with Air UK titles, first-visited during the day,
operating the following Amsterdam schedules; UKA839/840/843/844.
Airworld A.321 G-BXAW departed to Zakinthos as AWD722P before
Trislander G-AZLJ returned, from Liverpool as JFK590A, for a
night-stop on the south apron.
Wednesday 29th October
Airworld Airbus A.321 G-BXAW arrived early in the morning, after its
trip to Toulouse on Tuesday, and its night-stop at East Midlands on
Tuesday night ... in fact it arrived in Newcastle only four and a
half hours after Dave and I did !. The first-visiting, and only our
third, A.321 operated to/from Prague as AWD860/1, and night-stopped
The new Flyer, G-BXTN, visited again, on the CFE71NA/72NB.
Metro EC-GPS made another visit during the early hours, from
Barcelona to Cuatro Vientos, and Manhattan Air King Air 200 G-BXMA
visited as MHN101B, from Blackbushe to Valenciennes.
FCL2313 G-FCLD OHY443/4 TC-ONO
Tuesday 28th October
The new 'Flyer', ATR.72 G-BXTN, first-visited on the afternoon
CFE75NA/76NB, rather noticable in BA's new colours !.
The last Spanair of the summer EC-FXY, departed during the early
hours as SPP025 to Zurich.
OHY441/2 TC-ONN AMC3206/7 9H-ABS
Monday 27th October
No British Regional Jetstream 41's on the Cardiff route as from today,
however European Airways began service today with their Jetstream 31
taken off the Newcastle-Manchester route. The first Cardiff flight
was operated by G-CBEA as EAW301/2.
BAe125 G-BLTP returned in the afternoon, from Northolt to Heathrow
Sunday 26th October
Classic Airways Tristar G-IOII completed the weekend flying during
the early hours, arriving from Palma as KGC864, departing during the
afternoon to Stansted as BWL001P. It was certainly BMA-day again;
Boeing 737-400 G-OBMM operated a Naples return as AMM1166/7, the
aircraft positioning from, and to East Midlands as AMM1166P and
AMM1167P. Another -400 G-OBMO arrived from Faro during the afternoon
as AMM1171, positioning out to Antalya as AMM666P, while Fokker 70
G-BVTG operated an inbound from Malaga, positioning out to East
Two charter airliners staying longer than usual over the weekend
were the TransAer A.320 EI-TLE which operated the last Heraklion
inbound overnight on Friday, the aeroplane departing on Sunday
morning as TLA580P to Rhodes, and Air Europa Boeing 757 EC-FFK which
operated the last AEA267 from Las Palmas just after midnight on
Saturday night, and which departed to Kalmar in Sweden as AEA713 just
before lunch-time on Sunday.
The new Gill Airways-operated, Air France Paris CDG schedule began
during the afternoon, G-ORFH (strangely enough !) departing as
GIL893C, and returning as GIL892C. The aeroplane then operated a
Newcastle-Belfast City return !.
AEA231 EC-FJZ AIH836/5 G-PIDS
Saturday 25th October
The Skyjet DC-10 V2-LEX returned from Tenerife during the early
hours, departing empty to CDG as SKJ854P. Classic Airways Tristar
arrived from Gatwick at breakfast-time as KGC861P and operated
to/from Alicante (KGC861/2), and to Palma as KGC863.
The TransAer A.320 EI-TLE day-stopped after arriving on its usual
early morning Heraklion 'W', the aircraft departing on Sunday. This
aircraft operated the entire Heraklion series this summer .... every
We got another new BA c/s, 'Koguty Lowickie' on Boeing 757 G-BPED,
which visited on the mid-morning BAW12H/13F.
King Air 90 F-GIZB day-stopped from/to Nantes, while Hughes 500
N1096C made two landings, the second un-intended, returning after
departure to Sywell with an open door !.
KGC767/6 G-SBEA ECA824/5 5B-DBB AEA267/8 EC-FFK
Friday 24th October
The beginning of the Nordic weekend flying (Thursday's Arrecife
flight not operating at all) was operated by Sky Jet DC-10 V2-LEX,
which arrived from Brussels as SKJ851P early in the morning,
departing to Tenerife as SKJ851 before 7 o'clock. The final day of
British Regional operating the Cardiff/Edinburgh flights saw
Jetstream 41 G-MAJJ on all the flights.
BAe 125-700 G-BLTP was an early morning visitor, visiting from
Heathrow to Northolt as DRA241/2. NEA's Lear 35 G-LEAR took a
certain football manager to Enschede and back, during the
afternoon/evening, as NEX1A/B/C/D .... wonder why ?.
OHY441/2 TC-ONR AMM917/6 G-OOAB AMM923/2 G-OOAD CIM227 OY-CIG
Thursday 23rd October
The three footie charters returned during the early hours, Air 2000
Boeing 757 G-OOOV as AMM1663/663P, Monarch A.320 G-MONZ as
MON8146/147P, and Leisure A.320 G-UKLL as LEI9009/036P.
The mid-morning SABENA schedule produced a now rare visit from a
BAe146-200, OO-DJJ operating the SAB671/2, while the rarest
Braathens Boeing 737-500, LN-BRK, made another visit on the tea-time
Maersk Jetstream 41 G-MSKJ failed to operate the mid-morning
Birmingham, the afternoon and evening flights being operated by
Titan BAe146 G-ZAPK.
The BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CEAL returned from Ostend during the
afternoon as RPX475, departing to Southend as RPX008P.
A very nice Challenger called in for fuel during the afternoon,
C-GSQI being en-route Sweden to Montreal. In and out at similar times
during the afternoon were Citation D-IEIR, from Brussels to
Stuttgart, and London Executive's Citation G-FJET as LNX172, from/to
The night-stopping Seneca OE-FEE departed back to Maastricht just
before mid-day, while further night-stoppers departed during the
afternoon, Commander N70RR to Rotterdam, and Cherokee Arrow N1927H
also to Rotterdam.
Wednesday 22nd October
Things started to pick up today thankfully. More of the 'Toon Army'
departed on Air 2000 Boeing 757 G-OOOV early in the morning as
AMM1662, while BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CEAL also operated to Ostend
during the morning, as RPX473, after having arrived from Southend as
RPX005P. A first-visiting airliner during the afternoon was the
Croatia Airlines Airbus A.320 9A-CTF, which operated from Split to
Manchester, as CTN1508/9.
We got four American registrations during the course of the day, the
best being Falcon 50 N633L which arrived from Luton at
breakfast-time, returning to Luton after lunch. Two arrivals during
the afternoon for night-stops, were Gulfstream Commander N70RR, also
from Luton, and Cherokee Arrow N1927H from Rotterdam. The last was
Citation 560 N311DG yet again, from Frankfurt to Manchester. The
evening saw Seneca OE-FEE arrive from Maastricht, also for a
GAMA Aviation Learjet G-LJET day-stopped arriving from Farnborough,
and departing to Stockholm late in the evening, both as GMA395.
FCL2312 G-FCLD FCL2313 G-FCLD OHY443/4 TC-ONR
Tuesday 21st October
Newcastle United departed to Rotterdam on Leisure A.320 G-UKLL as
LEI9008, while part of the 'Toon Army' departed on Monarch A.320
G-OZBB as MON8146.
Gill Airways' ATR.42 G-ORFH arrived back after re-painting into Air
France Express colours at Southend, as GIL183P from Edinburgh during
the early hours .... and very nice it is too !. It was used for a
few Belfast City rotations during the afternoon, the first one being
OHY441/2 TC-ONM AMC3206/7 9H-ABS
Monday 20th October
The last few days have been very dull up here !!.
Not really news-worthy anymore, but Citation 560 N311DG returned
again during the evening, from Manchester for a night-stop.
AIH846/5 C-GTDC SPP3185/6 EC-FZC
Sunday 19th October
The Classic Airways Tristar operated the return sector of the Nordic
Palma rotation, during the early hours, the aircraft spending the
day at Newcastle, and returning to Stansted during the evening.
Apparently this aircraft may be operating all the Nordic flying over
the coming weekend - possibly the last we've seen of Nordic !?.
There was lots of extra British Midland flights; Boeing 737-300
G-OBMP operated an early morning Faro as BMA6777, returning from
Glasgow during the afternoon as BMA9371P, to operate a Naples
departure as BMA6773. The Fokker 70 was G-BVTG again
The extra Air Europa Malaga (AEA229/231) was operated by Boeing
737-300 EC-GHD, the first visit of these marks, but not the
aircraft. The Teesside-based Airtours A.320 C-GTDC diverted to
Newcastle again first thing (AIH830/1).
Saturday 18th October
The Nordic European Tristar departed empty to Stockholm after
operating the morning Alicante rotation, in order to operate a
sub-charter (they had wanted to do this before the Alicante
rotation, in doing so delaying it, and later flights severely, but
were persuaded against it !). The afternoon Palma flight was however
delayed by about seven hours, and operated on Classic Airways
Tristar G-IOII, which positioned in from Stansted as KGC863P, during
the late evening, and which actually operated to/from Palma as
Airtours A.320 C-GTDC diverted from Teesside during the late
evening, due to fog, which had also made Air Kilroe Jetstream G-OAKI
divert during the morning.
TLA534/5 EI-TLE KGC767/6 G-SBEA ECA824/5 5B-DBB AEA267/8 EC-FFK
Friday 17th October
As many of you answered correctly the Shell Falcon 50 was indeed
I-DENR, which visited from/to London City as SHE752/3.
Bond Super Puma G-PUME arrived during the very early hours from the
Glomar Adriatic Rig as BND23D, returning to Aberdeen during the
afternoon. The Trislander G-AZLJ departed back to Liverpool before
breakfast as JFK591.
OHY441/2 TC-ONM CKT601/2 G-BVYC FCL4521/0 G-BXAT AMM923/2 G-OOAD
AMM917/6 G-OOAB CIM227 OY-CIE FUA102/3 EC-GNZ
Thursday 16th October
The two ex-Sunways flights produced an interesting reflection on the
worth of 'old' versus 'new'. The flight operated by Airworld arrived
approximately eight hours late, G-BVZU arriving from Dalaman as
AWD789, presumably after suffering technical problems, while an
aircraft that most like to 'knock', the Sabre Airways Boeing 727's,
operated the other Dalaman on schedule, G-BPND operating as
A very rare type on the ground at Newcastle, the Trislander made a
return, G-AZLJ arriving from Liverpool as JFK590, just before
Wednesday 15th October
Croatia Airlines operated that 'split-load Split', with Boeing
737-200 9A-CTD, which arrived from Glasgow as CTN1509.
28 minutes into my first night shift saw a superb delivery, Citation
525 N1293G arriving from Reykjavik for a short night-stop, wearing a
colour-scheme, and titles of 'Broad Air Conditioning China'. It also
wore a motif on the fin, which if it wasn't the China Southern tail
logo, was extremely similar !. Good candidate for a B- reggie ?. It
departed to Malta before 8 o'clock on Thursday morning.
FCL2312 G-FCLC FCL2313/G-FCLC OHY443/4 TC-ONR
Tuesday 14th October
Pegasus 737-400 TC-AFK operated the Sunways flight, as PGT415/6.
Gill Airways ATR.42 G-BVJP arrived back in the early hours,
resplendant in the new colours, having been painted at Southend over
Citation 560 N311DG visited yet again, during the evening from Le
Bourget to Manchester , and Air Hanson Beechjet G-RAHL also passed
through as AHL11 from Glasgow to Gatwick. Aerostar D-IMMO arrived
from Germany during the afternoon for a night-stop, continuing
onwards to Stornoway early on Wednesday morning.
OHY441/2 TC-ONP AMC3206/7 9H-ABS
Monday 13th October
With all the sub-charters required by Maersk over the last year,
none have ever been flown by the three Boeing 737-500's; until now.
We had only seen one before, G-MSKA on the 18th and 19th of October
last year, on route-proving flights, but the MSK396/7 today was
operated by first-visiting G-MSKB, which is in the 'Blue Poole'
scheme according to Dave's list. Brymon used Titan ATR.42 G-ZAPJ for
their morning Bristol/Aberdeen's (BRY52A/B/53A/B).
Citation 560 N311DG departed early on, to Frankfurt. AA-5B Tiger
EI-BJS visited during the afternoon, from Dublin to Cardiff (after
two go-arounds in strong cross-winds !).
AIH846/5 C-GTDC SPP3185/6 EC-GBA
Sunday 12th October
Presumably due to loads dropping off at the end of the season, the
Nordic Tristar failed to operate its normal Sunday Malaga rotation,
the flight being operated by two aircraft, both of which I got new !
(slack). Air Europa Boeing 737-300 EC-GEQ arrived from Malaga via
Leeds at Breakfast-time as AEA231 (its first visit), departing
straight back to Malaga as AEA231, while just behind it was British
Midland Fokker 70 G-BVTG, which positioned from East Midlands as
BMA9771P and operated outbound as BMA7171. It returned in the
afternoon as BMA7172/9772P.
Saturday evening's Eurocypria flight operated exactly a day late on
Sunday evening !, A.320 5B-DBC operating from/to Paphos as ECA825.
Cessna 421 N2657N passed through from Thurrock to Reykjavik (which
it seems to do quite often). Those Citations appeared again, N112JS
visiting during the afternoon from Nice to Luton, and N311DG
arriving from Manchester during the evening to night-stop.
Saturday 11th October
Our 'newest' registration yet (I think) G-BXJV appeared during the
afternoon on a Katana from/to Perth.
FUA102/3 EC-GNC TLA534/5 EI-TLE KGC767/6 G-SBEA AEA267/8 EC-FFK
Friday 10th October
Nordic Tristar SE-DSB arrived from Copenhagen during the evening as
German Air Rescue Lear 35 D-CCAA visited during the afternoon as
AMB207, from Athens to Stuttgart, and N112JS departed to Erfurt
during the afternoon.
OHY441/2 TC-ONR CKT601/2 G-BVYB FCL4521/0 G-BXAT CIM227 OY-CID
Thursday 9th October
The two Sunways flights in the morning were operated by Pegasus with
737-400 TC-AFK which operated as PGT423/4, and TransAer Airbus A.320
EI-TLH which operated as TLA990/990P.
Citation N112JS departed to Frankfurt early, returning from Agen at
tea-time for another night-stop.
TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMC098/9 9H-ABR
Wednesday 8th October
Citation 560 OE-GMI visited during the afternoon, from Coventry to
Le Bourget as MGR531/2, and Citation 550 N112JS made the first of a
number of visits during the evening, arriving from Luton and
night-stopping. CN Air King Air 100 operated another freight flight,
arriving just before midnight as ORO303 from Barcelona, and
departing in the early hours of Thursday morning back to Barcelona as
FCL2315/4 G-FCLD OHY443/4 TC-ONR
Tuesday 7th October
TransAer brought the 'stranded Suntours passengers' back (as
described by the local TV news !) more or less on-time !, from
Antalya, with Airbus A.320 EI-TLH as TLA987, the aircraft
day-stopping and positioning back out to Antalya as TLA988P just
before midnight (presumably to collect more 'strandees' !).
A couple of extra freight charters were flown by Spanish
Merlins/Metros; EC-GLI of Ibertrans visited during the morning from
Barcelona as IBT515, departing to Madrid as IBT520, while EC-GPS of
? arrived during the evening from/to Barcelona.
The other Gill Airways ATR.42 G-ORFH arrived from Edinburgh during
the early hours, having been partially re-painted during the previous
five days somewhere. It now wears another 'interim' scheme - all
white, no titles. For the record G-BVJP is similar, but has a red
band (part of the new Gill scheme) at the top of the fin. It would
appear therefore that 'FH' will be the aircraft in Air France
colours, for the commencement of the Paris schedule at the start of
the winter schedules (27th October).
OHY441/2 TC-ONP AMC3206/7 9H-ABR
Monday 6th October
Eurojet Citation 550 G-OCDB visited during the morning as GOJ66A/B,
from Edinburgh to Belfast City, and Piper Malibu N88PL visited
from/to Wellesbourne Mountford.
AIH846/5 C-GTDC SPP3185/6 EC-GOU
Sunday 5th October
Dash Eight C-GDNG came through on delivery during the afternoon,
from Reykjavik to Altenrhein, as DHC451, the aircraft wearing basic
Dac Air colours with no titles.
British World operated a morning charter to Bergen with One Eleven
G-OBWA as BWL7806. Air 2000 operated an extra Zakinthos arrival
(presumably signalling the end of the much-troubled Peach Air
series) with Boeing 757 C-FOOG as AMM225.
Enstrom 280 G-GKAT flew for the first time since its arrival and
re-registration, to Barton at lunch-time. It hasn't returned yet.
AIH836/5 G-RJGR VIM717/8 LZ-MIK
Saturday 4th October
Tottenham Hotspur arrived to get beaten again, in Titan Airways
ATR.42 G-ZAPJ, from/to Stansted as AWC889A/B.
Two deliveries passed through; Cessna 208A N1115V arrived from
Gander during the early morning, departing to Malta mid-afternoon.
The aircraft wore an overall grey colour-scheme with Necon Air
titles, and had a final destination of Kathmandu !. Three minutes
after it departed, Citation 525 D-IMMD arrived from Rekjavik,
continuing onwards to Dusseldorf later in the afternoon.
Gulf IV N600PM departed during the afternoon to Almaty in
Kazakhstan, and Castle Helicopters Jet Ranger G-SPEY arrived from
Halfpenny Green as 'Castle02' for a 10-day detachment in support of
filming in Northumberland.
TLA534/5 EI-TLE ABD'S TF-ABV KGC767/6 G-SBEB PGT443/4 TC-AFU
ECA824/5 5B-DBC AEA267/8 EC-FFK
Friday 3rd October
Top Air failed to appear on their Friday evening Dalaman flight
(presumably escaping being impounded), the flight being operated by
KTHY MD-90 TC-KTB (only our second MD-90 flight, and unfortunately
the same aeroplane) as KYV3833 inbound from Dalaman, and KYV3834
outbound to Anatalya. City-Flyer used Gill ATR.42 G-BXBV for the
following flights: CFE70NB/73NA/74NB/002P.
Gulf III VP-BNZ returned at tea-time, from Cambridge to Geneva,
while Falcon 900 N349K visited at the same time, from Zurich to
CKT602P/602 G-BVYB OHY441/2 TC-ONP FCL4521/0 G-BXAT CKT603/603P
G-BVYB FUA102/3 EC-GNC CIM227 OY-CIS
Thursday 2nd October
Newcastle United returned from Kiev during the early hours on
Airworld A.320 G-BVZU, while the few supporters who made the trip
arrived back on Leisure A.320 G-UKLK.
Cessna 406 N563GA continued on delivery to Reyjkavik during the
morning. Quite an interesting day for executive jets with Falcon 50
F-OKSY day-stopping from Teesside to Northolt, Gulf IV N600PM
arriving from Luton at lunch-time for an extended stay, and Gulf III
VP-BNZ spending just 15 minutes on the ground during the evening,
from Coventry to Cambridge. Other, more regular exec jets were
Comfort Air's Citation 525 D-ITSV from/to Dresden, and Hamlin Jet's
Citation 560 N311DG from Frankfurt to Luton during the afternoon.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJSWW3573/4 TC-INA SWW2571/2 TC-IND AMC098/9 9H-ABT
Thursday 2nd October was my first day back at Newcastle after my US trip ..... Wednesday 1st was not done, and the following, covering the period 18th-30th September, was very kindly done by Dave Webster in my absence.
Well the much publicised Sunways events on the mailing list had its
effect felt in the North. As I'm sitting typing this (0306 local 1st Oct) our Antalya flight
that should have gone this morning is just pushing back. 'Our' MD83 was impounded at Gatwick for
non payment of Eurocontrol fees (Is that true?) After that was sorted and the aircraft released,
a sub-chater was found and the flight being operted by Pegasus B737 TC-AFU. To make things worse
the said 737 had to make a tech stop in Cologne on route to Newcastle for fuel! There has been
plenty of publicity in the local media today and judging by what has gone on, there will be more
today! For the record the flight is departing just under 18hrs late. Newcastle United departed
for Kiev aboard Sabre B727 G-BPND. Irish 125 EI-WDC paid a visit from Kerry to Malaga as EFF025.
C421 PH-VCM operated to/from Groningen. BE200 G-HAMA was GMA341 and finally N311DG the Citation
The DC8 continued to Warsaw and duly made sure I was up for my early
shift at 0530 (and I live 16Km NE!!) As I previously reported, today was US day.
Deliveries were our 1st(Is that right Andy?) Starship N8224Q
from Frankfurt-Reykjavik, TBM700 N57SL from Geneva-Reykjavik. Others
were Semitools N980BH to/from Cambridge and 'Dutch' C303 N9460T paying
us a day visit from/to Amsterdam. OE-FME continued on to Prestwick.
Another DC8 3D-ADR posn in for the Warsaw run. An ex regular visited
today, C501 VP-CDM from Paris to Hawarden. Airlink Be300 OE-FME
arrived from Manchester as JAR 09 and night stopped.
If you missed D-IURH last night then you definitely missed it today -
it left at 0633 back to Munich!!
DC8 3D-ADV continued on to Warsaw. Air Malta B737 was YU-ANI. As
memtioned earlier C525 made his return visit from Reykjavik late in the evening (isnt that a
song?) While we were all giving is zzzz's BE200 F-GEPY operated a cargo flight in the early
hours. A 1st visiting C425 was N146GA of Davis Aircraft from Prestwick to Teesside.
Semitools other Ac690 felt lonely and came in to join 129TB. A nice
little delivery was BE36 N38049 from Reykjavik to Stornaway. Having enough fuel he made here.
The aircraft then went on to Wittering where it will take up residency (allegedly).
Today I 1st noted G-BMRF in its new colours. Is it me or does it look
like one of those colour-blindness tests? Could I see the number 7 in it??
African DC8 3D-ADV posn in for another cargo flt to Warsaw. Word is
this cargo series should end beginning of October. Hamlins N311DG paid
another visit as did Westairs BE200 N1069S. Semitool Commander N129TB
decided to night stop (and who can blame him) having arrived from
Bern-Belp. Another night stopper was an ex long term resident G-AZRH which used
to be owned by the Aero Club.
A tech F50 necessitated EIN bring in a B737 in the guise of EI-CDF.
New SPP today was EC-GOU (SELCAL JP-QR) On the light front only move of interest was LR35
D-COKE operating late evening from Manston to Berlin.
C-GBHK continued onto Reykjavik and N321GN continued on to Glasgow.
Today was Gulf2 day with N900MP & N902MP both visiting together from Heathrow. Other
jets were Hamlin's N311DG, G-ORJB operating as OXO122 from Northolt to Oxford (Did Budge
sell this recently?) and NEA's Lr35 G-ZENO as NEX112/3. Other visitor to note was Be200
D-IAAK lunch stopping while operating from/to Luton.
Obviously some sick holiday makers around. Today's amb flt was by
Tyrolean's C550 OE-GAA. Another regular C550 was back with N321GN making a couple of visits and
night-stopping. A nice delivery from that well know airfield of Peine-Eddesse was C-GBHK a Be55
ex D-IFBA in fact those previous marks still being visible.
A tech Nordic L1011 resulted in an AEA sub-charter for some
passengers in EC-GBX. On the light front nice C525 D-IURH routed Munich-Reykjavik for
Kekuma Gmbh. For those who missed this early bird - it did return (see later). An ambulance
flight from Geneva was operated by G-CEGR as "CEG769"
Big visitor was the Dubai 747SP A6-SMR paying a long overdue return
visit. An ambulance flight brought in Martinair's PH-MEX to/from Amsterdam. 1st visit
went to Top Air's TC-IYC. On the light front only Propair's C421 HB-LSL raised a glance.
Operating to/from Madrid was Aviaco MD88 EC-FLK to take out the
Barcelona Team after THAT match. FXI operated DHC6 TF-JMC on a posn flt to Zurich
from Reykjavik. After its night stop, A6-HHH continued on up to Inverness.
The 16th and 17th of September were not done ... thanks to Dave for all the above. Normal service resumes before the 15th of September.
Monday 15th September
Atlantic Cargo returned for another cargo charter from Rouen, this
time with DC-6 G-APSA, as AAG627, departing to Coventry as AAG628.
Atlantic Airways' Metro G-BUKA arrived during the afternoon from
Exeter as AAG170, with Oasis on board for their concert tomorrow
evening, while Air Europa 737-400 EC-FZZ arrived at tea-time from
Barcelona as AEA015, with Barcelona Football Club.
BAe125-1000 N1AB arrived from Oslo-Fornebu during the morning,
departing to Biggin Hill during the afternoon.
Sunday 14th September
Bit of a quiet day !
KGC1053/2 G-SBEA AIH836/5 G-RJGR VIM717/8 LZ-MIG
Saturday 13th September
Interflight 125 G-IFTE visited from/to Biggin Hill during the
afternoon as IFT132A/P, and we got another Gulf IV, N725LB visiting
at tea-time, from Luton to that place KFOK, Suffolk County.
TLA534/5 EI-TLE ABD's TF-ABV MNX9604/5 G-MANM MNX831/2 G-MAJM
BAW1975/4 G-BTPG KGC767/6 G-SBEB PGT443/4 TC-AFM ECA824/5 5B-DBB
Friday 12th September
Maersk used Titan Airways again, ATR.42 G-BUPS operating the two
morning flights; the Jetstream 41 G-MSKJ returned in the afternoon.
Eurojet's Citation 500 G-OEJA visited from/to Birmingham as
GOJ127A/B, and Learjet 35 D-CAVE operated an ambulance flight from
Nigeria via Ghardaia in Algeria, departing to Stuttgart. Beech Baron
N79AP arrived from Sandtoft for a night-stop.
Sterling Helicopters' Twin Squirrel G-TOPS ('Silverline20') and
Bolkow 105 G-BFYA ('Silverline19') arrived for the Great North Run on
OHY441/2 TC-ONO FCL4521/0 G-BXAT BCM325/6 EC-GNB AMM923/2 G-OOAD
FUA134/5 EC-EXY CIM227 OY-CIR TOP503/4 TC-IYB FUA102/3 EC-ETB
Thursday 11th September
Nissan required more urgent shipments of components, which is always
good news for us; CN Air King Air 100 EC-CHD ('ORO302/3') was an
early morning visitor from Vittoria, returning to Barcelona, while
later on in the morning, WDL F-27 D-AELC operated inbound from Rouen
as WDL411, departing empty to Cologne as WDL413. A late night cargo
flight was operated by Air Sofia Antonov An-12 LZ-SFK (the one in the
'special' scheme) from Pontoise as SFB183, departing to Ostend as
Maersk's Jetstream 41 G-MSKJ failed to appear again, the morning
flights being operated by Titan Airways BAe146 G-ZAPK, while ATR.42
G-BUPS was used during the afternoon, and One Eleven G-AWYV during
Sunways had problems with their normally very punctual three
Thursday morning flights; one was four hours late, while another was
almost 18 hours late operating in the early hours of Friday morning.
Unfortunately strong tailwinds meant that most of the expected Air
Race traffic overflew, although the Beech Bonanza D-EGUW did make a
quick re-fuelling stop (15 minutes on the ground) using the strange
call-sign 'Rectimo' !. North Flying Corvette OY-SBR visited during
the morning from Roskilde to Blackpool ('NFA054/054E'). Challenger
N801GC departed during the early evening direct to Gander.
A new helicopter was Bell 222 G-NOIR which visited during the
afternoon as 'Starspeed20' (SSP), from Blackbushe to Chollerford.
SWW3573/4 TC-INA TSC240/1 C-FTNL AMC098/9 9H-ABS
Wednesday 10th September
As far as I can tell, our busiest day of the year so far, with even
more movements than the Saturday of the Sunderland Airshow !.
Maersk were missing their J41 again, using Emerald Air HS.748 G-EMRD
for the first three flights, and One Eleven G-AWYS for the last
flight. Atlantic Cargo DC-6 G-SIXC went u/s overnight, resulting in
the arrival of Cessna 402 G-NOSE from Coventry ('AAG405') with
engineers, and Cessna 310 G-BODY ('AAG41'). The aircraft was
servicable again to operate out to Rouen as AAG625, back as AAG626
with more Nissan parts, and finally out to Coventry as AAG627. Titan
Airways BAe146 G-ZAPK was needed to operate another cargo flight from
Rouen in the morning, as AWC868, which the DC-6 was unable to do.
African International DC-8 3D-AFX arrived just before midnight from
Stansted, to operate out to Warsaw on Thursday morning.
Visiting exec jets included Eurojet's Citation 500 G-OEJA as
GOJ107B/C from Humberside to Edinburgh, and Gama's Citation 550
G-JETJ from Heathrow to Copenhagen (with certain Newcastle United
personnel) as GMA289, and return after the Denmark vs. Croatia game.
That Citation 560 N311DG came back, from Le Bourget to Manchester in
LEI5134/3 G-UKLO LEI3460/59 G-UKLJ FCL2315/4 G-FCLD OHY443/4 TC-ONM
Tuesday 9th September
My run of good luck continued, getting my last Spanair MD.83
(EC-GCV), and my last Braathens 737, LN-BRK on only its third visit
to Newcastle (its first two were on the same day last year) during
the morning. Nordic Tristar SE-DPX returned after a couple of weeks
away, from Cardiff as AIH640P.
Atlantic Cargo DC-6 G-SIXC arrived from Rouen during the afternoon
as AAG622, returning there as AAG623, and arriving back during the
evening as AAG624. All bringing in car parts for Nissan.
Visiting during the early hours was Aero Services Executive King Air
90 F-GGPR, from/to Le Bourget as BES139, apparently with Eric Cantona
on board for some filming. Two very interesting exec visitors came
through en-route to Iceland, Cheyenne TC-THK from Linz to Reykjavik,
and Citation 525 TC-CRO from Zurich to Reykjavik (This aircraft
wasn't cancelled of course, it only appeared that way over the
weekend when it changed handling agents ! .... sorry !). It wore a
multitude of inscriptions and motifs on the fuselage, including
'Young Turks' on the nose, 'Palm Beach Hotel, Famagusta' on the rear
fuselage, what looked like an old guys head under the cockpit window,
and the wording 'Future is in the sky' next to it !. I only saw the
port side btw.
Citation 560 N311DG departed to Siegerland after its night-stop, and
Bonanza D-EGUW departed to Reykjavik. Gulf IV VH-NCP left for
Schleicher ASK-16 G-BCTI was an unusual visitor during the
afternoon, from Sherburn to Portmoak.
SPP3185/6 EC-FZC SWW1571/2 TC-IND SPP3365/6 EC-GCV OHY441/2 TC-ONP
LEI8811 G-UKLK AMC3206/7 9H-ABR
Monday 8th September
The Flugledir Fokker 50 came through at lunchtime, fuel-stopping
en-route Reykjavik to Vienna with a football team on board, and was
TF-FIS. The two day-time Cimber Air flights were operated by
ATR.42-300 OY-CIT (my last one), only its third and fourth visits.
PA-31 Navajo EI-JTC visited at lunch-time from Denmark to Donegal,
and Citation 560 N311DG visited again, arriving from Luton. Be35
Bonanza D-EGUW arrived from Augsburg at tea-time for a night-stop.
Nordic Tristar SE-DSB departed to Manchester late on, as AIH1323.
Sunday 7th September
The Biarritz Rugby team arrived for their match against
Newcastle-Gosforth in Regional Airlines Saab 2000 F-GMVD, which
day-stopped, from/to Biarritz as RGI1342/3. The aircraft wore full
Air France colours (or as full as AFR can ever be !) with Air France
Express titles, and was our first ever Saab 2000 !. The
'EuroBelgian'/Virgin Express flight for the same game never appeared
(bad rumour). Both British Airways 757's wore the new colours, the
afternoon flight being operated by G-BIKC while the night-stopper
was G-CPEP again. The weekend charter operation seemed to go by
without too many prblems ..... makes a change !.
Challenger N801GC arrived from Gander at lunch-time for its extended
stay, joining Gulf IV VH-NCP on the south apron !. It wears quite a
bonny scheme, with an orange/black fuselage stripe, and the 'Gulf'
logo on the fin (this is the Challenger !) .... why can't all
biz-jets have their operators so prominently marked ?.
More visiting 'biz' were Maersk 125 OY-MCL which day-stopped from/to
Copenhagen as DAN8071/2 (that operator prefix should have been
withdrawn as a mark of respect !) and Falcon 20 G-BGOP from/to
Heathrow. Falcon 10 F-GHER went back to Nancy during the afternoon.
King Air 200 F-GDCS arrived from Le Bourget during the evening and
KGC299/1052 G-SBEA AIH836/5 G-WJAN VIM717/8 LZ-MIL
Saturday 6th September
Finnair made another rare appearance, DC-9 OH-LYY positioning from
Helsinki as FIN7617, to collect those passengers for Gothenburg that
'YS' brought to us on Thursday evening. Departure to Gothenburg was
as FIN7618. The late Air Europa Las Palmas was operated by Boeing 757
EC-FTL, for the eighth week running !.
FUA102/3 EC-EXY TLA534/5 EI-TLE ABD TF-ABD MNX9604/5 G-MANO MNX831/2
G-MAJL BAW1975/4 G-BTPH KGC767/6 G-SBEB PGT443/4 TC-AFU ECA824/5
5B-DBC AEA267/8 EC-FTL
Friday 5th September
Falcon 10 F-GHER (from Nancy) and Citation 500 G-JEAN (Biggin Hill
to Glasgow) joined the Australian Gulf IV and Spanish Westwind on the
south apron during the morning. The Westwind departed to Burgos
during the afternoon as GES181, and Citation 650 D-CACM visited
again, from Munich to Paderborn.
We acquired a new resident, Cherokee Archer G-KEVB (the reg relating
to the owner's name) arriving from Bournemouth during the morning.
PA-32 G-OSCC visited from Bournemouth to Fairoaks using the callsign
'Tubby 001' ! (DJI).
OHY441/2 TC-ONN CKT601/2 G-BVYA FCL4521/0 G-BXAT FUA134/5 EC-GNC
TOP503/4 TC-IYB CIM227 OY-CIC
Thursday 4th September
The morning Brymon Bristol/Aberdeen schedules (BRY52A/B/53A/B) were
operated by Emerald HS.748 G-EMRD. Both British Airways Boeing 757
flights were operated by aircraft in the new scheme, the afternoon
by G-CPEL which has been seen up here a few times already, and the
night-stopper by G-BIKJ, and our first sight of the 'wavey' colours.
Nordic suffered a delay to their first flight of the weekend
programme, the early morning Arrecife, with SE-DSB not positioning
in from Manchester until mid-afternoon (presumably operating an
Airtours flight from there in 'slot one' of the day). It finally
departed to Arrecife 10 hours late.
Another now regular German Citation, 525 D-ITSV, visited again,
from/to Dresden. Much more interesting was the expected Gulfstream
IV VH-NCP, which arrived from Luton during the morning for an
extended stay, and which is possibly our first ever Australian
executive jet (?).
SWW3573/4 TC-INA SWW2571/2 TC-IND SWW2573/4 TC-INC TSC240/1 C-FTNL
Wednesday 3rd September
It was Leisure's turn to have a bad time of it out of Newcastle,
needing four aeroplanes to operate their two 'W's from Verona and
Salzburg. Airbus A.321 G-UKLO was as usual, one of these four,
although it positioned in from Gatwick as LEI133P and operated the
LEI5133 to Verona 3 hours late. The next aircraft to appear was
(another !) Air Atlanta Tristar TF-ABD, which arrived from
Manchester as LEI459F and operated the outbound Salzburg, to Linz
(!), 3.5 hours late. The 'inbound' sectors were operated by Monarch
Boeing 757 G-MOND which arrived as LEI5134 from Verona 6 hours late,
positioning out to Gatwick as LEI513P, and Airbus A.320 G-UKLL which
arrived as LEI3460 from Salzburg almost 7 hours late, and which
positioned out to Stansted as LEI134P.
Finnair DC-9 OH-LYS operated a late night passenger charter from
Gothenburg as FIN7615, positioning back to Helsinki as FIN7616.
Exec jets were Abelag Lear 35 OO-LFV, from/to Brussels as AAB32V,
Citation 650 D-CACM again, from Paderborn to Cologne, and Gestair
Westwind EC-GIB which arrived from Stansted for a two-night-stop
during the evening as GES183. The best however was Gulfstream III
N23ET which visited from/to Luton during the evening.
FCL2315/4 G-FCLD OHY443/4 TC-ONN
Tuesday 2nd September
Another 'new' Spanish registration appeared, EC-GNY on the morning
Gestair King Air 300 EC-FLX visited during the late morning, as
GES092/3 from/to Vitoria
VIV1004/5 EC-FHR SPP3365/6 EC-GNY OHY441/2 TC-ONP SWW1571/2 TC-INB
LEI8811 G-UKLK AMC3206/7 9H-ABF
Monday 1st September
Flying Colours Airbus A.320 G-BXAT diverted in during the evening
en-route Dalaman-Glasgow as FCL4161, with a medical emergency.
AIH846/5 C-GTDC SPP3185/6 EC-FXA