Friday 31st December
Newcastle Airport's fourth first-visit-of-type executive jet of the year
appeared just before sun-up on the last day of the year, Citation 560XL
N1324B arriving on a delivery flight from St.Johns and departing onwards to
Athens after almost an hour on the ground, the aircraft wearing its
subsequent Greek identity, SX-DCM, underneath the N-reg sticker.
Thursday 30th December
Cessna 208 F-GROI departed before the sun rose, only as far as Wick - and
that was as much as was noteworthy on the day that 'The Magnificent Eight'
Newcastle-bred spotters celebrated the G-reg Airliner Bet 'cashing-in' on
Newcastle's world-famous Quayside !.
Wednesday 29th December
Only movement of note was a Cessna 208 on delivery, F-GROI arriving from Le
Bourget at dusk and night-stopping. The aircraft wore large Air Saint-Tropez
LBT803 TS-INA BRY95A/B/96A/B G-ZAPJ
Tuesday 28th December
The first Dornier 328 'prop' of the year appeared during the afternoon, Scot
Airways' G-BYTY arriving from Luton as SAY300 with Sky Sports people for the
Sunderland/Man United game. The aircraft returned to Luton three minutes
before midnight as SAY301.
Stealth Aviation's Lear 45 N459LJ maded another short visit mid-afternoon,
arriving from Palma as LTH004 and departing to Leeds eighteen minutes later
AMC5195 9H-ADM AMC5234/5 9H-ABQ
Monday 27th December
EIN302/3 EI-CDF RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 26th December
Actually a quieter day for visitors than Christmas Day, with just two
showing, Twin Squirrel G-SCOW from Leeds to York during the early afternoon,
and Taylorcraft F-22 G-BWBI which popped down from Eshott at lunch-time for
a brief visit.
Saturday 25th December
Newcastle Airport had probably its busiest Christmas Day ever, with a total
of 26 movements during the day. Nothing of course of too much interest,
although there was quite a lot of helicopter movements, with the only
visitor being Air Harrods Twin Squirrel G-HARO which spent an hour here at
lunch-time, from Stansted to Birmingham. Three Burman Helicopters machines
made up the rest, the based Jet Ranger G-INVU flying emergency powerline
patrols after the high winds, Robinson R.22 G-OSEE departing to Cranfield
after a detachment, and another Jet Ranger G-STOX arriving from Cranfield to
presumably begin a detachment.
Friday 24th December
Both night-stopping diversions departed to Edinburgh within ten minutes of
each other during the morning, the 'jungle jet' using its registration as a
callsign. Interestingly this type of regional jet was joined by another at
breakfast-time, the first Maersk CRJ to appear here in a couple of months
arriving in the shape of G-MSKL which operated the Birmingham schedule in
place of the Gill ATR.
Very likely one of the best movements ever at Newcastle Airport pitched up
mid-afternoon, Venezuelan Dornier 228 YV-532C popping down from Prestwick to
pick up ferry tanks, and then returning to Scotland to see Christmas out
before continuing its ferry to Germany. The aircraft spent just 29 minutes
on the ground, and wore the full Linea Turistica Aereotuy (LTA)
colour-scheme, looking suspiciously like a British Airways tail design, a
large yellow sun stretching down the fin to the rear fuselage !.
Thursday 23rd December
The early morning saw the significant first-visit of a new colour-scheme,
the pretty ghastly JMC colours visiting Newcastle for the first time on
Boeing 757 G-FCLH which positioned in from Manchester to operate the
Strong crosswinds at Edinburgh produced two diversions during the late
evening, giving us one regular airliner, and one first-visitor. KLMuk Fokker
100 G-UKFJ appeared first as UKA40J from Amsterdam, while of much more
interest was the first-visit of British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBF, which
arrived from Birmingham as BAW71K, the aircraft wearing the 'Grand Union'
tail design. Both aircraft night-stopped.
Wednesday 22nd December
The visit of Tottenham Hotspur to Newcastle United for the cup replay, saw
the return of Titan Airways' 'new' BAe146 G-ZAPN. Arriving from Stansted at
lunch-time as AWC511A, the outward sector after the game had to be re-filed
to Southend as AWC511C owing to the Stansted closure. Nouvelair Tunisie's
first Airbus A.320 TS-INA made its second visit as expected on the weekly
Tuesday 21st December
The morning Air Malta flight arrived a little early, actually diverting from
Glasgow due to poor weather, the Boeing 737 later departing to Malta via
Glasgow. Another of the carrier's aeroplanes appeared during the evening,
Airbus A.320 9H-ABQ operating an extra charter from/to Malta.
The two night-stopping 'Mike-mikes' departed within fifteen minutes of each
other at dawn, Cessna 421 N442MM leaving for Reykjavik at the continuation
of its delivery flight, and the regular Hamlin Jet Citation 560 N560MM
departing to Biggin Hill.
AMC5194/5 9H-ABR AMC5234/5 9H-ABQ
Monday 20th December
The only visitors of any interest appeared after dark, Cessna 421 N442MM
arriving from Lubeck at tea-time on a westbound delivery flight, the
aircraft night-stopping, WM Aero Charter King Air 200 D-ICWM arriving from
Salzburg much later in the evening and departing to Stuttgart just before
midnight, and Comfort Air Citation 560 D-CLEO which diverted in for fuel
also during the late evening, en-route from Munich to Reykjavik, the
aircraft continuing north-westbound also just before midnight.
Sunday 19th December
Only the second Antonov An-124 to land at Newcastle did so mid-morning, the
expected aircraft for the aid flight arriving slightly later than the
original Saturday afternoon. Arriving from Maastricht as HLA706, Volga
Dnepr's RA-82078 took all the daylight hours to load up its haul of just
under 87 tonnes of 'shoe-boxes', and departed unfortunately just as darkness
took hold, en-route to Armenia via Stansted again as HLA706.
Possibly a more significant visitor however was the first appearance at
Newcastle of a British Midland Airbus, A.321 G-MIDA positioning in from
Heathrow before dawn to operate a Christmas day-trip to Kitilla (Finland),
the aircraft returning after 10pm and positioning later back to Heathrow.
Cabair-operated Piper Navajo conversion N61422 visited again, day-stopping
from/to Elstree as CBR29.
EIN302/3 EI-CDF BMA9771/8071/8072/9772 G-MIDA
Saturday 18th December
A typically quiet December Saturday, the only visitor of note being Danish
Air Transport King Air 200 OY-JRN which positioned in from Luton during the
afternoon as DTR830P, to operate out with freight to Orebro as DTR830.
Friday 17th December
Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M OM-BYO was an early morning visitor,
arriving from Bratislava at 0630 as SSG005. The aircraft was present for
four hours, and left back to Bratislava again as SSG005, with freight
mid-morning. European Aircharter One Eleven G-AVMZ departed to Stansted
during the morning, after its Gill flying of the previous day, and Airtours
International Airbus A.330 G-MLJL made just its second visit on the morning
Orlando departure, the aircraft positioning in from Cardiff - the Manchester
passengers arrived to connect with it on A.320 G-RDVE as AIH051A.
Gill Airways chartered Citation 550 G-SPUR to take a crew to Helsinki before
lunch-time, the aircraft positioning in from Stansted, and using the
callsign LNX320 for both sectors. Another Rockwell Commander 114 passed
through on delivery, N92JT arriving from Reykjavik, and departing for
Birmingham just after lunch-time, and Cumbrian Seafoods' MD.600 Explorer
N600PV made the short trip from its home at Hexham for fuel during the
afternoon, prior to a trip to Woodford.
AIH042P/051 G-MLJL GIL514P G-AVMZ
Thursday 16th December
Not much, just the British World ATP which positioned out to Southend just
four minutes into the day, after operating Gill sub-charters, and European
Aircharter One Eleven G-AVMZ which operated both the afternoon and evening
GIL514P G-OBWO GIL53NC/52CN/55NC/54CN G-AVMZ
Wednesday 15th December
The weekly Nouvelair morning Monastir flight, split with Glasgow, became an
Airbus A.320 operation as expected, the carrier's first Airbus TS-INA
first-visiting during the morning. More Gill Airways sub-charters saw
British World ATP G-OBWO operate the evening outbound and return again,
while European Aircharter One Eleven G-AVMZ positioned in during the
evening, in preparation for some Paris flying the following day.
Citation 525 D-ISGW spent much of the day on the Samson ramp, from/to
Munster, and Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Goose Bay after lunch.
LBT803 TS-INA GIL55NC/54CN G-OBWO GIL513P G-AVMZ
Tuesday 14th December
Falcon 50 N96UT arrived again during the early hours, from Gander for a
night-stop, and a day-stopping Citation was North Flying's C550 OY-CYV,
which came from/to Billund.
Gil sub-ed again for the evening Paris rotation, using British World ATP
G-OBWO, which positioned in from Southend at tea-time.
AMC5195 9H-ABR GIL514P/55NC/54CN G-OBWO
Monday 13th December
Braathens used a Boeing 737-700 during the week for the first time, LN-TUC
operating the morning flight, and Gill Airways sub-chartered the Air Jet
BAe146 F-GOMA for an 'in reverse' late evening Paris rotation, an aircraft
that had visited previously on a Newcastle United charter on the 2nd and 4th
Cessna 210 N210MN departed to Weston mid-morning.
BRA561/574 LN-TUC RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ GIL54CN/55NC F-GOMA
Sunday 12th December
Two N- light aircraft provided much of the day's muted interest, Cessna 210
N210MN arriving from Wick on a ferry flight and night-stopping, and Baron
N800VP making a brief tea-time visit on a training flight from/to Biggin
Aer Lingus produced another Boeing 737 on the morning Dublin rotation as
planned in the run up to Christmas, -500 EI-CDG actually making its first
visit here since 1993.
Saturday 11th December
A typically quiet winter's Saturday, with the only movement of note being
yet another visit from the Airtours Airbus A.321 G-VOLH, which brought the
Orlando passengers from Manchester, the delayed A.330 having presumably
operated direct to Manchester in an attempt to reduce reactionary delays.
The aircraft positioned out to Cardiff mid-afternoon, the second time it had
done this in three days !.
Friday 10th December
The victorious Roma team depated mid-morning on another, obviously
first-visiting, Alitalia MD.82, I-DANP departing to Bologna, having
positioned in earlier as Milan-Linate.
Another Chauffair exec visited during the afternoon, Citation 560 G-CZAR
being from/to Farnborough as CFR844.
Thursday 9th December
Another interesting day for visiting corporate jets, the first arriving
within an hour of midnight, Senator Aviation's Learjet 35 D-CFCF appearing
on an ambulance flight from Cologne as SNA304, departing to Leipzig an hour
later. Further foreign biz included two Citation I's, Citation 500 I-FARN
visited during the afternoon, from/to Milan-Linate, obviously something to
do with the game, the aircraft having visited Newcastle previously on the
20th September 1995, and the first-visiting Lamda Jet Citation 500 OO-DCM
which visited from/to Brussels during the late evening, using the Abelag
NetJets Europe Hawker 800 N816QS departed to Gatwick during the afternoon,
and Champagne Airlines King Air 90 F-GIML visited late at night, from Metz
to Le Bourget as CPH030.
Airtours A.321 G-VOLH departed to Cardiff during the morning.
Wednesday 8th December
A pretty interesting day with some rare airliner visitors, and two
first-visiting executive jets, one of which was a new type. The first passed
through on a fuel-stop early in the morning, Lorien Aviation's Gulfstream II
N400M making it in from Iqaluit and out to Schonefeld before 0600. This was
followed an hour later by Aero Services Executive's Falcon 20 F-GYSL, which
had only first-visited two months previously, from Le Bourget as BES231,
departing to East Midlands at lunch-time, and the second first-timer of the
day, NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP N816QS, actually our very first Hawker
800XP, which arrived from Linkoping during the evening for a night-stop.
A/S Roma arrived at tea-time in the first Alitalia MD.80 to land at
Newcastle, I-DATQ operating from/to Rome-Fiumicino, and Airtours
International's Airbus A.321 G-VOLH made just its second landing at the
airport, positioning in from Manchester during the morning, and operating
the based aircraft's Fuerteventura rotation, subsequently making its third
landing here during the evening, before night-stopping !.
AIH861P/1861/1862 G-VOLH LBT803 EI-CNO AZA8206/7 I-DATQ
Tuesday 7th December
Another sub-charter produced another first-visiting British airliner,
Titan's latest BAe146 G-ZAPN operating the morning Brymon Airways
Bristol/Aberdeen schedules, the aircraft wearing a basic Ansett-New Zealand
colour-scheme, and the Lufthansa schedule produced another first-visiting
Dash Eight, D-BACH operating today's flight. British World ATP G-OBWO
operated the evening Gill Paris schedule again, and then positioned out to
Southampton late in the evening.
King Air 200 F-GDJS departed to Luton during the morning as AON31 again, and
an afternoon visitor was Chauffair's 125 G-NCFR, from Chester to Northolt as
BRY052/510/53A/B G-ZAPN DLH2768/2777 D-BACH AMC5195 9H-ABR GIL55NC/54CN/105P
Monday 6th December
A Gill Airways Fokker 100 on maintenance produced a sub-charter for the
evening Paris-CDG rotation, last month's first-visiting British World ATP
G-OBWO positioning in from Southend, operating to/from CDG and then
More freight arrived on Flugdienst Fehlhaber Cessna 406 D-INUS, from/to
Cologne during the evening as FFG491/2.
BRY052/510/53A/53B G-BUPS RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ GIL105P/55NC/54CN G-OBWO
Sunday 5th December
By an amazing co-incidence the early morning saw another Antonov arrival,
the un-connected Czech Air Force An-26 7109 arriving from Kbely as CEF410,
and departing to Brussels after just over an hour and a half on the ground.
CitationJet D-IBMS returned to Coburg at lunch-time, and Baron N55BN
departed to Cranfield during the afternoon. Locally-based MD.600 Explorer
N600PV visited from/to its home at Hexham during the morning, Piper Navajo
N97RJ visited during the day, from Earls Colne to Southend, and Aero
Enterprise King Air 200 F-GDJS arrived from Brize Norton during the evening
as AON31, for a night-stop.
Saturday 4th December
Another freight charter during the early hours produced a real gem, Antonov
26 LZ-NHA of Air Nove, arriving from Barcelona twenty-six minutes into the
day, operated by Farmer (Farner ?) Air according to the flight plan, and
using the callsign FRN675. The aircraft departed to Basle mid-afternoon as
Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Gander during the morning, and King Air 200
F-GGPR departed back to Le Bourget during the afternoon as BES230. Baron
N55BN arrived from Cranfield at lunch-time for a night-stop.
Manx Airlines operated another shopping charter from the Isle-of-Man, using
BAe146-200 G-MANS, actually quite a rare machine at Newcastle, having
visited only once before as such, on a shopping charter on the 18th November
1995. It of course visited quite frequently in its previous guise of G-CHSR
with Air UK.
Friday 3rd December
Highlight of the day was another new German 'CJ', D-IBMS arriving from
Coburg at tea-time for two nights here. Seneca OO-VWK returned to Wevelgem
during the afternoon, and another Aero Service Exec movement saw Falcon 10
F-GFMD spend thirty minutes on the south apron during the evening, from/to
City-Flyer's latest ATR.72 acquisition appeared for the first time on the
Gatwick schedule, the second ex-British World machine to join the carrier,
G-BYTO the ex G-OILA, operating the tea-time rotation. The machine of course
wears the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme, and had visited Newcastle in British
World service on a number of occasions.
Thursday 2nd December
The Lufthansa Hamburg schedule produced another of the Augsburg fleet for
the first time on the service, D-BMUC was not a first-visitor however,
having visited on its delivery flight to the carrier, wearing the colours of
its previous operator Air Creebec, on the 17th March 1996.
The early hours had seen two Spanish-registered Metroliners visit on freight
flights, Euro Continental's EC-GPS appearing first from Nantes as ECN601,
departing a little later to Barcelona as ECN602, and Tadair's EC-GKR, which
had been seen here before, which arrived three minutes before EC-GPS
departed, from Barcelona as TDC501, the aircraft departing to Hahn after
just thirty minutes on the ground. Daytime produced more foreign GA than of
late; Piper Seneca OO-VWK arrived from Wevelgem during the morning for a
night-stop, Magna Air International's Citation 560 OE-GMI spent the
afternoon here, from Coventry to Frankfurt as MGR241, Partenavia P.68 N69HA
passed through at dusk, from Maastricht to Wick, and Aero Services
Executive's King Air 200 F-GGPR arrived from Le Bourget during the evening
as BES230 for a two-night stay.
Wednesday 1st December
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT arrived for another extended visit,
landing direct from Gander during the early morning. Rockwell Commander 114
N247DM departed to Reykjavik later in the morning, after its night-stop.
Tuesday 30th November
A bit of a bonus on a cold, windy, quiet winter's day, was the first-visiting Jersey European Canadair RJ G-JECA which came down from Glasgow on a crew training flight, for an approach, landing, crew change and departure. Wearing full Air France colours of course, the aircraft spent just 17 minutes on the ground at lunch-time, arriving as JEA120T, and returning to Glasgow as JEA220T.
Airlink King Air OE-FME returned to Vienna during the afternoon as JAR09, and another delivery flight produced the Rockwell Commander 114 N247DM, which arrived from Bremen during the afternoon, in winds gusting to 57knots !.
Monday 29th November
Another first-visiting Augsburg Airways Dash Eight appeared on the mid-day
Lufthansa Hamburg schedule, and Airbus Industrie operated another training
flight from/to Toulouse, using the same Star Airlines A.320 again, F-GRSD
visiting as AIB293/4.
Airlink King Air OE-FME visited again, arriving from Vienna during the
morning as JAR09 for a night-stop.
DLH2768/2777 D-BHAT RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 28th November
Aer Lingus used another jet for the morning Dublin schedule, the fifth to
appear at Newcastle this month, and the first of an expected planned number
before Christmas, Boeing 737-500 EI-CDC operating the morning EIN302/3.
EIN302/3 EI-CDC AWC938A/B G-ZAPJ SAB677 OO-DWL
Saturday 27th November
Not much, just another delivery, King Air 90 N652L passing through during
the afternoon, from Genova to Reykjavik.
AIH052 G-MDBD MNX981/2 G-MIMA ECA888/9 5B-DBD
Friday 26th November
Gill Airways' ATR.72 G-UKTJ operated its first passenger service from
Newcastle since delivery to the carrier at the beginning of the month, the
evening Stansted rotation GIL29NS/30SN.
TLA485/485P EI-TLP MON9621/621P G-MONB AIH051 G-MDBD BRY95A/95B/96A/96B
Thursday 25th November
Not too much of interest, however no less than four 125's were present at
times during the day, including Surewings' N125XX which day-stopped from/to
Luton, Interflight's G-IFTC which departed to Gatwick as IFT24D at
lunch-time after its night-stop, and a pair of Aravco-owned machines, G-BTAB
and G-TCDI which arrived within two minutes of each other from Le Bourget at
tea-time, for a two night stay.
Gill Airways ATR.72 G-UKTJ returned to Newcastle after a few weeks away in
Belfast, arriving from Aldergrove as GIL032P during the early hours.
EIN302/3 EI-BXD CFE54YE/29CT G-AVMM
Wednesday 24th November
Another Augsburg Airways Dash Eight first-visited, D-BHAS making its first
appearance here on the lunch-time Lufthansa Hamburg schedule. TransAer
Airbus A.320 EI-TLP operated a football supporters charter to Rome-Ciampino
at lunch-time, the aircraft interestingly having positioned in from Luton
using the EasyJet callsign EZY002P.
Agusta 109 N109UK departed to Elstree at sunrise, and a couple of foreign GA
visitors pitched up a little later, King Air 90 F-GJSD of Weekend Aviation
from/to Le Bourget, and Piper Seneca OY-SMP which passed through at
lunch-time from Dublin to Billund. Providing much needed relief from
Citation 560 N560MM, which incidentally had also been present overnight, was
Hamlin Jet's Citation 550 N345JR, which arrived from Edinburgh during the
late afternoon not departing back to Luton until late in the evening.
RPX162/1 G-JEAE LBT803 F-GHEC EZY002P/TLA484 EI-TLP DLH2768/2777 D-BHAS
Tuesday 23rd November
BAC Express took over the evening Newcastle-Stansted mail flight, in order
to provide extra capacity, in the run-up to Christmas, the first departure
being operated by F-27 G-JEAE as RPX161, which arrived from Exeter during
the evening as RPX161P. The aircraft is all-white with BAC Express titles on
the nose. Newcastle United departed to Rome in Monarch Airlines Boeing 757
G-MONC during the early afternoon, the aircraft having positioned in earlier
Slingsby T-67 PH-SGI departed to Carlisle at lunch-time, presumably for
painting and UK registry, the aircraft being expected to subsequently return
for basing, and a very pretty helicopter visitor was Agusta 109 N109UK,
which arrived from Washington (County Durham !) at lunch-time and
night-stopped, wearing an all black colour-scheme with flashes of colour.
AMC5195 9H-ABR MON620P/9620 G-MONC RPX161P/161 G-JEAE
Monday 22nd November
A much quieter day, the only movement of interest being another local flight
by the KLM-schemed Slingsby T.67C PH-SGI, of almost an hours duration at
Sunday 21st November
Sun Air J41 OY-SVW departed to Copenhagen during the morning as SUS1097, and
leaving four minutes later was Mooney M.20 N800AG, departing to Egilsstadir
SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWK made just its second visit on the last Brussels
BRA561/4 LN-TUE SAB677 OO-DWK
Saturday 20th November
Sun Air Jetstream 41 OY-SVW arrived from Berlin-Schonefeld during the early
hours as SUS1097, the aircraft due to remain here until Sunday morning,
presumably something to do with 'The Tube' TV show, which may have been the
reason for other recent 'GA' visitors.
Manx Airlines operated their usual pre-Christmas shopping charter from the
Isle-of-Man, BAe146 G-MIMA appearing again, day-stopping as MNX981/2.
Keenair Bandeirante G-FLTY visited twice, as JFK700P/701 from Liverpool to
Connaught during the morning, and as JFK702/3 in reverse at lunch-time.
Two deliveries arrived during the day, Piper Cheyenne N855GA at lunch-time
from Toussus-le-Noble continuing onwards to Reykjavik, and Mooney M.20
N800AG, which arrived from Karlovy Vary during the early evening and
Another Aer Lingus substitution produced another first-visiting aeroplane,
BAe146-300 EI-CTM operating the evening Dublin rotation.
AIH052 G-MDBD ECA888/9 5B-DBC EIN30C/30W EI-CTM
Friday 19th November
The last few day's distinctive Dutch flavour continued with another rare
exec jet visitor, Falcon 20 PH-BPS operatng under Martinair callsigns as
MPH4897/8, spending a few hours on the south apron from/to Amsterdam at
lunch-time. Martinair's Citation 650 PH-MFX had departed earlier in the
morning after its night-stop, to Budapest on a 'state' flight, and another
Dutch-registered aircraft of a slightly different dimension, the prospective
new resident Slingsby T-67 PH-SGI, looking very attractive in KLM colours,
flew a thirty minute local flight during the afternoon.
The previous night's first-visiting CitationJet, HB-VKB, departed late
morning to Paris-CDG as EXZ525, and New Air F-27 OY-EBC visited again just
after lunch-time, from Eindhoven to Gardermoen as NAW9243/2123.
Another Aer Lingus Boeing 737-400 first-visited, EI-BXD operating the
morning Dublin rotation.
EIN302/3 EI-BXD AIH042P/051 G-MDBD DLH2768/2777 D-BACH
Thursday 18th November
A good day for foreign executive jets, with two first-visitors; the
International Paper Co. Falcon 900 N881P came first, from Niort in the
morning, departing direct to Albany, NY during the afternoon, and was
followed by Executive Air Transport's CitationJet HB-VKB, which arrived from
Geneva during the evening as EXZ526 and night-stopped. Other visitors
included Heerema Citation S550 PH-RMA twice, from Rotterdam to Inverness
mid-morning, and again in reverse at tea-time, Martinair's Citation 650
PH-MFX from Milan during the evening as MPH4897 for a night-stop, and a
first-visiting British machine, Gold Air's 125-800 G-OLDD during the evening
from Dublin to Biggin Hill as GDA26B/C.
New Air F-27 OY-EBC departed to Budapest early morning as NAW9743, and
another nice 'Fokker' was the first Netherlands Air Force Fokker 50 to
visit, U-06 arriving from Edinburgh at lunch-time as NAF51, and departing to
DLH2768/2777 D-BACH CFE21HC/24JK G-OBWO
Wednesday 17th November
Another new Dash Eight appeared on the Lufthansa schedule, D-BACH operating
today's flight. SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWL made its second landing here on the
last Brussels arrival.
King Air 200 D-IHUT day-stopped from/to Cologne, and New Air F-27 OY-EBC
arrived from Gardermoen during the evening as NAW1123 for a night-stop.
LBT803 F-GHEC DLH2768/2777 D-BACH SAB677 OO-DWL
Tuesday 16th November
City-Flyer sub-chartered again for their mid-evening Gatwick rotation, the
flight today being operated by the first-visiting British World Airlines ATP
Falcon 100 SE-DVP departed to Limoges during the early morning, and an
interesting arrival during the afternoon was Slingsby T-67 PH-SGI in full
KLM colours from Norwich, which disappeared almost immediately into a
hangar, and is either on demonstration to a local owner, or a possible new
AMC5195 9H-ABT CFE21HC/24JK G-OBWO
Monday 15th November
Falcon 100 SE-DVP of Andersson Business Jets made two visits during the day,
from Bromma to Brussels during the late morning/lunch-time, and an arrival
from Brussels late afternoon, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
DLH2768/2777 D-BHAM RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ CFE21HC/24JK G-ZAPJ
Sunday 14th November
The second consecutive SABENA RJ.100 landing produced another new aeroplane,
OO-DWL following Friday night's OO-DWK, first-visiting on the late evening
SAB677 night-stopping arrival.
BRA561/4 LN-TUA SAB677 OO-DWL
Saturday 13th November
Last weekend's first-visiting Airtours A.330 G-MDBD operated the reurn leg
of the Orlando charter, after having swopped with yesterday's first-timer,
G-MLJL in Florida.
SAB43M OO-DWK AIH052 G-MDBD ECA888/9 5B-DBC
Friday 12th November
The second week of Airtours Airbus A.330's on the Orlando charter saw the
second first-visitor from the current fleet of two aircraft, G-MLJL being
the aircraft in question, while another first-visiting airliner arrived on
the late SABENA Brussels arrival, BAe146-RJ100 OO-DWK. British Airways
Boeing 757 G-BIKW was another night-stopper, having arrived on the BAW12T,
it first-visit to Newcastle since re-paint from the Ndebele colour-scheme
into this year's 'Pause to Remember', poppy-tail.
Falcon 50 C-FKCI departed to Glasgow mid-morning.
AIH051 G-MLJL DLH2768/2777 D-BHAM CFE21HC/24JK G-ZAPJ SAB677 OO-DWK
Thursday 11th November
The new Lufthansa Hamburg service which had been cancelled on the first
three days of its second week of operation, resumed at lunch-time with a
different Dash Eight D-BHAM appearing - not a first-visitor though as it
visited Newcastle as OE-LEC of Tyrolean, while leased to SABENA on 20th
Tyrolean Air Ambulance Citation 560 OE-GAA operated an ambulance flight
inbound from Palma during the afternoon, the aircraft later departing to
Innsbruck, and Falcon 50 C-FKCI of Irving Oil arrived from Luton during the
early evening for a night-stop, another aeroplane that last visited
Newcastle during 1996.
DLH2768/2777 D-BHAM CFE21HC/24JK G-ZAPJ
Wednesday 10th November
Only movement of note was the return of Bonanza N6096E which passed through
at lunch-time again, from Aberdeen to Texel.
Tuesday 9th November
Citation 750 G-HERS returned for another spell of training, spending most of
the afternoon here from Leeds, and making five full-stop landings in the
Citation 525 D-ILAT spent the morning on the south apron, from
Friedrichshafen to Kerry, and Cessna 406 D-ISHY made another two visits,
both from/to Cologne again, during the morning and evening. Falcon 50 N96UT
departed to Gander 'first thing' after four nights here, and other departing
night-stoppers were Piper Saratoga N2923N, which departed to Kemble during
the afternoon, and Airlink King AIr OE-FME which also left during the
afternoon, to Paderborn. Interesting light aircraft visitor was V-tailed
Bonanza N6096E which passed through at lunch-time, not a delivery flight
though, from Texel to Wick.
Monday 8th November
The executive jet type we'd all been waiting for up here, at least I had,
finally appeared for the first time during the afternoon, the amazing shape
of the Citation X, courtesy of Red Aviation's G-HERS, making the trip from
Leeds for a few training sorties, with an almost two hour stay on the south
apron in between. It's interesting to note that although this aircraft is of
such exotic design (a number of phone calls were received in ATC asking just
what it was), it is actually one of the closest based exec jets to Newcastle
Aliparma Beechjet I-OTTY returned to Parma during the afternoon as PAJ333
again, after spending two nights here, Flugdienst Fehlhaber Cessna 406
D-ISHY operated a cargo flight from/to Cologne at tea-time as FFG471/2, and
Airlink King Air 350 OE-FME arrived from Salzburg during the evening as
JAR09 for a night-stop.
Sunday 7th November
Sunday proved to be 'delivery day' again, with Piper Seneca OY-JAU
continuing on to Odense during the morning, and Mooney M.20 N91595 routing
through from Toussus-le-Noble to Reykjavik over lunch-time. Another US
single was Piper Saratoga N2923N which arrived from Redhill at tea-time for
Skyservice Learjet 35 C-GTDE made another visit during the early evening,
arriving from Villafranca on an ambulance flight and continuing onwards an
hour later to Keflavik.
Aer Lingus used Boeing 737-500 EI-CDB for the morning Dublin rotation, and
the evening Braathens flight was also operated by a 737-500.
EIN302/3 EI-CDB BRA561/4 LN-TUD
Saturday 6th November
Probably the most interesting exec jet visitor of the week appeared during
the afternoon, Aliparma's Beech 400 I-OTTY arriving from Parma for a double
night-stop. Three of the 'heavies' departed during the day, Gulfstream II
N52NW to Liverpool early afternoon, with Falcon 50 VP-BCZ and Gulfstream IV
N80AT both departing to Luton at tea-time.
Piper Seneca OY-JAU arrived direct from St.John's, Newfoundland during the
afternoon, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping, while another making a
somewhat quicker Trans-Atlantic crossing was the returning Airbus A.330
G-MDBD which arrived back at lunch-time, keeping up the previous record of
each A.330 visitor to Newcastle by making two consecutive landings (EI-DUB
and C-FBUS being the previous two).
AIH052 G-MDBD ECA810/1 5B-DBB
Friday 5th November
Gulf IV N80AT and Falcon 50 VP-BCZ were joined on the south apron during the
morning by another 'big Falcon', Mid American Energy's Falcon 50 N96UT
arriving from Gander for another extended stay. These three were joined by
yet more 'big biz' during the afternoon and evening, the afternoon seeing
Multiflight Falcon 900 G-MLTI operate a crew training sortie from Leeds,
spending a little while on the north apron stands, while Gulfstream II N52NW
arrived from Stansted during the evening for a night-stop, the aircraft also
parking on the terminal side.
The first Airtours Orlando charter of the winter produced a new type on the
route, one though that is bound to become regular in future seasons, Airbus
A.330 G-MDBD operating the first Manchester-Newcastle-Bangor-Sanford flight
a few hours late, the aircraft not arriving at Newcastle until
mid-afternoon. Only the third different A.330 to have landed at Newcastle,
the aircraft becomes our first A.330-200.
Edelweiss Airbus A.320 HB-IHX returned to Zurich after breakfast, and
another departing night-stopper was Euro Continental Metro III EC-GPS, which
departed to Barcelona in the early hours as ECN505.
Aero Commander 114 N926GW departed to Guernsey on what may well have been
the last sector of its delivery flight late morning, and another
Multiflight-operated aircraft, Eurocopter EC.135 G-BXXV visited from Leeds
for demonstration to a local operator.
EDW954 HB-IHX DLH2768/2777 D-BPAD AIH051 G-MDBD
Thursday 4th November
Another day, another first-visiting Edelweiss Airbus A.320 !. HB-IHX was
today's aeroplane which arrived from Zurich as EDW943 mid-morning, and which
stayed until after the game. There was plenty of others of interest though,
as a pretty interesting week up here drew to a close. Another A.320 of
interest had visited a couple of hours prior to the Swiss machine, Star
Airlines' F-GRSD flying a training flight, actually operated by Airbus
Industrie, from/to Toulouse, using the Airbus callsigns AIB401/2. With all
the exotic A.320's presumably lieing around at Toulouse at the moment, it
was a shame that the training flight involved an aircraft that had visited
Newcastle previously, co-incidentally as part of the Barcelona 'airlift' for
a Newcastle United Champions League match on November 25th 1997.
There was plenty of other interesting visitors including a new Beech 1900D
from Occitania Jet, F-HBCA day-stopping from/to Le Bourget as OJF449, and
Euro Continental Metroliner EC-GPS which actually diverted in from Glasgow
during the afternoon, as ECN502 on a hospital flight from Barcelona, and
The Sioux Corporation's Falcon 50 VP-BCZ, which had arrived on Tuesday, took
a trip to Luton during the afternoon, returning at tea-time for another
night-stop, and the second Portuguese Citation 650 of the week also appeared
during the afternoon, Air Luxor's CS-DNF arriving from Le Bourget and
departing to Northolt after two hours on the ground.
Finally, quite possibly hidden amongst the heavy metal 'biz' still present
on the south-side, and a pair of Belgian Army Agusta 109's, was Aero
Commander 114 N926GW, which arrived from Reykjavik during the afternoon for
Wednesday 3rd November
Highlight of the day was certainly the anticipated Edelweiss Airbus A.320
delivering the FC Zurich football team for the second leg against Newcastle
United, the first-visiting HB-IHY arriving from Zurich mid-morning as EDW935
and positioning out to Las Palmas as EDW431F.
On the ground at the same time was King Air 350 N2317N which routed through
on a ferry flight to Reykjavik, having arrived from Augsburg, which leads
nicely onto the Lufthansa Hamburg service, which, as I suspected, continued
to produce the same Dash Eight.
LBT803 F-GHEC DLH2768/2777 D-BPAD
Tuesday 2nd November
Early November always produces exec jet visitors in connection with game
shooting on the moors, and the late afternoon saw three arrive; first came a
very regular Gulfstream IV, N80AT which has appeared now during early
November for every year since 1991 (and before that the G.III N80AT was an
'every year' November visitor), arriving from Exeter for an extended stay.
Two first-timers did appear later though, Air Luxor/NetJet Europe Citation
650 CS-DNE arriving just seven minutes later, from Geneva, the aircraft
departing shortly after to Zurich, while another first-visitor, the Sioux
Corporation's Falcon 50 VP-BCZ arrived from Luton thirty minutes later for
The new Lufthansa Hamburg service was again operated by Dash Eight D-BPAD,
while the second morning of Gill Airways operating for Maersk(UK) on the
Birmingham schedule saw the first full rotation being operated by Titan
Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS.
MSK390/1 G-BUPS AMC5195 9H-ABR DLH2768/2777 D-BPAD
Monday 1st November
The first weekday of the winter schedule saw the beginning of another
European scheduled service route from Newcastle, a daily Lufthansa Hamburg
service. Operated by Augsburg Airways Dash 8's, the first flight touched
down just after mid-day, and was flown by first-visiting Dash 8-300 D-BPAD.
Another regular series of flights begins then, operated by aircraft that are
pretty rare elsewhere in the UK - let's hope this venture is more successful
than previous, 'rare' visitors to the UK we've seen at Newcastle in recent
years (SAS Fokker 50's, Cimber ATR's etc.).
DLH2768/2777 D-BPAD RZO9400/1 CS-TGR
Sunday 31st October
The first of two ex KLMuk ATR.72's for Gill Airways arrived at Newcastle on
delivery to our based airline during the morning, G-UKTJ arriving from
Stansted as GIL072P, wearing basic KLM colours with no titles, and a white
tail fin. The aircraft had visited Newcastle only twice before, on KLMuk
flights on the 6th July 1999.
The Sunderland/Tottenham football match produced a couple of visitors, Titan
Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ from/to Stansted as AWC937A/B, and the now monthly
visit from the once rare Citation 550 G-SPUR, which was also from/to
Stansted as LNX100.
Mooney M.20 N1143A departed for Inverness during the morning after its
night-stop, and King Air 90 N790A spent just over an hour on the south apron
during the evening, from/to Toussus-le-Noble.
BRA561/4 LN-TUF FCL811/0 G-FCLJ AIH900/899 G-MCEA BRA575/8 LN-TUB
Saturday 30th October
The only visitor on a pretty bad weather day, was Mooney M.20 N1143A which
actually diverted in due en-route weather during the afternoon, arriving
from Monchengladbach and night-stopping.
IWD3437/8 EC-HCR JKK3341/2 EC-GCV CUS4602/462P SX-BGI RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ
CUS4604/464P SX-BGI ECA810/1 5B-DBC AEA184/5 EC-GUO
Friday 29th October
Gill Airways used European BAC One Eleven G-AXLL for a couple of
afternoon/evening Belfast rotations.
MD.600 Explorer N600PV visited the airport during the morning, from/to
Hexham, presumably on demonstration to the owners of Hexham-based Enstrom
480 G-PPAH, and Stealth Aviation Learjet 45 made another very brief visit
during the afternoon, from Palma to Leeds as LTH004/5.
FUA160/1 EC-HCP GIL485/488/493/494 G-AXLL SCY752/3 G-SWJW CUS4600/461P
SX-BBU FUA102/3 EC-HBZ
Thursday 28th October
Another quiet day; Cessna 421 N2657N passed through during the morning, from
Fairoaks to Reykjavik.
OHY443/4 TC-ONN FUA132/3 EC-HCP AMC083 9H-ABF
Wednesday 27th October
Tuesday 26th October
None of the excitement of the previous day; Danish Air Transport ATR.42
OY-JRJ departed to Amsterdam mid-morning, and Air Reconnaissance Aztec
N250MC dropped in again whilst on a survey flight in the local area, from/to
JKK3185/6 EC-GCV DTR3253 OY-JRJ SAB671/91E OO-DWJ AMC5180/1 9H-ABS
Monday 25th October
Quite a day with three extremely interesting airliner visitors; first came
the only one of the three to have visited us before, Lauda Air Boeing
737-400 OE-LNI being used by Gill Airways to cover for a Fokker 100 which
had encountered weather delays. The aircraft, which had last visited
Newcastle on a Futura 'sub' on 20th May 1997, operated inbound from Paris
during the morning as AFR5100, and positioned out to Vienna as AFR5100P.
The first-visitors came in the afternoon and the late evening, the first
being the possibly garish, but very attractive, Danish Air Transport ATR.42
OY-JRJ, which arrived from Edinburgh for a night-stop on the south apron.
Four minutes to nine in the evening saw the real stunner though, Maersk's
brand new Boeing 737-700 OY-MRG operating a charter flight from Bergen, and
positioning straight back out to Copenhagen after under thirty minutes on
the ground. The machine, actually our third Maersk NG to appear here this
year, had only been delivered six days previously - I saw it only 23 days
ago, and it was still five days away from being painted then !.
AFR5100 OE-LNI AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ DTR3252 OY-JRJ OHY441/2
TC-ONN DAN1625/9626 OY-MRG
Sunday 24th October
Panther conversion Piper Navajo N61422 made another appearance, day-stopping
from/to Elstree as CBR29, while of possibly more interest was the
first-visit during the very late evening of Leeds-based Citation 500 VP-CMO.
Operated by the Tunstall Group the aircraft routed
Edinburgh-Newcastle-Leeds, spending just eighteen minutes on the ground.
British Airways Boeing 757 G-BMRB first-visited since its re-paint into the
'Union Flag' design, on the night-stopping BAW12T, over two months since it
BRA561/4 LN-TUG FCL811/0 G-FCLB AIH900/899 G-JALC BRA575/8 LN-TUD
Saturday 23rd October
A very quiet day, with the only notable movement being the return to Munich
of Sun Air ATP OY-SVU during the afternoon.
IWD3437/8 EC-GUR CUS4602/3 SX-BGI JKK3341/2 EC-GOM RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1
5B-DBD CUS4604/5 SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-FXP
Friday 22nd October
The last Sun Air ATP to visit, OY-SVU which had first-visited on the last of
the series of flights on July 18th, made its return during the late morning,
operating a passenger charter from Munich and night-stopping.
Stealth Aviation Lear 45 N459LJ made another short visit, from Leeds to
Jersey at tea-time as LTH006, and Bristows Super Puma G-BWWI made its first
visit over lunch-time, arriving from Aberdeen and operating out to a North
Sea oil rig as BHL78X.
FUA160/1 EC-GRX SUS1083 OY-SVU AMM995D/F G-OOAI SCY752/3 G-SWJW SAB677
OO-DWJ FUA102/3 EC-HBT CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 21st October
Now that North Flying's regular Metroliner 'detachments' have come to an
end, it was good to see one of the carrier's aircraft here again, Piper
Navajo OY-FRE day-stopping from/to Aalborg as NFA214. Another foreign GA
visitor was Mooney M.20 N281FH, a delivery flight during the afternoon, from
Reykjavik to Bremen.
OHY443/4 TC-ONN FUA132/3 EC-GNZ AMC083 9H-ABE
I'm back .... !
Wed Oct 20th
CH-09 finally left today but not before sister-ship CH-11 'BAF632' called
in. Irish Be200 240 'IRL240' made an approach to round of the 'foreign'
SE-DVY departed in the afternoon to Oslo 'INR505' with HS125 G-WBPR taking
its parking place up for a night stop. Calibration time, which means a
from Be200 G-FPLB 'CALIBRATOR' for numerous approaches. Fisheries patrol
F406 G-MAFA 'WDG 71' was back again for a night stop. And to round things
off, BE55 G-BXDF and C303 G-EDRY were also visitors on this blustery day
(cue Winnie the Pooh!)
BRA561/BUD BRA575/BRO EIN302/FKE EIN30C/FKF GIL1..C/P
Tue Oct 19th
As promised earlier, in came the BAF. BN2 -B10 'OTALJ' kicked things off,
then C-130 CH-09 'BAF607' who went tech and necessitated a visit of HS748
CS-03 'BAF691' with spares. Another biz, C650 SE-DVY 'INR545' arrived for
night stop from Gothenburg and of course the day wouldn't be complete
without N560MM. N520AW continued on to Groningen.
Today's sub-charter goes to Airtours who used Sabre's 'bomber' G-BNNI
'AIH884' from Alicante.
AMC/9HABS BRA561/BRD BRA575/BUC EIN302/FKD EIN30C/FKC GIL1..C/P
Mon Oct 18th
On the GA front, a few biz showed their faces. Best (I missed it) was C525
EC-HBC 'GES242' from/to Barcelona at lunch-time. North Flying used C500
OY-CEV 'NFA041' on a charter to Trollhattan-Vanersborg but the 1st visitor
of the day was a night stopper, when Falcon20 N520AW arrived from Luton.
Moving on to the lighter side, royal helicopter S76 G-XXEA put in a few
visits for fuel as did AS355 G-BRVO. To rounds things off we also had
C182 and C152 G-BDRD.
More GIL sub-charting this time on the Dusseldorf with ATR42 G-ZAPJ doing
AIH/CFTDA BRA561/BRU BRA575/BUD EIN302/FKD EIN30C/FKF GIL101C/O
GIL1..C/P JKK3185/ECGBA OHY/TCONM RZO/CSTGQ
Sun Oct 17th
Main story of the day was the Malaysian GP - the Ferraris must be
Back to the 'planes. C402 G-NOSE'AAG402' popped in from Inverness to
Coventry and was the 1st visitor of the day and apart from Maule G-BTXT
were the only GA visitors. Another GIL sub charter on the Stansted saw
G-ZAPJ make an appearance, while BAF Merlin CF-04 'BAF649' arrived for a
night stop. In fact the BAF were to make several visits over the next few
BRA561/LNTUC BRA575/LNTUA ECA/5BDBB EIN302/FKF EIN30C/FKE
Sat Oct 16th
D-BOBU went home to Hanover at tea-time as mentioned previously. The Belgians were back again with BN2 B-10 'OTALJ' from/to Liege. Last weekend's Be200 was back, F-GGPR 'BES955' operating from/to Paris Le Bourget. And with Be76 G-OADY was about the size of it!
AEA/ECFXQ CUS/SXBBU ECA/5BDBC EIN302/EIFKC EIN30C/EIFKD JKK/ECFZC IWD/ECGLT RZO/CSTGP
Fri Oct 15th
Kicking off with the military, nice to see a Belgian AF 748, CS-03 'BAF639' made a brief stop to/from Melsbroek, while night stopping Islander B-08 continued on to Liege. Temporary resident R22 G-ROGG departed home to Cranfield. A shortage of aircraft (is that right Greg?) necessitated Gill sub-chartering 1-11 G-AVMP to operate the lunch-time Dusseldorf service and another 1-11 was subchartered for the Stavanger charter 'GIL311'. Final charter for the day was 1st visiting (?) DHC-8 D-BOBU 'RUS2015' operating from Hanover and night stopping. On to the GA traffic now, biz jets. A hospital flight from/to Cologne (or Koln) brought us LR35 D-CFTG 'QAJ677'. And finally a rather smart Challenger HB-IVT spent a few hours on the ground during the morning before moving on to Farnborough.
BRA561/BRJ BRA575/BRJ CUS/SXBBU EIN302/FKD EIN30C/FKD FUA102/ECHBZ FUA160/ECGNZ SCY/GSWJW
Thu Oct 14th
A rather sad day here with the loss of a 15Sdn Tornado GR1B and its crew
just 8NM NW of the airfield. This resulted in Prestwick based Sea-King ZG817
'RESCUE 137' dropping in.
So what else, SH360 G-ZAPD rescued the Birmingham service after CRJ G-MSKK
went tech. BE90 D-IAGB went from Karlsrhue to Reykjavik, Be200 F-GKCV
operated to/from Le Bourget, N560MM was back again, nice PA34 OO-VWK stayed
all day, F406 G-MAFA night stopped and with the lights: C172 G-BMHI & C172
G-BWRR rounded off the day.
BRA561/BRK BRA575/BRK EIN302/FKA EIN30C/FKF FUA/ECHBZ
Wed Oct 13th
Off with the biz, N560MM departed after his night stop, 125 G-HCFR dropped
in as 'CFR681, Falcon 10 F-GSLZ 'popped' in for a night stop. Other aircraft
now, yesterdays 2 gazelles like it here so much they came back! The Irish,
god bless 'em (especially their Guinness) paid us a quick call with their
Kingair 240 'IRL240', other Kingair G-OMNH graced us twice during the day,
N250MC liked it so much he came back, Jetstream XX499 'CWL 71' came for
lunch and finally C172 G-OPFT dropped in as 'CSE 86'.
BRA561/BUD BRA575/BRP EIN302/FKD EIN30C/FKE
Tue Oct 12th
Fairly quiet day, only 2 biz to report, one being THAT citation again N560MM
but more interesting was a hospital flight from Sliac to Canada. Lr35 C-GTDE
in full Skyservice colours did the honours. For completeness, other moves
were, B206 G-AYMW 'PDG 41', Robin G-BXGW, PA23 N250MC on a survey, G-BLEZ
AS365 'Helimed 5' and those 2 gazelles XX419 & ZB669.
AMC/9HADM BRA561/BRR BRA575/BRU EIN302/FKF EIN30C/FKC
Wed 11th Oct
Another fairly uninteresting day 'up north'. CSE sent 2 PA34s for training
G-BXPV 'CSE101A' G-BXPW 'CSE102A'. N560MM graced us once again (!) whilst
(bit Dickensian that) Be200 G-BPPM 'GMA467' came in on a hospital flight. If
it were'nt for the military there would not have been much. 2 Harriers
ZD465/ZG502 'GIANT 1&2' and 2 gazelles XX419 & ZB669 filled in the day.
AIH846/CFTDA BRA561/BRM BRA575/BRG EIN302/FKC EIN30C/FKD
IST/TCIAH OHY/TCONO RZO/CSTGQ
Sun Oct 10th
Bit of a sporting day in the North east. Newcastle hosted to Great North
Run, with helicopters Bo105 G-BFYA, AS355 G-TOPS an AS355 G-WIRE providing
coverage for the BBC. After local flying they all departed in the afternoon.
Down the road at the Stadium of Light, England played Belgium. The Belgium
officials arrived in 146 OO-DJS 'DAT571/2' from Brussels and posn. out. (How
The team departed in the early evening aboard a Virgin Express (Ireland)
B737-400 making its 1st visit. 'VEX1071' operated to/from Brussels
(Officials on this one?).
To round it off, Titan ATR42 operated an extra mail flight 'AWC900A/B'
Ravenair opr a crew ferry PA34 G-RVRB 'RVR14A/N' regular citation N560MM
PA23 G-BCRP 'UKA5000' opr a maint flt from Norwich and finally
C152 G-BCKV and C172 G-BCOL rounded things off.
BRA561/LNTUB BRA575/LNTUG ECA/5BDBD TLA/EICJK
Sat Oct 9th
One note worthy regular was today's JKK, EC-HFP. This is one of the newly
acquired MD82s on a 1st visit. The England team arrived today in BAC11
G-OBWD 'BWL823' from Stansted (wow!).
CFE42WX/GAVMS CUS/SXBBU IWD/ECGZE JKK/ECHFP RZO/CSTGP
Fri Oct 8th
It's the Great North Run weekend and so as expected was an influx of
choppers. Bo105 G-BFYA 'GPH 05', AS355 G-WIRE 'GRD 02' and AS355 G-TOPS 'GPH
04' took up residence for the weekend and operated local flying. Others were
C550 G-BJIR, C182 G-BXZM, AA5B G-BYDX and S76 G-BOYF as 'LYN 23'. As well as
being the GNR, England also play Belgium this weekend at the 'Stadium of
Light'. So in came the Belgium team in B737-400 OO-VJO 'VEX1070', a 1st
CFE54VE/GAVMS CUS/SXBBU FUA102/ECHBT FUA160/ECGNZ
Thu Oct 7th
Britannia crew ferry saw return of Metro G-BUKA a 'AAG419' from Manchester.
Be200 F-GGPR arrived from Le Bourget and stayed until Saturday tea-time (yes
Hoops TEA-TIME!!). Regular 'biz' was C560 N560MM which left the remainder
of visitors as 'puddlies'. G-ROGG R22 arrived from Gamston and has been here
ever since operating with Burman Helicopters. Others were PA32 G-GOTO, and
C172 N80533 arriving from Cardiff and returning there on the afternoon of
the 9th. Finally, night stopper was F406 G-MAFB as 'WDG 72'.
BRA575/LNTUE CFE42WX,54VE/GAVMS FUA/ECHBT NFA/OYNPE
Wed Oct 6th
Before I get on to the star visitor, here are the more 'mundane' moves.
Airtours crew ferry produced PA34 G-RVRB 'RVR05A/B' and PA32 G-BYFR 'popped'
in. In connection with the 'star' was S-76 G-BOYF which positioned in for
the passengers from our 1st BBJ, B737-7E0 A6-HRS taking the honours.
'DUB003' arrived from Dublin and then flew to Farnborough. Very nice!!
Tue Oct 5th
G-CLAS returned to Cardiff today after its maint. using 'GIL360P'. Metro
G-BUKA opr a charter from Lille positioning to Coventry. Bell222 G-OWCG
dropped in from Catterick, while a nice delivery was Be200 N3262P arriving
from Reykjavik to Augsburg. Finally, another new SAB RJ100 pitched up on the
afternoon Brussels run. OO-DWJ operated the 'SAB673/67P'.
Mon Oct 4th
Busy little GA day. G-LOFT C500 'AAG504/5' from Prestwick to Cardiff. CF-02
Merlin 'BAF612', G-OBPL EMB110 'CDE801 1st visiting on a crew ferry.
Falcon2000 HB-IAZ 'FPG131' dropped in along with C550 G-BJIR and C560
N560MM. Finally a couple of 'puddlies' PA23 G-OPME and PA32 G-BIWL.
Today Gill took the Stansted service over from KLMuk. Not a great start
though, with only one sector operating with SH360 G-ZAPD 'UKA41/44R'
IST/TCIAH JKK/ECFZC OHY/TCONM RZO/CSTGP
Those polluting spotting Belgiums brought our only visitor BN2 B-02 'OTALB'
for a night stop.
BRA561/TUF BRA575/TUD CKT/GCVYE ECA/5BDBB EIN302/EICLI
Sat Oct 2nd
An early hours hospital flight got the 2nd underway with C421 G-DOBN opr
'EDC287S/120D' from Cork to Edinburgh. Skyteam pitched up again with D-ADUP
posn in from Eindhoven and out to Frankfurt as the 'XST767/368'. Other GA
visitors were Be200 G-BXMA as 'MHN101A', smart Be60 with winglets was
G-IASL. Final GA was A109 N108VT which was on the ground for 28 mins whilst
en route Westland to Loch Ness. Final move to report was SH360 G-CLAS which
arrived from Cardiff at 2340 as 'GIL555P'.
CUS/SXBBU ECA/5BDBD IWD/ECGLT JKK/ECGVI RZO/CSTGP TLA/EITLM
Fri Oct 1st
Belgium AF Merlin CF-01 paid us a visit today, along with BE90 G-FLTI as
"FLT01". Lr35 G-RAFF paid us 2 visits, arriving from Leeds departing to
Geneva and then in reverse (not literally!). And last but not least was a
charter by Skyteam F27 D-ADUP arriving from Frankfurt as the 'XST354' and
positioning to Falconara as the 'XST755' 90 minutes later.
CUS/SXBBU FUA102/GRX FUA160/HCP SCY/GSWJW TLA/EITLM VIM/LZMIL
While I was on holiday, Dave Webster stood in and made the following reports - thanks Dave !.
26th-30th September - not done, sorry
Saturday 25th September
Very quiet, just two Cessna 172 movements to cover - PH-LIN returned to
Rotterdam after its night-stop mid-morning, and N9727G arrived from Slinford
after lunch, also to night-stop.
VIM605 LZ-MIS IWD3437/8 EC-GUR JKK3341/2 EC-GXU CUS4602/3 SX-BBU BRT563/4
G-EMBB RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBD CUS4604/5 SX-BBU AEA184/5 EC-FZZ
Friday 24th September
Not as interesting a day; Falcon 50 N881M left similar type N96UT on the
south apron, departing late morning to Connaught.
Cessna 172 PH-LIN arrived from Rotterdam during the afternoon and
FCL509 G-FCLG FUA160/1 EC-GRX SCY752/3 G-SWJW
Thursday 23rd September
The mid-morning saw two first-visiting 'big Falcons' take turns in joining
yesterday's arrival Falcon 50 N96UT; first came Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN
which arrived from its home at Sonderborg, and departed after just one hour
on the ground to Tel Aviv, just after 10 o'clock, both sectors operating as
MMD6018. The aircraft wore Danfoss titles on the tail and forward fuselage.
Just over an hour later the International Paper Company's Falcon 50 N881M
arrived from Niort/Souche in France, the aircraft subsequently
Piper Malibu N4140S departed to Genova during the morning, after its
night-stop, presumably at the end of its delivery flight. Piper Saratoga
G-BYFR vsited from/to East Midlands during the day, flying a local flight in
between, on the day that it featured in the BBC's mid-evening 'Airshow'
Amsail Citation 550 G-SPUR visited again during the evening, from Stansted
to Helsinki as LNX961/961A.
OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA132/3 EC-GRX FCL933/783/784 G-FCLG
Wednesday 22nd September
Mid American Energy Holdings' Falcon 50 N96UT returned again, arriving from
St.Johns during the early morning for another extended stop.
Piper Malibu N4140S arrived from Reykjavik during the late evening for a
CKT7398 G-CVYD AMM689D/ G-OOAF TLA650/1 EI-TLG UKA43R/46R G-ZAPJ
Tuesday 21st September
The third consecutive RJ.100 on a SABENA Brussels arrival, produced the
first-visiting OO-DWJ on the mid-morning flight. Another first-visiting
airliner saw the re-appearance of Eastern Airways, Jetstream 31 G-OEST
operating a passenger charter from/to Humberside as EZE41/42.
Merlin LN-SFT departed to Aalborg at lunch-time, and our first Beech 99
since June 1998 was F-GFPE which operated a freight flight from Charleville
at tea-time, departing shortly after to Toussus-le-Noble.
SAB43M OO-DWH TLA570/1 EI-TLP SAB671/91E OO-DWJ AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 20th September
Rockwell Commander 112 D-EYCA routed through on delivery at lunch-time, from
Maastricht to Reykjavik, Merlin LN-SFT operated by Wideroe, arrived from
Oslo during the early afternoon for a night-stop, and Tyrolean Air Ambulance
Falcon 10 OE-GSC operated an ambulance flight from Malaga during the
afternoon, departing later to Innsbruck.
'Royal' Sikorsky S-76 G-XXEA made a rare visit to Newcastle, arriving from
Longtown an departing to Middlesbrough during the afternoon, both as
IST829/830 TC-IAH AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ NFA921E/931/924 OY-BPH
UKA43R/46R G-ZAPD SAB67W/67T OO-DWI OHY441/2 TC-ONO SAB677 OO-DWH JKK3185/6
Sunday 19th September
Not much more - there was however yet another first-visiting Metroliner,
SA227DC Metro 23 I-VICY which arrived from Forli during the early morning,
and departed to Linate just after ten o'clock'.
BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/0 G-FCLA CKT717/6 G-BVYA AIH900/899 G-RJGR BRA575/8
LN-TUD VIM705/6 LZ-MIK ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 18th September
VIM605 LZ-MIS IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRT563/4 G-EMBB JKK3341/2 ECFXY CUS4602/3
SX-BGI RZO9456/7 CS-TGP CUS4604/5 SX-BGI ECA810/1 5B-DBD AEA184/5 EC-FXQ
Friday 17th September
The fourth in the series of Ilyushin Il-76 flights appeared during the
afternoon, and amazingly it involved another different aeroplane; UR-76628
operated by Volare Aviation Enterprise arrived direct from Mykolaiv in the
Ukraine as VRE2451, and departed at dusk as VRE2452 to Paphos.
Newcastle United returned from Bulgaria in the early hours, after an
extremely rare victory, in Balkan Boeing 737-500 LZ-BOB again, from,to Sofia
An interesting exec jet movement involved Citation 525 N350GM, which passed
through on a ferry flight during the late afternoon from Ganderkessee to
Reykjavik - an ex German-registered machine, D-IAVB, returning to the US.
Our 36th CJ !.
FUA160/1 EC-GVB SCY752/3 G-SWJW BWL8538/854P G-OBWB
Thursday 16th September
Newcastle's 35th Citation 525 appeared in the shape of Gestair's very pretty
EC-HBX, which spent a few hours on the ground either side of lunch-time, as
GES252/5 from/to Barcelona. Another first-visiting corporate jet appeared
mid-afternoon, Aero Services Executive's Falcon 20 F-GYSL, arriving from
Cherbourg and departing to le Bourget during the evening, both as BES832.
A couple of new G- reggies were Air Alba's Cessna 406 G-TWIG, from/to
Inverness during the evening as RLB406, and JCB Aviation's Agusta 109
G-JCBJ, which arrived from East Midlands at tea-time as JCB05 for a
OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA132/3 EC-GVB AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 15th September
Newcastle United departed during the morning for their first European cup
tie of the season under the new management, in the very appropriately
registered Balkan Boeing 737-500 LZ-BOB !. Certainly the most interesting
737-500 for some time up here, the aircraft was from/to Sofia as LAZ7141/2.
Another first-visitor had appeared earlier in the morning, Channel Express
F-27 G-CEXF operating a freight flight inbound from Vittoria as EXS2310, and
positioning out to Bournemouth as EXS311P just after sun-rise.
Lots of foreign GA beginning with Beech Baron F-GPJA day-stopping from/to
Pontoise, continuing with a return visit from Schweizer 269 OO-NQD routing
back south from Dundee to Netherthorpe, Mooney M.20 N252BH presumably
routing back to the States during the afternoon, from Fairoaks to Reykjavik,
another Yak-52, LY-AMP visiting from/to Sherburn during the afternoon, and
finishing off with Flugdienst Fehlhaber's Cessna 406 D-ISHY, which operated
a freight flight during the evening, from/to Cologne as FFG471/2.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-CVYE AMM689D/C G-OOAF
Tuesday 14th September
The third in the Il-76 freight series appeared after breakfast-time, another
quite interesting machine, Volare Aviation Enterprises' UR-76727, arriving
from Rovno in the Ukraine as VRE2451. It departed to Paphos just before
tea-time as VRE2452.
The afternoon saw Beech Bonanza N2188J pass through on a delivery flight,
from Reykjavik to Bremen.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP AMC5180/1 9H-ADM NFA921/924/924E OY-NPD
Monday 13th September
Another KLMuk ATR.72 first-visited, G-UKTM operating the lunch-time
UKA41R/44R Stansted rotation.
BWL561P/8561 G-OBWE TSC401 C-GTSV IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPD
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-GHH
Sunday 12th September
Only movement of interest was another foreign GA visitor, Rockwell Commander
114 D-EWIH passing through during the late afternoon from Islay to Norwich.
BRA561/4 LN-TUC FCL811/0 G-FCLD AMM666D/C G-OOAB CKT717/6 G-BVYC AIH900/899
G-RJGR VIM705/6 LZ-MIS ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 11th September
A much quieter day; Cessna 210 PH-KMS departed to Teuge before 0700L, and an
interesting foreign helicopter was Hughes 269 OO-NQD, which spent just over
an hour on the ground mid-afternoon, from Netherthorpe to Dundee.
Eurocypria used a Cyprus Airways Airbus A.320 for their late evening Larnaca
charter, 5B-DBA making its first visit to Newcastle since 1997.
VIM605 LZ-MIS IWD3437/8 EC-GZD JKK3341/2 EC-HBP BRT563/4 G-EMBB CUS4602/3
SX-BBU RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBA CUS4604/5 SX-BBU IWD3441/2 EC-GZD
Friday 10th September
The second Ilyushin Il-76 of the week appeared at lunch-time in the shape of
Khors Air's UR-UCJ, which arrived from Athens as KHO3683, returning there
during the early evening, under the same callsign. The aircraft had actually
visited Newcastle before in a different guise, as UR-78755 operated by Air
Foyle on 26th May 1995, then again on 3rd April 1996. A Russian design of a
different magnitude visited during the morning, Yak-52 LY-AFX arriving from
Sibson, flying a local flight, and then departing to Leicester during the
The Friday evening Stavanger charter was operated as expected, by a Air
Holland Boeing 757, PH-AHI arriving from Stavanger as AHR833, and
positioning out to Amsterdam as AHR834P.
Cessna 210 PH-KMS arrived from Stornoway at tea-time for a night-stop, and
Astra D-CRIS departed to Paderborn during the early evening, after its third
double-night-stop of recent weeks.
FUA160/1 EC-GYK SCY752/3 G-SWJW AHR833/834P PH-AHI TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA102/3
EC-HAN CUS4600/1 SX-BBU
Thursday 9th September
The Il-76 made its customary extremely loud departure - at 0345 !, to Athens
and then onwards to Yemen. Foreign visitors included Occitania Jet Beech
1900D F-GRCD on its second visit to Newcastle, still just the second 'D'
we've ever had, which day-stopped from/to Le Bourget as OJF405/3, King Air
90 F-GFDJ which visited during the morning from Toussus to Pontoise, and
Jetline Aviation Cessna 421 D-IMFL which operated a cargo flight from
Stuttgart during the early evening, returning to Stuttgart after just under
an hour on the ground.
Skyline Aviation Learjet 36 N116MA called in again, presumably during
exercises over the North Sea, being present for just under an hour over
lunch-time, arriving from, and departing to Rotterdam as 'Lion16'. Dubai
Air Wing Gulf IV A6-HHH departed during Farnborough during the evening as
SABENA used another RJ.100 for the mid-afternoon rotation, a flight which
looks like a contender for the rumoured forthcoming planned twice-a-day
AHC7102 UR-76767 OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSF FUA132/3 EC-HAN SAB673/67P
OO-DWC AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 8th September
A much more interesting day; most significant visitor was our first Ilyushin
Il-76 movement since 22nd November 1997, producing something much more
interesting than the anticipated Heavylift machine, Azal-Avia Cargo Il-76MD
UR-76767 arriving from Ostend mid-afternoon as AHC7101. Apparently a
de-converted Il-78 tanker, the aircraft was inevitably delayed, not
departing until the following morning.
Executive jet visitors included Pharma Nord's very pretty Falcon 100 OY-PHN,
which day-stopped from/to Billund, Dubai Air Wing Gulfstream IV A6-HHH which
arrived direct from Dubai during the afternoon for a night-stop, and the
return of Challenge Air Astra D-CRIS again, arriving from Paderborn at
tea-time for another double night-stop.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG AMM689D/C G-OOAJ CKT739/8 G-CVYD AHC7101 UR-76767 NFA924E
Tuesday 7th September
Not too much of interest, just Piper Malibu N9122N from/to Kidlington, and
Eurojet Citation 500 G-OEJA, which spent much of the afternoon and evening
here, as GOJ077B/C, from Teesside to Coventry.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP SAB673/67P OO-DWA AMC5180/1 9H-ADN NFA921/924 OY-NPC
Monday 6th September
The early hours saw the first-visit eventually of Britannia Airways Boeing
757 G-BYAY, which arrived from Palma to become one of the based aeroplanes,
its first departure being the morning Zakinthos. Another first-visiting
airliner was the last of the current fleet of Maersk(UK) CRJ's to appear
here, G-MSKP with the 'Union Flag' tail, operating all three arrivals during
the day. The 'last' SABENA RJ.100 to first-visit OO-DWI, made just its
second appearance here on the mid-afternoon Brussels rotation, the aircraft
of course being the first to visit Newcastle in the carrier's new colour
scheme, back in April.
King Air 90 F-GFDJ operated a flight from Pontoise at tea-time, departing
shortly after to Toussus, while Dubai Air Wing Gulfstream IV A6-HHH made its
first appearance here for quite some time, being on the ground for just one
hour during the early evening, from/to Farnborough as DUB004.
BAL105B/442A G-BYAY FCL998/998P G-FCLK BWL8526 G-OBWE GIL761A/360P/361P
G-EXPS MSK390/1 G-MSKP TSC401 C-GTSE IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA121E/921/924
OY-NPC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR SAB673/67P OO-DWI MSK394/5 G-MSKP
OHY441/2 TC-ONN MSK398 G-MSKP JKK3185/6 EC-GAT
Sunday 5th September
Highlight of the day was our first CitationJet delivery for a few months,
N888RK actually diverting in for fuel en-route from Reykjavik to Rotterdam
at lunch-time. The aircraft, on delivery to a Dutch owner, departed to
Rotterdam, after spending just 35 minutes on the ground. Taunus Air Learjet
35 D-CGRC operated a breakfast-time ambulance flight from Angers as TAQ242,
the aircraft departing shortly after as TAQ253 to Frankfurt.
The first of the new Sunday Maersk(UK) Birmingham schedules produced another
first-visiting CRJ, G-MSKO in the 'Crossing Borders' tail design operating
the tea-time rotation, and the late evening arriving 'night-stopper'. BAC
Express Shorts 360 G-EXPS arrived from Exeter during the afternoon for a
couple of days flying with Gill Airways, the aeroplane not however operating
any services during the remainder of the day.
Keenair Bandeirante G-FLTY operated a late evening cargo flight from
Liverpool as JFK858, returning to Liverpool just after midnight as JFK858P.
IWD3441/2 EC-GUR BRA561/4 LN-TUB FCL811/0 G-FCLG CKT717/6 G-BVYA GIL200P
G-EXPS MSK394/5 G-MSKO BWL537P G-OBWE AIH900/899 G-LCRC BRA575/8 LN-TUD
VIM705/6 LZ-MIK MSK398 G-MSKO JFK858/858P G-FLTY FCL977P/977 G-FCLK ECA864/5
Saturday 4th September
Only movements of interest were two early morning departures, Twin Otter
8Q-HII leaving at the start of its delivery flight, first stop Corfu, before
0600, and Cessna 172 D-ECLY which left for Whiterashes after breakfast.
VIM605/6 LZ-MIG IWD3437/8 EC-GUR JKK3341/2 EC-GHH CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/6
G-MONZ BRT563/4 G-EMBH RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBD CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Friday 3rd September
The regular evening inbound Stavanger charter produced a Eurowings Airbus
A.319 for the second week running, and the third of the carrier's fleet of
aircraft to appear here, D-AKNF, becoming also just the third of type to
visit Newcastle. This arrival was incidentally the second of three arrivals
from Stavanger within the space of six minutes during the early evening, the
A.319 and European Air Charter One Eleven G-AVMS operating a Gill Airways
charter, following the Braathens scheduled servicce, operated by LN-BRT.
Only GA movement of any interest after a relatively exciting couple of days,
was Cessna 172 D-ECLY which arrived from Saint Ghislain in Belgium during
the evening for a night-stop.
MSK390/1 G-MSKM FUA160/1 EC-GXR MSK394/5 G-MSKM SCY752/3 G-SWJW EWG5205
D-AKNF GIL311/312P G-AVMS TLA534/5 EI-TLP CUS4600//1 SX-BBU FUA102/3 EC-HBT
Thursday 2nd September
The exotic registrations kept coming, with the arrival of Twin Otter 8Q-HII
just before 9 o'clock in the morning. Arriving from Maastricht for the
fitting of long-range ferry tanks, prior to delivery to the Maldives, the
aircraft wore a two-colour blue cheatline, and a red band across the fin,
with a painted out white cross, giving a clue to its previous, and
consequently not too exotic, Swiss identity. The aircraft was to spend the
following two nights at Newcastle.
The day produced two German Citations, C560 D-CLEO during the morning from
Munich to Dortmund, and C551 D-IMME which stayed the afternoon, from
Klagenfurt to Frankfurt. Piper Cheyenne 9H-ADD departed to Biggin Hill early
Two Titan aeroplanes were used for sub-charters, the Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM
for the first two Gill Airways/Air France rotations of the day, and Shorts
360 G-ZAPD for the third, tea-time KLMuk Stansted flight.
GIL101P/101C/100C/403C/102C/104P G-ZAPM MSK390/1 G-MSKL OHY443/4 TC-ONR
TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA132/3 EC-GXR MSK394/5 G-MSKL UKA43R/46R G-ZAPD MSK398
G-MSKL AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 1st September
GA visitors included two quite exotic machines; MD.600 VP-CCW which visited
late morning, arriving from a site near Cottesmore and departing northwards
to East Fortune, and Cheyenne 9H-ADD of Executive Flight Services, which
arrived from Alicante during the late evening as URF300, for a night-stop.
The extra Flying Colours movements were company charters, delivering Glasgow
and Newcastle-based employees to Manchester for the launch of JMC Airlines.
MSK399 G-MSKM FCL438 G-FCLE TLA650A/1 EI-TLG MSK390/1 G-MSKN CKT739/8 G-CVYD
AMM689D/C G-OOAF MSK394/5 G-MSKK FCL439 G-FCLA MSK398 G-MSKK
Tuesday 31st August
A scheduled Canadair Regional Jet service returned to Newcastle Airport,
only our second ever, the first of course being the sporadically-operated
Lufthansa Munich service of a few years ago. The eagerly-awaited upgrade to
Maersk's Birmingham schedule, albeit with a frequency drop to
three-times-daily, actually occurred a day earlier than most enthusiasts
expected, with the first two flights, a mid-morning and tea-time rotation,
being operated by G-MSKN, only its second and third visits to Newcastle,
with the third daily flight, a late evening arrival and night-stopper, being
operated by G-MSKM.
Only GA movement of interest was Comfort Air's Citation 525 D-ITSV which
made a breakfast-time visit from Munich to Tempelhof.
AMC5180/1 9H-ADM MSK390/1 G-MSKN MSK394/5 G-MSKN MSK389 G-MSKM
NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC TLA570/1 EI-TLP
Monday 30th August
Only visiting movement of interest was the departure of Citation 525 OO-PHI,
back to Antwerp during the early evening.
Lots of colour-scheme changes to be noted up here at the moment, and for a
change not anything to do with British Airways; SABENA RJ.85's are now
beginning to appear in the new colours, OO-DJK, DJL, DJN and DJO having been
noted during the previous week (notably with the 'last two' on the nose -
not the 'last one' as they used to have, and are they being re-painted in
order ?), while the slightly modified Spanair colours were seen on the new
EC-HGA last Saturday, and EC-GBA last, and this Monday evening. Not a new
colour-scheme as such but notable was today's Air Azores Boeing 737-300
CS-TGP, which sported a TAP nose cone !.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA BWL8526 G-OBWA IST829/830 TC-IAH JKK3185/6 EC-GBA
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC OHY441/2 TC-ONP RZO9400/1 CS-TGP TSC401 C-GTSV
Sunday 29th August
Piper Navajo N61422, a Panther conversion with 4-bladed props and winglets,
arrived from Elstree early morning on an ambulance flight, returning south
during the early evening, while a more standard Navajo, N97RJ returned to a
Earls Colne early afternoon after its night-stop. Another departure was
Citation Bravo N7NN, back to Oslo late morning, while the owner of Citation
525 OO-PHI fulfilled his promise to return soon, arriving from Antwerp late
afternoon for a night-stop.
BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/0 G-FCLE CKT717/6 G-BVYB BWL526P G-OBWA BRA575/8
LN-TUC VIM705/6 LZ-MIG ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 28th August
Twin Commanche N4000U continued on to Reykjavik after breakfast, after its
two nights here, and Falcon 50 N96UT made another visit, arriving from
Biggin Hill mid-morning, and departing to Gander after just 45 minutes on
the ground. Piper Navajo N97RJ arrived from Earls Colne mid-morning for a
night-stop, and Learjet 35 I-ZOOM departed to Faro during the afternoon.
Airliners included the second, and consecutive visit, from British Regional
Embraer 145 G-EMBH on the mid-day Jersey rotation, while the early afternoon
Spanair Palma flight produced MD.83 EC-HGA, who's status as a first-visiting
airliner still remains 'up in the air' at the moment.
VIM605/6 LZ-MIK IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRT563/4 G-EMBH JKK3341/2 EC-HGA CUS4602/3
SX-BBU MON5897/6 G-MONZ RZO9456/7 CS-TGR CUS4604/5 SX-BBU ECA810/1 5B-DBD
AEA184/5 EC-GUO IWD3441/2 EC-GUR
Friday 27th August
Quite an interesting day, with six, for a change not too regular, foreign
exec jets being present at various times during the day, and two
first-visiting airliners. A day of 'seconds' too, with only our second
Citation Bravo N7NN which arrived from Oslo during the late morning for a
two-night stay, and during the early evening only our second Airbus A.319
ever, another Eurowings example, D-AKNH arriving from Stavanger on the oil
charter, and departing to Dusseldorf as EWG5199. Another first-timer was
Avilen's Learjet 35A I-ZOOM which arrived from Barcelona at lunch-time for a
Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Biggin Hill at breakfast, Tyrolean Jet Service
Falcon 10 OE-GSC passed through mid-afternoon from Reykjavik to Innsbruck,
and another ambulance-equipped exec jet visited at tea-time, Swiss Air
Ambulance's BAe125-800 HB-VIL arriving, interestingly, from Tripoli (our
first from here for some time/ever ?) as SAZ352, and departing to Zurich
early evening as SAZ353. Finally Challenge Air Astra D-CRIS departed to
Cologne during the early evening after its second two-night stay in the
space of two weeks.
Yet another first-visitor was City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-BZAX which operated
the first morning rotation, wearing the 'Union Flag' tail design of course.
FUA132A/133 EC-GNZ CFE42WX/45XY G-BZAX FUA160/1 EC-GVB SCY752/3 G-SWJW
EWG5199 D-AKNH TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA102/3 EC-GRX CUS4600/1 SX-BBU
Thursday 26th August
Lunch-time saw a very welcome Electra visit, Atlantic Cargo's G-LOFC
arriving from Coventry as AAG705 to operate a freight flight outbound to
Maastricht as AAG706 during the early afternoon. Another interesting
'freighter' was Reed Aviation's re-registered HS.748 G-ORAL arriving on the
early Emerald Airways mail flight from Liverpool, and day-stopping for the
late evening departure back to Liverpool - not a first-visitor though, as it
is of course the ex G-BPDA.
Mid American Energy Holdings' Falcon 50 N96UT made another appearance,
arriving from Leeds during the late morning for a night-stop, while another
making a return to Newcastle was Twin Commanche N4000U which transitted
through to Duxford from the US at the end of July, and which arrived from
Duxford at lunch-time also for a night-stop. Airlink King Air OE-FME
departed to Prestwick during the afternoon as JAR09.
JEM03M G-ORAL OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 25th August
Another returning German exec was last weeks first-visiting Astra D-CRIS
making its return as expected, arriving from Cologne at tea-time for what is
expected to be another extended stay. The regular Airlink King Air OE-FME
also arrived for a night-stop, mid-morning from Laage.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-CVYD AMM689D/C G-OOAE BRY56A/B/57A/B G-ZAPK
Tuesday 24th August
The space of twenty minutes over lunch-time saw three German GA visitors,
including two CitationJets !: the second-last CJ to first-visit Newcastle
appeared first, MSR Flug's D-ISGW arriving from Klagenfurt as EBF731, while
the fourth of the type to visit Newcastle, back in 1994, landed twenty
minutes later, D-IHEB also arriving from Klagenfurt. In the meantime
Cheyenne D-IKET had arrived from Reykjavik on a delivery flight, continuing
on to Landshut during the early afternoon. The two CitationJets departed
within two minutes of each other a little later in the afternoon, D-ISGW
first as EBF732 to Northolt, with D-IHEB following it, departing to
PA-32 OY-JAH departed to Odense during the early morning, after its
night-stop, and a further GA visitor appeared just before midnight, Air
Poitiers King Air 90 F-GHUV visiting from/to Poitiers, as FUR002.
British Airways Boeing 757 G-BPEI first-visited during the early afternoon,
since its repaint into 'Union Flag'.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP BAW12G/13J G-BPEI AMC5180/1 9H-ADM NFA921/924/924E OY-NPE
Monday 23rd August
Another day, and another first-visiting Metroliner, this time one that
wouldn't be 'old' for those who'd seen their American commuter fleets, the
new-build OY-NPE of North Flying operating the normal positioner in from
Aalborg, and return trip to Bergen via Aberdeen, and then night-stopping.
Another first-visiting airliner was the appearance eventually of the 'other'
Skyservice Airbus A.320, the previously Leeds-based C-GTDB, operating the
lunch-time Reus 'W', flown by the Teesside-based aircraft. The aeroplane
wears Airtours colours on the port side, and Skyservice colours starboard.
PA-32 OY-JAH arrived on a ferry flight, mid-morning direct from St.Johns,
Newfoundland, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping (allowing the pilot
some much-needed rest obviously !), while another delivery saw Falcon 20
N854GA pass through west-bound during the early evening, from Le Bourget to
TSC401 C-GTSN IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPE AIH846/5 C-GTDB
RZO9400/1 CS-TGR OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-GXU
Sunday 22nd August
Still not a lot, although another Metroliner first-visited during the late
evening, another ex US commuter airline regular, Tadair's SA227AC EC-GKR,
once a Skywest machine, arriving from Barcelona as TDC501, departing back to
Barcelona as TDC502P just after midnight. Citation 560 G-CZAR departed to
Ajaccio at breakfast as CFR567.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYD BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/426 G-FCLG CKT717/6 G-CVYE
AIH900/899 G-RJGR BRA575/8 LN-TUA VIM705/718 LZ-MIK BWL513P G-OBWE ECA864/5
Saturday 21st August
Cessna 421 N421AG departed onwards to Reykjavik at breakfast-time, again as
'Cotswold01', and Citation 560 G-CZAR made only its 3rd visit to Newcastle,
arriving from Malaga during the evening as CFR568.
VIM605/6 LZ-MIG IWD3437/8 EC-HCR BAL999F/426A G-OBYD BRT563/4 G-EMBH
JKK3341/2 EC-FXI CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/6 G-MONZ RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1
5B-DBB IWD3441/2 EC-HCR CUS4604/5 SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-FZZ
Friday 20th August
Metroliner N341AE continued its ferry flight west-bound at breakfast-time,
departing to Reykjavik, and another west-bound delivery began during the
afternoon, the familiar looking, Aero Dynamics-operated Cessna 421 N421AG
arriving from Staverton as 'Cotswold01' (ADL01) and night-stopping.
Challenge Air Astra D-CRIS departed during the afternoon after spending two
nights here, back to Dusseldorf, and two UK-registered Citations visited
during the evening, the regular Citation V N560MM, actually on its
first-visit here since the 20th July, (has it been re-painted ?), and the
less common Citation II G-SPUR, making just its second visit to Newcastle,
just after 9 o'clock, from/to Stansted as 'LonEx100'.
The Air Scandic Tristar EI-CNN, which first-visited last month on an
Airtours sub-charter, re-appeared on the carrier's afternoon Tenerife
rotation, the aircraft arriving via Manchester during the early evening.
Tea-time saw the arrival of a very rare light aircraft type, at least on the
ground at Newcastle, Shaw Europa G-DLCB arriving from Tingwall and
FUA160/1 EC-GNZ BWL8477/846P G-OBWB SCY9753/753 EI-CNN TLA534/5 EI-TLP
FUA102/3 EC-HAN CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 19th August
Another pretty busy GA day, with the highlights again appearing quite late
in the evening. Leadair Falcon 10 F-GJLL spent 30 minutes on the ground at 9
o'clock as LEA038L from/to Le Bourget, while another Sierra West Airlines
Metroliner arrived on a ferry flight at half past ten, SA227AC Metro III
N341AE arriving from Marseille, and night-stopping. The aircraft wore a
quite attractive green and cream colour-scheme, with a stylised bird's head
on the fin and engines, and the titles 'Envious Urgentes Halcourier'.
Learjet 45 N708SP visited twice, from Luton to Frankfurt in the morning, and
back in reverse at tea-time, and Flugdienst Fehlhaber Cessna 406 D-IAAD
visited during the early hours from/to Cologne as FFG482/3. Departing
night-stoppers included the Airlink King Air OE-FME, to Lubeck during the
afternoon, and the ATA Boeing 757 N522AT, which left for Montreal-Mirabel at
OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSE FUA132/3 EC-GVB AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 18th August
The proverbial 'pig awful' day, with persistent rain, but strangely lots of
visitors, with a very full GA apron by late evening. Best occupant of the
Samson Apron was certainly Astra SPX D-CRIS of Challenge Air, which arrived
from Dusseldorf during the early evening for an extended stay. Incredibly
this is only the second Astra to visit Newcastle, the first one being D-CCAT
in 1995 and 1996 !. Other GA of interest included Airlink King Air OE-FME
from Lubeck at tea-time for a night-stop, and Cheyenne F-BXSK which arrived
two minutes later from Nevers, departing an hour later to Dijon, while a
number of freight flights from points in France by Atlantic Airways' Cessna
406 G-LEAF, a MAFF Cessna 406, a Gold Air Cessna 421, and a few ambulance
flights during the evening, made for a busy scene 'southside'.
Last Wednesday's first-visiting Air 2000 Airbus A.321 G-OOAI returned on the
lunch-time Verona 'W', but a much more interesting airliner appeared during
the early evening in the shape of American Trans Air Boeing 757 N522AT,
which arrived from Oslo on a training flight, for a night-stop.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG SAB671/91E OO-DWC CKT739/8 G-CVYD AMM689D/C G-OOAI
Tuesday 17th August
Just another British Airways 757 first-visiting in the Union Flag scheme,
G-BPEB on the 'night-stopper'.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP SAB673/67P OO-DWB NFA921/924/924E OY-NPD AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 16th August
Highlight of the day was certainly just the second visit to Newcastle of an
Airbus A.319, although this unfortunately involved the same aircraft as the
first !. The Eurowings machine D-AKNG was used for the usual morning
Stavanger charter, the aircraft positioning in from Dusseldorf. The
first-visit of type involving this A.319 was on a Gill Airways sub-charter
on 9th April 1998.
The latest fist-visiting British Airways Boeing 757 re-paint was G-BPEA on
the first morning rotation, again wearing the Chatham 'Union Flag' tail
Comfort Air Citation 560 D-CLEO visited from/to Munich during the evening.
EWG5196 D-AKNG BAW12J/13E G-BPEA IST829/830 TC-IAH TSC401 C-GTSE FCL705P/705
G-FCLJ NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPD AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR FCL706/706P
G-FCLJ OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-GHH
Sunday 15th August
Cessna 177 F-GAAO stopped over lunch-time, from Rouen to Dundee, and
Cheyenne N97RJ visited again, spending the day here from/to Earls Colne.
Another executive jet visiting from Luton was BAe125 N125XX during the
BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CEAL returned the passengers off last Friday's Wick
charter during the afternoon, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to
BAL426B/992F G-OBYD AEA184/5 EC-GUO BRA561/4 LN-TUD FCL811/0 G-FCLA CKT717/6
G-CVYG RPX991A/991 G-CEAL AIH900/899 G-RJGR BRA575/8 LN-BRO VIM717/8 LZ-MIR
Saturday 14th August
Only thing of interest was Ambrion Aviation Citation 501 N145DF which spent
the afternoon here from/to Luton.
CUS4600/1 SX-BGI VIM605/6 LZ-MIK IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BAL999F/426A G-OBYD AMM56D
G-OOAO BRT563/4 G-EMBI JKK3341/2 EC-GGV MON5897/6 G-MONZ CUS4602/3 SX-BGI
RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBB IWD3441/2 EC-GUR CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Friday 13th August
One of the based Britannia Airways Boeing 757's became SE-DUK for the day,
the first-visiting aircraft arriving from Palma during the early hours, and
departing to Ibiza during the late evening at the end of its short
detachment. BAC Express Shorts 360 G-OJSY positioned in from Cambridge
mid-morning to operate out to Wick.
Two French executive jets, both of which had visited only once before,
returned during the day; last month's first-visiting Falcon 10 F-GSLZ was
present over lunch-time from/to Nancy, while last week's Falcon 2000 F-GODO
spent half an hour on the ground just after lunch, from Cannes to Le
AMC082/3 9H-ABS BAL228B/166A/166B/229A/229B/481A SE-DUK AMM65D/42P G-OOAL
RPX990A/990 G-OJSY FUA160/1 EC-GNZ AMM56C G-OOAO SCY752/3 G-SWJW
BWL8466/847P G-OBWA TLA534/5 EI-TLR FUA102/3 EC-GVB
Thursday 12th August
Jet Aviation Challenger 604 D-AJAB was an early morning first-visitor,
arriving from Cologne and departing to Biggin Hill before 0815L. Piper
Seneca N3036A spent the afternoon here, from/to Birmingham.
City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-BZAW made its second visit during the morning, and
another aircraft in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme made its first-visit
since re-paint, Boeing 757 G-BIKZ arriving on the night-stopping BAW12T.
AMM65F/C G-OOAL OHY443/4 TC-ONR CFE42WX/45XY G-BZAW TSC240/1 C-GTSN
Wednesday 11th August
The Air 2000 A.321 we had been looking for for some time, G-OOAI, finally
appeared on the lunch-time Verona charter. The evening Stord charter was
operated by New Air F-27 OY-EBC, which positioned out to Billund. As we have
now had three weeks without an outbound to Stord, could this have been the
last Stord charter ?.
Cessna 421 D-IQQQ departed to Belfast City during the morning after its
night-stop, and Swiss Air Ambulance BAe 125-800 HB-VIK visited a little
later, spending just nineteen minutes on the ground, from Zurich to
Cambridge as SAZ241/2.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-CVYD AMM689D/C G-OOAI NAW1109/9097 OY-EBC
Tuesday 10th August
City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-BZAW first-visited on the only Gatwick jet service
of the day just after breakfast-time, another 'Union Flag'-ed aeroplane.
Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS delivered some, presumably 'stranded' Brymon
passengers from Manchester, for the late evening BRY58B Newcastle-Aberdeen
Twin Commancher N8256Y passed through again late morning, on its way back
home from the event at Duxford, from Blackbushe to Reykjavik, and Cessna 421
D-IQQQ arrived from Shannon during the evening for a night-stop.
A first-visit-of-type was Jabiru G-BYCZ at tea-time, from Perth to its
CFE42WX/45XY G-BZAW TLA570/1 EI-TLP NFA921/4 OY-NPC AMC5180/1 9H-ADI
Monday 9th August
At the end of quite a long line of 'fast jet' departures, as is usual after
a Sunderland Airshow weekend, was the earlier than expected departure of the
night-stopping Falcon 900EX N25UD, which left for Luton late morning.
Nothing else !.
BWL476P/8476 G-OBWE TSC401 C-GTSV IST829/30 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-GXU
Sunday 8th August
Another exec jet type, albeit a sub-type with no external differences, made
its first appearance at Newcastle, United Dominion Industries Falcon 900EX
N25UD arriving direct from its base at Charlotte, North Carolina during the
evening, and night-stopping.
Another Beech Duke passed through on delivery during the afternoon, N593HP
arriving from Reykjavik and departing to Osnabruck, while a Sunderland
Airshow-related, civil visitor, was the very smart Jet Provost G-BWGT, which
came from Abbeyshrule for its display at Whitburn, departing back to Ireland
within two hours of arriving.
For the first time in over two months, Braathens used a 'classic' Boeing 737
for a Sunday flight, the evening rotation being operated by LN-BRM.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/0 G-FCLI CKT717/6 G-BVYC BRA575/8
LN-BRM VIM717/8 LZ-MIS AIH900/899 G-WJAN ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 7th August
Spanair continued to need help to operate their lunch-time Palma charter,
the flight this week being operated by Volare Airbus A.320 F-GJVU, a few
hours late mid-afternoon, an aircraft that had visited Newcastle previously
as G-BXAT with Flying Colours every Friday during Summer 1997, and indeed as
F-GJVU with Volare on a Newcastle United charter last September.
DC-3 N1944A departed to Coventry at lunch-time after its night-stop, MU-2
N772MA arriving just a few minutes later from Reykjavik, and continuing on
to Lugano an hour later.
FCL113/113P G-FCLJ VIM605/6 LZ-MIR AMM56D G-OOAO IWD3437/8 EC-GLT
BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRT563/4 G-EMBA CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/6 G-MONW
JKK0334/3342 F-GJVU RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBD CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
IWD3441/2 EC-GLT AEA184/5 EC-GUO
Friday 6th August
Dassault's Falcon 2000 F-GODO became just the fourth of type to appear here,
spending just over an hour on the ground at lunch-time, from Le Bourget to
Cannes, while the early evening saw two similar American registrations visit
on delivery flights. First off, King Air 90 N1092G passed through
west-bound, from Chester to Reykjavik, followed by something much more
interesting, DC-3 N1944A which arrived from Reykjavik for a night-stop.
The return sector of last weekend's three Lourdes departures were all
operated by the same aeroplane, Caledonian Airways Tristar TF-ABE
positioning out to Gatwick after operating in from Lourdes. British Airways
Boeing 757 G-BIKV first-visited since its re-paint into the 'Chatham' tail
FCL784/509 G-FCLI AIH847 C-FTDA BAW12J/13E G-BIKV AMM39D/42P G-OOAL AMM56C
G-OOAO FUA160/1 EC-GRX CKT9147/93P TF-ABE SCY752/3 G-SWJW FCL510/112 G-FCLJ
BWL8454/855P G-OBWD TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA102/3 EC-GYK CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 5th August
First-visiting executive jet was Inflite's Challenger VP-BIE which spent
just under two hours on the south apron late morning. Using the callsign
'IEJ001', it was from/to Stansted.
The first arrival for the Sunderland Airshow arrived at tea-time in the
shape of the 'Utterly Butterly' Boeing Stearman N54922, which arrived from
Airtours A.320 C-FTDA diverted in from Teesside again during the late
evening, from Malaga.
AIH858 C-FTDA AMC082/3 9H-ABE AMM39P/C G-OOAL FCL933/783 G-FCLI FUA132/3
EC-GRX OHY443/4 TC-ONR TSC240/1 C-GTSV
Wednesday 4th August
Definite highlight, in fact the only light during another dull day up here,
was the appearance of the second Wideroe Dash Eight on a Stord charter. The
first-visiting series 300 LN-WFR was the aeroplane, which arrived from Stord
and positioned out to Torp during the early evening, wearing a basically
white colour-scheme, with just a tail logo, and the carrier's web address
(www.wideroe.no) in large green letters along the lower fuselage.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-CVYD AMM689D/C G-OOAF WIF7399/8400 LN-WFR
Tuesday 3rd August
Another relatively quiet day, the only visitor of note seeing the return of
Twin Commanche N91XC, which passed through in the reverse direction of its
first-visit last Wednesday, arriving from Duxford and departing to
Another habitant of the soon-to-be-demolished Bellman hangar departed to a
new base during the afternoon, Murphy Renegade G-BTHN making the short trip
north to Eshott.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 2nd August
Only visitor of note was Falcon 10 F-BVPR which arrived during the afternoon
from Marseilles, and returned to France during the late evening - I first
saw this one here over twenty-one years ago !.
City-Flyer RJ.100's returned to Newcastle on a regular basis for the first
time since the end of the Winter 98/99 schedule, the aircraft re-appearing
as expected on the second morning rotation (CFE42WX/45XY), replacing the
previously used ATR.72, but also at the expense of the first morning
rotation, the CFE36RV/39VW, which was an ATR.42 flight, meaning we go back
to a six-times-a-day, weekday Gatwick frequency. Today's flight was operated
by G-BZAT. Another change to the CFE schedule sees a slight swop to the
night-stopping late evening arrivals, the second last CFE21HC becoming an
ATR.72 and the last CFE62MF becoming an ATR.42 - the morning departures
remain the same, with the '72' departing first.
AIH900/900P G-MCEA BWL465P/8465 G-OBWA IST829/830 TC-IAH TSC401 C-GTSN
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ UKA41R/44R G-BUPS
OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-GBA
Sunday 1st August
The last of the current fleet of Braathens Boeing 737-700's to appear
finally first-visited during the evening, LN-TUF becoming our tenth -700 in
That was the only 'real' aeroplane however during an otherwise extremely
busy day, thanks mainly to the Newcastle Aero Club Open Day, which produced
a number of very unusual visitors. Possibly the most interesting of these
was the first Aero L-29 Delfin to land at Newcastle, the very impressive
G-DLFN arriving from Linton-on-Ouse during the morning, and departing to
North Weald late afternoon, flying a local flight 'off to the North' in
between. Other not so usual types included a trio of microlights from
Eshott, G-BYIZ, G-MYVP and G-MWCH, Glastar G-LSTR from Brunton, and two
gliders from Currock Hill, Venture G-BUFP which flew in and out under its
own power, and another, as yet un-identified un-powered machine, which was
roaded-in during the morning, and which was actually 'towed-out',
mid-afternoon, by the Northumbria Gliding Club's Pawnee G-BNZV, which was
also from/to Currock Hill.
AIH899P/899 G-MCEA BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUB BRA575/8 LN-TUF
CKT717/6 G-BVYC ECA864/5 5B-DBB FCL811/0 G-FCLA GIL100P G-BYDN VIM717/706
Saturday 31st July
The Air Lithuania ATR.42 LY-ARI, that arrived on the 18th for maintenance
with Gill Airways Engineering, departed back to Kaunus during the early
morning. The night-stopping Air Mediterrannee Boeing 737 F-GCJL operated a
charter to Lourdes first thing, as did the British World BAC One Eleven
G-OBWE that had arrived on the Stavanger charter the previous evening.
Another One Eleven, G-OBWA, positioned in from Edinburgh at breakfast-time,
for another Lourdes charter.
Both of the Gill Airways ATR.42's that have been on wet leases recently to
European airlines, returned to Newcastle during the day, presumably for
maintenance, using the callsigns of the airlines they had been operating
for. G-BXBV arrived from Bergamo using the Gandalf callsign GNF005P, while
G-WFEP followed it from Lyon, using the Proteus Airlines callsign PRB4063.
The additional visit by Airtours A.320 C-FTDA was as a result of an early
morning weather diversion from Teesside.
KLA2715 LY-ARI CUS4600/1 SX-BGI VIM605/6 LZ-MIG AIH826/081 C-FTDA BIE9003
F-GCJL BWL87P/287 G-OBWA BWL261 G-OBWE AMM56D G-OOAO IWD3437/8 EC-GUR
BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRY95A/B/98A/B G-BRYA BRT563/4 G-EMBB CUS4602/3 SX-BGI
GNF005P G-BXBV MON5896 G-MONW PRB4063 G-WFEP JKK3341/2 EC-GQG RZO9456/7
CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBD IWD3441/2 EC-GUR CUS4604/5 SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-FZZ
Friday 30th July
Yet another Twin Commanche passed through during the afternoon, N4000U from
Reykjavik to Duxford, although a slightly more exotic machine overflew us,
ZS-EMR. Citation 560 N311DG substituted for the usual N560MM at tea-time,
from Northolt to Luton, while '560MM' is re-painted.
Air Mediterranee Boeing 737-200 F-GCJL arrived from Liverpool just before
midnight, to be in position for an early Saturday morning Lourdes departure.
AMM65D/42F G-OOAL AMM56C G-OOAO FUA160/1 EC-HCN SCY752/3 G-SWJW BWL8449
G-OBWE TLA534/5 EI-TLP BIE901F F-GCJL FUA102/3 EC-GRX
Thursday 29th July
A rare colour-scheme up here, re-appeared during the afternoon on the
carrier concerned's latest aeroplane, Jersey European's first Dash Eight,
G-JEDA making a crew training visit mid-afternoon from Leeds. The airframe
had actually been delivered through Newcastle on its way back to Canada on
the 13th of March, wearing the basic colours of its previous operator,
BAe125-800 G-WBPR departed back to Northolt after breakfast, and Brymon
Airways used Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS for the Copenhagen, and last two
British Airways Boeing 757 G-BPEB made its first-visit since December 1996
during the day, the aircraft presumably having become a 'domestic' aircraft
once more - colour-scheme ?.
AMM65P/C G-OOAL OHY443/4 TC-ONM BRY31P/131C/32C/413B/33N/413C/35N/35P G-BUPS
TSC240/1 C-GTSF JEA024T G-JEDA FUA132A/133 EC-HCP AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 28th July
The late afternoon saw two quite interesting American-registered arrivals,
TBM.700 N228CX from Blackpool to Southend, and another Twin Commanche on its
way to Duxford, N91XC which arrived from Reykjavik, and departed to Duxford,
although it was thought to have diverted elsewhere due to Duxford being
Sun Air ATP OY-SVT operated one arrival from Stord during the evening,
positioning out later to Stavanger. Granada BAe125-800 G-WBPR arrived from
Northolt during the evening for a night-stop.
Undisputed star though, quite possibly outside the scope of this report, but
worth mentioning anyway, was arguably our best military visitor of the
decade, the Slovenian Air Force Bell 412 that was at Fairford show, arriving
from North Weald during the evening for a double-night-stop !.
TLA650/1 EI-TLR CKT739/8 G-BVYB AMM689D/C G-OOAE SUS1036/9040 OY-SVT
Tuesday 27th July
Beautiful weather again, but very few interesting aeroplanes. Cessna 340
N340SC was the sole GA visitor of note, arriving from North Weald during the
morning for a night-stop.
SAB43M OO-DWB TLA570/1 EI-TLR AMC5180/1 9H-ADH NFA921/924 OY-NPC
Monday 26th July
Airtours used the first-visiting Air Scandic Tristar EI-CNN for the return
sector of a Palma rotation during the early hours, the aircraft arriving
from Palma and positioning out to Manchester. Two British Airways Boeing
757's appeared for the first time since recent re-paints, G-BIKR on the
early morning BAW12J/13E, now wearing 'Unon Flag', and G-BIKN two rotations
later on the BAW12G/13J, the aircraft now wearing the 'Rendezvous' tail fin.
Citation 560 N311DG departed to Northolt at breakfast-time, while the late
afternoon saw two N-reg visitors, another Twin Commanche on delivery, N8256Y
passing through from Reyjavik to Duxford, and Aero Commander 690 N91384 of
Coopers Aerial Surveys which dropped in for fuel after a survey in the area,
from Glasgow to Gamston as 'Surveyor04'.
AIH806/806P EI-CNN BWL453P/8453 G-OBWB IST829/830 TC-IAH SAB671/91E OO-DWC
TSC401 C-GTSE NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-HBP SAB677 OO-DWB
Sunday 25th July
Just two GA visitors of note, Cessna 210 EI-CDX from/to Waterford during the
afternoon, and Citation 560 N311DG, making its first visit here in some
time, from Manchester during the afternoon for a night-stop.
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL426B/992F G-OBYC BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/0 G-FCLG CKT717/6
G-BVYB AIH900/899 G-JALC VIM717/8 LZ-MIK BRA575/8 LN-TUA ECA864A/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 24th July
The mid-day British Regional Jersey flight produced the first,
first-visiting Embraer 145, for quite some time, G-EMBB operating the flight
wearing the 'Bauhaus' tail colours. Spanair used the Belair Boeing 727
F-GGGR again for the lunch-time Palma rotation.
The early evening saw an interesting west-bound delivery flight, the ex KLM
City Hopper Saab 340 PH-KSC routing Amsterdam to Reykjavik, wearing an
all-white colour scheme. Based Jet Provost G-BVEZ returned back from
spending a month at Humberside during the afternoon, presumably on
maintenance, with similar type G-BWDR presumably acting as a crew ferry,
visiting from/to Humberside, actually arriving in company with G-BVEZ as
VIM605/6 LZ-MIR IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRY95A/B G-BRYD AMM56D G-OOAN BAL999F/426A
G-OBYC BRT563/4 G-EMBB CUS4602/3 SX-BGI JKK3341/2 F-GGGR BRY98A/B G-BRYD
MON5896 G-OZBB RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBB CUS4604/5 SX-BGI IWD3441/2
Friday 23rd July
Air Scandic began a short Friday afternoon Tenerife series with Airbus
A.300's, the first flight being operated by G-SWJW. British Airways Boeing
757 G-BIKO first-visited since its re-paint into the 'Benyhone Tartan'
scheme, on the middle-of-the-day BAW12G/13J.
Cessna 310 N37600 of Forth & Clyde Helicopters day-stopped from/to Glasgow,
and Twin Commanche D-GAZE passed through during the early afternoon, from
Groningen to Reykjavik. Mid American Energy Holdings' Falcon 50 N96UT
departed to Gander during the afternoon, and visiting a little later was
Airlink King Air OE-FME, as JAR09 from Baldonnel to Paderborn.
SAB43M OO-DWB AMM39D/42P G-OOAL FUA160/1 EC-HCP AMM56C G-OOAN SCY752/3
G-SWJW SAB67W/T OO-DWF BWL8443/845P G-OBWB TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA102/3 EC-GYK
Thursday 22nd July
Relatively lots of 'biz' excitement, with three not too regular machines
arriving during the day; first to come was Cal Energy's Falcon 50 N96UT,
making its second appearance here, arriving from Stephenville early morning
and night-stopping. The late morning saw EJI-NetJets Citation S550 N211QS
first-visit from Le Bourget, departing to Farnborough early afternoon, while
Falcon 10 LX-DPA of Partner Aviation spent just over an hour here
mid-afternoon, from Carcassonne to Auxerre.
Aerowest Cessna 425 D-INWG visited over lunch-time, from/to Paderborn,
Cherokee HB-PKH departed to Basle after breakfast, and Sun Air ATP OY-SVT
positioned out to Haugesund at lunch-time.
OHY443/4 TC-ONM TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39P/C G-OOAL SUS9015 OY-SVT FUA132/3
EC-HBZ NFA924E/924 OY-BPH AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 21st July
Highlight of the day was the first-visit from Air Luxor Citation III CS-DNF,
which visited during the late afternoon, from Bratislava to Zurich. Learjet
45 N708SP departed to Frankfurt first thing, returned during the early
evening, and positioned out to Luton.
Airlink King Air 350 OE-FME spent much of the day here, from Paderborn to
Prestwick as JAR09, and Cherokee HB-PKH arrived from Hornafjordur on a
delivery flight during the afternoon and night-stopped.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVT arrived from Stord at lunch-time, operated one full
rotation there and back, and then night-stopped.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYB AMM689D/C G-OOAE SUS1007/1107/1207 OY-SVT
Tuesday 20th July
Hamlin Jet's Citation 560 made another visit over breakfast, from Luton to
Northolt, but the 'return' from Northolt was operated by Learjet 45 N708SP
Champagne Airlines King Air 90 F-GFIR arrived with freight from Metz as
CPH010 during the morning, departing to Le Bourget after an hour on the
ground, using the same callsign, and Piper Cherokee D-EBLW spent most of the
afternoon here, from Braunschweig to Luxembourg. The night-stopping Cessna
310 N310KZ departed to Cambridge during the morning.
A 'tech' Aer Lingus Fokker 50 during the morning, saw a 'rescue' from
BAe146-300 EI-CLY during the early afternoon, the sick Fokker, EI-FKA,
positioning out a little later, undercarriage down.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP EIN2304/303 EI-CLY AMC5180/1 9H-ABT NFA921 OY-BPH
Monday 19th July
Just a few GA visitors to show for what was a pretty busy day in the local
area; best of these was CitationJet OO-PHI which spent a few hours in the
late afternoon/early evening on the Samson apron, from Southampton to
Antwerp. Mooney M.20 N252BH visited briefly during the afternoon from Perth
to Bournemouth, using the callsign 'GTA21A', and Cessna 310 N310KZ arrived
from Cambridge during the evening for a night-stop.
The very pretty Plum-Dollar Squirrel G-BXGA arrived from Inverness during
the afternoon as 'Osprey57', flew a local powerline inspection flight in
Northumberland as 'Powerline57', and then returned to Inverness during the
evening, again as 'Osprey57'.
British Airways Boeing 757 G-BPEK visited for the first time since its
re-paint into the 'Union Flag' tail, as BAW12J/13E during the morning, and
actually returning twice more during the day, at tea-time, and on the
BWL8448 G-OBWB TSC401 C-GTSJ IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-BPH
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 18th July
Two commuter types brightened the place up during the evening; Air Lithuania
ATR.42 LY-ARI arrived from Kaunus as KLA2714 for maintenance with Gill
Airways, and the Sun Air ATP we were looking for, OY-SVU, which operated a
charter from Billund, returning there after just under an hour on the
ground. The aircraft, in the new British Airways 'Wings' colour-scheme, was
of course a first-visitor, but unusually the Air Lithuania was not, having
visited also just once before, as OY-CIF with Cimber Air back on the 1st
July 1994 . It never visited on the short-lived Cimber Air Copenhagen
schedule, having left the fleet by then.
Air Bor Cheyenne F-BXSK visited during the afternoon, from Rouen to Le
Havre, and Police Aviation Services' MD.900 Explorer G-PASS, 'passed'
through at lunch-time, from Dundee to Staverton as 'Police40'.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYC BRA561/4 LN-TUE FCL811/0 G-FCLA CKT717/6 G-CVYD BWL448P
G-OBWB VIM705/718 LZ-MIK BRA575/8 LN-TUA AIH900/899 G-RJGR KLA2714 LY-ARI
SUS1093/9093 OY-SVU ECA864/5 5B-DBD BAL993F G-BRIF
Saturday 17th July
The last Iberworld Airbus A.320, at the moment, to show at Newcastle
operated both flights during the day, EC-GUR in the old colour-scheme,
having visited us previously as LZ-ABC of Balkan, only once though, on the
28th August 1994. There were two genuine first-visitors however, the Belair
Boeing 727 F-GGGR, which operated the mid-day Spanair Palma flight, and Aer
Lingus Boeing 737-400 EI-BXI which substituted for the usual Fokker 50 on
the evening Dublin flight.
An interesting helicopter visitor was Agusta 109 D-HCKV which visited at
tea-time as 'Sloane05', from Kelso to Streton.
TLA534/5 EI-TLP VIM605/6 LZ-MIR IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRY95A/B G-BRYD
BAL999F/426A G-OBYC AMM56D G-OOAN BRT563/4 G-EMBJ JKK3341/2 F-GGGR CUS4602/3
SX-BBU BRY98A/B G-BRYD RZO9456/7 CS-TGP EIN30C/W EI-BXI ECA810/1 5B-DBB
IWD3441/3446 EC-GUR CUS4604/5 SX-BBU AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL481B G-BRIF
Friday 16th July
Cal Energy Falcon 900 N77CE departed to Prestwick at lunch-time - that was
AMM65D/42P G-OOAL FUA160/1 EC-HAN AMM56C G-OOAN BWL8439/394P G-OBWD FUA102/3
EC-HBZ CUS4600/1 SX-BBU BAL228B/166A/166B/229A/229B/481A G-BRIF
Thursday 15th July
The definite highlight on a pretty varied day was the commencement of a new
operator on the mid-week Stord charters, Norwegian carrier Wideroe operating
an inbound from Stord with Dash Eight '300' LN-WFP during the early evening,
the aircraft departing to Torp after about an hour on the ground. We shall
have to wait until next week to see whether Wideroe have replaced Sun Air
full time however. The Sun Air ATP OY-SVI positioned out to Cologne at
Another first-visiting airliner appeared later in the evening, yet another
'new' Air Malta Boeing 737 operating the Humberside 'split-load', the ex
TAP -300 9H-ADM. A substantially delayed based Britannia Airways Boeing 757,
saw a 'rescue' visit from one of the carrier's Boeing 767-200's during the
late evening, G-BRIF, the first of what were once regular aeroplanes here to
appear this summer, positioning in from Glasgow and operating out to Palma.
Cal Energy's Falcon 900 N77CE arrived again for another extended visit, the
aeroplane arriving direct from Omaha at sunrise. An interesting registration
was worn by a French Robin at tea-time, F-PZTB passing through from
Southampton to Edinburgh.
AMM65P/C G-OOAL OHY443/4 TC-ONM TSC240/1 C-GTSF SUS9022 OY-SVI FUA132/3
EC-HBT WIF7315/8316 LN-WFP BAL997F/228A G-BRIF AMC082/3 9H-ADM
Wednesday 14th July
The last Flying Colours Boeing 757 to first-visit, G-FCLH, covered for a u/s
C-FOOE during the day, arriving from Manchester during the early hours, and
operating to/from Heraklion and then Larnaca, before positioning back to
Manchester at midnight. Britannia Airways Boeing 757 G-BYAX re-appeared
after only two previous landings here, arriving from Mahon at lunch-time,
and becoming one of the two based aircraft.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVI operated just the one Stord rotation, and then
night-stopped once more.
Twin Otter N920R departed to Reykjavik after breakfast, and Falcon 10 HB-VME
day-stopped from Maastricht to Cologne.
FCL992P/048/049/545/546/049P G-FCLH TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYA
AMM689D/C G-OOAJ BAL024B G-BYAX SUS1006/1306 OY-SVI
Tuesday 13th July
Lots of interest during the late afternoon/evening; Inter Trans Air Antonov
An-12 LZ-ITA appeared first, arriving as ITT7937 from Manston at tea-time,
and departing with freight to Murcia late evening. Metroliner EC-HCU of
Aerovento also took freight out to Spain at tea-time, arriving as OTO202
from Madrid, and departing to Pamplona as OTO203. Arriving just before
midnight was Twin Otter N920R from Eindhoven for a night-stop.
TransAer Airbus A.320 EI-TLR made only its second visit this summer on the
mid-morning Heraklion charter, and Sun Air ATP OY-SVI arived again for the
Wednesday Stord charters, mid-morning from Haugesund.
Gill Airways Fokker 100 G-BYDO returned from Dinard during the afternoon,
and operated the third CDG schedule of the day. One aircraft that had
substituted for it in the last week, Titan's 146 G-ZAPK, appeared during the
evening flying for Brymon Airways on the last Bristol-Aberdeen schedule of
TLA570/1 EI-TLR SUS9006 OY-SVI GIL100P G-BYDO AMC5180/5181 9H-ABT BRY58A/B
G-ZAPK NFA921/4 OY-NPC
Monday 12th July
British World BAC One Eleven G-OBWA positioned in from Dublin as BWL442P,
and departed on the usual Monday morning Stavanger charter as BWL8442, only
to turn back just after departure with a hydraulic problem, and divert to
Manchester. Titan Airways BAe146 G-ZAPK positioned out to Stansted after
operating the day's Gill Airways CDG flights.
Comfort Air Citation 560 D-CLEO spent the afternoon on the Samson apron,
from/to Westerland. Cessna 172 EI-BAS visited over lunch-time, from
Waterford to Kilkenny.
All four night-stopping Super Pumas made their way north to Aberdeen during
TSC401 C-GTSJ IST829/830 TC-IAH BWL442P/8442 G-OBWA
GIL101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C/104P G-ZAPK AIH846/5 C-FTDA NFA921E/921/924
OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ OHY441/2 TC-ONN JKK3185/6 EC-FXY
Sunday 11th July
Interesting GA visitors included another pair of German singles, Cherokee
D-EKEH diverting in due en-route weather, from Fowlmere to Cumbernauld at
lunch-time, the aircraft continuing north-bound a little later, and Bonanza
D-EMDR, which was a delivery flight during the late afternoon, from Bremen
The late evening saw five of the extremely large number of Aberdeen-based
helicopters that made the weekend trip south to Silverstone, call in on
their way north-bound; Bond Super Puma G-PUMA arrived from Turweston and
departed to Peterhead, while similar types G-PUMH of Bond, G-TIGL of
Bristows, and G-BOZK and G-BUZD of Brintel, all night-stopped.
Another Titan Airways aircraft, BAe146 G-ZAPK, positioned in from Stansted
to operate the day's Gill Airways Paris flights.
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUB
GIL103P/103C/102C/105C/104C G-ZAPK FCL462/810 G-FCLJ CKT717/6 G-BVYC
AIH900/899 G-JALC VIM705/718 LZ-MIG BRA575/8 LN-TUD ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 10th July
We finally got something different from G-EMBA on the British Regional
Jersey flight, the first-visiting G-EMBI in the 'Paithani' design.
Only other movement of interest was the third landing here from Hamlin Jet's
Learjet 45 N708SP, which visited from/to Luton at breakfast-time.
VIM605 LZ-MIS IWD3437/8 EC-GLT BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRT563/4 G-EMBI JKK3341/2
EC-GQG CUS4602/3 SX-BGI RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBD CUS4605/5 SX-BGI
Friday 9th July
The German CAA Beechjet D-CLBA visited again during the morning and
afternoon, on its way from Braunschweig to Reykjavik and back, while another
that visited twice was Red Apple's Mu-2 N973BB, making it's first
appearances here, which was from/to Jersey mid-morning, and from Manchester
to Jersey during the evening. North Flying Citation 500 OY-CEV operated a
freight flight out to Turin at lunch-time as NFA045, the aircraft having
positioned in from Odense.
AMM39D/42P G-OOAL AMM56C G-OOAN FUA160/1 EC-GRX EAF6617/661P G-AVMT TLA534/5
EI-TLP FUA102/3 EC-HAN CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 8th July
Most interesting visitors were probably the German pair which diverted in
just before lunch-time while en-route from Leeds to Edinburgh, consisting of
Piaggio 149 D-EMBA and Cessna 172 D-EFZT. The pair subsequently abandoned
plans to get to Scotland, and returned south-bound after lunch to Cambridge.
Air Malta used last week's first-visiting Boeing 737-300 9H-ADN for the
evening Humberside/Malta split load, and Titan's -300 G-ZAPM positioned out
to Stansted after a few days on the Gill Paris route. British Airways Airbus
A.320 G-BUSI first-visited since receiving its third BA tail design, the
aircraft appearing on the mid-morning BAW12H/13R now wearing the Chatham
'Union Flag' design.
Chalair Metro F-GHVG day-stopped from/to Le Bourget, on a passenger charter,
GIL101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C/104P G-ZAPM OHY443/4 TC-ONP AMM39F/C G-OOAL
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ FUA132/3 EC-GNZ AMC082/3 9H-ADN
Wednesday 7th July
More freight flights from Oporto produced MSR Flug Cessna 425 D-IPOS at
lunch-time as EBF407, the aircraft departing to Osnabruck, and the
Intermediacon Metroliner EC-GMG, which arrived just one minute before
midnight as IEA502, and departed to Barcelona as IEA503 within the first
half hour of Thursday.
Another delivery flight saw Beech 36 Bonanaza D-EBJM during the afternoon,
from Marl to Reykjavik, and JJB Sports Citation Bravo N829CB, still the only
Bravo to appear here, visited twice during the day, from Blackpool to
Prestwick during the morning, and in the other direction at lunch-time.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVT operated two Stord rotations, and then positioned out to
Billund after the last arrival during the evening. Flying Colours Boeing 757
C-FOOE returned to service early morning, G-FCLK returning from Heraklion
during the morning and positioning out to Gatwick.
SUS1005/1105/1205/1305/9047 OY-SVT FCL049/031P G-FCLK
GIL101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C G-ZAPM TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYC
Tuesday 6th July
The previous day's first-visiting Flying Colours Boeing 757, G-FCLJ,
returned back from Dalaman during the early hours, and positioned out
immediately to Manchester, leaving G-FCLK to operate the rest of the day's
based flying programme. Titan Airways' G-ZAPM positioned in from Stansted
again early morning to operate the day's Gill Paris flying. Air Malta's
Boeing 737-400 9H-ADO made only its second appearance at Newcastle during
the evening, the aircraft still wearing basic Air One colour-scheme. Sun Air
ATP OY-SVT arrived from Billund during the evening to night-stop in
preparation for Wednesday's Stord charter.
Airtours' DC-10 G-BYDA diverted in early morning from Manchester due
weather, as AIH012 from Barbados, the aircraft continuing to Manchester a
little later, and European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMZ positioned out
to Bournemouth after breakfast, as GIL100P. Much more interest was provided
by KLMuk, and only their second ATR.72 to visit Newcastle, the
first-visiting G-UKTJ being used for the lunch-time and tea-time Stansted
It was a good day for, admittedly regular, Citation's, Comfort Air's C560
D-CLEO day-stopping from Westerland to Dortmund, and being joined during the
early afternoon on the Samson ramp by the almost identical N560MM of Hamlin
Jet. Scottish and Newcastle's 560 VP-CSN made its now normal very short
vist, during the afternoon from Hamburg to Edinburgh, while another Beechjet
appeared, the first-visiting N709EL visiting during the late afternoon from
Edinburgh to Gamston.
FCL706/037P G-FCLJ FCL037/469 G-FCLK FCL650/951 G-FCLK FCL952/048 G-FCLK
GIL100P/101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C G-ZAPM TLA570/1 EI-TLP AMC5180/5209
9H-ADO SUS9005 OY-SVT NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC UKA41R/44R/43R/46R G-UKTJ
Monday 5th July
Tyrolean Jet Service Falcon 10 OE-GSC was finally able to depart after its
engine problem of the previous week, leaving for Basle at lunch-time. An
earlier arrival from Basle saw Turbo Arrow HB-PKH mid-morning, the aircraft
continuing its ferry flight after an hour on the ground, to Hornafjordur.
An unservicability affecting based Flying Colours Boeing 757 C-FOOE saw a
couple of UK-registered aircraft from the main fleet operate based flights;
the first-visiting G-FCLJ came first, positioning in from Gatwick during the
evening to operate out late to Dalaman, and G-FCLK arriving just before
midnight from Manchester to operate the evening Corfu departure. European
Air Charter operated the Gill Paris's again, and British World operated the
morning Stavanger charter with One Eleven G-OBWD.
BWL438P/8438 G-OBWD TSC401 C-GTSN IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC
GIL101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C G-AVMZ AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
BAW12G/13J G-CPES FCL036P/705 G-FCLJ OHY441/2 TC-ONM BAW12Q/13L G-CPES
FCL007P/036 G-FCLK JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 4th July
The morning saw another executive jet routing west-bound, Beechjet D-CLBA,
our first of type since 1997 !, arriving from Braunschweig and departing to
Reykjavik shortly after. More foreign GA later in the morning included Piper
Navajo N97RJ which spent the afternoon here from/to Earls Colne, and Cessna
310 F-GCCB which spent a couple of hours on the ground over lunch-time, from
Granville to Deauville.
For the first time in a number of weeks Braathens used a Boeing 737-500 for
a Sunday flight, LN-BRG operating the evening BRA575/8.
AEA184/5 EC-FXP BAW13X G-CPES BAL426B/992F G-OBYC BRA561/4 LN-TUC
FCL811/2810 G-FCLB CKT717/6 G-CVYE GIL103C/102C/105C/104C G-AVMZ AIH900/899
G-LCRC VIM717/8 LZ-MIR ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 3rd July
The last of the current fleet of British Airways Boeing 757's finally
appeared for the first time at Newcastle, the previously Gatwick-based
G-CPES first-visiting on the night-stopping BAW12T, the aircraft of course
wearing the 'Wings' tail design. Other airliner excitement was again very
sparse for the once interesting 'Summer Saturday', with the usual Cronus
Boeing 737 operating all three flights again, and, very disappointingly, the
same British Regional Embraer 145 operating the Jersey schedule, now for the
fourth week running. European Air Charter One Eleven G-AVMZ operated the
only Gill Airways Paris rotation of the day, the morning flight, via
Humberside in both directions.
Highlight of the day however was a biz-jet delivery, Falcon 100 F-GSLZ
passing through west-bound during the early afternoon, from Ostend to
CUS4600/1 SX-BGI FUA102/3 EC-GVB IWD3437/8 EC-HCR AMM56D G-OOAN VIM605/6
LZ-MIS BAL999F/426A G-OBYC BRT563/4 G-EMBA JKK3341/2 EC-FXI CUS4602/3 SX-BGI
GIL101H/100C G-AVMZ RZO9456/7 CS-TGR BAW12T G-CPES ECA810/1 5B-DBD IWD3441/2
EC-HCR CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Friday 2nd July
Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM operated the Gill Airways Paris
schedules again, positioning out to Stansted late in the evening, and
European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMZ arrived from Bournemouth as
GIL101P during the afternoon, in preparation for the weekend flying.
Sister-ship G-AVMP passed through a little later on the usual Friday evening
Another aircraft first-visited after re-paint into the British Airways
'Union Flag' tail design, City Flyer ATR.72 G-BWTL arriving as CFE62MF
during the evening, and also night-stopping.
Learjet 45 N459LJ departed to Farnborough mid-morning as LTH007 after its
AMM65D/42P G-OOAL AMM56C G-OOAN FUA160/1 EC-HAN
GIL101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C/104P G-ZAPM NFA115 OY-NPD GIL101P G-AVMZ
EAF6597/597P G-AVMP TLA534/5 EI-TLP
Thursday 1st July
Most certainly the highlight of the day was the first-visit of type, of a
quite unusual 'conversion', our first Dornier 328Jet appearing during the
late morning in the shape of test aircraft D-BALL which 'dropped in' for
fuel after an icing test flight over the North Sea. The aircraft used the
callsign 'Dornier05' and originated in Stavanger, departing to
Oberpfaffenhofen during the early afternoon.
Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM positioned in from Stansted during the
early morning for another day's Paris flying for Gill Airways, the aircraft
night-stopping at the end of the operation. The Dutch 'car people' returned
home during the early evening on two more examples of the Air Holland 737
and Transavia 757 fleet; Boeing 737-300 PH-OZB had last visited Newcastle
during 1996, but Boeing 757 PH-TKC was indeed a first-visitor. Sun Air ATP
OY-SVI departed to Stord during the morning. British Airways Boeing 757
G-CPEN made its first appearance after re-paint into the 'Union Flag'
colours, operating the late evening BAW12T and night-stopping.
The night-stopping Learjet 45 N708SP, which departed just before lunch-time
to Northolt, was joined on the south apron at breakfast-time, by Stealth
Aviations' N459LJ, which arrived from Jersey as 'LTH006' for a night-stop !.
The two Lear 45's yet to show, at Newcastle together - must have been quite
a sight !.
There was a bit of a 'clear out', with most of the previous day's
night-stoppers departing during the day; Metro D-ICRK departed to
Saarbrucken during the early hours, and this was followed by Baron N55BN
which returned to Cranfield mid-morning.
GIL101P/101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C G-ZAPM AMM65P/C G-OOAL TSC240/1 C-GTSF
OHY443/4 TC-ONP FUA132/3 EC-HBZ AHR815P/816 PH-OZB TRA8993/4 PH-TKC AMC082/3
9H-ABE SUS1035 OY-SVI
Wednesday 30th June
The morning saw more charters for Nissan, but this time passenger charters,
with visitors from the Netherlands arriving on the first-visiting Boeing
737-300 PH-OZC of Air Holland, and Transavia Boeing 757 PH-TKA, both of
which routed from/to Amsterdam. The latter had visited Newcastle previously
at the start of the 1996/7 Winter season when the Dutch carrier operated a
weekly Tenerife flight for the first six weeks of the season following the
demise of Centennial Airlines. Sun Air ATP OY-SVI operated one 'there and
back' to Stord, and then night-stopped again, and Gill Airways Fokker 100
G-BYDO departed un-pressurised to Dinard during the morning as GIL100P, for
attention by TAT.
The long-awaited 'replacement' for Hamlin Jet Citation 560 N560MM, flying
for Sage Software, appeared during the early morning in the very impressive
shape of Learjet 45 N708SP, which arrived from Luton and departed to
Frankfurt, returning from there during the evening for a night-stop. This
particular aircraft's 'novelty value', only our second of type to visit, for
the enthusiast may of course wane slightly if it becomes as regular as the
Michelin Air Services' Falcon 20 F-GOPM spent the morning here, from
Clermont Ferrand to Le Bourget, and the lunch-time saw the first Casa 212 to
visit since 1994, the Swedish Coastguard machine SE-IVF, which last visited
Newcastle in 1993, calling in en-route from Sumburgh to Groningen as SWE585.
Beech Baron N55BN arrived from Cranfield during the early evening for a
night-stop, being one of eight visitors to see the month out at Newcastle.
AHR815/816P PH-OZC NFA113 OY-NPD TRA8993/4 PH-TKA TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8
G-BVYC AMM689D/C G-OOAJ SUS1004/1304 OY-SVI GIL100P G-BYDO
Tuesday 29th June
Another ex-Portuguese Boeing 737-300 visited for the first time in its new
marks, Air Malta's 9H-ADN operating the evening Malta charter, the aircraft
this time being a true first-visitor though, having never visited Newcastle
in its previous life as CS-TIK with TAP. Sun Air ATP OY-SVI arrived from
Billund during the evening in preparation for another day's Stord charters.
Tyrolean Jet Service Falcon 10 OE-GSC diverted in late morning whilst
en-route Pisa-Carlisle on an ambulance flight, with an engine problem, the
aircraft night-stopping. The late evening saw more freight charters for
Nissan, the Bin Air Metro D-ICRK arriving from Oporto again, for a two night
stay, and Mu-2 F-GEQM which arrived from Nantes just before midnight,
departing to Orleans a few minutes into Wednesday.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP NFA921/924/123E OY-NPD AMC5208/5181 9H-ADN SUS9004 OY-SVI
Monday 28th June
With Gill Airways' Fokker 100 G-BYDO unable to operate the day's Paris
flights due to damage caused by a vehicle the previous evening, all three
Gill Airways/Air France Paris flights during the day were operated by the
'new' Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM, it's first appearance at
Newcastle. Positioning from before, and to Stansted at the end of the day's
operation, the aircraft had last visited Newcastle during 1994 as CS-TKG
with Air Columbus.
One of the more interesting registrations of the year appeared on a visiting
UK-based civilian Gazelle before lunch, YU-HEH spending the afternoon here,
from/to 'Near Chester'. Another rotary visitor of interest was the
previously based Jet Ranger G-RIAN, which made its first visit to the
airport since its departure to a local site in 1998, at breakfast-time from
'near South Shields' to Blackpool, the aircraft still using its 'Delta66'
GIL101P/101C/100C/103C/102C/105C/104C/104P G-ZAPM EAF616P/6616 G-AVMZ
IST829/830 TC-IAH TSC401 C-GTSJ NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPD AIH846/5 C-FTDA
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-GAT
Sunday 27th June
Flying Colours first-visited one of their Boeing 757's again, G-FCLF
appearing on the afternoon Gerona 'W'.
A pair of British Citations produced interest, including only the second
visit from last month's first visiting Citation 560 G-CZAR, as CFR405
from/to Farnborough during the afternoon, and the slightly more regular, but
nevertheless always nice to see, Titan Airways Citation 500 G-ZAPI, which
also was present during the afternoon, from/to Stansted as AWC900.
Beech Bonanza D-ELLW passed through on a west-bound delivery flight during
the evening, from Marl to Reykjavik.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUD FCL811/081 G-FCLF CKT717/6 G-BVYB
AIH900/899 G-MCEA VIM717/706 LZ-MIG BRA575/8 LN-TUE ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 26th June
With the lovely weather continuing, Northumbria Plate Day was consequently a
busy GA day, but with not too much of excitement. Metro D-ICRK departed to
Cologne early on, while King Air OE-FME also departed during the morning.
PA-22 N6830B, which has recently been noted operating from a farm strip just
on the edge of the Newcastle Control Zone, visited the airport for the first
time during the morning, making the short trip from Kearsley and departing
Most notable amongst the UK-registered light aircraft was probably the Gold
Air operated Piper Navajo G-OSGB, which was one of a few aircraft taking
advantage of the good weather to fly survey flights, dropping into the
airport for lunch wearing a purple colour-scheme with Ordnance Survey titles
on the fin. Using the callsign 'GDA01' the aircraft originated from, and
returned to, Blackpool.
On the airliner front Saturday's are becoming a little tedious now, with the
now ever present SX-BGI operating all three Cronus flights, and Embraer 145
G-EMBA returning again on the midday British Regional Jersey flight. Of more
interest though was Iberworld A.320 EC-HCR, which made only its third
landing here this summer, on the morning flight.
CUS4600/1 SX-BGI VIM605/6 LZ-MIG IWD3437/8 EC-HCR BRY95A/B/98A/B G-BRYD
BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRT563/4 G-EMBA JKK3341/2 EC-GVI CUS4602/3 SX-BGI
MON5897/6 G-OZBB RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1 5B-DBD IWD3441/2 EC-GLT CUS4604/5
SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-FZZ
Friday 25th June
More car part charters produced a selection of foreign visitors; the early
morning saw Champagne Airlines King Air 90 F-GBLU visit, from Metz to
Montbeliard, and Intermediacon Metro EC-GMG, which arrived from Oporto as
IEA502, and was out back to Barcelona as IEA503 at 0730L. Bin Air Metro
D-ICRK did the same again, out to Oporto at lunch-time, and back during the
late evening with more freight.
A new Citation for us was Stealth Aviation C.501 N527EW which afternoon
stopped, from Leeds to Jersey, as LTH006/1.
SAB43M OO-DWC FUA1601 EC-HBZ EAF6587/658P G-AVMY FUA102/3 EC-GNZ TLA534/5
Thursday 24th June
Quite a busy, but somewhat fraught day !. A two hour terminal building
evacuation, following a small electrical fire, at tea-time made for one of
the busiest aprons for quite possibly, a very long time. With outward
passengers not able to get through the terminal onto the aeroplanes, and
inbound aircraft landing and keeping passengers on board after landing,
there was approximately 22 aircraft on the terminal stands at one point
during the early evening !. A little earlier the local 'Medic' helicopter,
Twin Squirrel G-NAAS, had made an emergency landing following a bird-strike,
and a broken windscreen.
Visitors were numerous and varied; Bin Air Metro D-ICRK departed back to
Oporto at lunch-time, and retuned with more freight during the late evening,
while Citation 525 D-ISGW visited again, this time at more sociable hours,
mid-afternoon, from Oporto to Osnabruck as EBF724. Cessna 310 N37600 of
Forth and Clyde Helicopters, arrived from Glasgow at lunch-time on a
training flight, flew a local flight during the afternoon, during which it
encountered a slight under-carriage problem, and departed back to Glasgow at
tea-time. Yak 52 RA-02149 passed through at lunch-time, from Perth to
Gamston, and Airlink King Air OE-FME arrived from Prestwick during the
evening as JAR09 for a double night-stop.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVI positioned out to Stuttgart after breakfast, and the
extra visit from Airtours A.320 C-FTDA was an early morning diversion from
Teesside, the aircraft making the short trip 'down the road', a little
AIH862/857A C-FTDA MSK390/1/2/3 G-BUPS SUS9076 OY-SVI OHY443/4 TC-ONR
TSC240/1 C-GTSE AMC082/3 9H-ADH SAB677 OO-DWC
Wednesday 23rd June
Sun Air ATP OY-SVI departed as expected to Stord at breakfast-time, but then
returned at lunch-time, and operated another rotation during the afternoon,
all sectors with passengers, suggesting forthcoming flights in the coming
weeks hopefully, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
More freight for a 'local' car manufacturer arrived in Metroliner D-ICRK of
Bin Air, which made two trips inbound from Oporto, during the early morning,
and just before midnight. Another 'freighter' was MSR Flug Cessna 425 D-IPOS
which also arrived from Oporto, during the afternoon as EBF423, and
positioned out later to Osnabruck.
All the Maersk(UK) Birmingham schedules during the day were operated by
British World Airlines BAC One Eleven G-OBWE, and Air 2000 Airbus A.321
G-OOAJ made only its second appearance up here on the lunch-time Verona 'W'.
Chauffair Citation 550 G-JCFR visited during the morning, as CFR405 from
Farnborough to London City.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG MSK390/1/2/3/4/5/6/7 G-OBWE CKT739/8 G-BVYC AMM689D/C G-OOAJ
Tuesday 22nd June
Some very early morning excitement was provided by CitationJet D-ISGW which
was in and out before 0600L, haing operated a freight flight inbound from
Oporto. Using the callsigns EBF721/2 of MSR Flug, the first-visiting
aircraft departed empty to Dusseldorf. Falcon 50 N96UT of Cal Energy
departed to Luton during the evening after its two night stay, and King Air
90 F-GSDM of DARTA visited at tea-time, operating a freight flight from
Orleans, and departing empty to Le Bourget shortly after, both as DRT1669.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVI returned, positioning in from Billund as SUS9003, in
preparation for another Stord charter the following morning.
SAB43M OO-DWD TLA570/1 EI-TLP AMC5180/1 9H-ADH SUS9003 OY-SVI MSK394/5/6/7
G-BUPS NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC
Monday 21st June
A fairly busy day, but not much of interest at all; Mooney M.20 D-ERAW
day-stopped, arriving from Kassel mid-morning, and departing to Manchester
during the afternoon, while Air Alsie Citation 650 OY-CCG visited briefly
during the afternoon, using the callsign MMD4331 ('Mermaid').
BAW13C G-CPEV EAF659P/6596 G-AVMM TSC401 C-GTSJ IST829/830 TC-IAH
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGR AIH846/5 C-FTDA OHY441/2 TC-ONO
SAB677 OO-DWD JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 20th June
A late arrival was Falcon 50 N96UT which arrived direct from Stephenville
just seventeen minutes before midnight, for a double-night-stop. Operated by
Mid American Energy Holdings, the owners of Northern Electric, the aircraft
could become quite regular in the future.
The last Heathrow arrival of the day saw the first-visit of British Airways'
brand new Boeing 757 G-CPEV, another aeroplane in the 'Rendezvous' tail
design. Braathens 'put in' two Boeing 737-700's again, and KLMuk used Titan
ATR.42 G-BUPS for the tea-time Stansted rotation.
Piper Saratoga LX-PAV completed its delivery flight with a sector to
Luxembourg during the morning, and Navajo LN-TWB departed back to Gardermoen
at lunch-time, after spending two nights here.
RZO9456/7 CS-TGP CUS4604/5 SX-BGI BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUE
AMM666D/C G-OOAC FCL811/0 G-FCLK CKT717/6 G-BVYB AIH410P/899 G-RJGR
AIH900B/P G-JALC UKA43R/46R G-BUPS VIM705/6 LZ-MIG BRA575/8 LN-TUC BAW12T
G-CPEV ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 19th June
Another disappointing Saturday on the airliner front, with the British
Regional Jersey flight producing EMB.145 G-EMBA for the third week running.
Learjet 45 N459LJ departed to Jersey mid-afternoon, and arriving at around
the same time were two delivery flights, Beech Duke N6738Z arriving from
Reykjavik as planned and departing to Osnabruck, and PA-32 LX-PAV which
diverted in from Glasgow due favourable tailwinds, and which night-stopped.
TLA534/5 EI-TLP CUS4600/1 SX-BGI VIM605/6 LZ-MIS IWD3437/8 EC-GLT
BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRY95A/B G-BRYD BRT563/4 G-EMBA MON5897/6 G-OZBB
BRY98A/B G-BRYD CUS4602/3 SX-BGI JKK3341/2 EC-FTS ECA810/1 5B-DBB AEA184/5
EC-FXQ IWD3441/2 EC-GZD
Friday 18th June
British World ATP G-OBWN made only its second appearance up here, operating
the tea-time KLMuk Stansted rotation.
Cessna 172 N856SP continued its delivery flight at 0700L, routing to
Florence, time en-route on the FPL 12 hours !!. Piper Navajo LN-TWB arrived
from Oslo at tea-time for a night-stop, as did Stealth Aviation's Lear 45
N459LJ, which arrived from an anagram of Gardermoen's ICAO code,
European Air Charter operated the inbound Stavanger charter again, using One
Eleven G-AVMZ which positioned out to Bournemouth.
Correcting the report for Thursday 17th June, Flying Colours Boeing 757
G-FCLF did actually return from Mahon in the early hours as FCL784 (not
C-FOOE), the aircraft night-stopping, and departing as FCL509 to Tenerife
during the early morning, where it definitely did swop with C-FOOE.
FUA160/1 EC-HBT UKA43R/46R G-OBWN EAF6585/658F G-AVMZ FUA102/3 EC-GRX
Thursday 17th June
The first break in the leased-from Canada 3000 Boeing 757 C-FOOE's
domination of the based Newcastle programme so far this summer, came during
the late afternoon, the aeroplane swopping in Arrecife with the
first-visiting G-FCLF. The aircraft returned from the Canaries as FCL933 and
operated out to Mahon as FCL783, where it swopped back with C-FOOE, which
arrived back just after midnight.
Danish Air Transport Cessna 406 OY-PEU operated another freight flight from
France during the afternoon, from Rouen as DTR892, positioning out to Luton
as DTR892T, while a delivery flight produced Cessna 172 N856SP, which
arrived from Reykjavik mid-afternoon for a night-stop.
The remaining Gill Airways Fokker to appear during the week, G-BYDO, made
its first-visit to Newcastle since the end of March, arriving on the first
Paris-Newcastle flight of the day, during the mid-morning.
OHY443/4 TC-ONM TSC240/1 C-GTSV FCL933/783 G-FCLF AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 16th June
A surprising first-visitor on the, slightly late, last Heathrow rotation of
the day, was British Airways Boeing 767 G-BZHB, the aircraft becoming only
the fourth to visit Newcastle in the 'Delftblue Daybreak' tail design.
The three foreign night-stoppers all departed before 0900L, Malibu D-ETSI
back to Vilshofen, Sun Air ATP OY-SVI to Stord, on what would appear may
turn out to be another regular Norwegian oil-related charter, and ATA Boeing
727 N785AT to Oslo.
Air Bor King Air 90 F-BTQP operated another cargo flight from Metz during
the afternoon, the aircraft departing to Dijon, while another of the same
type appeared on a similar mission from Rouen a little later, OY-JRO of
Danish Air Transport arriving as DTR903 and departing to Southend as
SUS1002 OY-SVI TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYB AMM689D/C G-OOAF BAW12Q/13L
Tuesday 15th June
Another Sun Air ATP first-visited, OY-SVI arriving from Billund as SUS9002
during the late evening, to be in position for an early morning charter on
Wednesday. American Trans Air Boeing 727 N785AT was another first-visitor,
arriving from Bremen during the afternoon and also night-stopping. The
aircraft was in the carrier's new colour-scheme.
Gulfstream IISP N902MP made another visit, day-stopping from/to Heathrow,
King Air 90 F-GIFB visited early afternoon on a cargo flight from Metz to
Montbeliard, and Piper Malibu D-ETSI operated a further freight flight from
Vilshofen during the late evening, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
The Blyth-based, Northumbria Air Ambulance Service Twin Squirrel G-NAAS,
made its first-visit during the afternoon since its re-paint into the
all-yellow AA colour-scheme.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP NFA921/4/4E OY-NPC AMC5208/9 9H-ABR SUS9002 OY-SVI
Monday 14th June
Highlight of the day was the first-visit of the Lost Boys Aviation Falcon
900 PH-LBA, which day-stopped from Amsterdam to Frankfurt.
European Airways operated the usual Monday morning Stavanger charter with
Bac One Eleven G-AVMS, Maersk(UK) used Titan ATR.42 G-BUPS for the morning
Birmingham's, and still only one Istanbul Airlines flight.
Ruschmeyer R-90 PH-JDL, which had passed through the previous afternoon,
en-route from Eindhoven to Oban, made another visit to the airport, although
this time only as an 'overshooter', performing an ILS to a 'go-around' at
lunch-time, on its return from Oban to Norwich.
Gill Airways Fokker 100 G-BYDP made its first-visit here since the end of
March, operating the first Paris arrival of the day, after having swopped
with G-BYDN, which had been ever-present since the introduction of the type
on the Newcastle-Paris route on the 5th of June, for certification reasons.
MSK390/1/2/3 G-BUPS IST829/30 TC-IAH EAF9814/6586 G-AVMS NFA921E/921/924
OY-NPC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-FXI
Sunday 13th June
Braathens used two Boeing 737-700's again, with both aircraft LN-TUA and
LN-TUG, making only their second visits to Newcastle during the day. Another
Flying Colours Boeing 757, G-FCLI, first-visited on the afternoon Gerona
Interesting foreign GA visitor was Ruschmeyer R-90 PH-JDL which spent a
couple of hours on the ground at lunch-time, from Eindhoven to Oban.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYD BRA561/4 LN-TUA FCL811/0 G-FCLI AMM666D/C G-OOAC
CKT717/6 G-CVYG SAB673/P OO-DWF AIH900/899 G-MCEA BRA575/8 LN-TUG VIM717/8
LZ-MIR ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 12th June
Certainly the least exciting Saturday of the summer so far - 0
VIM605/6 LZ-MIG IWD3430/8 EC-GLT BAL999F/426A G-OBYD JKK3341/2 EC-GHH
CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/589A G-OZBB BRT563/4 G-EMBA RZO9456/7 CS-TGP
ECA810/1 5B-DBC IWD3441/2 EC-GLT CUS4605/5 SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-FXQ
Friday 11th June
Another Futura re-registration, Boeing 737-400 EC-HCP made its first
appearance here on the lunch-time Tenerife arrival, and then went u/s, the
rescue aeroplane not arriving until just after midnight in the shape of
EC-HBT. Landing two minutes later was the regular overnight Tenerife flight
operated by EC-HAN, all three aircraft consequently being on the ground at
the same time. EC-HCP positioned out to Palma during the early hours of
European Aircharter operated the Friday evening Stavanger charter again with
One Eleven G-AVMS, the aircraft positioning out to Edinburgh.
FUA160/041P EC-HCP EAF6563/582P G-AVMS TLA534/5 EI-TLG FUA037P/161 EC-HBT
FUA102/3 EC-HAN CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 10th June
Lots of the same helicopters again, but of much more significance was the
Coca-Cola Gulfstream IV N867CE which day-stopped from/to Farnborough.
Brymon Airways Dash Eight G-BRYP appeared back for the first time since its
incident a few months ago, operating the afternoon Bristol/Aberdeen
schedules (BRY56A/B/57A/B), its first visits since the 19th February. It now
wears the 'Grand Union' colour-scheme.
OHY443/4 TC-ONO TSC240/1 C-GTSE AMC082/3 9H-ADH
Wednesday 9th June
Very interesting ad-hoc visitor during the early morning was Sun Air ATP
OY-SVT, which was in and out before 0800L. Arriving from Billund as SUS9001
it operated a passenger charter to Stord as SUS1001.
It was however a major helicopter day; we got a first-visit of type at
lunch-time with EH.101 I-LIOI diverting in for fuel whilst en-route Koksijde
to Aberdeen. Smaller machines included National Grid's Twin Squirrels G-GRID
'Grid01' and G-WIRE 'Grid03' which had arrived on Monday evening, and which
flew local sorties during the day, and similar type G-BPRI which was
checking railway lines in the region during the day. Other rotary visitors
from around the region were AS350 G-BRVO and Jet Ranger G-BORV.
CKT739/8 G-CVYG AMM689D/C G-OOAE TLA650/1 EI-TLP
Tuesday 8th June
Co-incidentally another Boeing 737-300 first-visited on a SABENA schedule,
OO-SDY operating the afternoon Brussels rotation, after the morning one had
been cancelled, and the evening saw another 737 first-timer, -400 9H-ADL
operating the weekly Air Malta -300 flight.
Piper Seneca N9282V passed through during the afternoon, on a delivery
flight, from Vagar to Salzburg.
TLA570/1 EI-TLG SAB673/P OO-SDY AMC5208/9 9H-ADL NFA921/924/924E OY-BPH
Monday 7th June
SABENA used the first-visiting Sobelair Boeing 737-300 OO-SBZ for the
evening Bussels schedule.
The previous late evening's Citation 501 arrival, N15CV, continued on to
Monchengladbach after breakfast, and the European One Eleven G-AVMY departed
to Stavanger on the usual Monday morning charter.
Titan Airways were used by two regulars again, Shorts 360 G-ZAPD by Maersk
UK for the second morning rotation, and ATR.42 G-BUPS by Brymon Airways for
the two Aberdeen/Southampton visits.
EAF6584 G-AVMY IST829/30 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-BPH MSK392/3 G-ZAPD
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR BRY95A/B/98A/B G-BUPS OHY441/2 TC-ONM
SAB67W/T OO-SBZ JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 6th June
Two 'NextGens' again on the two Braathens flights, last Sunday's
first-visitor LN-TUB, making its second visit during the morning, and the
first-visiting LN-TUG (which like LN-TUE has a plain blue fin - no 'Aurora'
effect) operating the early evening flight. It doesn't seem to have taken
long at all, to get all but one, the only one we need now being 'Foxtrot'.
Citation 501 N15CV arrived from Reykjavik just before midnight, for a short
night-stop, on a delivery flight to Germany, the aircraft being flown by a
German ferry pilot.
Titan Airways ATR.42's were again needed by regular scheduled operators,
Brymon Airways using G-BUPS for the afternoon Bristol/Aberdeen schedules,
and KLMuk using G-ZAPJ a little later for the tea-time Stansted rotation.
Nostalgia ruled, with European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMY positioning
in from Birmingham during the afternoon, in preparation for the Stavanger
charter in the morning, using the callsign 'Speedbird1559' !.
AEA184/5 EC-FZZ CUS4604/5 SX-BGI BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUB
FCL811/0 G-FCLG CKT717/6 G-CVYE BRY56A/B/57A/B G-BUPS AMM666D/C G-OOAB
UKA43R/46R G-ZAPJ BAW1559 G-AVMY BRA575/8 LN-TUG VIM717/8 LZ-MIR ECA864/5
Saturday 5th June
One of the best visitors of the year so far, appeared on the mid-day Spanair
Palma charter, the all-green Citybird Boeing 767-300 OO-CTQ, gracing our
apron for an hour and a half. A simultaneous first-visiting airliner was
British Regional's newest Embraer 145 G-EMBJ, on the Jersey schedule.
Gill Airways' Fokker 100 G-BYDN operated its first service during the early
morning, the GIL101C to Paris-CDG, and the afternoon Monarch Airlines
Alicante was operated by two aircraft instead of the usual one, Boeing 757
G-MONJ positioning from Manchester to operate the outbound first, with
Airbus A.320 G-MONW arriving late from Alicante at tea-time, and positioning
out to Liverpool.
AM5M56D G-OOAN IWD3437/3450 EC-GZE VIM605/6 LZ-MIG BAL999F/426A G-OBYB
GIL101C/100C G-BYDN BRT563/4 G-EMBJ CUS4602/3 SX-BGI JKK3341/2 OO-CTQ
MON896P/5896 G-MONJ RZO9456/7 CS-TGP MON5897/897P G-MONW ECA810/1 5B-DBC
Friday 4th June
Gill Airways' third Fokker 100 G-BYDN was finally delivered to the carrier during the afternoon, arriving from Montpellier as GIL100P. The three-times-a-day Paris CDG schedule, planned to have been operated by the aircraft since last Tuesday, had been operated by ATR's during the week, but presumably due to high passenger loads on the last rotation of the week, Debonair BAC One Eleven G-AYOP was used, positioning from/to Luton, and looking very pretty in the full Debonair colour-scheme.
The ex-Gill Airways Stavanger oil charter, which had produced some niceties during May, saw just a Braathens Boeing 737-500 LN-BUD, from Stavanger to Oslo.
AMM65D/42F G-OOAL AMM56C G-OOAO FUA160/1 EC-HBT AMM264D/C G-OOOW AMM691D/C G-OOOI GIL200P/AFR5105/4/GIL199P G-AYOP BRA1297/8298 LN-BUD FUA102/3 EC-GVB TLA534/5 EI-TLR CUS4600/1 SX-BGI
Thursday 3rd June
British Airways Boeing 757 G-CPET operated the late evening Heathrow rotation, only its third visit ever, and its first since last November.
Twin Otter C-FZSP departed to Reykjavik at lunch-time after its night-stop, and BAe125-1000 G-GDEZ visited again at tea-time, from Southend to Kidlington.
AMM65F/C G-OOAL TSC240/1 C-GTSN OHY443/4 TC-ONO BAW12Q/13L G-CPET AMC082/3 9H-ABF
Wednesday 2nd June
The newest single-aisle Airbus, and the first above c/n 1000, to visit Newcastle, appeared during the late morning, Air 2000's A.321 G-OOAJ first-visiting on the weekly Verona 'W'.
A pair of west-bound deliveries produced two De Havilland Canada types during the afternoon, the ex-Tyrolean Airways Dash Eight, and first-visiting OE-LLX appearing first, from Innsbruck to Reykjavik, wearing basic Tyrolean Airways colours with no titles. Following it from Zurich via Southend a little later in the afternoon was Twin Otter C-FZSP, which had last visited Newcastle on 25th April 1997 en-route Reykjavik to Zurich, and which night-stopped.
Another first-visitor operated the return flight of last week's Split charter, Croatia Airlines Boeing 737-200 9A-CTA arriving during the evening from Split, and departing shortly after to Manchester.
A rare executive jet up here, and indeed type, visited during the morning, BAe125-1000 G-GDEZ operated by Aviation Beauport, arriving from Jersey and departing to Southend.
TLA650/1 EI-TLP CKT739/8 G-CVYE AMM689D/C G-OOAJ MSK394/5/6/7 G-ZAPJ CTN1508/9 9A-CTA
Tuesday 1st June
Streamline Aviation's Shorts 330 G-SSWU operated a cargo flight to
during the afternoon as SSW200, having positioned in as SSW200P from Luton.
Piper Malibu N22SY stopped for fuel during the afternoon en-route
TLA570/1 EI-TLG NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC AMC5208/9 9H-ADH
Monday 31st May
Nothing of interest.
EAF656P/6562 G-AVMS IST829/830 TC-IAH AIH846/5 C-FTDA NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-GVO
Sunday 30th May
Although the 4th July has been the expected date on which our two Sunday
Braathens flights were to be upgraded to 737-700 equipment, the day's two
visits were still operated by NG's; LN-TUE operated the late morning flight,
and the evening saw the first-visiting LN-TUB. Seven out of ten Sunday
Braathens flights were operated by -700's during May.
Cessna 172 D-EESA departed to Inverness at lunch-time.
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL426B/992F G-OBYC BRA561/4 LN-TUE AMM666D/C G-OOAA
CKT717/6 G-CVYE FCL811/0 G-FCLE AIH900/899 G-MCEA VIM717/8 LZ-MIS BRA575/8
LN-TUB ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 29th May
The now almost obligatory first-visiting airliner appeared early morning, in
the shape of Iberworld's Airbus A.320 EC-GZE, while the two Cronus Airlines
flights were operated by Boeing 737 SX-BGI, making for three visits by the
aircraft in less than 24 hours (plus the presumed ferrys in between from
Heraklion to Rhodes, and from Rhodes to Kos !).
There were two notable British Airways Boeing 757 visits; G-BIKI operated
the tea-time schedule, making its first-visit since its re-paint into
'Rendezvous', while the next arrival from Heathrow, the night-stopping
BAW12T, producing another aircraft in the China colours, the first-visiting
The now eagerly-watched British Regional Jersey flight at lunch-time
produced something of a disappointment, Embraer 145 G-EMBA being the only
BRT example to visit Newcastle before the introduction of this summer's
schedule, having been used by Newcastle United for a trip to Southampton on
the 27th/28th March 1998.
Mooney M.20 D-ERCH departed back to Biggin Hill during the afternoon, after
flying a local flight, and was replaced a little later on the south apron by
Cessna 172 D-EESA which arrived from Ostend and night-stopped.
FUA102/3 EC-GVB VIM605 LZ-MIG AMM56D G-OOAN IWD3437/3428 EC-GZE BAL999F/426A
G-OBYC BRT563/4 G-EMBA CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/6 G-MONW JKK3341/2 EC-FZC
RZO9456/7 CS-TGR BAW12N/13K G-BIKI BAW12T G-CPEU CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
IWD3450/3432 EC-GZD ECA810/1 5B-DBC
Friday 28th May
The previously Gill Airways-operated Stavanger charter, which has been
operated by a number of different carriers this month, produced yet another
during the evening, Constellation Airlines using their latest Airbus A.320
OO-COL as CIN992L/993L from Stavanger, and positioning out to Brussels.
The previous evenings first-visiting Britannia 757 G-BYAX didn't hang around
too long, only operating one more based aeroplane programme flight, from
Palma early morning, and then swopping around with G-BYAR in Corfu during
the day. KLM(uk) used Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS for the tea-time Stansted
rotation. The first Friday night Cronus Airlines flight of the summer
produced Boeing 737-300 SX-BGI.
JEM03M/04M G-BGMN BAL228B/166A G-BYAX FUA160/1 EC-HBZ AMM56C G-OOAN
AMM39D/42F G-OOAL AMM691D/C G-OOOI AM264D/C G-OOOC UKA43R/46R G-BUPS
CUS4600/1 SX-BGI TLA534/5 EI-TLR
Thursday 27th May
We saw the new Air Transat colour-scheme at Newcastle for the first time,
Boeing 757 C-GTSJ operating the mid-morning Toronto rotation, while a whole
new aeroplane for us, one of Britannia Airways' new Boeing 757's G-BYAX,
first-visited during the late evening, from/to Palma. The TransAer A.320
EI-TLP departed to Dublin during the evening as TLA001P after spending over
two days here.
On a fairly busy GA day, the only one of interest was Mooney M.20 D-ERCH in
a colour-scheme not too dissimilar to one of the Southwest 'special' 737's
('Lone Star 1' ?), the aircraft arriving from Biggin Hill at tea-time for a
two night stop.
OHY443/4 TC-ONO TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAL BAL592B/228A G-BYAX AMC082/3
9H-ABF TLA001P EI-TLP
Wednesday 26th May
A much quieter day, with the only points of interest being the Croatia
Airlines Boeing 737 9A-CTD, which operated from Liverpool to Split during
the evening, and the Bin Air Metroliner D-ICRK which operated a cargo flight
from Erfurt just before midnight, returning to Erfurt in the early hours of
TransAer Airbus A.320 EI-TLG, which had 'rescued' EI-TLP the day before,
operated in and out from/to Rhodes during the morning, while 'LP' was still
JEM03M/04M G-BGMN NFA123E OY-NPC TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYB AMM689D/C
G-OOAF CTN1509 9A-CTD
Tuesday 25th May
Best movement during an, unusually busy day, was probably CL.604 Challenger
D-ASTS, of Bavaria International but operated by ACM Air Charter, which
spent the afternoon here from/to Munich, and becoming only our fourth
It really was 'one of those days', with three aircraft going u/s at
Newcastle and requiring 'rescue'. First was Aer Lingus Fokker 50 EI-FKE
during the morning, which prompted EI-FKF to arrive at lunch-time as EIN2306
to operate the outbound EIN303. Another Irish-registered aircraft to have
problems was TransAer Airbus A.320 EI-TLP which suffered an un-servicability
after arrival from Heraklion as TLA570 mid-morning. The problem was such
that the aircraft couldn't be moved for much of the day, and the rescue
aircraft, sister-ship EI-TLG didn't arrive until late evening, from Rhodes
as TLA571P, operating out to Heraklion as TLA571 just before midnight.
Maersk(UK) Jetstream 41 G-MSKJ went u/s after its third landing of the day
at tea-time, the first-visiting CRJ G-MSKN ('Chelsea Rose') operating the
last rotation (MSK396/7) a little later in the evening than normal.
Four minutes after this first-visit came our second new British Airways
Boeing 757 re-paint in seven days, G-BPEJ operating the last Heathrow
arrival of the day (BAW12T) and night-stopping, now wearing the 'Union Flag'
tail design. Co-incidentally this design had just first-visited Newcastle a
week and a half earlier, on Concorde G-BOAE.
Partenavia P.68 N246PN arrived at lunch-time from Reykjavik, diverting from
Stornoway presumably due to tailwinds, the aircraft continuing on to Locarno
mid-afternoon. Police Aviation Services Twin Squirrels returned to
Newcastle, well just one actually, G-SAEW stopping for fuel while en-route
Aberdeen to Cardiff heliport, the machine wearing the same black/yellow
colour-scheme as the Newcastle based EC.135 G-NESV.
TLA570 EI-TLP AMC5208/9 9H-ABR NFA921/4 OY-NPC MSK396/7 G-MSKN TLA571P/571
Monday 24th May
New registration for Spanair, EC-HBP worn by an MD.83, appeared on the
evening Palma flight. No stranger to Newcastle however, having visited in
previous years as EC-269, EC-EOY, VR-BMI and EC-FVC, all with Oasis.
Istanbul Airlines' Boeing 737-800 TC-IAH made its fourth consecutive Monday
SAB43M OO-DWB IST829/830 TC-IAH AIH846/5 C-FTDA NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-HBP
Sunday 23rd May
The afternoon saw two European Aircharter One Eleven's again, G-AVMY
operating from Stansted, presumably an FA Cup charter, and positioning out
to Stansted, and 'MS' operating the return leg of Friday's Stockholm-Arlanda
charter, and positioning out later to Bournemouth. There were two more extra
British Airways flights after the cup final, operated by Boeing 757 G-CPEO.
The evening Braathens flight produced Boeing 737-700 LN-TUC again, its third
visit this month.
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ VIM717/8 LZ-MIK BAL426B/992F G-OBYD BRA561/4 LN-TUC
AMM666D/C G-OOAB CKT717/6 G-CVYE FCL811/0 G-FCLK EAF6484/484P G-AVMY
AIH900/899 G-JALC EAF6299/299P G-AVMS SAB677 OO-DWB ECA864/5 5B-DBB
BAW1328/132P G-CPEO BAW1330/133P G-CPEO
Saturday 22nd May
There was, as was to be expected, a number of extra flights for the FA Cup
Final. Arguably the best of these resulted in the first visit to Newcastle
of Go Fly; Boeing 737-300 G-IGOI positioned from Stansted early morning as
GOE901P to operate back as the GOE9002, the aircraft not being a
first-visitor however, having visited before as G-OBMD with British Midland
as recently as 1996, while the return flight was operated by a first-timer,
Boeing 737-300 G-IGOC bringing back the dejected masses (well 123 of them !)
during the late evening. Air Kilroe Jetstream 31 G-OAKJ went down and back,
to/from Luton as AKL31/32, the aircraft positioning in from Humberside as
AKL03 at breakfast-time, and night-stopping after returning from Luton, and
Hamlin Jet's Citation 560 N560MM also went to/from Luton. There was also two
extra British Airways flights - details as below.
Iberostar used their new Airbus A.320 EC-HCR for both of their Saturday
flights, the aircraft being the one-time SX-BSH of Ambassador Airways, which
has actually only visited Newcastle once before, on the 26th May 1994. There
were however three further first-visiting airliners; our third new Britannia
Airways Boeing 767-300 of the summer was G-OBYD, the British Regional
Airways Jersey rotation produced Embraer 145 G-EMBG in the 'Water Dreaming'
scheme, and Cronus Airlines used Boeing 737-300 SX-BGI for both of their
TLA534/5 EI-TLP CKT365 G-CVYD GOE901P/9002 G-IGOI AMM56D G-OOAN IWD3437/3428
EC-HCR BRT563/4 G-EMBG MON5897/6 G-MONZ CUS4602/3 SX-BGI BAL999F/426A G-OBYD
JKK3341/2 EC-GQG GOE9003/9004P G-IGOC RZO9456/7 CS-TGR CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
IWD3441/2 EC-HCR BAW1322/13X G-BPEC BAW1328/9 G-BIKG
Friday 21st May
KLM-liveried ATR's returned to Newcastle, the first KLMuk ATR.72 to visit
Newcastle, G-UKTN, operating the first two Stansted rotations of the day.
Two European AirCharter BAC One Elevens operated charter flights during the
afternoon, G-AVMS operating a passenger charter to Stockholm-Arlanda after
positioning in from Bournemouth, and 'MZ' operating the oil charter in from
Stavanger, and positioning out to Bournemouth.
An interesting visitor was Emerald Airways HS.748 G-BGMN which positioned in
from Liverpool as JEM04E, to operate the outbound evening mail flight, the
JEM04M to Liverpool. This was the aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle in at
least the last 12 years.
Falcon 20 LX-IAL departed to Farnborough after lunch, again as JCA138.
AMM65D/42F G-OOAL AMM56C G-OOAN AMM264D/C G-OOOC AMM691D/C G-OOOY
EAF298P/6298 G-AVMS EAF6502/650P G-AVMZ FUA160/1 EC-GUG FUA102/3 EC-HBZ
JEM04E/04M G-BGMN UKA39R/42R/41R/44R G-UKTN
Thursday 20th May
Interesting exec visitor was Jetcom SA Falcon 20 LX-IAL which arrived from
Le Touquet during the afternoon as JCA138 for a night-stop.
The first new British Airways Boeing 757 re-paint to appear 'up north' in
quite some time, first-visited in its new colours at lunch-time, G-BPEC
looking surprisingly pretty good in a slightly modified 'Waves and Cranes'.
AIH862/857 C-FTDA OHY443/4 TC-ONP TSC240/1 C-GTSF AMM65P/65C G-OOAO AMC082/3
Wednesday 19th May
Cherokee N4132U continued its delivery flight eastbound at breakfast,
departing direct to Wroclaw in Poland. Another delivery mid-afternoon saw
Beech Bonanza D-ENWM pass through westbound from Marl to Reykjavik.
The fourth A.320 to be used through Newcastle by TransAer so far this
summer, EI-TLG, operated the morning Rhodes charter.
TLA650/1 EI-TLG CKT739/8 G-BVYA AMM689D/C G-OOAF
Tuesday 18th May
Yet another 'NextGen' first-visited during the early morning, Maersk's
737-700 OY-MRB arriving from Copenhagen as DAN9567, and operating the old
Gill Airways oil charter to Stavanger as DAN1567.
A very rare operator up here, Aurigny Air Services, operated a training
flight through Newcastle with their new Saab 340 G-RUNG, which routed
Aberdeen to Norwich as AUR1140. The aircraft was mainly all-white, with a
little yellow on the fin, and no titles.
Piper Cherokee N4132U arrived from Reykjvaik on a delivery flight, and
night-stopped, and Citation 500 OY-CEV departed back to Gothenburg during
the late evening as NFA042.
DAN9567/1567 OY-MRB TLA570/1 EI-TLP AMC5208/9 9H-ADH NFA921/924/921E OY-NPC
Monday 17th May
Citation 500 OY-CEV arrived from Gothenburg at tea-time as NFA041, and
night-stopped, and another all-yellow Bond Bolkow 105 visited during the
evening, G-NAAA arriving from and departing to the Royal Victoria Hospital
in the city centre as 'Helimed08'.
IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-FXY
Sunday 16th May
After only our third EMB.145 the previous day, we got only our second Beech
1900D ever, the all-white F-GRCD of Occitania Jet day-stopping from Le
Bourget to CDG as OJF470.
Yet another rare UK-registered corporate jet was the first-visiting Citation
550 G-BWOM, which afternoon-stopped from/to Jersey, operated by Aviation
Beauport, for the last Newcastle United home game of the season against
Braathens' 737-700 LN-TUD, which was the first to appear here in mid-March,
made its second visit on the morning Oslo rotation.
IWD3441/2 EC-GLT BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUD FCL811/0 G-FCLG
AMM666D/C G-OOAC CKT717/6 G-BVYC AIH900/899 G-RJGR VIM711/2LZ-MIG ECA864/5
Saturday 15th May
Two more first-visiting airliners, the Cronus Airlines 737-300 SX-BGI which
operated both the day's flights, and only our third Embraer 145 ever, G-EMBC
operating the first British Regional Jersey flight of the summer, the
aircraft wearing the 'Koguty Lowickie' tail design.
Titan ATR.42 G-ZAPJ was used again by Brymon, this time for the Southampton
departure/arrival, the extension to Aberdeen not operating.
AMM56D G-OOAN IWD3437/8061 EC-GZD BRY95P/95B/98A/96P G-ZAPJ BAL999F/426A
G-OBYB JKK3341/2 EC-GHH MON589B/5896 G-OZBB CUS4602/3 SX-BGI BRT563/4 G-EMBC
RZO9456/7 CS-TGP CUS4604/5 SX-BGI AEA184/5 EC-GUO BAW99C G-BOAE
Friday 14th May
The day's most notable visitor, at least as far as the general public were
concerned, was likely to have been Concorde G-BOAE, the type's first
appearance here since 1996, and of course Newcastle's first sight of the
'Union Flag' tail design, which arrived from Leeds at tea-time for a
night-stop. The local enthusiasts however, were probably much more
interested in the second visit, but its first in conditions of more than
200metres in fog, of Sabre's 737-800 G-OJSW, which mirrored its operation of
the previous Friday, from Manchester to Athens as SBE7046.
Titan Airways and their ATR.42 G-ZAPJ were used again through Newcastle,
this time by Brymon Airways for the Copenhagen and two evening Belfast
rotations. European Aircharter 1-11 G-AVMM operated the return of the
Stavanger oil charter, positioning out to Gatwick.
Cessna 172 N7267Q departed to Ganderkessee at breakfast-time after its
AMM39D/42F G-OOAL BRY13P/131C/32C/413B/33N/413C/35N/35P G-ZAPJ FUA160/1
EC-GUG AMM56C G-OOAN AMM264D/C G-OOOG AMM691D/C G-OOOS/Y BAW98C G-BOAE
SBE7046 G-OJSW EAF6479/647P G-AVMM TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA102/3 EC-GYK
Thursday 13th May
Citation 550 G-CZAR departed to Stansted during the afternoon, as CFR229
again, and Cessna 172 N7267Q arrived from Keflavik at tea-time, for a
Air Transat made their first visit of the year, with Boeing 757 C-GTSV, from
Cardiff to Toronto, and Braathens' 737-700 LN-TUE made a return visit, on
the evening flight.
AMM39P/39C G-OOAL OHY443/4 TC-ONP TSC231 C-GTSV BRA575/568 LN-TUE
Wednesday 12th May
Another relatively rare British biz jet, Citation 550 G-CZAR, arrived from
Brussels at tea-time as CFR229, and night-stopped.
The first Air 2000 Verona 'w' of the summer produced nothing more exciting
than Airbus A.321 G-OOAF.
TLA650/1 EI-TLR AMM689D/C G-OOAF
Tuesday 11th May
KLMuk used Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ for the first two Stansted rotations
of the day, but much more interesting was Maersk(uk) Canadair Regional Jet
G-MSKM, which replaced J41 G-MSKJ on the last Birmingham of the day.
Citation 650 G-HNRY made another short visit during the afternoon, from
Cannes to Farnborough.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP UKA39R/42R/41R/44R G-ZAPJ AMC5208/9 9H-ABS NFA921/924/924E
OY-NPD MSK396/7 G-MSKM
Monday 10th May
A relatively interesting UK-registered executive jet made a brief visit at
tea-time, Quantel's Citation 650 G-HNRY visiting from/to Farnborough.
The two Auster's G-AOFS and G-APMH, stuck here by the weather since the
previous Wednesday, finally got away to Leicester during the early
Surprisingly there were no first-visiting airliners, the second week of the
Istanbul Airlines series', still producing just the one flight, operated by
Boeing 737-800 TC-IAH.
EAF6502 G-AVMP IST829/830 TC-IAH NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPD AIH846/5 C-FTDA
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-FZC
Sunday 9th May
For the first time both Braathens flights were operated by Boeing 737-700's,
the morning rotation by LN-TUC, it's second visit in a few days, and the
evening flight by the first-visiting LN-TUA. The first-visiting airliners
kept appearing, with the afternoon Flying Colours Gerona 'w' being operated
by Boeing 757 G-FCLK.
The TransAer A.300 EI-TLL night-stopped, and operated the Airtours
mid-morning Malaga rotation a couple of hours late, as AIH879/880, and then
positioned out during the evening as AIH880P to Manchester. Boeing 757
G-JALC operated the return Alicante sector during the early hours as AIH820,
and then positioned out to Manchester as AIH820P. The worst delay affected
the Saturday late night Las Palmas, which operated on A.320 G-COEZ, which
positioned in from Manchester mid-morning as AIH821P, and operated out as
AIH821 12 hours late, becoming the based aeroplane on its return late
European Aircharter BAC One Eleven G-AVMP positioned in from Frankfurt
during the afternoon as EAF502P, in preparation for the Monday morning
Stavanger oil charter.
AEA184/5 EC-GUO BAL426B/992F G-OBYC BRA561/4 LN-TUC CKT717/6 G-BVYB
AMM666D/C G-OOAC FCL811/0 G-FCLK AIH900/899 G-MCEA VIM717/8 LZ-MIG
BRA575/578 LN-TUA ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 8th May
Two more first-visiting airliners in the shape of Iberostar Airbus A.320
EC-GZD, which operated both rotations during the day, and our second
first-timing Britannia Airways Boeing 767-300 of the summer, G-OBYC
operating out to Orlando during the morning. Both Cronus Airlines rotations
were operated by the same 737-300 as the previous Saturday.
The first major delays of the summer hit Airtours again; the based Airbus
A.320 G-EPFR went u/s after arrival during the early morning, and positioned
out as AIH06E during the afternoon to Manchester. The next flight in the
programme, the early morning Palma was operated by TransAer Airbus A.300
EI-TLL during the afternoon, which positioned in from Manchester as AIH817P,
and operated to/from Palma as AIH817/8. The mid afternoon Alicante rotation
was operated by Boeing 757 G-JALC at tea-time, which seemed to operate split
with Manchester (?), arriving as AIH819A, and operating out as AIH8191.
IWD3437/3428 EC-GZD BAL999F/426A G-OBYC JKK3341/2 EC-GNY MON5897/596A G-OZBB
CUS4602/3 SX-BBU RZO9456/7 CS-TGP CUS4604/5 SX-BBU IWD3441/2 EC-GZD
Friday 7th May
The late evening saw the third TransAer flight of the Summer season, and
another different airframe, Airbus A.320 EI-TLR first-visiting on the usual
TLA534/5 Heraklion rotation, becoming our third first-visiting ex-Dragonair
A.320 in a week !. The latest 737 'NextGen' first-visit appeared at
tea-time, through the fog, in the shape of Sabre Airways' 737-800 G-OJSW,
only our third -800, which positioned in from Manchester, to operate out to
Athens, at the start of a short, early-Summer series.
Bad weather 'down the road' during the morning saw Teesside's first Friday
Air Europa charter of the summer divert to Newcastle, the all-white 737-400
EC-FXQ arriving from Palma as AEA287, and departing to Ibiza as AEA291.
AMM65D/42F G-OOAL AEA287/291 EC-FXQ FUA160/1 EC-HAN AMM56C G-OOAN AMM264D/C
G-OOOU AMM691D/C G-OOOS SBE7046 G-OJSW TLA534/5 EI-TLR FUA102/3 EC-GXR
Thursday 6th May
Our now daily first-visiting airliner appeared in the shape of Air 2000's
brand new Boeing 767-300 G-OOAL which positioned in from Manchester to
operate the first Orlando via Shannon flight of the summer.
The first Air Transat flight of the summer produced nothing more exciting
than Boeing 757 C-GTSF.
AMM65P/65C G-OOAL OHY443F/4 TC-ONR TSC231 C-GTSF
Wednesday 5th May
After two summers during which there was little to no variety in the
aircraft used for the weekly TransAer flight, it's a little ironic that the
first two flights of this summer should produce two first-visiting aircraft.
EI-TLS was today's first-timer, ferrying in from Cologne for the first
Rhodes departure, and becoming the second ex-Dragonair A.320 to first-visit
in five days.
Gulfstream IV N635AV first-visited during the afternoon, from Barcelona to
Heathrow, a registration that had been seen here before on a G.IISP, and
King Air 90 N6031W passed through on delivery during the evening, from
Blackbushe to Reykjavik.
More interesting GA appeared in the shape of Auster G-AOFS which visited
north-bound from Leicester to Insch during the afternoon, and which returned
mid-evening in company with another Auster, G-APMH, both aircraft
TLA123P/651 EI-TLS AZX102T/3T/4T/5T G-OABL
Tuesday 4th May
The 'summer season' quietened down somewhat after the excitement of the
weekend, but there was still a first-visiting charter airliner, the first
TransAer flight of the summer, and the first 'day-time' flight operated by
the airline for years, producing Airbus A.320 EI-TLP from/to Heraklion.
Cheyenne N233PS departed to Geneva early morning, and the other
night-stopper, Falcon 10 HB-VME, departed back to Cologne late morning.
Interesting GA visitor at lunch-time was Cherokee OE-KMV, which arrived from
Ostend and departed to Inverness.
TLA570/1 EI-TLP CFE42WX/45XY G-BYTP AZX102T/3T/4T/5T G-OABL AMC5208/9 9H-ADH
Monday 3rd May
Possibly the most eagerly-awaited of any of the charter series' planned
through Newcastle this summer, began during the morning, producing only half
of the anticipated excitement however, only one of the two Monday morning
Istanbul Airlines charters operating on the first Monday of the summer
season, producing only the airport's second Boeing 737-800, TC-IAH as
IST833/0 from Dalaman to Izmir. Another slightly less interesting Turkish
operator operated their first flights of the year during the evening, Onur
Air's Douglas MD.88 TC-ONR positioning in from Frankfurt to operate their
first Dalaman departure.
UK-registered airliners continued to provide interest, with another
first-visiting 737 being Debonair's -300 G-OABL, which visited twice on line
training flights from East Midlands to Prestwick and reverse. The recent
first-visiting British Airways Boeing 757 G-CPER, made only its second
landing here, arriving late evening on the night-stopping BAW12T, and City
Flyer's latest ATR.72 G-BYTP made its first visit as such, on the morning
CFE42WX/45XY. Wearing the 'Colum' tail design, the aircraft had visited 3
times previously as G-OILB with British World. The first Airtours Reus 'W',
operated by the Teesside-based aeroplane again this summer, produced the
until recently, Newcastle-based, C-FTDA.
With aeroplanes committed to summer charter flying, none of the 'major'
charter airlines were able to operate the morning Stavanger oil charter,
recently the domain of the based Airtours A.320. The flight was operated by
European Airlines BAC One Eleven G-AVMP, which visited during the early
morning as EAF478P/6478, from Stansted to Stavanger.
Beech Baron EI-CPS departed to Donegal mid-morning after spending two nights
here, and Falcon 10 HB-VME arrived from Cologne during the evening for a
night-stop. A delivery flight arriving just before midnight produced the
quite interesting Cheyenne N233PS from Reykjavik. Bound for the summer in
Greece, the aircraft had been delivered through Newcastle twice in the past,
most recently west-bound as SX-BFQ last October !.
AZX102T/3T/4T/5T G-OABL BAW12T G-CPER BRY413A/31N/131C/32C G-BRYY
BRY413B/33N/413C/35N G-BRYZ CFE42WX/45XY G-BYTP JKK3185/6 EC-GHH
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC OHY441F/2 TC-ONR RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ IST833/0 TC-IAH
Sunday 2nd May
Amongst all the charter excitement, Braathens' sneaked another 737-700 in
during the evening, the third to visit Newcastle, LN-TUC operating the
Another charter first-visitor was Caledonian Airbus A.320 G-CVYG, which
operated the first Sunday Zakinthos 'W' of the summer.
Brymon Airways began their Belfast(Int.)/Copenhagen schedules, Dash Eight
G-BRYY operating to/from Belfast as BRY413A/31N, to/from Copenhagen as
BRY131C/32C, and then to/from Belfast again, as BRY413B/33N ... great
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL426B/992F G-OBYB FCL811/0 G-FCLC CKT717/6 G-CVYG
AIH900/899 G-JALC ECA864/5 5B-DBB AMM666D/C G-OOAA
Saturday 1st May
The first day of the summer season dawned, and both of this year's
first-time foreign operators appeared, although both unfortunately produced
aircraft that had visited Newcastle before. The first Iberostar at Newcastle
produced Airbus A.320 EC-GLT during the morning, an aircraft that had
visited Newcastle previously with BCM Airlines, while the first Cronus
Airlines flight saw Boeing 737-300 SX-BBU, an aircraft that had visited
before as EC-FMP, however only once, on the 27th August 1994 !, when with
Viva. Both aircraft returned for the late evening rotations, both being on
the ground at the same time
UK airlines also produced some different aircraft; the first Airtours A.320
to be based here this summer being G-EPFR which arrived from Manchester
during the early hours as AIH106P. Wearing Airtours colours, and yet another
Newcastle/Skyservice connection with Skyservice USA titles, the aircraft had
never visited Newcastle as such, but had been seen here before as G-BVJV of
Airworld. The first ever 'planned' use of Britannia Boeing 767-300's through
Newcastle, saw the first-visit of G-OBYB on the first Orlando departure of
the summer season.
Additional based aircraft for the start of the summer season included Air
2000 Boeing 757 G-OOOY which arrived from Heraklion during the early hours,
and Britannia Airways Boeing 757 G-BYAL (joining the aircraft still present
from the winter season) which arrived from Leeds during the early morning.
The leased-from-Skyservice A.320 C-FTDA operated its last Newcastle based
flight during the early hours from Tenerife, and departed immediately to its
new summer base at Teesside as AIH850P.
Gill Airways ATR.42 G-WFEP returned after re-paint at Southend during the
early hours, the aircraft actually arriving from Edinburgh as GIL062P after
operating a mail flight, and now wearing the full Gill Airways colour-scheme
(it was in KLMuk colours).
AMM218 G-OOAN BAL999F/426A G-OBYB IWD3437/3428 EC-GLT CUS460P/4603 SX-BBU
JKK3341/2 EC-GCV MON897/5896 G-OZBB RZO9456/7 CS-TGP CUS461P/4605 SX-BBU
Friday 30th April
The Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDC routed through again, on its way back to
Canada from the Middle East, arriving from Rome-Fiumicino and departing to
Toronto direct, as SSV991 during the early morning.
The second ex-Leisure Boeing 767-300 to visit in its new Air 2000 guise
operated the Orlando charter during the morning, G-OOAN being the ex G-UKLH.
Monarch Airlines operated the inbound Gill Airways Stavanger charter at
tea-time, using Boeing 757 G-DAJB, the aircraft positioning out to Glasgow.
Canada 3000 Boeing 757 C-FOOE arrived from Mahon at lunch-time as FCL301P,
to become the Flying Colours based aeroplane for the summer season again.
The aircraft is again in full Flying Colours colours !.
Beech Baron EI-CPS arrived from Donegal during the morning for a
weekend-stop, and King Air N1553N returned to Guernsey before lunch.
AMM217 G-OOAN FUA100/1 EC-GRX FUA256/7 EC-HAN GIL701/702P G-DAJB
Thursday 29th April
Only our third Falcon 2000 to visit spent the morning on the south apron,
Tag Aviation's HB-IAZ arriving from Le Bourget early on, and departing to
Cardiff at lunch-time, both as FPG296.
King Air 90 N1553N arrived from Guernsey during the afternoon for a
night-stop - not a delivery.
Wednesday 28th April
Fort Worth-based Western Jets International seem to like Newcastle at the
moment, the third Falcon 10/100 to route through in two weeks, making a fuel
stop during the afternoon. N152WJ was the aeroplane, which arrived from
Nuremburg and departed to Reykjavik.
WDL operated a cargo flight from Rouen during the early evening, F-27 D-AISY
arriving as WDL311 and positioning out to Cologne as WDL313P.
Tuesday 27th April
Only movement of note was another delivery, Piper Malibu N41346 passing
through at lunch-time from Reyjavik to Kassel, to take up German registry.
NFA924/921/924/924E OY-NPC AMC5197 9H-ADI
Monday 26th April
More fog .... no aeroplanes.
NFA921E/921 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGR FUA114/5 EC-HBT
Sunday 25th April
On a 'pig-awful' day, the only notable movement was the departure of
Cheyenne N80CP, back to Thruxton mid-morning.
Saturday 24th April
Highlight, indeed only movement of note during the day, was another
executive jet type to be seen here on a delivery flight, the first Learjet
31 to be delivered through Newcastle appearing mid-afternoon in the shape of
I-ERJB, which arrived from Reykjavik and departed to Eurojet Italia at
Milan-Linate, after 45 minutes on the ground.
Friday 23rd April
The Gill Airways Stavanger charter was flown by Air 2000 for the second week
running, with Boeing 757 G-OOOA. Piper Cheyenne N80CP arrived from Thruxton
at lunch-time for a weekend stop.
It was an incident-filled day, Brymon Airways Dash Eight G-BRYV returning to
the airfield after departure to Southampton as BRY95B during the afternoon,
following an altimeter failure (as reported in the local press it 'formated'
with an RAF Harrier to check which altimeter was working correctly !), while
a few hours earlier the Futura 737 EC-HBT diverted into Manchester on one
engine, after departure from Newcastle as FUA101.
FUA100/1 EC-HBT GIL701/702P G-OOOA
Thursday 22nd April
Two Citations, both 'India Romeos', day-stopped, the most interesting being
Air Group Finance-owned, and Dinard-based Citation 550 EI-CIR, visiting
from/to Dinard on a TAT-related visit, presumably to Gill Airways, actually
using Air Liberte callsigns, LIB997A inbound and LIB998A outbound. Very
confusing !. The other was Aviation Beauport's 550 G-BJIR, which arrived
from Birmingham and departed to Sheffield. Cal Energy's Falcon 900 N77CE
departed to Luton during the early morning, after its two-night stay.
Wednesday 21st April
A very surprising first-visitor was a British Airways Boeing 757, the until
recently, Gatwick-based G-CPER, making its first appearance at Newcastle on
the tea-time BAW12N/13K. The aircraft became the fourth to visit Newcastle
in the 'Wings' tail design.
Nouvelair Tunisie MD.83 EI-CGI was noted on the weekly Monastir flight
wearing a revised colour-scheme, mainly all white with 'toned down'
titles/logo on the forward fuselage and fin (new or interim scheme ?). This
was the aircraft's first-visit here since the end of last December.
Tuesday 20th April
Cal Energy came visiting their Northern Electric 'possession' again, Falcon
900 N77CE arriving direct from Des Moines just before lunch, for another
three-day visit. A pair of British Citations visited during the afternoon,
OxAero's 501 G-CITI from Edinburgh to Blackpool as OXE120, and Eurojet's 550
G-OCDB, from Cork to Gardermoen as GOJ206C/D.
Another Titan Airways aeroplane was sub-chartered by a regular Newcastle
operator, KLMuk using ATR.42 G-ZAPJ for their first Stansted rotation of the
day. Aer Lingus Fokker 50 EI-FKA went u/s during the morning, resulting in a
'rescue' visit by BAe146-300 EI-CLI.
UKA39R/42R G-ZAPJ AMC5197 9H-ABT EIN2302/303 EI-CLI EIN2307/EI-FKA
Monday 19th April
The remaining stored ATR.42 departed mid-afternoon, the all-white G-BYHB,
still with '200th' titles, following 'HA' to Exeter.
Citation 550 D-CILL day-stopped from/to Rotterdam, an aircraft that had
visited Newcastle before with the much more exotic registration 5B-CIQ.
Brymon Airways used Titan BAe146 G-ZAPK for their morning Bristol/Aberdeen
BRY052/510/53A/B G-ZAPK NFA921E /921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ FUA114/5
Sunday 18th April
The day saw two first-visiting, and similarly registered, Falcon 10/100's;
Falcon 100 N95WJ passed through first at lunch-time, from Reykjavik to
Zurich, and onwards to its new operator in Tunisia. A crew was 'dropped off'
in Zurich, and collected Western Jets International's new Falcon 10 N23WJ,
which came through Newcastle on its way to Iceland during the early evening.
Saturday 17th April
Brymon Airways operated what was thought to be a promotional Belfast
Aldergrove rotation, prior to the introduction of the new service in the
coming weeks, Dash Eight G-BRYY operating to/from Belfast as BRY503/4.
Friday 16th April
The Gill Stavanger charter was flown by Air 2000 for the first time, Boeing
757 G-OOOG subsequently positioning out to Gatwick.
AMM217 G-OOAO FUA100/1 EC-GYK GIL701/702P G-OOOG AEA218/9 EC-GUO
Thursday 15th April
The early hours saw an unusual movement, Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDC
beign ferried through Newcastle as SSV990, arriving from Toronto and
departing to Abu Dhabi after an hour on the ground. Being a regular visitor
over the last two summers on Airtours flights, the aircraft this time wore
full Skyservice colours, and a crew change was performed on the turnaround,
Skyservice crews being detahed to Newcastle at the moment of course, for the
Wednesday 14th April
The second of the stored ATR.42's departed during the early afternoon,
G-BYHA leaving for Exeter, and presumably, subsequent delivery to Italy
First. The aircraft had arrived at Newcastle on the 24th January.
SAB43M OO-DWI LBT803 EI-CNO
Tuesday 13th April
A pretty good day with two first-visiting airliners, and a very nice
executive jet. A very recent addition to Air Malta's fleet, Boeing 737-400
9H-ADO operated their mid-day Malta charter, split with Glasgow, the
aircraft being an ex Air One, and previously Lufthansa machine, still
wearing basic Air One colours,white fuselage grey undersides and a blue fin,
with Air Malta titles. This was only the second time the carrier had used
a -400 on a regular Malta charter series flight through Newcastle. SABENA's
latest 146, RJ.100 OO-DWI, first-visited on the last Brussels arrival, the
night-stopping SAB677, also giving us our first look at the new SABENA
Arguably the best visitor of the day though was the French Air Force Falcon
20 260/F-RAEA, which arrived from Glasgow early afternoon, departing to East
Midlands at tea-time, both as CTM0032.
AMC2109/5197 9H-ADO NFA921/4 OY-NPC SAB677 OO-DWI
Monday 12th April
Almost 10 years of Police Twin Squirrel operations at Newcastle Airport came
to a close with the departure of G-PASF to Cargate in Leeds during the
morning as 'Special12'. The new machine, Eurocopter EC.135 G-NESV arrived at
tea-time from Husbands Bosworth as 'Macline07', and begun a pretty intensive
training period over the next few days.
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GUG
Sunday 11th April
Titan Airways did well with two sub-charters through Newcastle at almost the
same time during the evening; ATR.42 G-BUPS operated the afternoon/evening
Gill Airways Dusseldorf rotation, the positioning sectors being from/to
Stansted, while sister-ship G-ZAPJ operated the tea-time KLMuk Stansted
Timac's Citation 550 F-GGGT visited again, from/to Dinard again
GIL287P/287/286/286P G-BUPS UKA43R/46R G-ZAPJ ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 10th April
Manx Airlines operated another Chambery rotation with BAe146 G-MIMA, at
lunch-time as MNX985/978, the aircraft operating from/to Chambery this time
Beech Duke N7860X passed through during the afternoon on a delivery flight,
from Reykjavik to Osnabruck.
Friday 9th April
The last Futura re-registration for the time being, Boeing 737-400 EC-HBT,
appeared for the first time on the lunch-time Tenerife charter. Gill Airways
used another Monarch Airlines Boeing 757 for the Stavanger charter inbound
during the evening.
The run of Citation's continued, Timac's Citation 550 F-GGGT visiting
briefly during the morning, from/to Dinard. Cessna 310 N310QQ day-stopped
FUA100/1 EC-HBT GIL701/702P G-DAJB FUA256/7 EC-GYK
Thursday 8th April
The Med Airlines ATR.42 F-OHLA departed during the afternoon after spending
almost three months here, having arrived for maintenance on the 22nd
January. The Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA made another line training visit, as
AIH04T/05T at tea-time, from Cardiff to Aldergrove.
Stealth Aviation's Lear 45 N459LJ is now becoming increasingly regular,
visiting again, at about the same time as the DC-10, as 'Stealth004/005',
from Palma to Leeds. An example of an even less common type here also
appeared, Citation Bravo N829CB, an aircraft which had visited only once
before, actually visiting twice during the day, from Blackpool to Chester
early afternoon, and from Birmingham to Blackpool during the evening.
Wednesday 7th April
Just two Cayman-registered Citations of note, both visiting over lunch-time,
Citation 550 VP-CJR from Manchester to London City, and Scottish and
Newcastle's 560 VP-CSN, from Edinburgh to Cranfield.
LBT803 EI-CBO NFA924/924E OY-NPC
Tuesday 6th April
It was a big Citation day, with four, albeit UK-based, aircraft visiting
during the day. Hamlin Jet's Citation 560 N560MM appeared first during the
early morning, from Luton to Biggin Hill, and was followed by Aviation
Beauport's Citation 550 G-BJIR from/to Jersey late morning, Trustair's
Citation 500 G-TJHI from/to Blackpool over lunch-time, and Scottish and
Newcastle's 560 VP-CSN, which spent just eleven minutes on the ground mid
afternoon, from Cranfield to Edinburgh.
Another arrival from Cranfield was Cherokee OO-NZF mid-morning, to where it
returned mid-afternoon, and Tulip Air's Navajo PH-ABD arrived from Rotterdam
late evening as TLP02A, returning under the same callsign just after
AMC2109/5197 9H-ABS NFA921 OY-NPC
Monday 5th April
Citation 560 TC-MET began the final leg of its delivery fight during the
early hours, departing to Ankara-Esenboga at 0300L.
Another Futura re-registration appeared, EC-HBZ being yet another identity
to be worn by one of their oldest aircraft. Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS
visited during the evening as AWC630A/B from/to Stansted, in connection with
the Spurs match at St.James' Park, and Aer Lingus used a European Airways
One Eleven for their evening Dublin schedule, G-AVMP operating as EIN308/9.
Robin F-GDKL flew a local flight during the afternoon, and then departed to
Beauvais. Jet Ranger N206NS passed through again during the morning, from
Blackbushe to 'Near Edinburgh', probably Addiston Mains.
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-HBZ
Sunday 4th April
Only interesting visitor was Robin F-GDKL which arrived from Jersey during
the afternoon for a night-stop.
Saturday 3rd April
A very welcome Citation delivery of a different type to a 525, was the 560
TC-MET which arrived from Reykjavik during the early afternoon, and which
was left here by its Cessna delivery pilots, for collection by its new
owners on Monday morning.
An interesting GA movement was provided by Piper Seminole PH-MLH, which
spent an hour on the ground mid afternoon, from Lelystad to Amsterdam,
wearing Martinair colours.
AMM218 G-OOAO SBE4087/6 G-BPND
Friday 2nd April
An Air 2000 Boeing 767 appeared here for the first time, the ex-Leisure
aeroplane G-OOAO starting the Orlando charter series, from Gatwick to
Sanford as AMM217. Gill Airways sub-chartered two aeroplanes during the
afternoon, both being on the ground at the same time; Monarch Airlines
operated the Stavanger charter with Boeing 757 G-MONJ arriving as GIL701,
and departing to Manchester as GIL702P, while earlier problems caused by the
fog required the use of Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ for an evening Belfast
The evening Braathens flight operated inbound only, Boeing 737-500 LN-BRV
night-stopping and positioning out to Alicante on Saturday morning, on what
seemed to be a planned operation.
A rare first-visiting UK-registered executive jet was Citation 550 G-SPUR,
which visited during the late evening under London Executive Aviation
callsigns, from Manchester to Metz as LNX422V/W.
BAL277B/996F G-BRIG FUA100/1 EC-GXR FUA256/7 EC-HAN GIL706P/706B/710B/710P
Thursday 1st April
Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA visited again, a little later in the early morning
this time, from Cardiff again as AIH09T, and out to Dublin as AIH110T.
Our first Learjet 45 made its third appearance here, N459LJ visiting at
tea-time as LTH005/001 ('Stealth'), from Leeds to Jersey.
Jet Ranger N206NS passed through again, during the afternoon, from 'Near
Huntingdon' to Perth.
BAL993F/277A G-BOPB FUA122/3 EC-GYK SAB673/67P OO-DWE
Wednesday 31st March
The Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA made an early hours visit, whilst presumably line
training, arriving from Cardiff as AIH05T and departing as AIH08T to
Danish Air Transport King Air 90 OY-JRO visited during the afternoon,
arriving as DTR310P from Southend, and operating a cargo flight outbound to
Maastricht as DTR310.
Tuesday 30th March
Just GA today; Mu-2 N8484T of Skyline Aviation arrived from Den Helder for a
local flight over the North Sea, presumably operating with the Dutch Navy.
Cessna 210 EI-CDX visited from/to Waterford, and Mooney M.20 D-ERAW departed
back to Monchengladbach during the afternoon after two nights here.
NFA924/921/924/924E OY-NPC AMC2109/5197 9H-ABT
Monday 29th March
North Flying Corvette OY-SBT visited during the afternoon, from/to Aalborg
as NFA071, presumably a support flight for the Metroliner OY-NPC which
departed just after its arrival.
ECA864/5 5B-DBC RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ FUA114/5 EC-GRX NFA921E/921 OY-NPC
Sunday 28th March
After the Maersk 'Next Gen' of the previous week, another Boeing 737-700
appeared on the evening Braathens schedule, the even newer LN-TUE operating
the BRA575/8. This is only the second Braathens -700 to visit, and only our
fourth of type.
The first KLM uk Fokker 50 on the Stansted service (the new summer schedule)
operated a single rotation during the evening, G-UKTE as UKA43R/46R.
There was very little else of excitement, just Baron N951SF departing to
Elstree during the afternoon after its night-stop, and Mooney M.20, which
arrived from Monchengladbach a little later, for an extended stay.
Saturday 27th March
Aer Lingus Fokker 50 EI-FKF went u/s during the morning after arrival from
Dublin as EIN302, Boeing 737-500 EI-CDF arriving as EIN2304 just before
lunch to rescue the EIN303. The Fokker departed a little later as EIN2305.
Sabre Airways operated the first of another short Lyons series, with Boeing
727 G-BNNI giving us our first look at a 727 in the 'new' 'Next-Gen'
The return of the Braathens Copenhagen charter produced none of the
excitement of the inward leg, Boeing 737-400 LN-BRQ positioning in from
Gardermoen to operate out to Copenhagen.
We saw the last of the Gill Airways Fokker 100's for possibly a little
while, G-BYDP (which incidentally has reportedly had its red/blue 'by Gill
Airways' titles changed to reflect the all-blue titles on 'DO') departing to
Gothenburg as GIL100P during the afternoon, in preparation for the start of
the summer schedules on the 28th. G-BYDO had departed on the afternoon of
Friday the 26th to Dinard (for maintenance), and then presumably direct to
Helsinki. This aircraft had only flown once since its arrival on the 19th, a
local training flight on the evening of Thursday the 25th.
Beech Baron N951SF departed to Dundee at lunch-time, and returned at
tea-time for another night-stop.
SBE4087/6 G-BNNI BRA8355/1356 LN-BRQ
Friday 26th March
Back to normal, with the only visitor of note being Beech Baron N951SF which
arrived from Elstree during the afternoon for a night-stop.
FUA100/1 EC-GUG GIL701/701P G-TICL FUA256/7 EC-GVB
Thursday 25th March
Thankfully things got somewhat more exciting, with another Braathens charter
flight producing something out of the ordinary. The flight, from Copenhagen
as BRA1355 at lunch-time, was operated not by a Braathens aeroplane, but by
the extremely new Maersk Air Boeing 737-700 OY-MRF, our third -700 this
year, and only our fourth 'Next-Gen'. The aircraft positioned back to
Copenhagen as BRA8356.
One of the still quite rare British World ATR.72's was used by Brymon
Airways for their now Southampton-only scheduled service (the Paris CDG
extension having been discontinued two weekends previous), G-OILA passing
through from Aberdeen to Southampton as BRY095/98A mid-afternoon, and back
as BRY96A/096 during the early evening.
King Air 300 D-COIL arrived from Mannheim early morning, and returned there
at lunch-time, and Jet Ranger N206NS stopped, presumably for fuel, just
before tea-time, from Blackbushe to Edinburgh (city/Gilmerton ?).
BAL989F/277A G-BRIG FUA122/3 EC-GUG
Wednesday 24th March
The only movement of interest occurred just before midnight, Danish Air
Transport Cessna 406 Caravan I OY-PEU arriving from Luton as DTR845P to
operate a cargo flight outbound to Liege as DTR845.
Tuesday 23rd March
Still extremely quiet; Robin F-GEKO departed to Jersey during the afternoon
after a few nights here.
AMC2109 9H-ABR MSK394/5/6/7 G-ZAPJ NFA921/924/924E OY-BPH
Monday 22nd March
Nothing to talk about .....
NFA131E/921/924 OY-BPH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GYK
Sunday 21st March
Nothing at all !.
Saturday 20th March
Only movement of interest was Robin F-GEKO which arrived from Kidlington
during the early evening for a night-stop.
Friday 19th March
Gill Airways' second Fokker 100 arrived during the early evening, G-BYDO as
GIL100P from Montpelier. It was delivered already with the 'by Gill Airways'
titles on the forward fuselage; rather unfortunately however the 'Airways'
is in blue, as opposed to red on 'DP' !.
The Air Open Sky ATR.42 departed back to Paris-CDG during the early
afternoon as OPN243.
The night-stopping Rockwell Commander 114 delivery, D-EIXJ, departed to
Reykjavik at breakfast-time.
FUA100/1 EC-GYK GIL701/701P G-DJAR FUA256/7 EC-GUG
Thursday 18th March
Almost bizarrely, another all-white ATR.42 turned up during the early
afternoon !; Air Open Sky's F-GEQJ operated a passenger charter from
Paris-CDG as OPN242, and night-stopped.
Aeroleasing Learjet 35A HB-VJL visited over lunch, as FPG812 from/to Geneva.
Jodel OO-CSK continued to Aboyne mid-morning, and Rockwell Commander 114
D-EIXJ arrived from Maastricht early evening, at the beginning of a
west-bound delivery flight.
NFA924 OY-NPC FUA122/3 EC-HAN
Wednesday 17th March
Jodel OO-CSK arrived from Midden Zeeland during the afternoon for a
Tuesday 16th March
The two night-stoppers departed within three minutes of each other
mid-afternoon, Mooney M.20 D-ERAW to Kassel, and Falcon 100 SE-DLB back to
NFA921 OY-NPC AMC2109 9H-ADH
Monday 15th March
The mid-morning saw a very significant first-visit, the first Braathens
Boeing 737-700; LN-TUD operated the BRA561/574 schedule from Gardermoen to
Stavanger. Another 'new' 737 was Maersk UK's G-MSKE, in 'Delftblue Daybreak'
which operated the mid-morning MSK392/3, following the cancellation of the
first J41 rotation. The airframe had visited Newcastle previously however,
as OY-APB with Maersk back in August 1996.
An unservicable KLM uk Fokker 100 first thing saw Titan Airways BAe146
G-ZAPK arrive from Stansted as UKA751, to operate the first Amsterdam UKA34Z
departure. It returned mid-morning as UKA35Z and positioned out as UKA752
back to Stansted.
Andersson Business Jets' Falcon 100 SE-DLB arrived from Munich during the
morning for a night-stop, and Mooney M.20 D-ERAW also night-stopped,
arriving from Amsterdam during the late evening.
NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GRX
Sunday 14th March
Learjet 45 N459LJ departed back to Jersey at lunch-time as LTH008. Dubai Air
Wing Falcon 900 A6-AUH arrived during the afternoon from Antalya on an
ambulance flight, the aircraft departing to Basle at tea-time.
Cessna 414 N414FZ visited at lunch-time, from Jersey to Chester, and
Rockwell Commander 114 D-EMCA passed through on delivery during the
afternoon from Reykjavik to Cologne.
Bristows Bell 212 G-BALZ fuel-stopped during the afternoon from Humberside
Saturday 13th March
Another lunch-time delivery involved the ex-Tyrolean Airways Dash Eight
OE-LLW, which routed from Innsbruck to Reykjavik, wearing the Tyrolean
Airways colour-scheme, without titles.
Friday's night-stopping British Airways Boeing 757, G-BMRF, failed to depart
on the first Heathrow schedule of the day, a Glasgow-Heathrow flight
dropping in to collect the passengers, operated by G-CPEN as SHT7R.
Stealth Aviation Learjet 45 made its second landing here, arriving from
Jersey mid-morning as 'Stealth009' for a night-stop.
Friday 12th March
FUA100/1 EC-GUG SAB677 OO-DWE FUA256/7 EC-GVB
Thursday 11th March
Newcastle's 21st Citation 525 delivery appeared at lunch-time, D-IMMI
wearing a very pretty Cessna demonstrator-type colour-scheme, arriving from
Reykjavik and departing to Ganderkessee after an hour on the ground.
SAB67V OO-DWH FUA122/3 LX-LGG
Wednesday 10th March
Two Metroliners passed through at lunch-time, on delivery back to Sierra
West Airlines from Spain; N81418 arrived first, followed by N8897Y, both
from Montpelier to Reykjavik.
Atlantic Airways Cargo Douglas DC-6 G-APSA operated a cargo flight from
Brussels during the early morning as AAG677, the aircraft departing to
Coventry as AAG678. BAC Express Shorts 360 G-OCEA day-stopped from
Southampton to Farnborough as RPX481A/B.
SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWH made its second visit on the night-stopping SAB677.
Tuesday 9th March
Cessna 207 N779EA passed through on delivery, arriving from Reykjavik during the early hours, and continuing on to Elstree after breakfast, wearing a vaguely familiar white colour-scheme, with a large orange sun/disc on the fin.
NFA921/924/924E OY-NPC AMC2109 9H-ABS
Monday 8th March
Airtours operated to Stavanger for Gill again during the morning, but this
time with Airtours callsigns, A.320 C-FTDA departing as AIH6711, and
returning as AIH712P.
NFA921E/921/4 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GUG
Sunday 7th March
Only visitor of interest was Executive Aviation's Citation 550 G-ESTA which
afternoon-stopped from Staverton to Brize Norton.
Saturday 6th March
Monarch Airlines operated the return sector of last week's Naples charter
with Airbus A.320 G-OZBA during the early hours, the aircraft positioning
out to Gatwick.
Two military-operated, civil types appeared during the day, Belgian Air
Force Airbus A.310 CA02 making two round-trips from Melsbroek as BAF615, at
lunch-time and during the afternoon. Irish Air Corps CN.235 252 performed a
single touch-and-go mid-morning as IRL252, from Baldonnel to East Midlands.
MON9617/617P G-OZBA TYR927R/8R OE-LCM
Friday 5th March
Gill sub-chartered an Airtours Airbus A.320 again for the Stavanger flight,
G-DJAR arriving as GIL701 during the evening, and positioning out to
Manchester as GIL701P.
SAB67V OO-DWG FUA100/1 EC-GVB BRY56A/B/57A/B G-ZAPK FUA256/7 LX-LGG
Thursday 4th March
Airlink King Air OE-FME departed to Prestwick mid-morning as JAR09, after
its two-night-stop, and then returned during the afternoon, from Prestwick
Wednesday 3rd March
The latest Brymon Dash Eight re-paint appeared for the first time during the
morning, G-BRYI in 'Chelsea Rose' operating the morning BRY52A/B/53A/B
Another Rieker Air Services Citation appeared on a freight flight during the
afternoon, the 501 D-IEIR being from/to Stuttgart.
JCB Aviation's S-76 N95UT made two brief visits during the morning, and late
Tuesday 2nd March
King Air 90 N412KA continued on to Reykjavik early morning after its
night-stop, and Leadair Falcon 10 F-GNDZ day-stopped from Le Bourget as
Airlink King Air OE-FME arrived from Salzburg during the late evening as
JAR09 for a night-stop.
City Flyer RJ.100 G-BZAT flew a few training circuits during the afternoon
The 'Fokker' got Gill Airways titles applied during the afternoon/evening.
AMC2109 9H-ABT NFA921/4 OY-NPC
Monday 1st March
Quite a day !; the new Futura 737-400 first-visited on the afternoon Las
Palmas charter, the ex-Turkish Airlines EC-HAN operating the FUA114/5. The
first flight operated by newly-based Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-FTDA was
another sub-charter for Gill Airways, as GIL700 to Stavanger during the
early morning, returning as GIL701P mid-morning. Gill Airways' Fokker 100
G-BYDP flew for the first time since its arrival on the 18th February, a one
and a half hours air test out over the North Sea during the afternoon as
Two executive jets first-visited in their new guises; Belgian Air Force
Falcon 900 CD01 spent just over 30 minutes on the ground during the morning
as BAF606 from/to Melsbroek. The airframe had visited Newcastle before as
G-BTIB, although only once, almost co-incidentally, on the 2nd March 1992.
Possibly more significant was the visit by Citation 551 D-IEAR of Rieker Air
Service on a cargo flight from Stuttgart during the afternoon, to where it
returned after just 43 minutes on the ground. While this may have been the
registration's first-visit, the airframe is possibly our most regular
Citation II ever, being the ex LN-AAD of Air Express, an almost daily
visitor at one point during the mid eighties !.
Another aeroplane which had been here before, surprisingly, was King Air 90
N412KA which arrived from Bremen via Norwich on a delivery flight back to
the US during the early evening for a night-stop. This aircraft, recently
Turkish-registered, was actually delivered through Newcastle to Turkey,
although as what, and when, is not confirmed yet.
BRY052/510/53A/B G-ZAPK FUA114/5 EC-HAN RZO9400/1 CS-TGR NFA921E/921/4
Sunday 28th February
Local sports matches produced two N-reg Citations; NJN Plane's Citation 550
N800LA visited from/to Luton, in connection with a Newcastle Gosforth rugby
match, and Ambrion Aviation Citation 501 N145DF, which also visited from/to
Luton, in connection with the Arsenal game.
The Skyservice Airbus A.320 pitched-up as expected at breakfast-time, C-FTDA
arriving direct from Toronto as SSV990. It wears the full Skyservice
colour-scheme, but now with Airtours titles, and will remain based for up to
two months, before moving to Leeds or Teesside.
Saturday 27th February
Err ..... nothing !.
Friday 26th February
Monarch Airlines operated an extra flight to Naples with Airbus A.320 G-MONY
as MON9614 during the evening, the aircraft having positioned in from
Funchal during the afternoon as MON585P. Gill Airways sub-chartered European
Airlines BAC One Eleven G-AVMZ for the inbound Stavanger charter, the GIL701
during the evening, the aircraft positioning out to Stansted as GIL701P.
Our second Cessna Caravan I in a week visited during the morning, LN-TWD of
Trans Wing A/S arriving from Stavanger as TWG901, and returning there as
FUA100/1 EC-GVB BRY56A/B/57A/B G-ZAPK
Thursday 25th February
Pace Electronics' Citation 560 VP-CCV made only its second visit up to
Newcastle from its Leeds base, its first being in December 1997, arriving
during the afternoon and departing to Rome-Ciampino.
FUA122A/3 EC-GXR SAB67W/T OO-DWD
Wednesday 24th February
Citation 525 D-IURH departed to Munich at breakfast-time.
Tuesday 23rd February
The mid-morning saw the arrival of a Cessna Caravan I, still a very rare
type at Newcastle, N208MK arriving from Jersey, and departing to Birmingham
Citation 525 D-IURH appeared again, arriving from Keflavik, after another
trip state-side, late afternoon and night-stopping.
NFA921/4/4E OY-NPD AMC2109 9H-ADH
Monday 22nd February
Cessna 425 N811NA continued westbound towards Reykjavik at breakfast-time.
Gill Airways used the newly-based Airtours Airbus A.320 G-VCED for their
weekly Norwegian charter, now a Stavanger flight.
GIL700/700P G-VCED NFA921/924 OY-NPD RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GVB
Sunday 21st February
The night-stopping British World ATP G-OBWM departed to Farnborough mid
morning as BWL455P.
Arriving during the evening was Cessna 425 N811NA on a delivery flight from
Ajaccio for a night-stop. Despite its registration the aircraft is not
thought to have anything to do with NASA, and was on delivery to Denton,
Saturday 20th February
The second 'first Heathrow' cancellation in two days (the 757 on Friday
morning went u/s, while the last arrival from Heathrow was cancelled)
produced a Boeing 767 on the second flight of the day, the mid-morning
BAW12H/13F, operated by Boeing 767-300 G-BNWW, an aircraft that had visited
us during 1998.
A defeated Newcastle United returned from Southampton during the evening on
British World ATP G-OBWM as BWL3007, the aircraft night-stopping, while Manx
Airlines operated the return of last Saturday's Chambery ski charter, again
with BAe146 G-MIMA, the aircraft departing to the Isle-of-Man.
Belgian Air Force Airbus A.310 CA02 returned for two more visits, from/to
Melsbroek as BAF643 during the afternoon and early evening.
FUA256/7 EC-GVB TYR927R/928R OE-LCJ MNX985/6 G-MIMA
Friday 19th February
City-Flyer ATR.72 G-BVTK became the latest aircraft to first-visit in the
new British Airways colour-scheme, operating the afternoon CFE48YA/51AB
resplendant in the 'Chelsea Rose' tail design.
British World Airlines put in the second ATP in two days, this one being an
ad-hoc charter flight with Newcastle United to Southampton during the
afternoon, G-OBWM operating as BWL3006, having positioned in from Southend
Gill Airways sub-chartered European Airlines BAC One Eleven G-AVMS for their
Stavanger charter, arriving during the early evening as GIL701, and
positioning out to Bournemouth as GIL701P.
Cessna 182 N2379C departed to Ledbury during the afternoon after its
night-stop, A36TP Bonanza N250TP day-stopped from/to Tatenhill, and an
interesting helicopter visitor was the appropriately registered Gazelle
G-OGAZ, which visited during the morning from 'Near Glasgow' to Glenrothes.
Thursday 18th February
A momentous day for Gill Airways with the arrival of their first jet
aircraft, Fokker 100 G-BYDP (our second first-visiting Fokker 100 in two
days) which was delivered from Montpellier during the late afternoon as
GIL100P. It wears the full Air France colour-scheme with just the usual Air
France titles at present.
A now quite rare Brymon Airways sub-charter produced a first-visiting ATP,
British World's G-OBWN being used for the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen
Cessna 182 N2379C arrived from Staverton during the late afternoon, and
night-stopped, and Gama's Learjet 35 G-JETG visited briefly during the early
evening, from Prague to Farnborough as GMA793.
FUA122/3 EC-GUG BRY56A/B/57A/B G-OBWN
Wednesday 17th February
The latest Romavia cargo charter produced Ilyushin Il-18 YR-IMZ during the
morning as RMV113/4 from/to Bucharest.
The other new KLMuk Fokker 100 was used through Newcastle for the first
time, G-UKFP arriving as UKA37Z during the afternoon and becoming the based
King Air 200 VP-CMA visited during the evening for the football, from/to
Birmingham, and a couple of not too common UK-registered executive jets
visited, in the shape of Marshalls Citation 550 G-BFRM, which day-stopped
from/to Cambridge, and BAe125 G-DEZC, an airframe that was once regular here
as HB-VGG, which spent a few hours here during the evening from Augsburg to
LBT803 EI-CNO NFA921 OY-BPH
Tuesday 16th February
SAB67V OO-DWH AMC2109 9H-ADI NFA921/4 OY-BPH
Monday 15th February
Only movement of interest was the first-visit of the 'next' SABENA RJ.100,
OO-DWH arriving during the late evening as SAB677 and night-stopping.
NFA921E/921/924 OY-BPH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GVB
Sunday 14th February
Just a few, not too interesting general aviation visitors; Piper Malibu
N22SY passed through at lunch-time from Maastricht to Inverness, and a
couple presumably for the football match, Atlantic Airways Metro III G-BUKA
from/to Luton as AAG178/9, and Aviation Beauport's Citation 550 G-BJIR
from/to Jersey as AVB841/2.
Saturday 13th February
A typically quiet winter Saturday; Manx Airlines operated an extra ski
charter to Chambery (split with the Isle-of-Man) during the morning with
MNX977/8 G-MIMA TYR927R/8R OE-LCM
Friday 12th February
Romavia Ilyushin Il-18 YR-IMZ operated another cargo flight to Bucharest
during the morning as RMV114, the aircraft having arrived from Bucharest as
RMV113 before breakfast.
The evening saw a couple of scheduled airlines sub-charter through
Newcastle, Gill Airways using Emerald's HS.748 G-EMRD for a Belfast City
rotation, and Brymon using Titan's ATR.42 G-ZAPJ for the final
Bristol-Aberdeen service of the day.
FUA100/1 EC-GRX GIL744P/744B/749B/749P G-EMRD FUA256/7 EC-GXR BRY58A/B
Thursday 11th February
Ameristar Falcon 20 N285TW returned for fuel from Keflavik to Rome during
the early hours, as AJI37 again, and then passed through again at lunch-time
in the opposite direction, again as AJI37.
Wednesday 10th February
Ameristar Falcon 20 N285TW made the first of three visits over the next two
days during the early morning, a fuel-stop on a freight flight from
Rome-Fiumicino to Keflavik as AJI37. Bosch 125 HB-VLG departed to Hannover
at breakfast-time after its night-stop.
Piper Seneca PH-CDL was present for much of the day, from/to Groningen, and
King Air 90 F-GNBA of Carry Air operated a cargo flight inbound from its
base at Lyon-Bron during the evening as EEC003, the aircraft returning there
shortly after. Atlantic Airways' Cessna 406 G-LEAF followed it from
Lyon-Bron a little later in the evening as AAG428, positioning out to
Coventry as AAG429.
An interesting helicopter visitor was Robinson R.44 G-EYET at lunch-time
from Leeds to Teesside.
LBT803 EI-CNO MSK390/1/2/3/4/5/6/7 G-BUPS NFA924/924E OY-NPC SAB677 OO-DWG
Tuesday 9th February
Another all-white aeroplane passed through on delivery, an ex-Newcastle
resident, Shorts 330 (previously G-BIYH with Gill Airways) C-FYXF spending
just under an hour on the ground during the afternoon, en-route Stornoway to
Maersk were without Jetstream 41 G-MSKJ again, Titan Airways' ATR.42 G-BUPS
operating the first three of the daily Birmingham rotations, with the last
one being operated by the first-visiting Canadair RJ G-MSKL as the MSK396/7.
Bosch's BAe125-800 HB-VLG arrived from Stuttgart during the evening for a
AMC2109 9H-ADI MSK390/1/2/3/4/5 G-BUPS NFA924 OY-NPC
Monday 8th February
Maersk's Jetstream 41 was nowhere to be seen, Titan Airways operating the
four Birmingham rotations with BAe146 G-ZAPL in the , and ATR.42 -ZAPJ
during the afternoon/evening.
One of the stored ATR.42's, G-BYHB (the one with the '200th' markings - even
though it's l/n 206) was moved off the south apron during the day, and is
now hidden in between some of the buildings on the south-side of the
airport. The top of the fin is just visible from the terminal side.
MSK390/1/2/3 G-ZAPL NFA921E/921/924 OY-NPC RZO9400 CS-TGP FUA114/5 EC-GRX
Sunday 7th February
The second consecutive week of disruption to the Saturday evening Tyrolean
Innsbruck charter, produced a first-visiting Fokker 70, OE-LFL operating
almost 24 hours late as TYR927R/928R.
Saturday 6th February
Absoutely nothing at all of interest ! ....
Friday 5th February
Air 2000 used Airbus A.321 G-OOAH through Newcastle again, the aircraft
operating the Tenerife AMM888/9 rotation, with positioning sectors from
Edinburgh as AMM927P, and to Gatwick as AMM866P.
Corporate Jets were London Executive Aviation's Citation 550 G-FJET, from
Murcia to Stansted as LNX210A/B, and Danish Air Transport's Citation 501
OY-CPW, which visited from Esbjerg to Billund as DTR833/833T.
FUA100/1 EC-GUG FUA156/7 EC-GUI
Thursday 4th February
The only movements of note involved a first-visiting executive jet, Northern
Executive Aviation's Learjet 35 G-MURI, operating from Manchester to Zagreb
during the morning as NEX04A/B, and then in reverse during the evening as
NEX04C/D, an operation presumably in connection with the latest Newcastle
Wednesday 3rd February
The first-visit of an Airtours Airbus A.321 occurred during the early hours,
the return leg of Tuesday's Venice 'day-trip' being operated by G-VOLH as
AIH3394, after the A.320 G-TMDP had gone u/s, 'LH' positioning out to
Manchester as AIH235P.
The all-white, Rheintalflug Dash Eight OE-LSB departed on the final leg of
its delivery flight, to Altenrhein at breakfast-time.
The reports for the next nine days were kindly written by fellow EGNT ATCA David Webster ... thanks man !.
You know it's about time Sage changed their aircraft. N560MM was
Back again - Hurrahhhhhhhhh! Anyway, the French gave us the only
Decent visitor of the day, BE90 F-GIML as the CPH040/2. Gold Air
Sent us a couple of lights, G-OLDB PA31 "GDA19T" and night-stopping
C421 G-BDYF as the 'GDA70A'. But the highlight was another DHC8
Delivery, OE-LSB painted in that same, imaginative scheme that the
2 stored ATRs are in! The aircraft night stopped and departed to LSZR.
9H-ADI / AMC OY-NPC / NFA
New airliner was OY-SEF arriving as the BRA8574 / 2574
Posn from Copenhagen and operating a charter to Stavanger.
As I said the other day, it was in 'Midland' blue with a beach
Ball painted on the tail and engines. G-BRYY turned up in it's
New colour scheme (Chinese writing - sorry don't know the name
As I don't like the schemes! ). For the record it was the BRY052 / 510.
Guess what - N560MM was back - AGAIN! Anyway another 1st visitor
Was G-UKFM resplendent in KLMuk colours (nice!) arriving as the
EC-GUI/FUA114 OY-NPC/NFA CS-TGR / RZO
Two first visitors today, with only one of any interest. BMA had yet
Another 1st visiting B737 with G-SFBH doing the weekly "BMA7372/1".
(Is that them all son?) But the best was G-NVSB finally dropping in
from Aberdeen as the "BRY55B" departing to Bristol. Not bad as we
had G-NVSA & B on the ground together! The other visitors were puddle
Only visitor of note was HS125 VP-BMD of Airman. It arrived 'tea-time'
And night-stopped leaving just after lunch. The Tyrolean ski charter
arrived from Salzburg instead of Innsbruck, some 6 Hours late. The crew duly
went out of hours and night stopped. The aircraft departed just after 6
am/31st. For the record it was OE-LCG
And the hits just keep on rolling! Want to see some ATR42s?
Well arriving from Corfu early evening, was G-BYHB stable mate of HA.
Both are parked next to each other (HB on the left as you look from
The terminal), resplendent in a fetching white colour scheme! But if
you want to tell them apart HB has "200th" painted on the tail
(guess 200th built, as C/N should be 206).
Kingair G-ECAV made a very brief appearance mid-afternoon (24 mins).
At last something to report! Air2000 1st visit in full colours of A321
In from Stansted and operating to/from Arrecife and positioning to
Birmingham just before midnight. Kellogg's F900 N906WK put in his
first visit around mid-morning (no cereal jokes!). The aircraft night
departing to base at Battle Creek, MS. C560 N560MM came back just before a
good visitor, Slovak government Tu154M OM-BYR as "SSG003". As has been well
documented, it arrived from Stansted, night stopped, departed the following
lunchtime to Sliac.
'Old' regulars again made up the visitors. C560 N560MM put in a few
appearances & night stopped. N902MP had a return jaunt to Birmingham.
C501 VP-CAT popped in for the afternoon (in for some tiffing?).
Caravan 406 G-MAFA arrived for a night stop as the "WDG 71".
Kingair G-BXMA "MHN17A" was the last visitor of any note.
Again god bless the mil.
As with the 25th if it weren't for the mil it would have been very quiet.
Gulf2 N902MP took up residence again for a few days, arriving from
..... back to my own reports .....
Monday 25th January
After three weeks of the Germania 737-700 D-AGEU on the SATA/Air Azores
Funchal charter, the weekly flight still produced interest, the carriers new
737-300 CS-TGR operating the RZO9400/1, in the airlines full colours.
Air Scandic Airbus A.300 G-TTMC returned to Manchester during the afternoon
as BAL098F after having operated three round-trips from Newcastle in the
based Britannia 757 programme. SE-DUN arrived back from Stockholm-Arlanda
during the morning as BAL999F, and operated the day's Las Palmas charter.
Heerema Citation S550 PH-RMA day-stopped from/to Rotterdam.
BAL098B G-TTMC NFA921E/921/4 OY-NPC FUA114/5 EC-GUI
Sunday 24th January
Another nice ATR.42 appeared during the late evening, Gill Airways' latest
aircraft G-BYHA arriving unexpectedly from Corfu. This one, an ex-Thai
machine unfortunately was all-white though.
Brymon Dash Eight G-BRYY made only its second visit to Newcastle (the first
was on the 3rd January) operating the mid-day BRY55A/B, Aberdeen-Bristol.
BMA7372/1 G-OBMF BAL301A/B/098A G-TTMC
Saturday 23rd January
Air Scandic Airbus A.300 G-TTMC arrived during the afternoon to take up the
based Britannia Airways Boeing 757 programme for a few days, allowing the
still-Newcastle-based Britannia AB SE-DUN to depart to Malmo as BAL998F at
tea-time. The 'big Airbus' arrived from Manchester as SCY900P and operated
the evening BAL328A/B to/from Alicante.
SAB671/Z OO-DWD GIL900P/901N G-BXYV TYR927R/928R OE-LCI
Friday 22nd January
What might well turn out to be one of the best visitors of the year appeared
during the early afternoon, the sole Med Airlines ATR.42 F-OHLA arriving as
MDS998T from Rome-Fiumicino for attention by Gill Airways Engineering.
Wearing the carrier's full colours, it was expected to spend a week here,
most of it inside the Gill hangar.
Maersk put another Canadair RJ in, G-MSKM operating the mid-morning
Learjet 36 N116MA operated a local flight over the North Sea during the
morning, and then departed to Valkenburg at lunch-time, both as 'Lion16'.
FUA100/1 LX-LGG FUA156/7 EC-GRX GIL372P G-BXYV
Thursday 21st January
Learjet 36 N116MA arrived during the late evening for a night-stop, from
Rotterdam as 'Lion16', Operated by Skyline Aviation, the aircraft had worked
in the North Sea ranges before arrival.
Bristows Bell 212 G-BGLJ passed through again, from Aberdeen to Humberside
during the afternoon.
SAB67V OO-DWF FUA122/3 EC-GNZ MSK396/7 G-MSKK
Wednesday 20th January
The only interest was provided by a very old-sounding Beech Baron, F-BUTZ of
Airbor visiting during the afternoon from Besancon-La Veze to Dijon.
LBT803 F-GHEC SAB677 OO-DWF
Tuesday 19th January
AMC2109 9H-ADH NFA921/4/924E OY-NPC
Monday 18th January
A very dull day ..... even 737NG's are a bit un-exciting now !!.
NFA921E/921/4 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 D-AGEU FUA114/5 EC-GUI AMM587P G-UKLL
Sunday 17th January
The smallest aircraft so far to appear at Newcastle wearing the new British
Airways colour-scheme visited just before midnight, Loganair's Islander
G-BJOP operating an ambulance flight from Prestwick, departing to Glasgow
just after midnight. The aircraft has recently been re-painted with the
'Colum' tail design.
The evening Aer Lingus Fokker 50 went u/s, another 737, -500 EI-CDD,
ferrying in during the late evening as EIN2302, to operate the outbound
Hughes 500 N1096C visited over lunch-time, as did Irish Air Corps Super King
Air 240, which was from Glasgow to Liverpool as IRL240.
BMA7372/1 G-OBMM EIN2302/309 EI-CDD
Saturday 16th January
King Air 90 N1092G (reportedly ex Senegalese (?) and which apparently had an
'interesting' time getting out !) passed through on delivery during the late
morning, arriving from Santander and departing to Roskilde.
After last month's first ever Aer Lingus Boeing 737-400, another appeared on
the morning Dublin schedule, the first-visiting EI-BXA operating as
Aero Services Executive King Air 200 F-GSIN departed back to Le Bourget at
tea-time as BES710 after the usual French Thursday/Friday night-stop.
Friday 15th January
Romavia operated another cargo flight outbound to Bucharest, this time with
their other Ilyushin Il-18 YR-IMZ, which arrived from Bucharest as RMV113
before breakfast, and returned there as RMV114 mid-morning.
The second British-registered 125-800 in two days visited from/to Northolt,
G-WBPR spending much of the middle of the day here.
The two Futura 737-400's were both on the ground at the same time at
lunch-time, which I'm sure made for some second glances !.
FUA100/1 EC-GXR FUA156/7 EC-GRX
Thursday 14th January
Two first-visiting CitationJets; just my sort of day !. The 20th Citation
525 to be delivered through Newcastle appeared mid-morning from Reykjavik,
D-ISHW continuing on to Monchengladbach, while a slightly older machine
arrived at tea-time, D-IALL spending just forty five minutes on the ground
from Cologne, and also to Monchengladbach.
Aero Services Executive King Air 200 F-GSIN arrived from Le Bourget during
the evening as BES500 for another two-night stay, while the always
impressive EJC 125-800 G-VIPI visited also at tea-time, from/to Southampton.
Wednesday 13th January
Only GA visitor of note was Super King Air VP-CMA which was present during
the afternoon, from Prestwick to Birmingham. SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWF made only
its second visit to Newcastle on the morning Brussels schedule, its
first-visit having been in September 1998.
SAB671/Z OO-DWF LBT803 EI-CBO
Tuesday 12th January
Just exec jets again providing minimal interest; Quick Airways Lear 35
D-CJPG operated a cargo flight inbound from Cologne at lunch-time as QAJ412,
departing to Lyon as QAJ444, and BAe125-800 G-VIPI visited briefly during
the evening from/to Southampton.
AMC2109 9H-ADI NFA921 OY-NPC
Monday 11th January
Things got much more interesting eventually, with our third
first-visit-of-type executive jet in the space of 34 days landing just
before mid-day. Gulfstream V N252JS arrived from Farnborough and departed to
Le Bourget mid-afternoon. A more unexpected arrival was another Gulfstream,
Gulf II N52NW being a positive by-product of a Brymon Airways Bristol 'tech'
cancellation, which spent just half an hour on the ground mid-afternoon from
Bristol to Tenerife.
After the two big Gulfstream's there was however little else; only our third
'Next Generation' landing produced the same Germania 737-700 on the weekly
Air Azores flight, that had visited the previous Monday.
NFA921E/921 OY-NPC RZO9400/1 D-AGEU FUA114/5 EC-GRX
Sunday 10th January
NEA's Lear 35 G-ZENO visited during the early evening, from Nice to Luton as
NEX01A/B ..... nothing else !.
Saturday 9th January
DARTA King Air 200 F-GHOC departed back to le Bourget during the evening as
DRT1028 after spending two nights here.
SBE4087/086P G-BPND TYR927R/8R OE-LCK
Friday 8th January
Only movement of interest was another King Air on delivery, King Air 90
D-IWKA, which passed through before breakfast, from Siegerland to Reykjavik.
FUA100/1 EC-GYK AEA241/2 EC-GGO JKK3353/4 EC-GBA
Thursday 7th January
DARTA King Air 200 F-GHOC arrived from Le Bourget early morning as DRT1028
for a double-night-stop, and Taunus Air Learjet 35 D-CGRC operated an
ambulance flight inbound from Alicante at tea-time as TAQ222, the aircraft
positioning out shortly after as TAQ223 to Frankfurt. Piper Seneca OO-VWK
departed back to Wevelgem during the evening.
FUA122/3 EC-GUI AMM346P G-UKLL
Wednesday 6th January
Similarly very dull; Piper Seneca OO-VWK arrived from Belgium during the
morning for a night-stop, and Chauffair Lear 35 G-GJET visited briefly
during the early afternoon as CFR976, from Farnborough to Corfu.
AMM813/456/7 G-UKLL LBT803 EI-CBO AIH01T G-DJAR NFA924 OY-NPD
Tuesday 5th January
Not a lot of excitement; Mitsubishi Mu-2 F-GEQM operated a late evening
frieght flight from Nevers, departing shortly after to Orleans, Magec
BAe125-700 G-OMGD visited briefly at lunch-time, from Cardiff to Luton, and
Bristows Super Puma G-BLXR fuel-stopped from Aberdeen to the McKlintock Rig
as BHL70P at tea-time.
NFA921/4 OY-NPD AMC2109 9H-ADI AMM514/5/812 G-UKLL
Monday 4th January
Another momentous day at Newcastle !; the first-visit-of-type of a Boeing
737-700 occurred at lunch-time, Germania's D-AGEU operating for SATA/Air
Azores as expected, as RZO9400/1 from Glasgow to Funchal, and becoming only
our second 'next generation' !.
Citation 525 N1127K departed direct to Bucharest mid-morning, the hoped-for
re-registration at Newcastle into Romanian marks, not happening after all.
Gales at Glasgow saw two British Airways Boeing 757's 'divert' to Newcastle
during the morning, making for three on the ground at the same time (G-BMRF
being present on our usual schedule). G-BMRD using the 'Shuttle' callsign
inbound was a true diversion, while G-BIKL a little later was actually
planned into Newcastle, albeit at very short notice.
Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-UKLL arrived during the afternoon to take up based
aircraft duties, the aircraft still wearing full Leisure colours.
SHT6G/474W G-BMRD BAW1476 G-BIKL NFA921E/921 OY-NPD AMM587P/862/863 G-UKLL
Sunday 3rd January
The first first-visitors of the year appeared, Brymon's latest Dash Eight
G-BRYY making its first visit on the early afternoon BRY55A/B
Aberdeen-Bristol schedule, yet another 'all-white' Dash Eight !, and the
eagerly anticipated Citation 525 delivery, which turned out to be even
better than expected, N1127K arriving 30 minutes before midnight from
Reykjavik to night-stop, to continue to its new operators in Romania on
Monday morning !.
Saturday 2nd January
Caledonian operated an extra flight during the early hours, from Tenerife
via Cardiff with A.320 G-BVYC.
CKT5415/415P G-BVYC SBE4087/6 G-BNNI TYR927/8 OE-LCF
Friday 1st January
FUA100/1 EC-GXR AEA241/2 EC-FJZ