Friday 30 April 2010 - Turkuaz and Onur Air commence summer 2010 flying programme

Turkuaz Airbus A321-211 TC-TCF positioned in to operate their
first weekly IT flight to Dalaman of the summer 2010 season....
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.... while Onur Air Airbus A321-231 TC-OAL arrived
to operate their first weekly flight to Bodrum
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Thomas Cook Airbus A320-231 G-GTDL positioned in
from Gatwick to operate a charter flight to Barcelona

Thursday 29 April 2010 - Farnair Europe Friendship HA-FAB departs....

Farnair Europe Friendship 500 HA-FAB which had arrived on
a priority freight charter from Reus on Wednesday evening....
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.... positioned out to Humberside
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Thomas Cook Airbus A320-214 G-KKAZ which had positioned
in on Tuesday morning departed on a charter to Barcelona
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Citation 1 OE-FMK was an afternoon arrival on the Elmdon apron

Wednesday 28 April 2010 - Cello's new Avro Business Jet G-RAJJ makes first visit to BHX!!

Cello Aviation's "Avro Business Jet" BAe 146-200 G-RAJJ
made its first visit to BHX arriving from Southend....
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.... and parking on the Elmdon apron
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.... to be welcomed by Cello's Birmingham based staff
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The aircraft has a 46 VIP interior and will be available for charter
Photo: Mike Hollick .. For more information on Cello please see -
http://celloaviation.blogspot.com/ and http://www.flycello.com/
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The aircraft later returned to Southend and will be on
display at EBACE in Geneva between 2-6 May 2010
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Eurocypria Boeing 737-8Q8 5B-DBR operated their IT flight to Paphos
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"Lu" - Lufthansa Airbus A319-114 D-AILU operated
their morning service to Frankfurt
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Businesswings Twin Otter D-IVER was a lunchtime visitor
to the Elmdon apron operating a priority freight charter
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Synergy Super King Air G-SYGA spent the day parked up....
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.... on the Elmdon apron where Cherokee Arrow G-AXWZ....
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.... and Agusta A-109S Grand G-STGR were also visitors

Monday 26 April 2010 - Atlantic Airlines Electra G-LOFC departs to Istanbul

Atlantic Airlines Lockheed Electra G-LOFC which had arrived
on Saturday was a morning departure to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen
on its way to Abu Dhabi....
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.... climbing away off Runway 33
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CityLine Hungary Antonov 26 HA-TCN which had spent the weekend
parked on the Elmdon apron departed to Stravanger, Norway
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Titan BAe 146-200QC G-ZAPK positioned in from Stansted
to operate a charter flight to Berlin Schoenefeld
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FAI Learjet 45 D-CFAI which had arrived in the early hours
of the morning operating an air ambulance flight positioned
out to Nuremburg

Sunday 25 April 2010 - Euro Atlantic Boeing 767 CS-TFS diverts in from Manchester

Euro Atlantic Boeing 767-3Y0ER CS-TFS was an operational
diversion while operating a Banjul - Manchester repatriation
flight for Thomas Cook as they caught up following the airspace
closures caused by the Volcanic Ash Cloud....
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.... after offloading the passengers it positioned out to Faro
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Turkish Boeing 737-752 TC-JKN operated their flight to Istanbul
- the second Turkish 737-700 to visit BHX
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Thomas Cook Boeing 757-3CQ G-JMAA positioned in from Gatwick
to operate an early season IT flight to Dalaman in Turkey

Saturday 24 April 2010 - Air Armenia Antonov 12 EK-11001 charter to BHX!!

The after effects of the Volcanic Ash Cloud resulted in an exotic
movement to BHX - Air Armenia Antonov 12BK EK-11001
brought in a consignment of urgent freight that had been stranded
in Johannesburg routing via Luanda and Tamanrassett in Algeria
and arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning
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After spending the day parked on the Elmdon apron....
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.... it positioned out to Luxembourg lifting off Runway 15....
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.... and climbing away as only an Antonov 12 can!!
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Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-752 TC-JKJ operated their service
from Istanbul - the first visit of a Turkish 737-700 to BHX
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PIA Boeing 777-340ER AP-BID operated their service to Islamabad
- its first visit to BHX since it was painted in their new colour scheme
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Arcus Air Dornier 228 d-CAAM was an afternoon arrival operating
a priority freight charter from Egelsbach in Germany
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A morning view of the packed Elmdon apron including the
Air Armenia Antonov 12 EK-11001, CityLine Hungary
Antonov 26 HA-TCN and Atlantic Electra G-LOFC

Friday 23 April 2010 - RAF C17 ZZ175 morning visitor on medevac flight

RAF C 17 ZZ175 was a morning visitor operating a medevac
flight and departing to Brize Norton off Runway 15

Wednesday 21 April 2010 - Ash cloud? - Birmingham Airport is back in business!!

After clearance was granted on Tuesday evening to reopen UK
airspace the race was on to restart operations - first departure
(with passengers) from BHX on Wednesday morning was
Monarch flight ZB 402 to Faro which was operated by
Airbus A321-231 G-OZBG - well done to Monarch
for having 3 of the first 4 departures from Birmingham ....
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.... and to Tim and Lucy from the "Express and Star" for
being on hand to catch the first departure
which earned them a copy of the "BHX Flight Guide"!!
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Monarch Airbus A321-231 G-OZBG lifts off Runway 33 on its way
to Faro - the first departure since Thursday 15 April 2010! - the
race was then on to repatriate all the stranded passengers....
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.... Lufthansa used CityLine Embraer 195LR D-AEBB to operate
their afternoon service to Munich - its first visit to BHX - in
place of the usual Canadair CRJ 900 while....
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.... Turkish Airlines laid on two extra flight to repatriate passengers
stranded in Istanbul - Airbus A321-231 TC-JRB was an evening
arrival with 321 TC-JML operating an (extra) lunchtime service
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Eurocypria Boeing 737-8BK 5B-DBZ operated their
much delayed IT flight to Paphos
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Hawker 850XP G-CERX was an overnight arrival
spending the day parked on the Elmdon apron....
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.... while Eurojet Citation XLS G-KPEI was an afternoon visitor
operating a training flight

Tuesday 20 April 2010 - Day 4 of the Volcanic Ash Cloud

Giles Latcham of BBC "Midlands Today" was on hand to give
live updates on the impact of the Volcanic Ash Cloud on
operations from Birmingham....
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.... and find out how local aviation enthusiasts were coping with the
closure of UK airspace and the resulting lack of aircraft....
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.... actually there were plenty of those - just not going anywhere!

Sunday 18 April 2010

Saturday 17 April 2010 - Day 3 of the Volcanic Ash Cloud

The setting sun turns red as it decends into the Volcanic Ash....
WARNING - do not look directly into the sun with a camera etc
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On Saturday the sun turns a dark red
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A "brighter" sun set the day before
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Meanwhile the aircraft are still going nowhere!

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