Friday 26 April 2013 - Starspeed Eurocopter EC155 B1 G-WINV arrives with Beyonce for her NEC concert

Starspeed Eurocopter EC155 B1 G-WINV was an afternoon visitor.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... it had arrived earlier with Beyonce for her concert at the LG Arena at the NEC

.... a couple of people carriers were on hand to whisk her entourage away

Eastern Embraer 145 G-CGWV positioned in from Aberdeen to take West Bromwich Albion
to Southampton for their "Premier League" match on Saturday

Augusta Air Citation XLS D-CVVV which had arrived on Thursday was an afternoon departure

Swiftair MD 83 EC-JUG operated a day stopping charter flight from Madrid on behalf of Privilege Style

SAS Boeing 737-76N SE-RET operated their flight from Stockholm Arlanda

easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZIO which wears a special Unicef "Change for Good" colour
scheme operated their evening service from Belfast International

ULS Airlines Cargo to operate an Airbus A310F freight charter flight to Birmingham from Istanbul

ULS Airlines Cargo (KZU) are planning to operate an Airbus A310F freight charter
flight to Birmingham from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Monday 6 May 2013
- please see below for the timings - 

MONDAY 6 MAY 2013 

0600/0800 KZU759/760 31Y from/to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen
- freight charter - ULS Airlines Cargo
Schedule/timings subject to change!!

Sunday 5 May 2013

Thursday 25 April 2013 - SAS Boeing 737-86N LN-RGE makes its first visit to BHX

SAS Boeing 737-86N LN-RGE operated their flight from Stockholm Arlanda - its first visit to BHX

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-ENS operated their flight to Faro....

.... the aircraft wears additional "Bydgoszcz Torun | Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region" titles

Tuesday 23 April 2013 - Thomson Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYH now flying in "dreamliner" colour scheme

Thomson Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYH was a lunchtime arrival from Chateauroux in France....

.... where it had been repainted into the new Thomson "dreamliner" colour scheme

The crew transferred to Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYF that had been parked up since Sunday

.... and which then positioned out to Luton Photo: Ron Kosys

Turkish Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JHR operated their afternoon service to Istanbul

Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann ATR 42-300 EI-EHH operated their flight from Knock

A busy day on the Elmdon apron! - Netjets Hawker 750 CS-DUH made a brief morning visit....

Global Express N881TS which had arrived on Monday evening departed....

Cessna 510 Mustang F-HEND was a day stopping visitor

Citation CJ3 D-CAST was a lunchtime arrival parking up to night stop

Citation CJ2 D-IEKU made a lunchtime visit

Piaggio P-180 Avanti OY-TLP was another day stopping visitor

Woodgate Air Charter Navajo Chieftain G-CITY visited on an air ambulance flight

Two RAF Northolt Station Flight Islander CC2's made brief visits - ZH536....

.... and ZF573 Photos: Mike Hollick

Dauphin 2 EI-GJL was a morning visitor

The new Air Traffic Control Tower at Birmingham Airport is crowned "Project of the Year"

Christopher White of CPMG and Will Heynes of Birmingham Airport with the two RICS awards
at the new Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
  Birmingham Airport’s new Air Traffic Control Tower has been crowned "Project of the Year" and
won a further award for the best "Regeneration" scheme at the 2013 RICS West Midlands Awards

The Airport received the two awards at a ceremony held on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at
The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, where the West Midlands’ most impressive
property schemes battled it out for an industry "Oscar"
The prestigious annual contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and
construction sectors, and has recognised the important part that the Airport’s developments
play in supporting the region’s economy

The highly acclaimed "Project of the Year" title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates
overall outstanding best practice. The Air Traffic Control facility at Birmingham Airport triumphed
over what the panel of eight judges described as extremely tough competition, winning not only
the overall title but also the "Regeneration" category

 The stunning seven storey structure stands at 34 metres and has been an ambitious project in
construction terms. Having been constructed without a supporting steel frame, it is one of the
tallest un-stayed control towers in the UK. The tower’s strength and stability comes instead from
a slip form concrete process, which involved the project team pouring concrete continuously
for ten days while the cab was prefabricated off-site and installed

Receiving the award on behalf of Birmingham Airport, Will Heynes, the Airport’s Development
Director, said: "We’re honoured to have won these two awards. The new ATC tower is a
significant and vital investment that supports our vision to provide the Midlands with global
connectivity, and a facility where airlines choose to operate and passengers prefer to fly from

"It has rejuvenated the western part of the airfield and is an impressive, modern and iconic
landmark for Birmingham that has triggered further development projects at this part of the site,
helping to create new jobs and play a vital role in supporting the economic success of Midlands"
The new ATC Tower went into service on Wednesday 17 April 2013
  Opened just in the last few days, the new ATC tower is equipped with state of the art radar
and navigation equipment and gives Controllers better views of the airfield, above buildings
that have been developed over the last few years. It will also allow them to see the end of
the extended runway, a development that will be complete in early 2014 and will allow
airlines to fly to more long haul destinations worldwide

Commenting on the facility, Chair of the RICS West Midlands Awards judging panel 
Roger Stone, a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, said: "Birmingham Airport’s Air 
Traffic Control tower ticked all the boxes for the RICS judges. This iconic building is 
part of a scheme that will bring business people to Birmingham and the West Midlands 
from parts of the world that we currently do not serve. The state-of-the-art control tower 
is at the centre of on-going works that will provide a huge economic boost for the region"
 Chris White, Group Director of CPMG, the project’s architects, said: "We’re delighted that
the Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Control Tower has received this prestigious award, we
are extremely proud of this iconic building which will be a significant part of the skyline
for many years to come"

The new £10 million tower, which was built by Morgan Sindall, has replaced the previous
79ft facility in the Elmdon building that has been in use since 1939 when the original airport
terminal opened. The project will now automatically be entered into the national RICS Awards,
where they will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year

Thursday 2 May 2013

Monday 22 April 2013 - RAF Tristar C2A ZE706 visits the Elmdon apron operating a medevac flight

RAF Tristar C2A ZE706 was a morning visitor operating a medevac flight....

.... and departing off Runway 15

.... en route to RAF Brize Norton

Augusta Air Citation XLS D-CTTT made a brief morning visit to the Elmdon apron while....

Blink Cessna 510 Mustang G-FLBK which had arrived on Sunday departed Photos: Mike Hollick

Hangar Watch - Sunday 21 April 2013

Another view of the site of new Monarch Aircraft Engineering Hangar
taken from the terminal side of the airport now the structure is taking shape....

.... just look at the progress compared to this photo taken a week earlier

Sunday 21 April 2013

Sunday 21 April 2013 - TAG Aviation Global Express G-XXRS visits the Elmdon apron

TAG Aviation Global Express G-XXRS was a late afternoon arrival parking on the Elmdon apron

Netjets Hawker 750 CS-DUH also made a brief afternoon visit

Lufthansa Cityline Canadair CRJ 701ER D-ACPB operated their morning service to Frankfurt

Thomson Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYF was a morning arrival from Cancun, Mexico

Saturday 20 April 2013 - Air Berlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABKY makes its first visit to BHX

Air Berlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABKY operated their flight from Hannover - its first visit to BHX

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JHL operated their afternoon flight from Istanbul
- the aircraft is in their "Globally Yours" special colour scheme

West Air Europe BAe ATP G-BTPC was an afternoon arrival from Coventry in preparation
for operating the newspaper flight to the Isle of Man on Sunday morning

Thomson Boeing 767-304ER G-OBYF was a morning departure to Cancun, Mexico via Manchester

bmi regional Embraer 145EU G-EMBI  was a late afternoon departure taking Newcastle United FC
home after their Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion

RAF C-17A Globemaster III ZZ176 was an afternoon visitor operating a medevac flight

London Executive Legacy 600 G-THFC was an early evening arrival


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