Glasgow Airport Movements 2015
Notable visitors to Glasgow during the first 10 days of March 2015 which I didn`t manage to capture on camera include Gulfstream 150 VH-PFV (2nd); Airbus A320 TC-FBH Freebird and King Air M-WATJ (3rd); Beech C90GTi King Air M-TSRI (5th); Cessna CE525As G-POWG and OK-MAR, both arriving for an overnight stop (7th); Piper PA-24 N218SA, Learjet LJ25B N102VS and Italian Air Force Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master CSX 55152 (9th); Learjet 45s G-GMAA and Canadian-reg` C-GEJD, Gulfstream 550 N273A and Falcon 2000EX N659FM (10th). Pictured above is Virgin Boeing 747-443 G-VROS `English Rose` taxiing out for a Runway 23 departure on the 27th.
Mid-March saw Bombardier Challenger CL350 9H-VCA Vistajet (11th); Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUID Thomson, Piper PA-28RT G-JSCA (14th); Cessna 550 Citation Bravo G-CGEI (16th); Airbus A320 TC-FBJ Freebird, also Embraer 190 D-AECG Lufthansa - Edinburgh weather diversion (17th); Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIG Thomson from Montego Bay, Airbus A319-112 D-ASTB of Germania, Hungarian-reg`d Falcon 900EX HA-LKN and Embraer ERJ-170STD F-HBXF Hop, one of six evening weather diversions from Aberdeen (18th); Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 EI-WFI, Boeing 737-8KNW A6-FEV Flydubai (19th); BAe146-300 D-AWBA WDL Aviation (20th).
Finally, Embraer 170-100STD F-HBXG Hop (21st); Gulfstream 5 N225EE (22nd); Embraer 135BJ Legacy G-SUGR Air Charter Scotland (23rd); Airbus A318-321 TC-FBH Freebird (24th); Kingair N352BC, Tecnam P2006T G-OTAY overshoot (24th) and Learjet 45 G-PFCT (26th); Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign OH-WIA Jetflite, Citation Mustang G-FFFC (27th); First time visitor Kodiak100 N500QK and Canadian DHC-7 C-GGUL (29th); Airbus A321-211 OY-VKC Thomas Cook, Cessna Citation Bravo G-CGEI, Learjet 55 D-CMED LJ55 first visit,(30th); Another couple of first-timers on the 31st, also night-stoppers, were Bombardier Challenger 605 9H-VFH and SOCATA TBM 900 N900CV.
Military aircraft appearing during the same period included Sea King XZ585(A) RN (14th) and two pairs of Army Air Corps (AAC) WAH 64D Longbow Apache overflying on the 18th, namely call-sign `Vulture` ZJ190 and ZJ216 and, a couple of hours later, call-sign `Viper` ZJ195 and ZJ182. CASA CN-235MPA 252 of the Irish Air Corps called in on the 20th.
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On 10 March 2015, HMS Argyll (F231), left the KGV Dock after a weekend visit to Glasgow. The first Emirates Triple-seven of the day appeared on finals as the warship passed Newshot Island at Erskine.
A product of what was then the world-famous Yarrow shipyard, Argyll was commissioned in 1991 and was now the longest-serving Type-23 Frigate in the Royal Navy. Her most recent deployment had been to the Caribbean and North Atlantic during which her crew seized £77 Million worth of drugs. The warship also assisted Bermuda in the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo and had previously deployed to the Arabian Gulf and the Falklands.
More recently Argyll had utilised her advanced Artisan radar and onboard Lynx helicopter to locate and monitor a Russian warship which had been transiting through the English Channel. Tensions between President Vladimir Putin`s regime and the Western Allies had heightened drastically due to the escalating situation in Ukraine.
HMS Argyll hadn`t been open to the general public during her visit to Glasgow but her crew hosted pre-arranged visits and tours, welcoming various organisations including Sea Cadets and local school groups.
I saw this Dornier 328-110 G-BYMK for the first time on Wednesday 4th February. Although it bears Flybe titles, it`s operated by Loganair and has `Dundee: City of Discovery` tail markings. The Dornier remained at Glasgow for several days, awaiting a replacement for the starboard prop which had apparently developed a fault. Another Dundee-based aircraft G-OTAY, a Tecnam P-2006T of Tayside Aviation, overshot the runway in the afternoon.
Calspan Aerospace operates a fleet of advanced experimental aircraft including four Learjets, a Gulfstream 3, a SAAB 340, and a Hawker-Beechcraft Bonanza for aerobatic tests. Learjet 25B N102VS `Inflight Simulator` is seen here about to depart Glasgow International on 10 March. The science and technology company, which was originally founded in 1943 as part of the Research Laboratory of the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Division at Buffalo, New York. consists of four primary operating units: Flight Research, Transportation Research, Aerospace Sciences and Crash Investigations.
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The National Flying Laboratory Centre`s British Aerospace BAe-3100 Jetstream 31 G-NFLA spent several days here this month. The twin-prop, which made numerous short flights from its temporary Glasgow base, is a unique facility used to educate and train industry and postgraduate students in various aspects of aerospace research. The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) is responsible for operating aircraft on behalf of Cranfield University. Its primary task is to assist with the teaching of the postgraduate courses, and to provide self-contained short courses for undergraduates from other universities requiring flying laboratories. The NFLC also carries out research and trials flying, both in its own and other aircraft. To date, more than twenty UK universities have made use of the facility with around 1,200 students flown in a typical year.
Army Air Corps BN-2T Defender ZH004 captured on short finals on 27 March. This same aircraft had also called in the previous day. On the 27th, a mass powercut in Amsterdam and the area to the north of the Dutch capital disrupted Holland`s rail network and halted flights, including those from Glasgow International. Connections to Schiphol Airport from here weren`t due to resume until 2300hrs with four KLM and one Easyjet flight affected.