Glasgow Airport Movements 2016
Glasgow Airport took over from Renfrew Airport as the city`s aerial gateway on 2 May 1966, although the official opening by Her Majesty the Queen wasn`t until June 27. One of the first aircraft to touch down when the new airport became operational was Piper PA-32 Cherokee G-ATJV which relocated from Renfrew along with the rest of the Loganair fleet. Its all-important test flight ensured that the new airport was able to pass the rigorous requirements set by the then Ministry of Aviation, enabling Abbotsinch as it was then known, to officially open for business the following day. The light aircraft, which is now based in Lincolnshire, made a return flight as part of Glasgow Airport`s 50th anniversary celebrations.
A grey scene and heavy downpour greeted the first WestJet flight of the season on the morning of Monday 2 May, plus the pilot had to abort his approach at the last minute as the preceding aircraft, Air France Airbus A318-111 F-GUGB, reported a bird-strike moments before it touched down.
Notable civil-registered visitors to Glasgow during May 2016 which I didn`t manage to capture on camera include Cirrus SR-22T N986JT SR22T (f/v) and Cessna 525A G-TWOP CE525A (2nd); C-GYWJ Boeing 737-7CTW Westjet (f/v), F-GZTD Boeing 737-7W ASL Airlines, Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 650 D-AZUR (f/v), King Air 200 M-WATJ and Hawker 750XP 9H-BSA (3rd); F-GRHY A319-111 Air France (f/v), Challenger 605 N567YX (f/v), Citation Mustang G-FFFC plus two Cessna Citation XLS - D-CNOC and OE-GRI. BN-2B Islander G-SSKY made several overshoots of the runway throughout the day (4th); Canadian-registered Cessna 208B Caravan C-GSGY (f/v), 9H-BSA Hawker 750XP and G-BNUN Beech 58 Baron (5th); Boeing 757-2B7(WL) N206UW heralded the start of the American Airlines summer flights, OY-RUG ATR-72-202 Danish Air Transport, plus US-registered Cessna 208 Caravan N697ZZ in the Gama Aviation hangar was repainted with its new identity, G-LAUD (6th)...
First visits by Boeing 737-73VW F-GZTN ASL Airlines, Cirrus SR-22 G-MAZZ and Learjet 35A D-CTIL (7th); First visits by Boeing 737-8K5W G-TAWC Thomson, Boeing 737-85PW EC-LQX Air Europa, and Challenger CL605 LX-ZED (8th); Hawker 400XP G-KLNR and Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ G-TWOP (9th); Cessna Citation XLS CS-DXO NetJets Europe, Cessna 208B Caravan D-FSPG (f/v), and King Air 200 LN-BAA (10th)...
First visits by Piper PA-32RT Lance II N220BK and Bombardier BD700 Global 6000 N147QS. Cessna Citation XLS CS-DXG of NetJets Europe also dropped in (11th); Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHB (f/v) (12th); Air France A319-111 F-GRHM (f/v), Citation XLS CS-DXK and Learjet 35A D-CTIL (13th); Appearing at Glasgow for the first time were Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 D-AIZJ kicking off 2016`s Munich - Glasgow summer service, Gulfstream 4SP N888ZF and AS355NP Ecureuil 2 HB-ZOO (14th); All-white A320-232 LZ-BHI Balkan Holidays, Beech King Air 200 G-ZVIP and Coastguard Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGL (15th); A318-111 F-GUGI Air France (f/v), Boeing 757 TF-FIU Icelandair in Aurora Borealis colours (16th); Yet another Air France Airbus made its first appearance at Glasgow, namely F-GRXL plus ASL Airlines Boeing 737-7W F-GZTN, Binair Fairchild Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III D-CKPP (f/v), EMB135BJ Legacy 1554 9H-JPC, CL605 9H-VFG (f/v), Falcon 2000EX CS-DFG, Hawker Beechcraft 750 CS-DUC, Learjet 35A D-CTIL, Cessna Citation Mustang G-LEAA and Cirrus SR22 N844MS landed at 10:30hrs on its first visit (17th)...
A6-EPL Boeing 777-31H(ER) Emirates (f/v), Call-sign `Mouse` - Cessna Citation Mustang M-OUSE (f/v) landed at 1925hrs for a night-stop, CitationJet CJ3 N90CZ (18th)...
Eight new visitors today - Air France Airbus F-GRXK plus one from easyJet, a Jet 2 Boeing 737, Pilatus PC-12 G-KARE, SOCATA TBM930 N906MA, Piper PA-34 Seneca N81AW, Beech 400A Beechjet TC-IBO, and Gulfstream V-SP N501HM, plus NetJets Gulfstream G550 CS-DKE and frequent visitor Citation Mustang G-FFFC (19th); Embraer Phenom 300 HB-VRW of Air Connect International (f/v) and Ryanair Boeing 737 EI-DCL in Dreamliner colours (20th)...
Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXA (f/v), Lufthansa A319-112 D-AIBA, Boeing 737-73S(WL) F-GZTN ASL Airlines, further visits by Raytheon Hawker 750XP 9H-BSA and Hawker 900XP N144UV, plus a first visit by Piper PA-32R Cherokee Lance G-BDWP (21st); EC-LXV Boeing 737-85P(WL) Air Europa (f/v), EC-LAV Boeing 737-408 Alba Star, LZ-BHG A320-232 Balkan Holidays, Embraer 505 Phenom HB-VRW and Learjet 35A D-CTIL (22nd); Learjet 45 G-XJET called in and night-stopped (23rd); HA-LYU A320-232 Wizz Air (f/v), F-GZTN Boeing 737-73S(WL) ASL Airlines, EI-SLP ATR72-212F ASL Airlines (f/v),D-FGWZ SOCATA TBM-850 (f/v), N203CD Cirrus SR-20 (f/v) and N218SA Piper PA-24 Comanche (24th); Emirates Boeing 777-31(H)ER A6-EPM (f/v), Air Europa Boeing 737-85P(WL) EC-LTM, CitationJet CJ1 OE-FLG, Swearingen SA-226T Merlin F-GLPT, SOCATA TBM-850 D-FGWZ, Piper PA-28 Cherokee Warrior G-EGBJ (f/v) plus Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGL of HM Coastguard landed at 1755hrs and stayed on the ground for 40 minutes (25th); Embraer 505 Phenom G-JMBO (f/v), BN-2B Islander G-HEBS, Learjet 45 G-PFCT and Cessna Citation Mustang G-FFFC (26th); Air France A319-111 F-GRHN (f/v) (27th); First visits by Air France A319-111 F-GRHK, Lufthansa A320-214W D-AIUT, Germania A319-112 D-ASTZ and Piaggio P-180 Avanti F-HCPE, plus repeat showings by Cessna Citation CJ2 9H-ALL and King Air G-ORTH (28th); British Airways Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMI on an afternoon Shuttle flight arrived at Glasgow for the first time, EC-MFS Boeing 737-4Y0 Alba Star, EC-LXV Boeing 737-8W Air Europa, LZ-BHJ A320-211 Balkan Holidays (f/v) all-white colours, Hawker Beechcraft 750 CS-DUC NetJets Europe, Cessna Citation Mustang OE-FZC, Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGL `Rescue 999`HM Coastguard (29th); Air France A319-111 F-GRHL (f/v), Airbus A310-304 C-GTSY launched a new Air Transat service from/to Montreal, 9H-VCG CL350 1444 N/S "VJT448", Learjet 45 G-PFCT and Embraer Phenom 300 G-JMBO (30th); Air France A319-111 F-GRHR (f/v), Tecnam P-2006T G-OTAY and Beech King Air 200GT M-WATJ (31st).
Blue Air`s US-registered Boeing 737-530 N943AU had night-stopped from the 1 May and took-off around 08:10 hrs the following morning, kicking up plenty of spray in the process. Judging by the partial tail colours it looks as though it was once part of the Lufthansa fleet.
On Monday 2 May, Thomson Boeing 787 Dreamliner G-TUIF appeared on finals as HMS Bulwark (L15) passed the Riverside Walkway at Erskine after a weekend visit to Glasgow. Bulwark is the second of the Royal Navy's Albion-class assault ships, designed to put Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea. Bulwark supports a permanently embarked Royal Marines landing craft unit, 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines. The rear of the ship opens and floods a compartment, allowing the boats inside to be launched. Although there is no hangar, the 64-metre flight deck can handle a pair of Chinook-sized helicopters, or operate two smaller machines with room to stow a third.
Boeing 737-8KN(WL) A6-FGA stopped off on delivery from the USA to Flydubai on Friday 27 May.
A320-214 ES-SAK of Smart Lynx is pictured here lifting-off on Thursday 12 May, covering Blue Air`s route to Bucharest which is usually served by a Boeing 737.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, this Loganair Saab was about to line-up for departure on runway 05 when a fire warning light was activated. There was no sign of an actual fire and the pilot shut the engine down immediately as a precaution. All landings and take-offs were suspended for around 15 minutes while the aircraft was checked over, after which it was taken back to stand.
Servicing the engine on Loganair Twin Otter G-HIAL.
On Friday 27 May, Vistajet Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 9H-VCE taxies out for a Runway 05 departure, leaving Cessna 510 Citation Mustang OO-PRM of Air Service Liège (ASL) on Area Juliet. In the background, the American Airlines Boeing 757 arrives from Philadelphia.
Only a handful of military visitors this month: `Duke 55`, a US Army Cessna Citation Ultra UC-35A serial number 97-0102, made its first visit on Monday 2nd; German Air Force Airbus A310-304 10+27 'GAF Medic 1' touched down at 10:15hrs on the 3 May and departed 1hr 20 minutes later. EC-130H Compass Call, 73-1594 (DM) "Axis 41", one of only 14 of this variant, arrived on 4 May and stayed until the afternoon of the 6th; Another USAF EC-130H, 73-1592 "Axis 43" appeared on Saturday the 7th; German Air Force Airbus A319-112CJ 15+01 (f/v) did a touch-and-go on Runway 05 at 14:05hrs on Thursday 12 May; BAe 146-200QC ZE708 RAF (f/v) on 20th and 22nd.
Pictured here taxiing out for departure in the afternoon of Friday 20 May, SAAB Tp100C, serial number 100008, is one of the Swedish Air Force`s VIP transports, a variant of the SF.340 turboprop civilian airliner. This particular aircraft had made its first visit to Glasgow two days previously.
Although bearing the civilian registration, SE-LRA is a Saab 2000 Swordfish MPA, the Marine Patrol development of the SAAB 2000 airliner. The aircraft, which I presume is a Saab company demonstrator, landed on 16 May and didn`t depart until mid-afternoon on the 20th. There was apparently a Saab conference taking place in Glasgow this week which would explain the presence of this aircraft and the repeat visits by the Swedish Air Force Tp100C.