Glasgow Airport Movements 2018
June saw drastically contrasting weather with Storm Hector causing disruption throughout the UK during the middle of the month. Although the Central Belt of Scotland wasn`t as badly affected as many regions down south, gales caused problems on the railways and roads here with most ferry services working a reduced service or cancelled altogether. Towards the end of June, however, everyone was basking in record-breaking temperatures with hardly a cloud in sight, conditions which are set to continue well into July. Scotland may have recorded its hottest ever temperature on Thursday 28 June when 33.2C degrees was reached at Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, but this was not confirmed by the Met Office. During the period of exceptionally fine weather the wind here was mainly from the east which brought Runway 05 into operation for most of the time.
Above right: Palma-bound Thomas Cook A321-231(WL) G-TCVD, still in partial Monarch Airlines colours, is pictured starting its take-off run at Glasgow, early on Sunday 17 June. I`d already photographed the same aircraft on the first day of the month arriving at Corfu Airport when it brought holidaymakers to the island from Gatwick. The Kanoni peninsula, where I stayed, lacks the buzz of resorts like Gouvia or Kassiopi, but it`s a great place to chill-out, especially if you`re into aircraft photography.
Many more high-res shots taken at Corfu in early June, and information on shooting the planes, can be found on a separate page: Click here to view.
Korean Air Lines returned to Glasgow this summer but it looks like the venture hasn`t been a success - apparently only 37 passengers were on this year`s sole inbound tourist flight from Seoul (no pun intended) so I doubt we`ll see the carrier back at Glasgow in 2019. With such a vast fleet it was disappointing that both aircraft used this year had visited Glasgow before. Pictured above is A330-223 HL8227 arriving on 7 June. A330-223 HL8212 in Skyteam livery appeared on Thursday 14 to collect the passengers but having obtained a few decent shots of this aircraft`s arrival last year, I didn`t bother making the effort this time round.
Following a torrential downpour, the skies cleared and a superb rainbow appeared shortly before the Korean jet landed and remained vivid for around 20 minutes, however, I never had a lens wide enough with me to capture the full spread of the arc in a single frame.
Air Canada Rouge resumed its seasonal service between Toronto and Glasgow on Sunday 17 June when Boeing 767-316(ER)(WL) C-FMLZ arrived at 06:15 hrs, setting down on Runway 23 slightly ahead of schedule.
On Tuesday 19 June, Triple-seven A6-ENE worked the first of the twice-daily Emirates services but went tech prior to returning to Dubai. One of its engines had developed a fault which was serious enough to rule out an on-site repair. Another engine was required and speculation mounted that an Emirates freighter would appear, however, a decision was made that ruled out the cargo being brought directly to Glasgow. Emirates Skycargo Boeing 777-F1H A6-EFD arrived at Prestwick from Al Maktoum International Airport, United Arab Emirates, mid-afternoon on Saturday 23rd with the replacement engine which was subsequently loaded onto a vehicle and brought to the stranded aircraft. Engineers worked throughout the night and A6-ENE took-off again at 13:00 hrs on Monday 25th. (The shot below left shows the aircraft on stand shortly before `going tech` on June 19th).
Below: Yet another Oman Air Boeing 737-8 MAX, in this case A4O-MC, stopped off at Glasgow International en route to the carrier`s Oman base from the factory at Boeing Field, Seattle. Several of these brand new airliners have passed through here over the past year or so. with hopefully more to follow.
Airliners visiting Glasgow International in June included Boeing 757-223(WL) N189AN American Airlines (f/v), Boeing 757-231(WL) N722TW Delta Airlines (Skyteam colours), Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-GJW Ryanair (f/v) and Embraer ERJ-170LR G-CIXW Eastern Airways (all white colours) (1st); Boeing 737-4K5 EC-LTG Alba Star (plus other dates), Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUZ Lufthansa (f/v), A319-111 OE-LKN easyJet Europe (f/v), Embraer ERJ-190STD LZ-VAR Bulgaria Air covered Stobart flight f/t Southend) (plus other dates) (2nd); Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-TAWD TUI (f/v), Airbus A320-214(WL)s OE-IJV and OE-IVK easyJet Europe (both f/v), and A320-232 LZ-BHH BH Air (Balkan Holidays) (plus other dates) (3rd); Airbus A330-343 OY-VKG Thomas Cook (plus other dates) and Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUY Lufthansa (f/v) (4th); Boeing 757-223(WL) N190AA American (f/v), Boeing 737-9K2(WL) PH-BXO KLM (Skyteam colours), Boeing 737-86Q(WL) EC-IDA Jet2, Airbus A319-111 OE-LKI easyJet Europe (f/v), plus A320-214(WL) EC-LZD Evelop Airlines worked a TUI flight (5th)...
At first glance anyone unfamiliar with the airport could be forgiven in thinking that a problem at the drop-off / pick-up area has caused a massive tail back of traffic around the perimeter, however, the cars are all empty and being stored in the compound just west of the Loganair hangar, directly in front of the spotters` mound.
On Saturday 9 June around lunchtime the Police closed off the A726 Barnsford Road near the airport, between Houston Road and the Red Smiddy roundabout after a lorry had shed its load. The clear up was almost complete when I passed by with no sign of the offending vehicle, just a JCB stacking the hay bales for uplift.
Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIR B757-2W Icelandair (80 Years of Icelandic Aviation colours), Embraer ERJ-195LR I-ADJO Air Dolomiti covering `DLH1KX/6LX`, Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-GJZ Ryanair (f/v) and KLM Skyteam 737 PH-BXO returned (6th); Airbus A330-223 HL8227 Korean Air Lines, Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIU Icelandair (Aurora Borealis colours) and Embraer ERJ-195LR G-FBEM Flybe (Kids & Teens livery) (7th); Boeing 777-31H(ER)s A6-EPY (f/v) and A6-EPP (Year of Zayed 2018 titles) both Emirates, plus Airbus A321-231 D-AIDU (f/v) and A320-214 D-AIZA (f/v) both Lufthansa (9th); Boeing 757-231(WL) N717TW Delta (Skyteam colours), Boeing 757-223(WL) N198AA American (f/v), Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBD Jet2 (f/v) and Airbus A320-232 LZ-BHG BH Air (Balkan Holidays) (10th)...
Boeing 737-8 MAX A4O-MC Oman Air (f/v), Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIR Icelandair (80 Years of Aviation colours), plus Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL)s EI-GSC and EI-GJP (both f/v) (12th); Airbus A321-231(WL) G-TCVD Thomas Cook (f/v), A320-214(WL) OE-IZG easyJet Europe (f/v), Boeing 737-9K2(WL) PH-BXO KLM (Skyteam livery) and ERJ-195LR I-ADJO Air Dolomiti (13th); Airbus A330-223 HL8212 Korean Air Lines (Skyteam livery), KLM `Skyteam` 737 PH-BXO again (plus other dates) and Airbus A320-232 LZ-BHH BH Air (14th)...
Airbus A330-243 G-OMYT Thomas Cook, Boeing 767-336(ER) G-BZHA British Airways, Boeing 737-33A(QC) G-POWC Titan Airways (all-white colours), Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-GJY Ryanair (f/v) and Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-IJY easyJet Europe (f/v) (15th); Boeing 757-231(WL) N717TW Delta (Skyteam colours), Boeing 737-4K5 EC-LTG Alba Star, Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUQ Lufthansa (f/v) and A319-111 OE-LKO easyJet Europe (f/v) (16th); Boeing 767-316(ER)(WL) C-FMLZ Air Canada Rouge, Boeing 757-223(WL) N196AA American (f/v), Airbus A320-232 LZ-BHG BH Air and Boeing 737-8MG(WL) G-JZBM Jet2 (f/v) (17th); A319-111 OE-LKK easyJet Europe (f/v) (18th); Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-ICJ easyJet Europe (f/v) and Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-GSB Ryanair (f/v) (19th); Boeing 767-304(ER)(WL) PH-OYI TUI fly Netherlands arrived from Amsterdam to pick-up passengers on a charter to Newark, New Jersey. Boeing 757-231(WL) N705TW Delta (Skyteam colours),A320-211 D-AIPD Lufthansa (Star Alliance livery), Embraer ERJ-195LR I-ADJT Air Dolomiti and Stobart Air Embraer ERJ-195LR EI-GGC operating for Flybe (f/v) (20th)...
TUI fly Boeing 767-304(ER)(WL) PH-OYI returned, plus Boeing 737-8AS(WL) EI-GDP Ryanair (f/v) (21st); Boeing 757-231(WL) N705TW Delta Air Lines (Skyteam livery) and Titan Airways all-white Boeing 737-33A(QC) G-POWC operated a BA Shuttle flight f/t Gatwick (22nd); Bombardier CRJ-200LR D-AGRA Global Reach Aviation (f/v) worked a bmi Regional flight (25th); Airbus A330-243 C-GUBF Air Transat (f/v), Boeing 757-231(WL) N717TW Delta (Skyteam colours), Boeing 757-223(WL) N184AN American (f/v) and A320-214(WL) OE-ICB easyJet Europe (f/v) (26th); Boeing 737-436 G-POWS Titan, Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AIUA Lufthansa (f/v) and A320-214 OE-IZE easyJet Europe (f/v) (28th); Boeing 737-4K5 EC-LTG Alba Star and Airbus A320-232 LZ-BHI BH Air (30th).
Early morning on Sunday 24 June there was a ground incident whereby Reus-bound Thomas Cook A321-211 G-TCDW suffered damage to the underside of its tailplane, apparently after coming into contact with a set of steps. The flight was subject to a lengthy delay and passengers had to wait over 24hrs until Titan Airways Boeing 757-256 G-ZAPX was drafted in to cover a couple of the affected TC routes. The aircraft is seen here making a morning arrival for the first of these.
Next, time for a nautical interlude...
During the afternoon of Monday 18 June, I went down to Park Quay to photograph the US Navy troopship USTS Empire State VI (T-AP-1001) of the United States Maritime Service, one of the most interesting visitors to appear on the Upper Clyde in recent years. In addition to her troop carrying role she also serves as a training vessel and each summer she takes a 100-day voyage, with students in the Regiment of Cadets carrying out the majority of the tasks as part of their training requirements. This year, the ship set off from State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, on May 7th and visited Palma, Majorca, before coming to Glasgow.
Launched on 16 September 1961, Empire State VI was originally built as a Federal Government's Maritime Administration MARAD Type C4-S-1u break bulk cargo freighter. She was delivered to the States Lines on 19 April 1962 as the SS Oregon, a name she kept until purchased in February 1977 by Moore McCormack Lines who renamed the vessel Mormactide. She went to United States Lines in 1983 when USL purchased MML. Although not the last private owner of the vessel, Moore McCormack Lines was the last company to operate Empire State before she entered government service, as USL only operated container ships.
In 1986, she was acquired by Federal Government's Maritime Administration, and plans were made to have her converted to an ammunition ship, however, she was laid up in the James River, Virginia, as part of the National Defence Reserve Fleet. Two years later Mormactide was taken to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and underwent a conversion to a Training Ship, also receiving her current identity. She was delivered to the New York Maritime College on New Year's Eve, 1989 to replace the slightly older Empire State V.
In 1994 Empire State VI was activated by MARAD to support the withdrawal of American troops from Mogadishu, Somalia. She has also assisted with humanitarian relief operations including in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005 which devastated the Gulf Coast. She was again in action following Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Park Quay at Erskine gives good but distant views of aircraft descending over Clydebank on finals for Runway 23 and several appeared above the Titan Crane, including a couple of biz-jets (see Biz-Jet Section below), while I was waiting for the Empire State to sail past. Newshot Island, which lies immediately east of Park Quay, hasn`t been an actual island for many, many decades. In years gone by, when shipping on the Clyde was at its peak, there was a constant battle to keep the riverbed free of silt and sand and the area around Newshot Island was particularly troublesome. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during dredging operations between Clydebank and the city centre, numerous wooden mud punts were filled and towed further downriver to dump the spoil.
Many were abandoned and can still be found, scattered along the muddy stretch of riverbank at Newshot alongside several wrecked wooden schooners which were towed here and left to rot after they were damaged in a serious fire at Kingston Dock in Glasgow in 1914.
The punts, along with the larger vessels, are fully exposed at low tide. In addition to the schooners, there`s this steel-hulled craft which experts believe could possibly be the world`s first purpose-built diving-bell boat. The pillar at the stern supported a crane which lowered and raised the necessary life-supporting equipment.
Toronto-bound Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN, sporting the carrier`s new livery, heads for `Alpha One` on a fine Friday afternoon. 22 June 2018. The other shot (below right) shows C-GUBC on short finals for Runway 23 at 08:30 hrs on Monday 25 June, crossing above an unusually car-free A8 Greenock Road.
Loganair plans to launch a series of European routes from next summer by flying jet aircraft for the first time in 30 years, the Scottish carrier having used a couple of leased BAe 146-200s between 1988 and 1990. Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles announced that the airline will take over at least two 50-seat Embraer jets, probably E145s, from its sister carrier bmi regional, which will initially operate the Glasgow-Stornoway service.
No foreign destinations have been mentioned but Brussels is seen by aviation insiders as an obvious gap in Glasgow’s route network with other cities on the European continent well within range. If the initial move proves successful, some additional European routes may be launched from Edinburgh. Loganair currently uses shorter-range prop-driven aircraft throughout the Highlands and Islands network. Its current sole mainland European route, between Inverness and Bergen in Norway, is operated using bmi regional aircraft.
Even though Loganair reported a pre-tax loss of £8.93m for the year to March 2018, this is largely connected with the end of its franchise agreement with Flybe. Direct competition on six routes followed, including five in the Highlands and Islands, which did neither airline any favours and after the break-up, Loganair spent £2.98m re-establishing its own brand and infrastructure. Delays in code-sharing agreements with new business partners cost a further £2.09m but the `price war` with Flybe is estimated to have cost Loganair around £6.8m. Even so, the future is looking bright.
Recent research, involving almost 200 businesses and other organisations in Skye has revealed that most would like a regular air service between the island and Central Scotland. In particular, they said regular flights to Glasgow Airport would make onward journeys to and from London and other English cities far easier. Loganair ran services from Ashaig Airfield, just outside Broadford, to Glasgow until 1988 and now only Loch Lomond Seaplanes and ambulance aircraft use the strip, which was built by Army engineers in the 1970s. There are currently two ferry services from the mainland to the island, one from Mallaig to Armadale with another, shorter crossing from Glenelg to Kyle Rhea, plus the road bridge which opened in October 1995.
The Isle of Skye is one of the UK`s most stunning destinations but its services are being overwhelmed by the number of tourists flocking there to enjoy the rugged mountains, sea lochs and abundant wildlife. The situation was so bad last summer that Police Scotland advised visitors not to travel to the island for an overnight stay without booking accommodation. With hotels, guest houses and B&Bs often fully booked, even before the recent upsurge of visitors, many tourists had to spend one or more nights in their vehicles. Car parks at many of the points of interests filled up quickly with long queues for spaces forming, leading to frustration and some incidences of `road rage`.
Just a handful of prop-driven airliners worth mentioning this month: Aer Lingus / Stobart Air ATR 72-600 EI-FMJ in Flybe purple livery (1st); BN-2B Islander G-HEBO Hebridean (4th); BN-2B Islander G-CZNE (5th and 6th); BN-2B Islander G-HEBO returned (10th); ATR 42-500 OY-RUO Danish Air Transport (DAT) operated a flight from Sumburgh (11th); Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia HA-FAL of Budapest Air Service (f/v) arrived from the Hungarian capital at 12:40 hrs and night-stopped on Tuesday 19 June.
Aer Lingus Regional recently announced that they will introduce an extra flight between Dublin and Glasgow on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays. Franchise partner Stobart Air already operates three services seven days a week from Glasgow on behalf of the Irish Republic`s national carrier and the additional flights will boost capacity on the route by 12%.
The service is very popular with business travellers and those visiting either country for leisure purposes, particularly to enjoy a city break. The additional flights give more scope for passengers travelling from Glasgow, via Dublin, and on to the USA bound for destinations including New York, Boston and Chicago, as they can save time by making use of pre-clearance service at Dublin. Although the passenger numbers using the Aer Lingus Regional Glasgow - Dublin route are encouraging, it seems that the ATR turboprops of Stobart Air will remain the aircraft of choice for the foreseeable future.
A return to the increased capacity offered by Aer Lingus Airbus jet liners, a familiar sight at Glasgow for many years, is now unlikely. I took these shots back in September / October 2005.
Thanks to ongoing air-side parking restrictions at Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International is still taking corporate night-stoppers from the capital which currently only offers passenger a drop-off / pick-up service. Prestwick and Dundee continue to accommodate some of the over-spill traffic. Unfortunately the one jet Glasgow enthusiasts wanted to see most was allowed to remain at Edinburgh - the Rolling Stones` private airliner complete with the band’s world-famous lips logo. The aircraft brought personnel and equipment ahead of the Stones` gig at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 9 June.
Two biz-jets, namely Citation Excels CS-DXQ and YU-PZM (f/v), night-stopped into 1 June having arrived the previous day. Flying in on the 1st were Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 G-WIRG, Gulfstream 5 N900LY Lyon Aviation (f/v), Challenger 605 9H-VFA VistaJet, Learjet N751LJ, Learjet 45s G-XJET and LX-EAA (from Corfu), Cessna 680A Citation Latitude G-SHUI plus Citation Excels SE-RIN (f/v), SE-RMR and G-XSTV (1st); EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 G-SUGR (2nd); Raytheon Hawker Beechjet 400XP N497XP and Citation XLS+ G-GAAL (3rd); EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 VT-RBA (f/v); Bombardier Global 5000 N115QS (f/v), Challenger 605 EI-WFI Westair Aviation, Cessna Citation Bravo G-CGEI and Learjet 35A D-CTIL (4th); Dassault Falcon 2000EX CS-DFG, Bombardier Challenger 604 N85PX and Cessna 680A Citation Latitude CS-LAS (5th)...
Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 N996WA (f/v), Gulfstream IV-SP N427SA (f/v), plus Learjet 40 9H-CFL were among the biz-jets present on Sunday 17 June.
June`s biz-jet movements continued with Gulfstream 550 N105ST (f/v), Falcon 900DX LX-SAB (f/v), Bombardier Global 5000 T7-STK (f/v) and Citation Mustang G-FFFC (plus other dates) (6th); Learjet 35A D-CGGG and Citation XLS CS-DXQ (7th); Challenger 300 N945AC and Raytheon Hawker 800XP N125XP (8th); Global 6000 9H-IGH, Challenger 605 EI-WFI, Honda HA-420 HondaJet N420EX (f/v), CitationJet CJ1 D-IMOI, CitationJet CJ3 OO-FPE and Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHE (9th)...
Dassault Falcon 2000EXs N726DC (f/v) and CS-DFG, Bombardier Challenger 300 C-GSUN Suncor Energy Inc (f/v), Learjet 60 D-CURE (f/v) (10th); Gulfstream IV-SP N789TN (f/v), Raytheon Hawker 4000 N728JF (f/v) and Learjet 75 G-ZNTJ (f/v) (11th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 D-AVIB Air Hamburg, Gulfstream G450s N425QS (f/v) and N607D (f/v), Bombardier Global 6000 CS-GLA NetJets, Challenger 605 C-FGRS (f/v) and Falcon 900EX N94UT (f/v) (12th)...
Citation Mustangs F-HEND (f/v) and G-FFFC (13th); Cessna Citation Bravo G-SPRE and Learjet 31A D-CGGG (14th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 N996WA (f/v), Gulfstream IV-SPs N993AC (f/v) and N427SA (f/v), Learjet 45s C-GMSY (f/v) and G-GMAA, plus Learjet 40 9H-CFL, Cessna CitationJet CJ1s D-IMOI and N525BQ (f/v) and Citation Mustang SP-KHK (f/v) (15th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 9H-JPC Air X Charter, Bombardier Global 6000 N116QS (f/v), Gulfstream IV N156WJ and Raytheon Hawker 400XP OK-ZUB (f/v) (16th); Gulfstream G650 VH-LAL (f/v), CitationJet CJ2+ D-IDWC (f/v), Citation Excel CS-DXL amd Learjet 45 M-ABJA (17th); Embraer ERJ-135LR PH-DWS JetNetherlands (f/v), Gulfstream IV-SP N817RA (f/v), Bombardier Global 6000s CS-GLD and 9H-OJT (f/v), Challenger 650 N214QS (f/v), Cessna CE680A Citation Latitude CS-LTD and Embraer Phenom 300 G-JAGA (18th); Challenger 850 9H-YOU Air X Charter and Falcon 2000 CS-DFF (19th); EMB-135BJ Legacy N580ML (f/v), Gulfstream IV-X N415QS, Falcon 2000EX CS-DLH, Citation Excels CS-DXV and G-SIRS, plus Phenom 300 G-JMBO (20th)...
EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 9H-JPC, Bombardier Challenger 350 CS-CHD and Cessna CitationJet CJ3 CS-DGW (21st); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 G-PEPI, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 G-SUEJ, Bombardier Global 6000 C-FLGZ (f/v), Gulfstream IV-X N425QS, Challenger 350 9H-VCL and CitationJet CJ2+ 2-GOLF (22nd); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 9H-WFC, Gulfstream IV N842PA, Hawker Beechcraft 125-800A N812AM and Honda HA-420 HondaJet N420TF (f/v) (23rd); Dassault Falcon 2000EX XA-DFN, Challenger 604 N43R (f/v), Challenger 350 9H-VCF, Challenger 300 C-GRBA CL300 (f/v) and Citation XLS+ D-CAWM (24th); Gulfstream IV-SP N620JH, Gulfstream G450 N533SR, Falcon 2000LX D-BEKY, Cessna Citation XLS CS-DXZ and Learjet 35A D-CEXP (25th)...
Cessna 750 Citation X N751EM (f/v), CitationJet CJ2 D-IMAX, Citation Bravo G-CGEI, Learjet 75 G-ZNTH and Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHA (26th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 D-AVIB Air Hamburg, Cessna 680 Sovereign LX-DEC, CitationJet CJ1+ D-ICAO, CitationJet CJ2 M-TBEA and Learjet 75s G-ZNTH again, plus G-USHA (27th); Gulfstream 650 VP-BMP (f/v), Falcon 900EX G-EGVO, Cessna Citation X N950M (f/v), CitationJet CJ2 D-IOHL and Learjet 45 LX-LAA (28th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy OE-IKT (f/v), Bombardier Challenger 850 G-RADY TAG Aviation, Learjet 45 M-ABEU (f/v) and Phenom 300 G-JMBO (29th); Gulfstream 650 N773MJ (f/v), Cessna Citation Bravo G-SPRE and Citation Mustang G-KLNW of Saxon Air (30th).
Above: CitationJet CJ1+ D-ICAO, 28 June 2018, and Canadian-registered Challenger 300 C-GRBA CL300 (f/v) on the 24th.
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USTS Empire State VI passed Clydebank around 15:00 hrs on Monday 18 June. Some additional shots of her crew are shown below...
Gulfstream IV-SP N817RA (f/v) and Bombardier Global 6000 CS-GLD landed within a few minutes of one another, shortly before the vessel passed my location.
More biz jets in the sunshine: Cessna 750 Citation X N751EM and Austrian Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy OE-IKT, both first-time visitors.
It was mainly corporate jet traffic that made up the bulk of the non-airliner movements this month.
General Aviation props / helicopters calling in included Cessna 425 Conquest D-IAWG, Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGG HM Coastguard and AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew G-MOAL (f/v) (1st); King Air 200 G-BVMA (3rd); Piaggio P-180 M-ONTE, Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain G-IFIT, plus King Air 200s G-IASA and G-CWCD, (4th); Cessna 421C Golden Eagle G-ISAR, operated by Rescue Global Management Services Ltd) (5th); Beechcraft 1900 N315LC (f/v), Pilatus PC-12 G-PCTW and Bell 206 Jet Ranger G-XBOX (6th); King Air 200 G-ZVIP and Cirrus SR22 G-GCVV (7th); Eurocopter AS365N2 Dauphin 2 G-PDGO (8th); Beech 350 Super King Air N645AM (f/v) (10th)...
AgustaWestland AW-109 G-RYFF (f/v) (11th); King Air 200GT G-IASB (12th); Swearingen SA.226T-Merlin IIIB F-GRNT (f/v), SOCATA TBM-700 N700CS and King Air 200 G-WVIP (13th); Cessna 421C Golden Eagle G-ISAR and Piper PA-34 Seneca F-HSYS (14th); King Air 90GTI N95VB and Cessna 208 Caravan Floatplane G-LAUD (plus other dates) (15th); Cessna 421C G-ISAR returned (18th); King Air 200 G-JASS (19th); SOCATA TBM-930 N24WM (f/v) from Tarbes, France, plus King Air 200 G-JASS and AW189 G-MCGT HM Coastguard (20th)...
Above: Additional shots of Beechcraft 1900 N315LC, snapped during the aircraft`s first visit to Glasgow.
June 2018`s last batch of noteworthy GA movements included King Air 200 G-IASA and Piper PA-32R Saratoga II G-JAFS (21st); Cessna 421C G-ISAR (22nd); Pilatus PC-12 HB-FOZ and King Air 200 G-FLYW (24th); King Air 200 G-IASA and King Air 90GTi M-TSRI (f/v) (25th); King Air 200GT M-WATJ and AS350 Squirrel G-PDGI (26th); Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV G-PTOO (27th); King Air 350 G-SRBM (28th); Pilatus PC-12 OY-EUR, Piaggio P-180 Avanti II N196SL (f/v), plus King Air 200GTs M-CDMS and M-CDBM (29th).
Not much military activity at Glasgow Airport this month: Royal Navy Merlin HM.1 ZH828, call-sign ‘Tiger 62’, made its first visit on the 4th and a pair of US Army Citations made an hour-long fuel stop late morning on Tuesday 12 June. The aircraft were UC-35C 03-0726 `Pat 165A` and UC-35B 03-0016 `Pat 159A`.
German Air Force Bombardier Global 5000 14+02 (f/v) call-sign `GAF 685` did two `touch and goes` on Runway `05` just after 11:00 hrs on the 27th which was quite a coincidence as although the German national football team had plenty of touches in their World Cup match later that day, they went too! Following a lacklustre start, the current holders and one of the pre-tournament favourites required a win to progress into the knock-out stages of the competition but a spirited South Korean side battled on to win 2-0 leaving the Germans at the bottom of Group F. It`s the first time that a West German / German team has failed to progress from the initial round since 1938.