Glasgow Airport Movements 2019
Following years of wishful thinking, rumours, behind the scenes negotiations and planning, plus millions of pounds of upgrades and construction work, history was made on Tuesday 16 April when Airbus A380-861 A6-EOF touched-down at Glasgow to herald the start of the first scheduled service by the world`s largest commercial airliner to a Scottish Airport. As in April 2014, when a one-off visit was made by another A380 to mark the 10th anniversary of Emirates flights between Dubai and Glasgow, people turned out in their droves to witness the event.
The A380 hadn`t been due to start on the Dubai-Glasgow route until 1 June but the closure of one of Dubai`s two runways for maintenance work between April 14 and May 30 necessitated a 25% reduction in the number of Emirates flights at the UAE hub. For Glasgow this meant one A380 flight per day rather than two Boeing 777s. As of 1 June, if the work finishes on schedule, the A380 will operate the early flight throughout the summer with a Triple-Seven arriving each evening.
Sunny skies prevailed five years ago but the gloomy scene this month didn`t seem to deter many and the police were kept busy ensuring that temporary parking restrictions were adhered to and emergency service access routes to the crash gates were kept open. In an effort to reduce congestion the airport offered a free stay of up to four hours in their long stay car park and provided a map on their website showing walking routes to potential vantage points for anyone unfamiliar with the layout. The above shot shows A6-EOF taxiing past the row of assembled press photographers on its way to the terminal.
Members of Staff at Glasgow Airport belonging to the Unite union had announced their intention to go on a 24-hour strike following a ballot in a row over pay and pensions, and it was no surprise to many that the day chosen was 16 April as the industrial action coinciding with the arrival of the world`s largest passenger plane would maximise media coverage.
According to the union, almost 500 airport workers, most of whom were in either administrative or security staff roles, were set to take part, however, the company AGS, which also owns Aberdeen Airport, offered a pay rise of 3% and the strike was called off on the 15th. No agreement was reached regarding the proposed closure of the airport`s final salary pension scheme so further negotiations will take place soon in an effort to prevent disruption over the busy summer period.
Later in the month, a major strike by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) staff affected hundreds of flights across Europe. The airline doesn`t fly into Glasgow but serves Edinburgh where the following shots were taken. Somewhere in the region of 170,000 passengers were thought to have been affected over the weekend of 26-28 April after SAS pilots walked off the job in Sweden, Denmark and Norway early on the Friday, initially stranding 70,000 travellers as more than 600 flights were cancelled.
Salary increases were a major point of contention but the SAS Pilot group, which represents 95% of Scandinavia`s pilots, has said that the biggest issues relate to working hours and scheduling.
The strike will likely have serious consequences for SAS and be costly whether or not it meets the demands of the striking pilots. SAS was under considerable economic strain throughout the 2000s, but recovered after a policy of cuts was introduced in 2012 and the company has so far turned a profit in each of the last four years.
Jet airliners worth a mention this month were Airbus A320-251N G-TTNE British Airways (f/v) (1st); A320-251N G-TTNJ British Airways (f/v) (2nd); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPB Emirates (Expo 2020 blue livery) and A320-251N G-TTNF (f/v) British Airways (3rd); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPB Emirates Expo 2020 yellow) and A320-251N G-TTNH (f/v) British Airways (4th); A320-251N G-TTNG (f/v) British Airways (5th).
Boeing 757-3E7(WL) TF-ISX Icelandair (100 Years of Icelandic Sovereignty livery) (7th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPD Emirates (Expo 2020 blue), Boeing 737-8AS(WL) SP-RSU Ryanair Sun, Airbus A321-231(WL) HA-LXS Wizz Air and British Aerospace Avro RJ85 G-JOTR of JOTA Aviation which worked a number of BA flights this month (8th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPL Emirates Expo 2020 (Green) and Airbus A320-251N G-TTNA British Airways (f/v) (10th)...
Airbus A319-131 G-EUPJ British Airways (BEA Retro livery) (plus other dates) (11th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPL Emirates (Expo 2020 blue) (13th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EPO Emirates (Expo 2020 orange), Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIU Icelandair (Aurora Borealis livery) and Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-ICW easyJet Europe (14th); Boeing 777-31H(ER) A6-EGZ Emirates (15th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EOF (f/v) Emirates (Expo 2020 blue), Airbus A321-131 D-AIRS Lufthansa and Boeing 737-9K2 PH-BXO KLM (Skyteam livery). Boeing 757-223(WL) TF-ISK Icelandair (Berlin > Keflavik weather diversion) (16th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EUA Emirates (f/v), plus KLM Skyteam Boeing 737 PH-BXO returned (17th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EDZ Emirates (18th); Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EUE and Boeing 737-8AS(WL) SP-RST Ryanair Sun (19th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EDE Emirates and Bombardier CRJ-900LR D-ACKG Lufthansa CityLine (20th)...
Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA Emirates and Airbus A320-251N G-TTNI British Airways (f/v) (21st); Airbus A380-861 A6-EDD Emirates, Airbus A320-251N G-TTNB British Airways and Airbus A321-231(WL) HA-LXY Wizz Air (22nd); Airbus A380-861 A6-EET Emirates, Boeing 737-8K5(WL) G-TAWX TUI Airways (f/v) and A320-251N G-UZHV easyJet (f/v) (23rd); Airbus A380-861 A6-EEV Emirates and Boeing 737-8AS(WL) SP-RSV Ryanair Sun (24th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EDB Emirates and A330-243 C-GTSN Air Transat (25th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EEO Emirates and Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIR Icelandair (80 years of Icelandic Aviation Livery) and Airbus A321-211(WL) G-TCDR (f/v) Thomas Cook. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRA (f/v) of LOT Polish Airlines flying from Goose Bay to Warsaw touched-down at 15:35 hrs, presumably as a result of an on board medical emergency (26th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EOU Emirates (Expo 2020 orange) (27th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EEB Emirates (Arsenal F.C. Livery) and A320-214(WL) OE-ICS (f/v) easyJet Europe (28th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EEE Emirates, plus Boeing 737-7CT(WL) C-GYWJ WestJet (29th); Airbus A380-861 A6-EDP Emirates and Boeing 757-224(WL) N17128 United Airlines (30th).
Loganair`s jet fleet now comprises of the following ex-flybmi aircraft: Embraer 135s G-SAJB Tartan Clan Balfour / Clann Balfour, G-SAJR Tartan Clan Strachan / Clann Strachan, G-SAJT bmi blue (Tartan as of 19.04.19), G-SAJU bmi blue (Tartan as of 12,04.19). Embraer 145s G-RJXB bmi blue, G-RJXE bmi blue (below) Clan MacDuff / Clann MhicDhuibh, G-RJXH Loganair white Clan Nairn / Clann MhicNarann, G-RJXI Loganair white Clan McRitchie / Clann MhicRisnidh, G-SAJC Tartan Clan Baillie / Clann Baillie, G-SAJG Loganair white Clan Pentland / Clann Phentland, G-SAJH Loganair white Clan Kinloch / Clann ChinnLoch, G-SAJI Loganair white Clan Ainslie / Clann Ainslie (above), G-SAJO bmi blue (Tartan as of 01.04.19) Clan Stewart / Clann Stiubhart, G-SAJK Blue Loganair (Tartan 28 Apr 19) Clan Anderson / Clann MhicAnndrais, G-SAJL bmi blue (Tartan 10 Apr 19) and G-SAJN) Blue Loganair (Tartan 20 Apr 19) Clan MacInnes / Clann MhicAonghais. (Aircraft names are in English and Gaelic).
Embraer ERJ-145EP G-RJXE, pictured here lining up for a `05` departure on 29 April, was operating between Glasgow and Stornoway.
As part of Loganair's fleet renewal and type consolidation plan, the Do328-100 made its last commercial flight with the Glasgow-based carrier on 17 April when G-BYHG flew from Edinburgh to Norwich, drawing to a close 24 years of Fairchild Dornier turboprop operations. The Scottish airline has used six individual Do328s over the years, of which two are now in service for MHS Aviation (Germany) (M2, Munich).
With no end in sight for the Boeing 737 MAX`s worldwide grounding following two fatal accidents, TUI, who intended to have two of the type based at Glasgow for the 2019 summer season will instead base a Boeing 757 and a non-Max 737 until the Max issue is resolved. The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), designed to prevent the relatively new jet from pointing upwards at too high an angle where it could lose its lift, has been a main point of focus for accident investigators with additional concern raised about the accompanying software. Another suggestion is that pilot training on the MCAS has been insufficient, leading to failures in its correct application. Boeing has since developed and is testing a software update for MCAS.
Now, Boeing's boss has refused to accept that the system currently under scrutiny is flawed. Appearing in front of investors and the media, Dennis Muilenburg maintained the system was only one factor in a chain of events that led to the disasters. He acknowledged that a common factor in both accidents was faulty data from a sensor triggering the plane's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System at the wrong time, however, Mr Muilenburg said that the MCAS met its "design and certification criteria" then pointed to a number of other scenarios that may have contributed to the fatal accidents including actions taken or not taken by pilots. Boeing has already seen a $1bn (£773m) drop in revenues as a result of the 737 Max crisis, while some customers have reviewed their orders, including Virgin Australia which reached an agreement with the manufacturer to defer delivery of the their first batch of MAXs from November 2019 to July 2021.
Below: I went down to the airport on the evening of the 17th to catch the second scheduled A380 from the Abbostinch Road side of the airport and although the weather was far better, only around thirty people had gathered here to watch its arrival, compared with the hundreds lining this stretch the previous day. The following slideshow features shots of A6-EUA on 17 April and A6-EUE on the 19th.
The wind had mainly been blowing in from the east during the month which brought Runway 05 into operation most days rather than `23`. On the 19th the direction swapped to a westerly so I attempted a few shots of the A380 descending over Clydebank on finals. It was a nice evening but the flight was delayed with the aircraft appearing just before the sun set. A vantage point further east to catch the huge plane against the dramatic sky would have been preferable and the high ISO required resulted in some grainy images. A bonus was spotting a couple of Roe Deer on the south bank of the Clyde although they warily kept their distance, especially as one animal had what appeared to be a very large raw-looking gash on its right side which may have been a result of a dog attack.
Unfortunately it was another dismal evening and the light was fading fast when A380-861 A6-EEB in Arsenal F.C. livery touched down almost bang-on schedule on Sunday 29 April. Emirates have a number of jets in various special colour schemes, some of which will no doubt make their first appearance at Glasgow over the coming months, hopefully when the weather is more favourable.
Last month Ryanair unveiled plans to re-brand its Polish leisure division Ryanair Sun as Buzz. Over the past 15 years Ryanair has grown to become Poland`s largest airline and its SP-registered Boeing 737s are a familiar sight at many UK airports including Glasgow. The `Sun` fleet has grown to 23 aircraft with another two likely to be added by the end of this year.
Buzz is one of four airlines owned by the Ryanair Holdings Group, the others being Ryanair, Austria`s Laudamotion (soon to be re-branded as Lauda) and Ryanair UK. Buzz was previously the name of the London Stanstead-based low-cost offshoot of KLM UK, which was acquired by Ryanair in early 2003.
Buzz operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ryanair for a further 18 months before being fully incorporated into its parent in October 2004. Ryanair expects to launch its new Buzz website this autumn and the airliners will all eventually be repainted in a new white and yellow livery, complete with a cartoon buzzing bee logo on the tail.
With the new Boeing 737 MAX airliners grounded, Icelandair reverted to using their 757s on the Keflavik - Glasgow service which means there`s always a chance of one of their striking special-liveried jets appearing. It was a pity gloomy conditions greeted TF-ISX (100 Years of Icelandic Sovereignty scheme) when it visited on Sunday 7 April. Boeing 757-256(WL) TF-FIR in `80 years of Icelandic Aviation Livery` followed on the 26th.
Back on 16 April, shortly before the first scheduled A380 touched down, Icelandair 757 TF-ISK which had been en-route from Berlin to Keflavik was forced to divert to Glasgow due to exceptionally high winds at its destination. Anyone on board unaware of the imminent arrival of the big jet must have been amazed at how popular plane-spotting was here - hundreds of men and women, old and young, kids and even a few dogs, all lining the the perimeter fence with most (apart from the pet pooches obviously) snapping away at their aircraft as it taxied past!
The first Air Transat flight of the year using an Airbus A330, rather than the smaller A310 which had been a regular feature over the winter, was on Thursday 25 April when A330-243 C-GTSN, sporting the airlines new livery, arrived from Toronto. Unfortunately these long-range shots were detrimentally affected by heat haze.
Boeing 737-7CT(WL) C-GYWJ kicked-off WestJet`s 2019 summer service between Halifax, NS, and Glasgow on Monday 29 April. The aircraft is pictured here lining up for departure via Runway 05. The following morning, United Airlines Boeing 757-224(WL) N17128 marked the start of the American carrier`s Glasgow - Newark summer service which will be United`s last season at Glasgow after many years.
Apart from the Nordica ATR, Austrian Airlines` Bombardier DHC-8-402Q OE-LGD from Vienna on 1 April and a couple of visits by ATR 72-500 EI-SOO of ASL Airlines Ireland, it was the usual selection of Aer Lingus Regional, Loganair and Flybe props this month. Saab 2000s of Loganair, up until recently a common sight at Glasgow, are few and far between these days but around noon on Easter Monday G-LGNT (above) diverted in with a minor technical issue which fortunately didn`t require a response from the emergency services.
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Cessna CitationJet CJ2 9H-ALL was the only biz-jet stopping over from March. This month`s corporate visitors included Learjet 45 G-XJET (1st); Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHF and Phenom 100s M-KELY and SP-IAF (3rd); Bombardier Challenger 850 9H-ILV VistaJet and CitationJet CJ3 LX-WEB (f/v) Jetfly Aviation (4th); Cessna 750 Citation X D-BEAR Air X (5th); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 D-ALOA Air Hamburg, Cessna Citation CJ2 D-INOB Atlas Air Service and Hawker Beechcraft 750 CS-DUB (6th); Citation Excel G-LEAX (7th); Learjet 35A D-CTWO (8th); Falcon 7X N19NE (f/v), Citation Excel OK-SLX Silesia Air, Cessna Citation Bravo D-CYKP and Citation Mustang M-OUSE (9th); Phenom 100 SP-IAF returned (10th); Citation Excel CS-DXM (12th); Cessna Citation Encore LN-IDC, Hawker Beechcraft 750 9H-BSA and Learjet 31A D-CGGG (13th)...
Bombardier Challenger 650 N206QS (f/v), Cessna Citation XLS+ D-CDCM Air Hamburg, plus Learjet 31A D-CGGG returned (14th); Cessna CitationJet CJ2 HB-VER (15th); Cessna 680A Citation Latitude CS-LTA (16th); Citation Excel G-IPAX and Learjet 35A D-CDIM (18th); Gulfstream IV-SP N889CG, Citation XLS CS-DXK and Learjet 75 G-USHA (21st); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 D-AERO Air Hamburg (22nd); Gulfstream IV-X N841WS plus Cessna Citation Excels CS-DXM and CS-DXY (23rd); Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 G-SUGR, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign SE-RFL (f/v) and Citation Mustang PH-TXA arrived from Dublin (24th); Bombardier Challenger 350 9H-VCN VistaJet, Falcon 2000EX CS-DLG and Citation Bravo G-CMBC (25th); Bombardier Challenger 605 D-ASHY (26th); Hawker Beechcraft 800XP N535RV (27th); Challenger 605 9H-VFC VistaJet, CitationJet CJ2 D-INOB and Citation Bravo G-CMBC returned (29th); Gulfstream V-SP N800JH (f/v), Cessna Citation-I/SP N501NZ, Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHJ, plus Citation Bravo G-CMBC once again (30th).
Another quiet month on the GA front: Eurocopter AS.355-F1 G-NETR crossed over the airport and headed south on the 9th. Visitors calling in this month included P-180 Avanti D-IPPY (f/v) and Bell 407GX OO-EMT (f/v) (11th); Piaggio P-180 D-IPPY returned (15th); Diamond DA42 Twin Star G-DJET and Agusta AW109SP Grand New G-SGRP (16th); Sikorsky S-76C M-JCBC (17th); Pilatus PC-12s G-ERGP (f/v) and M-YBLS (18th); King Air 200 G-BGRE (21st); Pilatus PC-12 2-DARE (23rd); King Air 200 N176BY (f/v) (25th); Pilatus PC-12 LX-JFX (26th); King Air 350 G-SRBM and Agustawestland AW-109SP Grand New G-SKBH (28th); Cessna 425 Conquest I N425DK (f/v) (29th); Cessna Conquest I N425HB (30th).
Considering Joint Warrior was ongoing during the first part of the month, Glasgow Airport saw very few military aircraft, and none of those that did appear were connected with the exercise. This is somewhat unusual as at least one or two individual participating aircraft or helicopters have made brief visits here during previous events. Bombardier Global 5000 14+02 of the German Air Force made a go-around of Runway 05 on Monday 8 April, and US Air Force Dornier C-146A Wolfhound 16-3020 (f/v) (above), call-sign `Rich 1046`, arrived on Easter Sunday (21 April) and parked on Area R, remaining until the 23rd. It was routeing Sigonella to Keflavik.
Royal Air Force BAe 146-100 CC.2 ZE701 visited on Thursday 25 April and returned on the 29th.
Joint Warrior 19:1
Joint Warrior 191 took place between 30 March and 11 April 2019 when once again warships, submarines and aircraft, plus thousands of military personnel and support staff from the UK and other NATO countries, gathered on the Clyde for the two-week exercise. The UK normally hosts the event, which is designed to enable the armed forces of participating countries to practice procedures and operate as a multi-national coalition, twice each year depending on operational commitments. A wide variety of training scenarios are incorporated each time and these may cover small boat attacks, boarding operations, large-scale amphibious assaults, gunnery practice, air defence, live aerial bombing, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare.
The exercise was controlled from the Maritime Operations Centre at HMNB Clyde (Faslane) and following an initial briefing there over the weekend prior to kick-off, the participating nations split into two opposing task forces and made their way to their respective starting positions. As usual most of the action took place in the waters off Scotland`s West Coast although amphibious landings were carried out in Luce Bay on the Solway and in Wales.
For many years now most of the aircraft involved in Joint Warrior have operated from RAF Lossiemouth although Prestwick Airport has been adopted as a temporary base for Royal Navy Hawk T.1s of 763 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and the Dassault Falcons of Cobham Aviation Services. Although the Cobham jets are civilian, they work closely with the MOD and play a major role in proceedings. They`re equipped with onboard systems and special electronic warfare mission pods for radar and communications jamming, threat simulation and electronic surveillance. The Falcons also act as hostile airborne targets for the warships by running in at low-level to simulate a sea skimming missile, or 'launch' simulated missiles electronically which the navy can track and respond to with their defensive systems. The Prestwick-based jets often carry out numerous sorties each day.
Lossiemouth usually hosts at least one foreign fighter unit and any Maritime Patrol / ASW (Anti-submarine Warfare) aircraft taking part but as far as I`m aware no visiting fast jets were involved this time. Prior to the RAF receiving its new P-8 Poseidon jets, the first of which is due to enter service in February 2020, a £400 million expansion project is underway at the Moray base to accommodate the latest addition to the UK’s defence and the extra 470 personnel involved.
As a result of the disruption which includes an upgrade of Lossie`s runway, all Maritime Patrol Aircraft operated from Prestwick Airport which was a real bonus for any enthusiasts in Ayrshire or the Central Belt. Their presence even attracted quiet a few spotters from down south and it`s likely that if similar types are deployed for JW 192 in October, they`ll again operate from Prestwick. I made three trips to the airport while proceeding were ongoing and additional shots of some of the aircraft and ships involved in the exercise can be viewed here.
Prestwick - Non-Joint Warrior Aircraft
Cargolux Boeing 747-4HQF(ER) LX-ECV in Sea Life Trust livery, complete with Beluga Whales, was snapped on Monday 8 April. Other civilian aircraft making an appearance during my time at Prestwick included Dassault Falcon 2000LX YU-FSS, Pilatus PC-12/47E HB-FRW and Robinson R44 Raven helicopter G-CBFJ.
British Airways Airbus A320-232(WL) G-EUYY (below) emerged from the Chevron hangar on 3 April.
Construction & Development
Back at Glasgow Airport, the only apparent progress in the surrounding area seems to be the completion of the sewage pipe section in Barnsford Road. The hole in the field immediately opposite the fire training fuselage has now been filled-in and the temporary traffic lights in place to assist the construction vehicles have been removed. The two pipe access points further west, including the one just inside the airfield perimeter have also been covered over with earth and it won`t be long before grass and weeds permanently hide the installations.
Workers and plant equipment have moved back into the construction compound off the A8 beside the `23` runway lights and may be about to resume work on another section of the pipeline, seen as a wide brown road In the above view. The India Tyres and Rolls Royce buildings are in the foreground. Excavations also continue beside the previously overgrown path to the old Inchinnan Churchyard and the foundations of a building have been uncovered no doubt warranting further examination before the bulldozers move in.
The Renfrewshire sewage pipe project is a major one covering a vast area and a long section is currently being worked on to the south of the River Clyde between Erskine and the treatment plant close to the Clyde / Cart confluence. Fences have been erected to protect the site but they also make access to Newshot Island and the fields opposite the Titan Crane difficult.
Both sides of the Black Cart Water immediately south of the A8 are due to be developed to accommodate a new cycle / pedestrian bridge and the cycleway which passes close to the car parks and terminal area, and around the airport perimeter drastically needs upgrading. Signage both on poles and on the ground is patchy with the route badly fragmented and far too narrow in places, especially in Abbotsinch Road. That`s where this Yellowhammer was singing one sunny morning.
The shot below shows the new M8 Motorway junction currently being constructed near Bishopton. This is to accommodate extra traffic from the large-scale housing development on the old Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) grounds next to the village. Around 2,500 new houses will eventually be built on the site.
The proposed rail link to Glasgow Airport is back in the spotlight yet again, this time as part of a massive city-wide transport network upgrade. Glasgow is the largest UK airport without a rail connection and various schemes have been proposed including a rapid shuttle pod system as well as traditional train or tram services. A spur line from Paisley was first proposed in the early 2000’s but plans were shelved due to lack of funding. Subsequent attempts to kick-start the project in later years all met with the same result.
Artist impressions all © Glasgow Connectivity Commission
Now, blueprints unveiled this month outline the latest proposals which include the linking of the current rail networks around Central and Queen Street stations in Glasgow City Centre via a new tunnel. Elsewhere, a major extension of Central Station out over the Clyde would prepare it for the roll-out of high-speed trains, with the eventual aim of supporting a rail service between Glasgow and London with a journey time of less than three hours. Glasgow Connectivity Commission, which was set up by Glasgow City Council 18 months ago, has put forward the proposals and insists that the estimated cost of approximately £10 billion over two decades, or £500 million a year, is on a par with similar schemes in other European cities and in line with current spending in Scotland. Once complete, the upgraded transport network could in theory generate £4.6 billion per annum for the Scottish economy.
The first priority of any wider transport strategy, the Commission argues, should be the creation of a Glasgow Metro system, using parts of the existing heavy rail network as well as entirely new sections, including some running alongside roads. Old, disused and overgrown rail routes such as the former Central Low Level Line via the Botanic Gardens to Maryhill would be reopened. The Commission recommends building a link between the airport and Paisley Gilmour Street station by 2025 as the first leg of a Metro line that would then be extended to connect Renfrew (the largest town in Scotland without a rail station), Braehead Shopping Centre and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with the centre of Glasgow. The full report compiled by the Glasgow Connectivity Commission can be viewed here: Connecting Glasgow: Creating an Inclusive, Thriving, Liveable City.
And finally, a Seaplane Flight...
To round-up this month`s movements page, I`ll finish with a few shots taken from Cessna Caravan G-LAUD on Sunday 14 April during an hour-long West Coast Explorer Tour with Loch Lomond Seaplanes. I`d flown with them before, most recently last year around the same time, and although the weather wasn`t great on this occasion, it was still an enjoyable trip. Exercise Joint Warrior had ended just a few days before and Faslane was fairly busy with HMS Westminster, RFA Tidespring and a pair of US Navy destroyers, namely USS Carney and USS Gravely, berthed together with various submarines, based Minehunters and patrol boats.
Despite a promising start, the day clouded over which would have been okay if it hadn`t been for the haze which made for a grey scene throughout and drastically reduced contrast. The landscape and seascapes, familiar to most only from ground level, are always spectacular though and a flight with Loch Lomond Seaplanes is thoroughly recommended, even if it was a bit of challenge to get reasonable shots this time.
Looking north towards Ben Lomond with the Luss Hills on the left.
Inchmurrin is Loch Lomond`s largest island. The scant remains of a 14th century castle built by Duncan the Eighth Earl of Lennox can be seen at the southwest tip. Records show that the structure was completed by 1393 and the Earls of Lennox took up residence after moving from their castle in Balloch during the plague. The castle was composed of three rooms, outbuildings and a courtyard. King Robert the I (Robert the Bruce) is believed to have been given refuge at Inchmurrin castle by the Fifth Earl of Lennox after his defeat by the MacDougalls of Lorne. King Robert I also established a deer park here in the 14th century.
Some of the warships and subs at Faslane.
Seajacks Scylla, an advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel, had sailed from Esbjerg, Denmark, and was heading south past Jura bound for Walney Wind Park. Although grainy, the following shot emphasises the stunning scenery surrounding the Finnart Oil terminal on Loch Long. Crude Oil tanker Australis is a product of JMU Ariake Shipyard, Kumamoto, Japan, having been built in 2003. She is currently owned and managed by Athens-based Chandris Hellas and sails under a Greek flag. The 330 metre-long vessel was originally named Front Saga which was quickly changed to Saga. She received her current identity in October 2003. The MOD jetty at Glen Mallan is also visible in the above view.