Sorry about the dirt on my sensor

It’s frightening how time passes and I never seem to have the time to update this blog.  I have put a few photos on Facebook but have so many to catch up on.

I will start with a few interesting aircraft in September first of all with a Cirrus 22 which passed through.

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And a Netjets Citation

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It’s a while since I posted one of these so here is the familiar Saab 340

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And finally a King Air 350 operated by Gama

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In October we had a few different aircraft in starting with this pretty Mooney 201 SE

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And the inside :)

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This is a Diamond Twinstar based at Wick

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And another one

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We also had a visit from Cartier, piloted by Senior Captain Morgan Beret and Senior First Officer Marco Pierotti.

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My family and I had a lovely evening with them, and Morgan, on the left, went home with the recipe for Orkney Fudge cheesecake which I am sure will be a new delicacy in Paris soon.

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Ixus Air stopped off with their Falcon 50

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And the inside

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We also had this Twin Otter in for a few days as the weather stopped them flying home due to poor conditions over the Atlantic.

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We also had poor conditions here so the aircraft was tied down with the biggest weights available until the wind passed.

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The first of 2 Pilatus PC12’s dropped passed

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And the second, a slightly updated model

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And finally a CL60, and by this time the dirt on the sensor was really getting to me :(

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Then today arrived with a few visitors including the NLB helicopter and a short visit by our friends from the SFPA.  The Aircraft stars of the show were ZE700, a BAE 146 from the Royal flight on its way to the Faroes and a stunning Dakota on  its way to Iceland and on to Canada tomorrow.

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And a first for me.  Words cannot describe how beautiful this aircraft is/was.  Apparently it started off life in 1943 as a normal DC3 and was upgraded to turbines in 1990.  The crew were first class and allowed us access to their aircraft and I thank them sincerely for taking the time to stop off.  No words now, just photos.

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And the inside

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And finally a rare occurrence, here we have Blue Watch on parade :)  Gives you an idea of just how big this plane really is.

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Thats it for now, hope you like the photos and sorry about the annoying blob :(

Thanks for taking the time to read and all the best

Neil ;)

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Has Facebook superceded the blog

I thought so until I bumped into Lawrie Mitchell at the airport today and then I discovered that he does not have facebook but was keen to see any updates to the blog.  Dreadful that I have not posted here since march.

Any posts I have made have been on my Orkney Aviation page on facebook so Lawrie this is specially for you.

Not much unusual activity over the last while and I have been collating old pictures, however, a few unusual ones last week starting with Tornado 063 which did a fly past.

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And a better shot

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At the tail end of the week we had a visit from a group of light aircraft starting with this PA28R.  Apologies for the shots as they were shot at long distance.

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Followed by a first for me, an Akrotech 10B

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Next was a Beagle

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And an AA5-B commonly called a Tiger

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And finally just as I was finishing on friday, the star of the week arrived from Stockholm.  I wish I had more time to photograph this CL60 but was happy with the ones I took.

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Not done this for a while but will try and keep both up.  For those that have Facebook, Type Orkney Aviation in the search bar and you will find me.  Feel free to upload your pics.

As always, thanks for reading

All the best

Neil ;)

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Is it really March already

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in a couple of months.  It seems to have been so busy yet I seem to have very few photos to share.

The first thing you will notice when you visit the airport is that the Islanders are no longer in Highland Park Livery but they are now on facebook, just search for peedie black plane.

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We have had a mixed bag of delays over the winter and at one point we had 5 Saabs on the apron at one point which is unusual.

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WE did have a visitor from Tayside Aviation in the fairer weather in the shape of this pretty little Grob.

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And the 200th S92 ever built

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This winter has seen some unusual weather with spectacular shows of the Aurora Borealis and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  Here is the sunrise from a couple of weeks ago.  Glad I always have my camera.

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The Aurora is a bit harder to capture but I was in the right place at the right time, very hard to take and this was my first attempt.

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This was taken using a tripod but it was so windy that it is still shaky.  Hopefully I will be more prepared next time.  Hunt for Orkney Sky on facebook to see some stunners.

WE had a vist from the P2’s from St Andrews primary school a couple of weeks ago.  Children certainly liven the place up and we had one of the busiest Q&A sessions we have ever had.

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Thanks to all staff for their help.

We had a visit on thursday from G-LGNO.  The first Loganair/Flybe Saab 2000 to visit which will be taking over some of the schedules from the smaller Saab 340.  It is certainly much bigger with a capacity of 50 passengers.  I am looking forward to eventually getting a flight in one of these.  

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And the inside

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That’s it for now, hopefully much more to come.  As always thanks for taking the time to read, I appreciate it

All the best

Neil ;)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

Hello

I thought as christmas was edging ever closer, it was time for a post before the year is out and 2014 is upon us.   We have had some terrible weather lately with lots of wind and heavy rain.  Being Kirkwall, the pilots are used to it and try their hardest to keep things as normal as possible.

On one of the worst days of rain and wind, we had a visit from VP-CRR, a Challenger 604 which had a spectacular landing in the wet.  The photo is terrible but it gives you an idea of the conditions on the day.

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And a much better one when it was parking at the terminal.

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We had a short visit from XZ586 which was in for a refuel.  It has been a while since I have seen one of these at Kirkwall.

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We have also had the first of our snow, interspersed with high gusts which made some interesting spotting for the public but these guys (and ladies ) do an amazing job.  Nothing would happen without the hard work of the Airport Fire Service and MT team who keep the runways open.

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Last week we had a charter in from Southend, I think this aircraft was from Jota Aviation but registered to Aerodynamics in the Isle of Man.  Obviously a King Air 200.

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And finally we have an extra mail plane this month over and above the Ben Air Guys who do such an excellent job bringing our christmas stuff in despite the weather.  This Metro Liner is operated by a german company called Bin-Air with the Captain coming from Portugal and the First Officer from Sweden.  ( Time for a correction as it turns out I had it the wrong way about!  The Captain is Johan from Sweden and the First Officer is Nuno from Portugal!  Nice for Nuno to come to Kirkwall to gain a promotion.  They left today 17/12/13 as their tour of duty is complete.  Pleasure meeting you and safe journey home) Nice to see them in the terminal and becoming part of the furniture.

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That’s about it for this year.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit this blog over the year.  I enjoy doing it but wish I had more time to do it justice.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas when it arrives and trust 2014 gives you success, health and happiness.

All the best

Neil ;)

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Girl power at KOI

Well the cold snap has arrived at Kirkwall and if you believe some of the weather reports we are in for a hard time in Orkney.  Time will tell.  It’s a while since I updated the blog and although it has been very busy, I have very little to show for it.

We have had many spectacular sunsets but at the airport we get spectacular sunrises! The first bit of news is related to the post title.  We have a new pilot at Kirkwall on the inter island service, namely Rebecca Simpson who is/was a Saab pilot and has been training over the last 7 weeks,

Rather than me attempting to write the story, here is a link to the Herald giving all the details.  As well as making history for being the first female Captain flying Islanders on the inter-island service, Rebecca is also the first female Loganair pilot to fly the worlds shortest scheduled service between Westray and Papa Westray.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/transport/landmark-for-the-worlds-shortest-flight-as-it-gets-first-female-pilot.22672691

I was kindly given photos by Rebecca taken by and copyright owned by her brother, Jamie Simpson.  My photographs can be used with permission, however, these photos cannot be used without the express permission of Jamie or Rebecca.

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We also had an unusual visitor prior to Children in need day.  Pudsey visited us at the airport and flew on a number of days last week to the north isles visiting different schools,  Here he is with Loganair Supervisor, Michael Bain and Radio Orkney’s Robbie Fraser.

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This morning ended up with a pleasant surprise.  A norwegian crew changeover meant we had both Bergen Air Transport’s King Airs on the apron and in the terminal were Garth, Haavard, Magnus and Trine.

With a little help from Garth, I managed to identify a couple of strange aircraft in photos which I need to scan, so many thanks for your help Garth.

The sun came out just for these pictures;

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I look forward to seeing you again on wednesday, weather permitting.

As much as I enjoy keeping this blog, it has limitations, in that, it is not easy for others to share their images.  Bearing that in mind I have taken to facebook to allow others to share their images connected with aviation in Orkney.  Find it at https://www.facebook.com/orkneyaviation or type orkney aviation into the search bar.  Please feel free to like or join in.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read, much appreciated

Till next time

All the best

Neil ;)

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Leuchars 2013 day 2

Day 2 saw a very wet morning and very hazy light.  I even had to buy a coat as the weather was less than pleasant.

No blurb this time but hopefully some higher quality photos.

As always thank you for reading

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Till next time

Neil ;)

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Farewell Leuchars, it has been a privilege

Well that’s my September treat past and sadly there will be no more airshows at this historic airfield. Air Officer Scotland, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, who is the Leuchars Station Commander, took the time to come and meet us to tell us personally what the future would (or would not) hold for the airshow.  He also confirmed that although 1 and 6 Squadron were moving to Lossie, the air show would not be as the local infrastructure and the A9 could not handle the influx of visitors.

It was genuinely appreciated by us all that he took the time to come and see us and, in my opinion, he is a real gentleman.  Nothing was too much trouble and he fielded awkward questions well and without hesitation.

Anyway, to the show.  Friday was not blessed by photographic friendly light so some of my pictures are disappointing.  We knew what was happening as we were given a timetable of aircraft expected landing times.

The Catalina, BBMF and a few others were already on site but there were regular aircraft arrivals as you will see in my photos.  As always our RAF hosts looked after us as if we were VIP’s.

Anway enjoy some of the day 1 photos, too many highlights to mention but a number of firsts for me.  Danish F16’s, T28 Fennec and the awesome Voyager which is based on the Airbus A330 and is the largest aircraft ever in the Royal Air Force.

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There are lots more which I will pop on my Flickr page but hope you like these.

As always thanks for reading and part 2 will be posted shortly.

Best wishes

Neil ;)

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