Friday 9 August 2019

Perth Spotting 2019.06.25 Part 2

Continuing from the previous part.

The next 2 look rather small through the viewfinder from this distance. Compared with the other jets that come in, these are tiny. But stand right next to them, and you'll realise that they are actually quite big.

Private Cessna 525A (VH-EJT)

Private Beech 200 Super King Air (VH-LKH)

Private Beech 200 Super King Air (VH-YVG)

Imagine the distance the other jets need to be behind to give them the clearance.

Virgin Australia B737-8KG (VH-VUY)

And then we had the Dreamliner, sleek, quiet and smooth.

Qantas B787-9 (VH-ZNG)

After the arrival of the technologically advanced aircraft, we have this, a classic that has been going strong for decades.

Qantas Link B717-231 (VH-NXN)

This 738 touched down a little further down the runway than the other jets. Looks like the 738s are going to be operating much longer worldwide now with the MAX being grounded.

Qantas B737-838 (VH-XZI)

Now this next one was a real treat. As a person who really likes the A340, seeing one is great. Seeing that said one in a special livery.... even better!!

Team South Africa

South African Airlines A340-313 (ZS-SXD)

Another special (for me at least), coming in for landing into Perth.

Beech 1900D (VH-NYA)

And while waiting for our main target, here's another wave of Fokkers.

Virgin Australia Fokker 100 (VH-FNT)

Qantas Link Fokker 100 (VH-NHV)

Virgin Australia Fokker 100 (VH-FNC)

It has also become a trend by airlines (MAS, BA, Lufthansa etc) all over the world to churn out their retro livery, and Qantas has also followed on. Here's the Retro Roo. Just recently found out that QANTAS actually stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (did I mention this already?)

Qantas B737-838 (VH-VXQ)

And next, for the star of the day. One the the most modern airliner to date, the A350. SQ is now sending these in to replace their A330 service. These frames (the SH_ series are the regional A350s)

Singapore Airlines A350-941 (9V-SHH)

That shall be it for Part 2, Part 3 to follow suit.

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Saturday 20 July 2019

Perth Spotting 2019.06.25 Part 1

Hello hello once again, it has been quite some time since my last post. Managed to head over to the viewing gallery of Perth International Airport with a few friends. The viewing gallery sits right at the threshold of Runway 03 (2 runways at Perth, 03-21 and 06-24), and lucky for us, 03 was in use for arrivals the entire time we were there. It is an elevated spot which gave unobstructed views to the runway.

This was sort of the first spotting opportunity I had since I arrived and it was an amazing one.

Now quickly heading off to our first catch of the day and this already put a smile to my face. One that we do not see very often (if not at all) in the SEA region, a quad-high-wing regional jet.

Cobham Aviation BAe 146-300 (VH-NJP)

Cobham and Skippers are the few "Mining" airlines used as shuttles to the remote mining regions around Australia. They do short hops here and there.

Next we have Virgin Australia's 738.

Virgin Australia B737-8FE (VH-YFW)

3rd one was another one that I wanted checked off my to-spot list. The Boeing 717.

Qantas Link B717-23S (VH-NXD)

Now this Boeing doesn't quite look like one (707,727,737) as it is essentially derived from the DC-9. The looks are similar to that of the MD-80, but with much bigger engines.

While focusing on the 717, this one crept in front of us to the holding point of 03, waiting for an arrival.

Qantas B737-838 (VH-VXB) - Yananyi

Which was this little Fokker. The Fokker 70s and the 100s are the regional aircraft here, fulfilling a similar role of the ATRs back home. A few of those up ahead.

Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 (VH-QQW)

Skywest (Virgin Australia Regional) Fokker 100 (VH-FNY)

One of their remaining aircraft still in the Skywest livery. It has now been taken over by Virgin Australia.

Qantas Link Fokker 100 (VH-NHZ)

Now for a familiar colour. The striking red and white.

Indonesia AirAsia A320-216 (PK-AXX)

Virgin Australia A320-232 (VH-VNP)

Another rather regional airline, Skippers also fly into Perth, and sometimes with exotic aircraft (later in the post).

Skippers Dash 8-300 (VH-XFV)

We do get a fair share of private jets operating into Perth as well. You have the larger Bombardiers as well as the smaller Embraers.

Private Bombardier Global 6000 (VH-IQR)

Embraer Phenom 300 (VH-NJC)

Followed by another volley of regional jets.

Virgin Australia Fokker 100 (VH-FZO)

Qantas Link A320-232 (VH-VQU)

Virgin Australia A320-232 (VH-VNB)

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (VH-FKF)

The last time I saw an alliance Fokker was back in Penang when they did a Tech Stop.

These shuttle props get smaller as we progress along the post. Another new catch for me, the Saab 340.

Regional Express Saab 340B (VH-ZLC)

Zooming out, we have the first of the widebody jets coming in for landing. This is the shorter but longer ranged 330. Most of the 330s here are of the -200 variant.

Virgin Australia A330-243 (VH-XFD)

More Alliance jets.

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (VH-FKG)

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (VH-FKC)

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (VH-XWP)

REX Saab 340B (VH-ZRM)

Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 (VH-QQR)

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (VH-FKJ)

And now for an even smaller shuttle. The Fairchild Metroliner, with the good-ol-fashioned piston engines.

Skippers Metroliner (VH-WAJ)

And then... the sun came out.  It was a rather gloomy afternoon with lighting coming on and off (more off than on).

Qantas A330-202 (VH-EBJ)

Qantas Link Fokker 100 (VH-NHG)

One of the great things about this spotting location is that a taxiway sits between the runway and the location, which allowed for really good closeups of the few aircraft taxiing past us.

Wonder what's on his mind?

Qantas A330-202 (VH-EBA)

And when the timing is just right, you get one of the greatest opportunity for a photo like this.

2 A332s

Qantas A330-202 (VH-EBP)

VH-EBA lining up

Will continue the next half in part 2.


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Tuesday 12 March 2019

A very new place for the new year

2 months into the New Year and it has been great indeed. Here's wishing all readers Happy New Year, and may 2019 be as incredible, if not more that of 2018. Had the opportunity to do a little bit of spotting while in the Perth area.

Flying into Perth was really bumpy. Went through a few air pockets where you literally see people lifted off their seats. With me sitting at the middle section, I had no view of the surroundings at all, so all I could do was to look in the cabin. Someone's water from their cup even went up to the overhead bin.

Singapore Airlines B777-212(ER) (9V-SVC)

And what a coincidence, parked next to us were 2 Malaysian birds. Malindo's 738 and AirAsia X's A333. A Thai A333 arrived almost at the same time as well and this added to the long queue at immigration (almost an hour).

About 20 minutes South of Perth, is Jandakot Airport, a smaller airport that is mainly used for flight training, the Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as a hub for aerial firefighting vehicles. Some charter flights also operate from this airport. Most aircraft are props, with the occasional few business jets and the sole PC-24 of the RFDS.

The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (RACWA) is one of the bigger public flying schools in the area, operating mainly Cessna 172s and 152s. They made the place up quite well, with an outdoor viewing platform that directly overlooks the parking bay.

Cessna 172s

Manual tow

It is amazing indeed to see youths taking up flying. There were those as young as 16 going for flight lessons. Just think about it, you can actually handle and aircraft before you can handle a car.



Also managed to spot this flying antique, a Tiger Moth. Look at the simplicity of the cockpit instrument layout as compared with even the C172s.

DH-82 Tiger Moth (VH-CKF)

This vantage point also provided a good view of one of the runways (which was currently in use, Runway 12). Here, you can have an unblock view of aircraft on finals and the entire length of the runway.

C441 Conquest (VH-VEW)

Now back to the apron for some aircraft that are just about to depart. There was actually a "squadron" of Mooneys, each with a different colour.

Mooney M20J (VH-JXC)


PA24-260 Comanche (VH-STF)

C182 (VH-JMF)

And to end this post, here's one of the bigger sized aircraft getting ready to depart. They are used to ferry patients around the region to this airport before being transferred to the nearby Fiona Stanley Hospital by ambulance or by chopper.


Thanks for visiting. Will still be adding more posts if I do get a chance to spot, or will dig up unposted PEN photos.


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