Thursday 8 October 2020

Changi 20C Departure Shots 2020.10.06

Well the current global situation hasn't been very kind to the aviation industry. From an aerodrome that saw countless departures every minute, now it has gone down to frequencies even lower than that of Penang. Nevertheless, there is still the opportunity to get photos.

The interesting about the session that day was the weather. (Hint: Not.Optimal.At.All). Upon arrival, there were low clouds moving towards the direction of the AD. The morning sun helped to give light from an angle, illuminating the planes, but the issue was that the planes were going INTO the clouds, disappearing from sight.

One of the best combinations was with this Air HongKong freighter. This one visits Penang ever so often and is probably heading there too.

Air HongKong A300F4-605F (B-LDF)

And yeah, the lights went out after this. Up next is SQ's first A350, delivered about 4 years ago. Seen here powering through the clouds. Could not see the vortex in the clouds though.

Singapore Airlines A350-941 (9V-SMA)

Now you see what I mean??

It is now very rare to see quad jets in this region. Skies that were once graced by the fuel guzzling 340s and the 747s are now filled the the very common, much more efficient Dreamliners and the 350s for passenger carriage. Even cargo operators have moved from the Iconic MD-11s to the 76Fs and 77Fs. So this next one was a pleasant surprise. Thank goodness 74Fs are still popular.

Hearing the roar of the approaching aircraft is just amazing. YOU KNOW when the queen is approaching.

ACT Airlines B747-428ERF (TC-ACR)

IndiGo was next, heading on a 4 hour-plus trip home. I really salute those who have to go through long(ish) flights on a narrowbody aircraft.

IndiGo A320-232 (VT-IFP)

After quite some quiet time, this little Fokker appeared. Seems to be doing circuit training as it stayed quite low after takeoff. Did quite a few rounds while I was there.

RSAF Fokker 50 (711)

Up next was the regional variant of SQ's A350. Weather was getting worse with dark clouds looming,  with winds blowing them inland.

Singapore Airlines A350-941 (9V-SHO)

Banking shot might be better with 20R departures

The last one on the list was the Dreamliner. The -9s and -10s seem more proportional as compared to the stubbier -8 variants. Photo had to be heavily edited though.

Singapore Airlines B787-10 Dreamliner (9V-SCF)

That's about all for this session. Spent almost 2 hours there. Here's to skies being more packed with planes in the near future, and for the other ones to come out of storage.