Friday, 28 March 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-03-14

                                                   
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-600
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/

Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/

Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists

Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FDE Boeing 737-505 c/n 25794 T.B.C Ferried Oslo-Bournemouth 22/03/14 ex LN-BUD.

EI-FEN Airbus A320-233 c/n 2600  SMBC Aviation Capital registered 18/03/14 parked Seletar Airport ex VH-VQN.

EI-FER Airbus A320-232 c/n 2717 HKAC Leasing to be registered 21/03/14 parked Seletar Airport ex VH-VQI.

EI-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28167 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Maastricht-Shannon 21-27/03/14 after painting into full Aer Lingus colours.

EI-LBS  Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 27623 Air Contractors entered revenue service Shannon-Boston 21/03/14 ex OH-LBS.

EI-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Long-Haul Delivered Paine Field-Dublin 25/03/14.

EI-RJS RJ85 c/n 2365 Air Annobón Delivered Dublin-Palma-Aguenar- Hadj Bey Akhamok Airport-Malabo International Airport 26-27/03/14 to become 3C-MAA.

G-CDYK RJ85 c/n E2329 Triangle (Funding One) Ltd registered Cranfield 26/03/14 ex EI-RJA.

N105XG Airbus A321-112 c/n 495 Hawkeye Engine Services LLC Registered Shannon 27/03/14  Ex EI-IXO.

9M-FZA Boeing 737-430 c/n 27001 FireFly Ferried Abu Dhabi-Antalya-Amsterdam-St Athan 26-27/03/14 ex EI-COH.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 21-03-14

                                                     
Cityjet RJ85 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-EUA Airbus A320-232 c/n 2210 VivaAerobus Ferried Shannon-Dublin 18/03/14 after painting to become XA-.

EI-FDP Airbus A321-231 c/n 1004 HiFly (Belgium Air Force) Delivered Dublin-Brussels 14/03/14 ex TC-OAL to become CS-TRJ.

EI-FDS Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28595 Meridiana Delivered Prague-Milan Malpensa 15/03/134 ex OK-TVD.

EI-LBS  Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 27623 Air Contractors  Airtest from Transaero Engineering Shannon 20/03/14 in full Aer Lingus colours & titles.

EI-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Air International Ferried Everett-Moses Lake 18/03/14.

EI-RJA RJ85 c/n E2329 Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Cranfield 13/03/14 on return to lessor.

P4-ARI RJ85 c/n E2370 LAMIA Delivered Norwich-London Stansted-Keflavik-Narsarsuaq Airport 17/18-03/14 ex EI-RJV.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Aircraft Longevity in Ireland

                                                   
Irish Coast Guard/CHC Helicopters Sikorsky S-61 

***This article was first published on XEI Weekly Newsletter-14th March 2014 and with kind permission from Antoin Daltun is re-published.***

Aer Arann Islands has a Romanian-built Britten-Norman Islander EI-AYN which arrived in the UK on 9 February 1974, was first registered in Ireland on 26 March 1974 and delivered to Dublin on 29 April 1974 and it is coming up to its 40th year in Aer Arann service.  It may be the oldest fixed-wing aircraft still in scheduled passenger service in what used to be called Western Europe.

 The Irish Coast Guard/CHC Helicopters recently retired Sikorsky S-61N EI-SAR which was assembled in Japan in 1962 as a pattern aircraft for a Mitsubishi production line which never really got going.  It served with British Airways and other UK companies before coming to Ireland in 1998 to work with the Irish Coast Guard.  It was retired to Weston on 10 Dec 2013.Inquiries about preservation were answered with “the parts are too valuable”.

The oldest aircraft still flying on the Irish Register is BA Swallow EI-AFF belonging to JJ Sullivan [retired EI Capt], Johnny Molloy [retired EI Engineer] and B Donoghue and based at the ILAS Field at Taghmon, Co Wexford. Its first C of A was issued in 1935.

The oldest Air Corps Alouette was retired in 2007 at the age of 44. Cessna FR172H delivered 4 October 1972 is still in service.

[Based on info from Irish Air Letter]

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Irish air traffic grows 6% in February

                                                   
Dublin Airport 
Ireland's air traffic showed growth of 6.2% in February compared to prior year according to statistics released yesterday by Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Cork Air traffic movements declined by 5.3% and Dublin's where up 7.2% and Shannon by 5.3%.
IAA’s North Atlantic Communications services (for flights operating between Europe and North America) saw an increase of 2.89% in February 2014, when compared to February 2013.

The busiest day for flights in Irish airspace was  21st February with a total of 1,339 flights.

New services being launched in April by Aer Lingus from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto and new Ryanair routes from Shannon to Ryanair announcing a number of new routes for the summer, including Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow, will further boost air traffic movements.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 14-03-14

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-EUA Airbus A320-232 c/n 2210 SMBC Aviation Ferried Dublin-Shannon 12/03/14 for painting.

EI-FDS Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28595 Meridiana being prepared for delivery Prague 08/03/14 ex OK-TVD.

EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158 Nouvelair Ferried Bournemouth-Dublin 09/03/14 after paint prior delivery to become TS-INQ.

EI-IGR Boeing 737-36N c/n 28561 Meridiana Ferried Verona-Shannon 12/03/14 for painting into standard colours.

EI-IGS Boeing 737-36N c/n 28562 Meridiana Ferried Shannon-Verona 12/03/14  after painting into standard colours.

EI-LBT Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28170 Air Contractors registered Shannon 13/03/14 in Full Aer Lingus colours.

LY-AYW Boeing 737-548 c/n 25737  AviaAM Leasing Ferried Vilnius International Airport-Bucharest Baneasa International Airport 13/03/14 after storage for painting ex EI-CDF.

N832JM Airbus A300B4-203(F) c/n 152 Transcarga Int´l Airways Delivered Lourdes-Santa Maria-Orlando Sanford 12/03/14 ex EI-OZE.

OH-LBT  Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28170 Finnair Airtest from Shannon Aerospace 07/03/14 in Aer Lingus colours & titles.

VQ-BSS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 Orenair onward Delivery Bucharest Baneasa International Airport-Orenburg Airport 14/03/14 after painting ex EI-DPA.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Ireland's General Aviation Community and IAA come together

                                                   
Image: Courtesy IAA 
I had the pleasure last Sunday 9th March on the invitation of the Irish Aviation Authority to attend the first General Aviation Pilots ATC Open Day, held at Dublin’s Air Traffic Control Centre, as part of its General Aviation safety initiative.

80 general aviation pilots attended the event from all over the country.  The event was ideally timed to give pilots a perspective of the workings of Dublin Air Traffic control center ahead of the start of the busy summer season, as longer days increase visual flight rule (VFR) traffic considerably in the Dublin area , in tandem as commercial air traffic increases considerably.

This year Dublin Air Traffic is expected to increase by 6% according to IAA.

Pilots were welcomed to the centre by Billy Hann General Manager Terminal Services and Paul McCann Operations Manager Dublin ATC. Billy outlined aviation’s contribution to the economy and IAA’s Operational units and provision of ATC services.  Paul outlined a series of initiatives rolled out by Dublin’s ATC Center.
                                         
After the presentation pilots were taken on a tour of the center to give a different perspective viewing operational areas: engineering room, simulation room, radar center and control tower.

In simulation room a demonstration was given of the IAA’s new Airspace Infringement Warning (AIW) system. AIW goes live next month and will assist ATC management of VFR traffic, from West of Dublin ATC Zone.

A recurring theme throughout the day to pilots was to activate their transponders once airborne, to contact ATC services to let them know their intentions on frequency 118.500 in Dublin’s Air Traffic control zone. In advance to contact Dublin ATC Duty Manager to advise them of their intended flight detail.

Following the tour the groups reconvened for a briefing on European Action plan for Airspace Infringement and issues to be addressed in Irish Airspace. IAA will shortly publish a new VFR chart for Dublin TMA.

This was followed by a question and answers session on the tour and issues arising concluding the event. The next General Aviation Pilots ATC Open Day is scheduled for 4th November.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 12-03-14

                                                     
Dublin Airport 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DCL Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33806 Ryanair at Maastricht 22/2/14-03/03/14 for re-painted into new Boeing colours.

EI-EWF Airbus A319-111 c/n 3834 Ural Airlines rolled out Shannon 05/03/14 to become VQ-VTP.

EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158 RAK Airways Ferried Dublin-Bournemouth 28/02/14 for painting.

EI-IGS Boeing 737-36N c/n 28562 Air Italy to Shannon 03/03/14 for repaint into Meridiana colours.

EI-IXO  Airbus A321-211 c/n 495 Alitalia Ferried Rome FCO-Shannon 28/02/14 on return to lessor.

EI-RJS  RJ85 c/n 2365 Cityjet Ferried Shannon-Dublin 27/03/14 in full Air Annobon colours & titles to become 3C-MAA.

EY-571 RJ85 c/n E2363 Asian Express Airline Ferried Sofia-Baku 28/02/14 after heavy maintenance & storage ex EI-RJP.

PR-VBB Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29917 Gol Linhas Aéreas Ferried Eduardo Gomes International Airport-Fort Lauderdale-Dohan 03/04/14 ex EI-CSB Returned to lessor.

TC-SBM Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n  29918 Sun Express Delivered Miami-Keflavik-Antalya 04/05-03/14 ex N649AC/EI-CSC.

YL-AEA Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Alpha Express Airlines Delivered Budapest-Riga 28/02/14 ex EI-FBB.

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