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Post by pipodeclown »

Sabena_690,

the UAL 747 was idd around 2 o'clock. It ws defenitely following the same routing as all the other LH heavies to the USA.

Pipodeclown.

Jense

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Sabena_690 wrote:
Jense wrote:An Austrian A332, probably heading to JFK
VIE-JFK (OS087) is a B763 these days (I saw OS087 on that day by the way)
YYZ, IAD, YUL and eventually JFK are the only destinations in the US & Canada as far as I know Austrian serves with A332.

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Jense,

RU sure about YUL? I cannot see it on their route network...

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Post by lumumba »

Hi Dirk.
Fantastic this LTU I love it.
Thax
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Hasta la victoria siempre.

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Post by Skystef »

A few shots of past weekend.

On Saturday tempo some disturbing radiation, like the A340 of Austrian shows.

1222LT, this A340-200 OE-LAG of Austrian was en route VIE-IAD.
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1250LT, this A330-200 OE-LAM of Austrian was en route VIE-YYZ.
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On Sunday no radiation and almost perfect conditions.

1211LT, this B747-400 4X-ELC of EL AL was en route TLV-LHR.
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1225LT, this Globemaster of the RAF was presumable heading home.
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1234LT, this A340-500 A6-ERD of Emirates was en route DXB-JFK.
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1641LT, this sunlit A340-300 D-AIFF of Lufthansa was en route MUC-IAD.
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1655LT, this sunlit B747-400F B-18715 of China Airlines was en route TPE-MAN.
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Jense

Post by Jense »

pipodeclown wrote:RU sure about YUL? I cannot see it on their route network...
Indeed, my mistake. They don't operate YUL in the winter I think, only in summer. Somebody to confirm?

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Post by Bruspotter »

Hi

Nice pics guys!

Since I repaired my binoculars I can start contrailspotting too again...(after an interruption of 3 months...).Very unfortunately I had to help moving Sunday , and it was a marvelous day for contrail spotting , I think I can say for myself that it was the best day in 2 years , for sure. In the begindays that I moved to Oevel , I noticed that the route FRA-USA was in only a couple of km to the north.(max 3) so very close and in perfect light...planes only 8km alt. max. often not even a contrail or a starting , very light contrail.

The route suddenly moved , to my great regret. :(

But sunday it looked like restored I saw the largest amount of lufthansa long haulers EVER. Here is a short (very short) list of what I've been able to reg in the weekend. (of course WITHOUT reg...:D)

Friday 13/01/2006 (no times given...unable to write directly) between 11:00 and 13:00LT (EBAW airport overflies)

My Travel A330-200 Heading N-S
Korean Air Cargo B747-400F heading N-S
Emirates airlines B777-200 heading E-W
Austrian airlines A340-200 heading E-W (new colors)
(Private/Untitled) BBJ-500/700 Heading N-S
(Private/Untitled) BBJ-500/700 Heading NE-SW
Unknown TU-154M Heading E-W
and some more

Saturday. 14/01/2006 (overflying LIER)

09:40 China Eastern Cargo MD-11F Heading S-N (no contrail) (CDG-BEJ/PUD?)
09:40 Unidentified B757-300 S-N
10:17 Lufthansa cityline Avro RJ85 E-W
10:50 Lufthansa B747-400 E-W
10:53 Lufthansa A330-200 E-W
10:55 British airways B767-300 E-W
10:57 Air France B777-200 N-S (no contrail)
10:59 Air Canada A330-300 E-W (new colors)
11:15 My Travel/SAS??? A330-..... N-S (no contrail)
11:25 British airways B757-200 E-W
11:45 SAS Scandinavian MD-81 S-N (no contrail)
11:50 SAS Scandinavian MD-87 S-N (no contrail)
11:52 Air Canada??? B767-300 E-W
11:52 Easy Jet A319-100 E-W
11:52 Unidentified EMB-RJ145? E-W
13:37 United airlines B747-400 E-W (EBAW overfly)
13:40 Sterling B737-800(red) S-N (EBAW overfly)

Sunday 15/01/2006 (overflies LIER)

over the whole day.

09:35 British airways B747-400 E-W (BA 036 FL300)
09:47 Lufthansa B737-300/500 E-W
10:00 Delta airlines B767-300ER W-SW (for BRU approach)

non-time-logged.

Lufthansa B747-400
Lufthansa B747-400
Lufthansa B747-400
Lufthansa B747-400
Lufthansa A340-300
Lufthansa A340-300
Lufthansa A330-300(?)
LTU International A330-200(?) (no contrail)
British airways B747-400
British airways B747-400
British airways B767-300
British airways B767-300
British airways B757-200
British airways A319-100
Cathay Pacific Cargo B747-400F
Air France B777-300ER
Emirates airlines B777-200ER
Singapore Cargo B747-400F (for BRU approach)
Ryanair B737-800

And probably many many more beauties wich I wasn't able to spot due the moving :( (but I could spot some because sometimes I sneaked out of there to have a quick look :D :P haha)

Today I was at the Heysel at Brussels for the 'car exhibition' but I was already quite quick bored (except by the 'Eurocopter' on static :D) So I went outside (since I still had my binoculars with me from sunday I could spot a little.

Some contrails seen.

CSA A310-300 E-W
Austrian airlines A330-200 E-W (new colors)
Swiss airlines A340-200(?) E-W
Qantas B747-400 E-W

others.

A lot of SNBA's and:

TUI Airlines Belgium Fokker F100 OO-TUF
Virgin Express B737-300 (OO-VEG)
Iberia B757-200
Iberia CRJ-200
SN Brussels Avro RJ85
SN Brussels Avro RJ85
SN Brussels Avro RJ100
British airways A321-100
BMI British Midland? A320-200 'Star Alliance'?
SAS Scandinavian MD-81
Belgian Air Force C-130H

Unidentified B767 around 12-13hrs LT? anyone who knows (outclimbing plane of RWY 25R above the Southside of Brussels towncenter.)

All mentioned planes above are only the ones climbing out above or near the Heysel at BRU.

Best regards: Yannick ;)

I'm already looking forward to the next sunny sunday.

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Post by pipodeclown »

Skystef,

did you manage to make a picture of the AI 777 on Sunday eve? It was contrailing to BHX on the same route a few minutes behind the Dynastie 747 to MAN...

It was a wonderful sight in the setting sunlight...


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Pipodeclown

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pipodeclown wrote:did you manage to make a picture of the AI 777 on Sunday eve? It was contrailing to BHX on the same route a few minutes behind the Dynastie 747 to MAN...

It was a wonderful sight in the setting sunlight...
Indeed wonderful, but really on the edge of getting such shots sharp due to the poor light.
Any suggestions on the regi? Thanks a lot.

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Post by pipodeclown »

Skystef,

VT-AIJ operating VIDP-EGBB-CYYZ on AI187

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Post by Pawel »

Hi

Today at 13:20 O' clock I saw A340 Emirates. It was flight : Emirates 202 JFK-DXB A6-ERC :) Maybe someone saw that plane over Belgium :) ?

Pawel

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Pawel,

weather is pretty overcast here, so impossible to see it passing overhead...

Pipodeclown

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pipodeclown wrote:weather is pretty overcast here, so impossible to see it passing overhead...
Indeed poor conditions the last 7 days, but it should improve by tomorrow.
I have a webcam installed which gives an impression of the sky near Brussels Airport.


Brgrds S

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Post by Skystef »

Hi again,

as could be seen on my webcam, on January 23 blue skies but not much interesting traffic at cruising levels.

Here a grip.

Showing differences in light circumstances:

-back light: good for the plane, in this case Emirates A6-ERI en route DXB-JFK
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-opposite light: good for the contrail, in this case a returning A340-300 of Airlanka
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1255LT, perhaps the most interesting: NG0087 OE-LAW en route VIE-JFK.
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1555LT, I guess this must be an A319 of Qatar Airways heading for the UK.
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And a bit lower, always nice to see an ole lady banking: N703CK heading for JFK.
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Post by Robin_Bamps »

Hi Stef,

A cool shot of the banking CKS ! Congrats !

Regards, Robin Bamps.

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Post by Pawel »

Hi !

Extra phtos :) I like that. Could You tell me , over Belgium flight Malaysia Hibiscus ? Overhead I see B747 Qantas (LHR-SYD), B747 AI (AMD-LHR), B747 Singapore (SIN-LHR), B747 BA (DEL-LHR), MH B747 (KUL-LHR), B777 (BA) and lot of Emirates :) and small planes :)

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Post by pipodeclown »

Pawel,

Malaysia mostly passes over the Netherlands, routing RENDI REFSO (westbound), thus passing overhead Rotterdam. A lot of Singapore airline planes have the same routing. It is also used by QF, BA, EK, QR .

I've never seen any MH plane contrailing over Belgium.

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pipodeclown wrote:I've never seen any MH plane contrailing over Belgium.
Indeed quite rare, but not unpossible like this shot of 9M-MPL on August 26 2005 proves.

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An overview how upper airspace looks above Belgium: everbody can see what to expect in their aera.

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Picture via Belgocontrol.

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Post by pipodeclown »

Skystef,

Is the MH cruising E or W bound on your picture? I guess it is E bound?

Anyway, normal routing is more North, but can vary due to weather (winds).

regards,

Pipodeclown

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