Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sydney - Brisbane trip (January Flight)

After a few very hot steamy busy days in Sydney it was time to come home. My flight wasn't until 5pm but I arrived at the airport at 3.40pm. After clearing security I went up to the Qantas Museum for a quick bout of plane spotting. The museum is the best place to view the runway but unfortunately you are shooting through double thick glass.

BRITISH AIRWAYS B777-36N (CN 38696)

CHINA EASTERN A 330-243 B-5921 (CN 1402)

QANTAS LINK B717-200 VH-YQT (CN 55179)


CATHAY PACIFIC B777-367 B-KQE (CN 1089)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJT (CN 25565)

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYE (CN 33993)

QANTAS LINK DASH 8 Q400 VH-QOK (CN 4215)

QANTAS A330-202 VH-EBJ (CN 940)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJT (CN 25565)


JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKL (CN 36238)

SINGAPORE A380-841 9V-SKN (CN 071)


AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-219 ZK-OKG (CN 29403)

Our boarding time was 4.40pm so I made my way down to gate 8, only to discover there was no plane at the gate. The aircraft arrived at 4.50pm so I knew our 5pm departure time wasn't going to happen. The aircraft for this trip was the usual 737-838 and the rego was VH-VYL.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VYL (CN 34184)    ( MY FLIGHT HOME)
















We began boarding at 5.08pm and I took my seat which was 28A. The doors were closed at 5.21 and we pushed back at 5.22. We taxied at 5.25pm and we taxied out to the furthest point of the airport; runway 34R.




















As we approached the holding point we continued out onto the runway and we had a rolling start becoming airborne at 5.39pm. As we departed we banked slightly right and flew towards the city of Sydney offering spectacular views...until we flew into clouds and ruined any further photo opportunities.


































Our track took us out over the ocean and we then flew over Newcastle, over Grafton and then the Gold Coast. We climbed to Flt Lvl 370 and the flight was very smooth. We began our descent at 6.19 and after flying abeam the airport we landed from the north on runway 19 at 6.38pm. Due to Queensland not having daylight savings we had to wind our clocks back and hour so our official arrival time 5.38pm.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Spotting at Sydney Airport

I had to take my manager to the airport for his flight home this afternoon and with his approval I was able to spend an extra hour there doing some spotting. The morning started out clear skies and very hot; in fact it got to 40 degress C where we were at our office. But as the afternoon went on the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up, making it very difficult to hold the camera still while trying to take photos. Most of the images were taken from my car with the window down it was that bad.

THAI B747-4D7 HS-TGY (CN 28705)

UPS MD11 F N282UP (CN 48452)

ETIHAD B777-3FXER A6-ETO (CN 39690)

JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKA (CN 36227)

SINGAPORE A380-841 9V-SKN (CN 071)

BRITISH AIRWAYS B777-336ER G-STBJ (CN 43703)


FEDEX MD11 F N601FE (CN 48401)



AIR NEW ZEALAND (STAR ALLIANCE) A320-232
ZK-OJH (CN 2257)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B767-319ER ZK-NCG (CN 26912)

RAAF A330 MRTT (REGO UNKNOWN)

QANTAS A380-841 VH-OQC (CN 022)


EMIRATES A380-861 A6-EEM (CN 134)

AMBULANCE SERICE OF NEW SOUTH WALES
BEECHCRAFT SUPER KING AIR B200 VH-AMR (CN BB-1812)

AIR VANUATU B737-8SH YJ-AV8 (CN 42052)

HAWAIIAN A330-243 N389HA (CN 1316)


ETIHAD A380-861 A6-APD (CN 180)



QATAR A380-861 A7-APA (CN 137)




ALL NIPPON B787-9 JA887A (CN 43874)