Friday, 26 May 2017

Drama at Perth Airport for Skippers

SKIPPERS AVIATION DASH 8 Q 315 VH-XKJ (CN 588)       File Photo

A Skippers Aviation aircraft (similar to the one above) suffering engine problems made an emergency landing at Perth Airport earlier this morning. Emergency crews were called to the airport about 6.55am after reports a plane, a Dash 8 Q300, with engine problems was due to land. The plane was chartered to carry 50 mine workers to a place called Leinster, 900 klms North East of Perth. The plane departed from runway 21 at 6.35am local time and climbed to flight level 2,900 before declaring an emergency and returning to the airport, landing on runway 21 at 6.58am.
The aircraft landed safely and all passengers and crew were unharmed.
The registration was VH-XKI (CN 587) and it first flew on the 1st May 2002. The aircraft entered service with Air Nostrum from Spain.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Brisbane - Sydney Flight (May Trip)

The months seem to fly by very quickly as it only seems like yesterday I was heading off to Sydney. My flight today was at 6.30 am so I headed to the airport arriving there around 5.30 am.
I went through security, and as always, I got swabbed for explosives. Clearing security I headed to the Qantas Club for breakfast, having my usual bircher muesli and a glass of orange juice.
I then started making my way to gate 22, stopping along the way for a few quick early morning photos.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXP (CN 33722)


We began boarding our Boeing 737-838 at 6.06 am and I took my seat which was 9F. The aircraft today was VH-VXP (CN 33722) and this is the first time I have been on this aircraft since logging my flights over two years ago. I had a very large lady sitting next to me in the middle seat and although she was really nice and apologised for squashing me, I had a very uncomfortable flight down as far as seating goes. My back was hurting by the time we landed.
The cabin doors were closed at 6.26 and we pushed back at 6.27 am. We taxied out for runway 19 at 6.31 and we lined up on runway 19 pretty much straight away.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VZW (CN 39359)

JETSTAR A320-232 VH-XSJ (CN 5482)



Due to the previous Jetstar A320 departing before us, we sat on the runway for around 2 minutes. 
We got airborne at 6.36 am and after take off did the usual left and right banks before setting course for Sydney.



We climbed to flight Level 380 and the ride was really smooth. Flying time for today was 1 hour 18 minutes so I didn't watch a movie; I watched a few episodes of Two Broke Girls. Our track took us down over Glen Innes and east of Armidale, abeam Singleton, at 7.23 we began our descent. We banked left and headed south over flying the city of Sydney before heading out over the ocean.




We tracked south for about 8 minutes before banking to the right and coming back in to land on runway 34R. We landed in Sydney at 7.58 am.

QANTASLINK B717-200 VH-YQW (CN 55914)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sparks fly on Qantas A380

QANTAS A380-842 VH-OQG (CN 47)                   File Photo

A Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne has been turned around two and a half hours after take off when sparks were seen coming from an engine. The A380, VH-OQG (CN 47) was due in Melbourne this morning at 6.55am but the pilot was forced to turn the flight around mid-air after one of four engines on board failed. The flight crew of Qantas 94 shut down the number 4 engine and initiated a turn back about 07:35 UTC, and a normal landing was carried out at 02:56 am local time. (09:56 UTC).
Qantas confirmed the incident, saying pilots followed standard procedure in shutting down the engine and turning the flight around. It is understood one of the engines overheated, but did not catch fire. Loud noises may have been the sound of the engine being shut down. A replacement flight departed LAX at around 2.30pm on Saturday. The replacement flight, also in an A380 VH-OQB (CN 15), is expected to land in Melbourne about 10pm tonight. As I write this the flight is south of Nadi Fiji.
QANTAS A380-842 VH-OQB (CN 15)                  File Photo

One passenger, told News Limited he heard a loud noise as the engine failed. "There was an explosion from outside. We saw flames and sparks flying past the window," Mr Sudgen said. He said Qantas staff asked passengers to stay the night inside LAX as another flight could leave mid afternoon.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Man arrested after trying to gain entry into cockpit

AMERICAN AIRLINES B777-323 N735AT (CN 32439)      File Photo

A man was subdued after he tried to breach the cockpit of an American Airlines flight to Honolulu, a source familiar with the situation told ABC News.
American Airlines said in a statement that law enforcement met the plane upon landing in Honolulu following a "disturbance" on the flight. The plane was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets for the duration of the flight following the disturbance.
A source at the TSA told ABC News that the man was waiting for the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down. He had a laptop with him and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued, the source said.
The man has been detained, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The DHS is continuing to monitor all flights "out of an abundance of caution," it said.
Law enforcement is now responding to analyse a suspicious item associated with the man, a source told ABC News.
Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines. All passengers are off the plane and safe, and operations at the airport have resumed as normal.
A total of 181 passengers and six crew members were on board, according to the airline.
The incident is under investigation. Halting of all ground movements on the airfield as the flight came in caused a 30-minute backlog, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. The DOT expected the backlog to be resolved by the end of peak travel in the afternoon.

ABC News' Erin Dooley, Luis Martinez and Alex Stone contributed to this report.

Details are
American Airlines
Flight 31
Airbus A321-231
Serial Number 6313
First Flight 14/10/2014
Plane Age 2.6 Yrs Old
Test Registration D-AZAB 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Melbourne City's Southbank

Yesterday after calling into our office at Keilor for the morning my manager and I headed into the city to visit the ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo, which was the main reason we came to Melbourne, this expo was being held at the Convention Centre at Melbourne's Southbank. We had planned to meet up with the owners of other business's there and it would be a late night so we booked a few rooms at the Crown Promenade. I was on the 19th floor and talk about swish... if the room wasn't amazing enough the views definitely got you as they were pretty impressive.

After checking in and dropping our stuff we headed off to the trade show, then after that around 6pm we went into the Crown Casino for a few drinks.
At 8pm we sat down for dinner at the famous Italian Restaurant "Gradi" which had views of the city.

At 10.30 we decided to move on to a pub outside and about 500metres up for a few more drinks. Along the way I stopped for a few photos of this amazing city

and I made sure I was in place for the flaming towers which happen every hour and goes for two minutes.

Brisbane to Melbourne Flight (May Trip)

It was time to head back to Melbourne this morning so once again I found myself heading off to the airport. My Qantas flight (605) was due to depart at 6am and boarding was going to be at 5.40.
I arrived at the airport at 4.50am and once I cleared security I headed to the Qantas lounge for breakfast and coffee, but I had to take a few photos first.


QANTAS B737-838 VH-VZD (CN 34198)


Once there I met up with my manager (director of the business) as he too was coming to Melbourne with me. We made our way to gate 20 at 5.40 where our Boeing 737-838 was waiting and boarding started at 5.43. I took my seat which was 23F and I noticed on the way I was on VH-VXS (CN 33723). The flight was very full and the final cabin door wasn't closed until 6.08am.

QANTAS B737-838 VH-VXQ (CN 33723)

We pushed back at 6.09 am and taxiied at 6.12am, we taxied out for runway 19, holding at the holding point at Alpha Three. We waited a few minutes and lined up, getting airborne at.6.18am. Shortly after take off we banked left for a few minutes and the we banked right and set course for Melbourne.

There we no seat back tv's on this flight so I used my iPad to connect to Q streaming.  Knowing the flight was just over 2 hours I checked the movies and settled on "Mother's Day" with Jennifer Aniston, Shay Mitchell and Julia Roberts. I really enjoyed this movie.
As we had misty rain the climb out was quite rough with slight to moderate turbulance.
Once cleared the clouds the ride became very smooth and we could all relax and enjoy the flight.

Breakfast was served on this flight but I just opted for a cup of tea. Our track south was the usual route, abeam Glen Innes, over flying Tamworth and on to Yarrawonga. We began our descent from 380 at 7.47 am and we landed on runway 16 in Melborne 10 minutes early at 8.15am. The weather here was worse than, Brisbane 8 deg and raining.

JETSTAR B787-8 VH-VKH (CN 36-233)

ROYAL BRUNEI B787-8 V8-DLB (CN 34786)

REX SAAB 340 VH-ZLJ (CN 380)

QANTAS B747-438 VH-EOF (CN 32910)

SINGAPORE B777-312  9V-SWE (CN 34570)