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Wildlife at airports
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As I'm interested in wildlife as well as aviation, I'm often looking out of aircraft windows when taxing to see what creatures might be about. Recently when I was watching aircraft at LPL doing the Kiev flights, I was aware how many birds were around me in the grass around the taxiway and shrubland surrounding. I saw Kestrels Blackcaps, Swallows and Whitethroat , but most exciting was quite a number Grey Partridge, a once common farmland bird which is now on the countries "red list" being in severe decline. They seem to have a little safe haven around Liverpool Airport, which was great to...
What are you listening to now? MKII
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I think we can kick this one off with a bit of Ebeneeer Goode. Lavellyyy :)
City of Leeds Nostalgia - Thread
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I was trolling through some old Photobucket pictures and found these which gave me an idea for a new thread. The nostalgia threads in the airport forums work well so I thought maybe it's worth a go here too. This is known as Granary Wharfe and it was taken at Leeds City Station back in about 2007 just after the worldwide recession kicked in. GranWharfe1 by Aviador posted Nov 9, 2017 at 11:26 AM This is Broadcasting Place in the heart of the Leeds student district. The building was finished with iron clad Broadcasting Place - Leeds by Aviador posted Nov 9, 2017 at 11:26 AM Leeds' tallest...
Frequent Flyer Favourite Aircraft Types
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What is your favourite aircraft type and why? Is it aesthetics/sound/size/comfort etc.? Please choose up to three aircraft type in the poll and then explain why? If the one you want isn't in the poll, just say in the comments section. Hopefully we can get some good discussion. I will be doing mine later on.
Which is the smallest airport you have flown from?
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What is the smallest airport you have flown from? For me it was the Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club at Nympsfield in the Cotswolds above the Severn Vale near Stroud in Gloucestershire. My first and so far only glider trip was in a Schleicher KA-13 which was towed into the air and the pilot, who was brave enough to let me 'have a go' for few minutes, kept us circling, riding the thermals for nearly an hour. More recently I was taken up in a Tiger Moth from what is perhaps pretentiously called Torquay Airport in Victoria, Australia. It's a grass strip but the company running it...
(SXM) St Maarten Terminal Building Reconstruction Project
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... SXM Terminal Building Reconstruction Project on Schedule Mold Remediation and Surface Removal Decontamination process in the temporary Arrival and Baggage Claim area Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (Wednesday September 5, 2018) – The Mold Remediation and Surface Removal Decontamination process is underway at the terminal building of the Princess Juliana International Airport - SXM. The scope of the work will also include the installation of HEPA air filtration units and portable humidifiers to dry any remaining wet building materials. The Texas-based company, BMS CAT International, was...
Concorde & the future of supersonic passenger travel
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I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again. I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently. It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!! AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open...
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"What another incredible performance from Japan. The speed of their handling was spellbinding at times. How far can they go, especially with the backing of the crowd? Before the tournament began did anyone really believe they would top their group with four wins out of four? Next weekend's quarter-finals are:
England v Australia New Zealand v Ireland
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final
Wales v France Japan v South Africa
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final Anyone want to have a stab at the four quarter-final winners? I'm useless at this sort of thing which is why I never did the football pools. Anyway, I'll go for Australia, New Zealand, Wales and South Africa although my heart says Japan. Could then be a New Zealand v Wales final.".....

If you were the boss of Birmingham Airport...

"So ladies and gents a bit of an open forum/debate for you all.. If you were in charge of Birmingham Airport right now, what changes would you make? What would you do to improve the airport, would you enlarge the terminal? would you give an airline any deal they wanted? Would you make changes to taxiways/runways/hangers etc..... Would you lower/increase airport costs? Would you hire new senior management? Would you rename the airport? over to you".....

Review: Sat in a bar in Singapore...

"Currently sat in bar in Singapore trying to catch up on life drinking overpriced beer. Trip to LHR from Leeds on Saturday went well. Must say on taxiing to T5 at Heathrow a lot of the BA aircraft did have poor well weathered paint jobs on them, I’m not surprised BA now has lost its world favourite airline status. Flight from Leeds was about 80% full. Before I set off to LBA on Saturday to the flight a friend was telling me that her relatives were travelling down from Arbroath to catch the afternoon Malaga flight with Jet2 so people do travel to get to LBA even with all it’s failings."......

Review: Birmingham to Lanzarote with TUI

"Arrived at the airport in the wee small hours to find a queue already forming at the TUi desks. I think spurred on by this they opened check-in 15 mins early which meant that none of the self service machines worked with all requiring a reboot, it didn't take long and the staff on hand were very jovial. Security took no time at all with us walking straight to a small queue in one of the lanes, again the staff were very polite and efficient. The departure lounge was quiet as we made our way to Wetherspoons but it wasn't long before it started to fill up, after a quick tour of the shops to grab some last minute bits and pieces we took up our usual spot in the pier. Boarding was announced well ahead of time, gate 58 I think it was and it wasn't long before"......

Leeds nostalgia BAC 1-11 memorabilia

"Here is a selection of photos of various BAC 1-11 aircraft I have seen at LBA over the years. Always one of my favourite aircraft, probably due to the noise they made - and in my view, a very good looking aircraft too, especially the 500 series. If only they had a bigger wing area to improve their performance. The Aer Lingus 1-11 photo is courtesy of Ken Fielding and is taken at MAN, although it was a regular visitor to LBA in the late 1970s. I haven't included either the British Midland G-WLAD or Air UK, G-AXMU as both were included in recent posts. Sadly I have no photos of Ryanair's 1-11s either - their first scheduled route from LBA using their 1-11s was to Knock, but didn't last very long."......

Leeds' busiest evening EVER....

"LBA's busiest ever evening, with over 50 diversions due to all airports South and West of LBA being fogged in was this Swissair Airbus A310 HB-IPE. Being one of the last diverts in, and with the (then smaller) apron being full, it was forced to park up overnight on the runway 14/32 loop, with all passengers de-planed here and bussed to the airport. Rumour has it that the crew were not impressed at this decision, although the situation was almost unprecedented, with several aircraft landing at LBA that were just about running on fumes - in particular a Dan Air Boeing 727 200 that diverted from Gatwick. The photo was taken"......

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