At last

Hello

And apologies for not posting sooner.  We have been very busy at the airport with cold weather which has resulted in a number of delays over the last while but the sun is peeping throuch the clouds and we have had a period of settled weather for a few weeks now.

So what has happened since I last updated the blog.  One of our ex Security Agents, Gary Scott, at Kirkwall disappeared some time ago to Malaysia to utilise his CPL and I am delighted to let those that know him know he has been promoted to Captain.  Excellent news and congratulations.

In March we had a short visit from an unusual aircraft operated by the Swiss Air Force.  I always thought a Beech 1900 was a small uglyish aircraft.  In the flesh it is much bigger and quite elegant.

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One of the most common complaints at the airport over the years has been the space for car parking or the lack of.  In the 11 years I have been there, the car park has increased in size by around 85 spaces.  The good news is, a further 40 spaces have been added on the left as you come in the main entrance, which should be open to the public shortly.

Here are a couple of pics showing the changes:


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Last week we had a couple of new aircraft in and a new airline for me.  The first was G-EXAM, a Piper Arrow IV piloted by Captain Hugh Urquhart who I remember was the pilot on my first flight in a BAE 146.  He is now based in Glasgow with Jet 2.  G-OINV was once a flagship aircraft in the BA fleet and is now sitting cannibalised at Exeter Airport.

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And here is the link to G-OINV, which as you will see, is looking very sorry for itself

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000468574L.html

Finally, last friday we had a visit from an Air Iceland F50 with a group of people who were here for a meeting on friday night reurning saturday.

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Since my last post, I have upgraded my camera from my trusty Leica to a Pentax K-R which I hope will improve my standard of photography as I get used to it.  You will see 2 small marks on the upper left of my last 2 photographs which is annoying as I cannot work out if they are on the sensor or the mirror but will get it sorted shortly.

I also received an invite from RAF Lossiemouth to attend an enthusiasts day on the 23rd April when Exercise Joint Warrior takes place so I hope to have a lot of photos on that day.

Anyway, as always, thanks for taking the time to read my notes.

All the very best

Neil

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