A busy week and the weather is great

Just a short note to end the week.  It has been one of the mildest weeks in months but there has hardly been a day without some sort of delay for one thing or another.  I thought I would try and get myself into a routine of posting pics as and when things arrived but have failed miserably.

We have had a lot of helicopter activity recently and since it was a nice day for a change, I thought I would snap G-REDO as it was passing through.



Yesterday, we were visited by Danish Air Transport with a crew change.  Being the enthusiasts (should that be anoraks) that we are, Liz Harcus (Congratulations, as she has been promoted to Security Manager) and I were invited to have a look around the ATR.

A very different animal to the Saab’s we are used to.  First of all, I could stand upright without difficulty, it seats 42 and is much more spacious.  The pilot’s say it is a lovely plane to fly and to fly in.  Could this be a worthy successor to the Saab’s when they are replaced in the future.

Anyway here are the pics


Bet you have been waiting for this – and the inside, you will immediately notice the different seating arrangement!




Many thanks to to Captain, Nicolai Jensen, First Officer, Anders Munch and hostie, Charlotte Nielsen

That’s all for now, thanks for taking the time to visit and don’t forget we are now on Twitter @KOIairport

All the best

Neil 😉


Return of the Vikings

Well, what can I say.  Happy Hallowe’en, Happy Guy Fawkes, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Up Helly A, Happy Chinese New Year, Happy birthday Rabbie Burns.  these are some of the things that have gone on since I last posted.

We haven’t had a lot of snow at Kirkwall but we have had a lot of high winds and seriously dreich weather.  Nothing too unusula has happend at KOI since I last typed but we are rinning a pilot at the moment on Twitter to see how it works.  Find us at @KOIairport.

Just a few photos this time to let you know we are still here starting with this picture of a Zenair CH701 UL owned by a local pilot, Tommy Sinclair.


It was sitting in a field next to the airport as I was rushing to take the kids to the airport party in December.  Always time to take a photo though :).




On the 19th of December we had a flypast from a 2 seater Typhoon, sorry it was too dark to get the tail number



We had a lot of helicopter traffic over christmas and the new year, most of which I have pictures of except this new S92 G-XCII






Then an unusual sight just after New Year.  Bristoews, Bond and CHC all in the same place at the same time.



One of the perks of this job is getting to meet some very nice people who are passing through the terminal and this gentleman was no exception.  Sir Ben Kingsley was in Orkney doing research for a program he intends to do in the next couple of years and while he was at the terminal, he made time for everyone that approached him.  Genuinely friendly and interested.  Many thanks Sir Ben.



Yes, I know, we both have the same hairdresser as I have been told many times 🙂

Short ago we had an ILS approach by G-BVRJ, a 146 or should that be an RJ operated by Qinetiq



And finally the Vikings.  Today had a distinct viking flavour with LN-BAA operated by Bergen Air Transport arriving from Haugesund and OY-JRJ, an ATR42 operated by Danish Air Transport.



What a fantastic colour scheme!.  That’s it for now.  More as it happens and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

As always, thanks for taking the time to visit, until next time

All the best

Neil 😉