Saturday, August 17, 2013

Under Wing View

Under an A320 wing capturing an A330 during it's taxi for another long-haul flight departing Lisbon (LPPT), while a TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP ME) vehicle stands next to our A320 as TAP ME professionals do their final checkings to deliver this A320 to us in perfect condition for our outbound flight from Lisbon to Copenhagen (EKCH).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Double Encounter

First picture: one Air Transat's A310-300 during cruise on it's return flight to Montreal, Canada (CYUL) from Lyon, France (LFLL).
Second picture: one Air Transat's A310-300 upon its arrival at Porto, Portugal (LPPR) after a transatlantic flight from Toronto, Canada (CYYZ).
But hey guys, these two pictures have more in common than just simply being two A310-300 in Air Transat's colours captured in European skies. With a fleet of 11 A310-300's, I managed to capture the same aircraft, C-GTSW, on the same week. I tried my luck on the lottery that week, with no success...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Nice from the East

Not very often in use are rwys 22L/R at Nice (LFMN), which give us an amazing approach and a fantastic view of Monaco on the French Riviera. Well known for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Le Grand Casino, the Monte Carlo Rally among other events and atractions, it's a very appellative place to visit during any time of the year. Captured on this picture is the only deep-water port in Monaco - Port Hercule.

After passing Monaco a fantastic view of Cap-Ferrat with the Baie de Villefranche in the background with a anchored cruise ship enjoying the great scene.

The Baie de Villefranche.

Another view of the Baie de Villefranche with the Mont Baron in the foreground.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sabadell Holding

On one of my last flights as first officer on the Fokker F100, from Lisbon (LPPT) to Barcelona (LEBL), we were given the CASPE4T arrival for runway 25R. During the descent on the STAR, ATC told us to hold at Sabadell VOR (SLL). Here is the capture of the the Navigation Display with part of the STAR displayed, the holding inserted and the ILS for runway 25R. We performed an entire holding and when inbound SLL VOR on the second holding were instructed to leave SLL VOR on heading 090º for radar vectors for the ILS approach.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Africa in Europe

Airlinair's ATR42-500 at Lyon (LFLL) ramp while the sun sets creating this fantastic image with nice colors and contrasts. Airlinair was the first European operator of the ATR42/72 turboprop, and counts with 25 of these variants today for it's regional routes.
The combination of the sunset colors, that cumulus clouds formation and the blue sky remind me of Africa...

Barcelona @ FL350

A great shot of the city of Barcelona (Spain) and it's surroundings. Clearly visible are the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (or simply Gran Via) and the Avinguda Diagonal. These two major avenues of Barcelona cross at the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes (often shortened to Glòries).
At the left side you can see the huge port of Barcelona and right above it the El Prat airport (LEBL).
Picture captured at FL350 on our flight from Nice (LFMN) to Lisbon (LPPT).


As we were at holding point runway 03 at Lisbon (LPPT) airport, I captured one of TAP's 12 Airbus A330-200 crossing runway 03 threshold about to land in this mangificent sunny day. Tail and winglet detail.

Detail of the Pratt & Whitney engine, that powers 7 of 12 A330-200 that TAP operates. The other 5 are powerd by General Electric engines.

Close-up of the left main gear of one A330-200 parked at Lisbon.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A319 CJ

First rays of the day were just coming out while we were at holding point C1, I captured this Airbus A319 CJ from Azerbaijan Government on it's ILS approach for runway 04L at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (LFMN). We were then cleared to cross runway 04L then taxi to and line up runway 04R and report ready for departure towards Lisbon (LPPT).

Sunday, March 28, 2010


This brand new E-Jet (Embraer Lineage 1000) on it's delivery flight to Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), with each detail of this aircraft shining like a diamond.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

De Gaulle Tour

While refueling, this Lufthansa's A319 was parking on stand X8, just behind us. Was already stopped and waiting for the signs of the marshall to confirm that the chocks were placed (you can notice that there are two guys placing them on the main gears).

Airbus double-decker departing from runway 27L. Always impressive!

Two B777-300ER during our taxi. The Air France B777 is wearing the new scheme of the French flag carrier. This aircraft has 10, yes, 10 doors. With 73,9m of length, this airliner is one of the longest commercial aircraft, just being overtaken by the A340-600 that has 75,3m. Air France was the launch customer for the B777-300ER.

Everytime I see one of Qatar's A330, it reminds me of a friend of mine who's a First Officer at Qatar Airways. Once again, this is for you Nardon.

The B767-300ER in two different North American colours. Captured during their taxi to the active runway.

On our taxi for departure, I captured Air France's Concorde F-BVFF which can been seen in display at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. Here, the supersonic airplane was under some minor maintenece/cleaning. Always a good sight for those who love this airplane.

We where number 2 for departure, just after this Middle East Airlines A330-200 powers up for another journey back home to Beirut, Lebanon. Our route was to Oporto (LPPR).

El Prat

During our 45min turnaround at Barcelona (LEBL), I captured ''Speedbird 484'' on a short final for runway 07L.

During taxi out from our stand to holding point of runway 07R, I had the opportunity to capture El Prat's Control Tower, with it's good looking. This day we did the early LIS-BCN-LIS route (Lisbon-Barcelona-Lisbon).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009


One of TAPs' A340-300 landing right in front of us, while we where holding at intersection P (Papa) at Lisbon (LPPT). We were already cleared to line up runway 03 and in a few seconds we received our take-off clearance to Madrid (LEMD).

OBS 103

2 Rolls Royce Trent 772B-60 powering Orbests' single A330-200, CS-TRA, on it's magnificent take-off at Lisbon (LPPT) to Punta Cana (MDPC) as Orbest 103.

Friday, May 22, 2009

London, Gatwick (EGLL)

Early morning pushback from Pier 2, South Terminal. Our flight was to Oporto (LPPR).

While taxing to holding point runway 26L, also this Emirates B777-200 is taxing to the same holding point, as number 1, we were number 2. Air Transats' A310 already speeding up on runway 26L for another transatlantic flight.

British Airways B777-200 during full rotation on runway 26L.

From Behind

Already had performed the walkaround and refueling had just ended. Minutes after arriving at Marseille (LFML) from Lisbon (LPPT) and preparing our way back to Lisbon again.

Here, behind an Iberia A320 during our taxi to runway 07L at Barcelona (LEBL), moments before our take-off to Lisbon (LPPT).

After arriving from Barcelona (LEBL), while taxing to our parking stand at Lisbon (LPPT), I captured these TAPs' A340-300 parked at the end of runway 17/35. As the runway is closed, part of it has been used as a remote parking place. Below, 2 of 4 TAP's A340-300 captured at this parking place.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A340 Above & Opposite

We were returning from Nice Cote d'Azur (LFMN) about to enter Lisbon FIR (LPPC) and this Iberia A340-300 was 1000ft above us on it's way to Madrid, Barajas (LEMD).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Heavy Condensation

We were at the holding point of rwy 26L at London, Gatwick (EGKK), and were presented with this unforgetable approach of Qatars' A330-200. During all it's way down the glide, heavy condensation was forming above it's wings, transforming this approach in somethnig special.
This is for you Nardon!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Beautiful Satellite

En-route to Amsterdam (EHAM) from Oporto (LPPR) during a cloudless night. We had just left behind northern Spain and were flying over the Bay of Biscay. Notice the reflections on the Atlantic waters.


Left Multi Function Display Unit (MFDU) of the Fokker F100 with the primary engine parameters, thrust rating, temperature indications and memo messages.

The right MFDU with the status page and the secondary engine parameters (oil, vibration and fuel).

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One World

I captured this A320-211 from Iberia with the OneWorld markings, at FL110 as it was inboud to London, Heathrow (EGLL), while we were at FL100 just after departure from London, Gatwick (EGKK), returning to Lisbon (LPPT). EC-FDB is the first Iberia aircraft wearing the special scheme.