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I'm fortunate to have a couple of friends who own a bed-and-breakfast in a truly amazing location. 

We visited near sunset a couple of days ago to catch up a bit, and in the course of the conversation, Rafael extended an open invitation to make use of their spot for photography, weather they're home or not.

Something tells me that I'll be taking him up on that offer.…

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Added by Scott Saulsbury on April 2, 2017 at 23:51 — 1 Comment

Richard's got a new plane!

Richard as in Branson, that is.

With no previous announcements, publicity etc, Virgin Atlantic have a new 787-9 en its way to Heathrow as I write.

The new aircraft, reg G-VBOW, Call sign GVSKP is currently mid-Atlantic on a delivery flight from the Boeing factory in Charleston. ETA is more or less around 12:00. Sneaky!

The good news is that the runway in use will be 27L so I won't be stood a mile away, looking for it on the "wrong" runway.

Also a couple of other…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 31, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

Heathrow Spotting

After what seemed a life time of bad weather, I decided yesterday would be a good time to go to Heathrow. Nice sunshine with a bit of cloud later on. Ideal!

Not only that, there was the prospect of 3 new aircraft. New enough that the paint was hardly dry on them.

Saudi Arabian had a new B777, HZ-AK41, delivered 21st March.

Qatar were sending a new A350, A7-ALN, delivered February.

Kuwait had a new B777, delivered 10th March scheduled too.

So, what…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 29, 2017 at 8:01 — No Comments

Air Canada's new livery

It came as a surprise to me at Heathrow yesterday to discover Air Canada has recently adopted a new livery.

Personally, I think it is an improvement over the current "wishy washy" duck egg blue (or whatever it is called!).

Get a sneak preview here:

http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin/details.php?image_id=22983…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 10, 2017 at 9:56 — 1 Comment

One for Mick

It is rumoured that Emirates will be flying a brand new A384into Dublin on March 26th.

Apparently, A380 A6-EUQ will be flown direct from the factory at Finkenwerder to Dublin as part of some sort of flag waving trip. It is intersting to note this aircraft will be one of the first of the Emirates A380 with Rolls Royce engines.

Assume that being a publicity thing, it will be arriving at a nice hour and let's hope the sun shines on that day for you Mick!

Added by Kelvin Davies on March 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Experiment with night time photography

Yesterday, I had a bright idea; I thought I would try photographing aircraft at night.

So, I picked a location off the departure end of Heathrow's Rwy 27L.

I then checked on what sort of "heavy" aircraft would be departing and off I set. I had already accepted this was only an experiment so I shouldn't be disappointed if it didn't all go swimmingly.

After an hour, I decided to give up and go home. Reflecting afterwards on what went wrong I concluded I made a couple of…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 19, 2017 at 10:18 — 5 Comments

Liverpool 2 (Attn Howard)

In the news yesterday and today (Oh, and in the Liverpool Echo a week ago) is an article telling of a huge sinkhole suddenly opening up in the new dock (Liverpool 2).

According to the reports, a hole has appeared in the dock wall and has been sealed off.

A civil engineer Prof from Liverpool University has said he believes the construction did not use enough piles. And he warns that simply plugging the hole may cause further collapses.

Oh dear!…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 11, 2017 at 10:07 — 1 Comment

Astoria's Anchorage in Visual Context

This is typically the westernmost spot in the anchorage off Astoria, but there are several other spots abreast of what is considered to be downtown, and there is now extended capacity that reaches 10km or more upstream. 

Evening light aside, this the basic scene I see every day on my way to work.…

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Added by Scott Saulsbury on January 29, 2017 at 2:13 — 1 Comment

It's almost Christmas morning here...

Added by Scott Saulsbury on December 25, 2016 at 7:04 — No Comments

A320 Hijacked

Some minutes ago, an Air Afrique A320 was hijacked over Libya and flown to Malta.

Use Planefinder Playback for this morning to follow the flight. Set the playback time to 09:55 to see the aircraft squawking 7500 (hijack).

The aircraft is flight AW209, reg 5A-ONB

Added by Kelvin Davies on December 23, 2016 at 11:14 — 2 Comments

Stena Europe

As a result of the bad weather around the UK, the ferry from Rosslare (Ireland)  to Fishguard (Wales), Stena Europe has been stuck in the Irish Sea since leaving Rosslare yesterday.

The ferry left Rosslare at 09:00 yesterday and headed for Fishguard but when a few miles north of Fishguard they abandoned the approach to the port as they were unable to berth, due to the bad weather. So, off they went for a detour within Cardigan Bay, returning for a second attempt 3 hours later. From…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on November 22, 2016 at 9:43 — 3 Comments

Sad news from Malta

Earlier this morning a Metroliner took off from Luqa, Malta with 5 people aboard, heading for Musrata in Libya and crashed almost immediately after take off. All 5 persons on board are reported to have been killed.

Video here: https://www.facebook.com/lazz178.mt/...type=2&theater

Added by Kelvin Davies on October 24, 2016 at 9:21 — No Comments

Another Local Documentary, This One Quite Current

Oregon Field Guide / Bar Pilots

I'm not sure why the accompanying text for this post disappeared, but I'll try again...

The link is to a nicely-produced local Public Television show that aired recently. The first segment covers bar pilot operations off the mouth of the Columbia River.

The second segment isn't maritime or aviation-related at all, but if you're interested at all in what…

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Added by Scott Saulsbury on October 21, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments

Graham

Sad to hear the news of Graham Alton passing. I always valued his comments on my photographs.

Added by Bryan Crawford on September 28, 2016 at 11:15 — 6 Comments

Harmony of the Seas Accident

One person has been killed and two other critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the world's biggest cruise liner, the Harmony of the Seas, which was docked in the French port of Marseille.



According to La Provence, the local newspaper, five members of the ship's navigation crew were on board when the lifeboat became detached.



The accident is understood to have taken place during a basic security drill.

It is unclear precisely what the five were doing inside the… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on September 13, 2016 at 12:44 — 3 Comments

Hanjin Shipping

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3770319/Marooned-Hanjin-vessels-spark-shipping-crisis.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Seems Hanjin has called in the receivers, because the banks will not pay out…

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Added by Graham Alton on September 4, 2016 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

If you have any interest in WWII info, you may find this very interesting.

This is quite a story …! An Armada of ships and airplanes poised for the invasion of Japan…that never happened…because President Truman authorized the dropping of “A” bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima that resulted in the Japanese surrender. Just think of the American lives that would have been lost had this invasion occurred. Be thankful that the U S had a President with the courage to make the call. Sadly most Americans today know nothing about this and the sacrifices made by those before… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on August 6, 2016 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Japanese warship in London

For anybody in the London area, the Japanese training destroyer Kashima is due in London tomorrow, 31st July.

Tower Bridge is opening at 13:00 to allow the vessel into London. She will be staying in London until Wednesday.

Seen here in Portsmouth in 2008: http://my.pinkfroot.com/photo/kashima-2

Added by Kelvin Davies on July 30, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments

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