Hello IFC! Guess what! It’s another Toronto session! By a phone spotter! Don’t click away. After my flight in from Salt Lake City on the SkyTeam B738, I spent around 35 minutes on Airport Road, one of the most famous spotting locations in North America. I don’t know exactly how to link the location but there is a Wendy’s and a Petro Canada, and on the opposite side of the Petro Canada than the Wendy’s there’s a parking lot and a set of a few rocks next to some bushes. Standing on the rocks helps ensure you don’t get any trucks or cars blocking the aircraft. It’s also a super embarrassing spot because the road’s so busy but there’s always people there who are also spotting. Also, this may or may not be my last phone spotting session as I’m in the market for a new DSLR.
Location: CYYZ, Airport Road (Runway 23)
Equipment: iPhone 6S
Time: 1650Z-1735Z, August 24th, 2018
Alright, let’s get started with the pictures. I went for a more over-edited style look this time, tell me if you like this look better or my standard, realistic look better.
Origin: Montreal (CYUL)
Age: 3.7 years
Comments: It’s a diversion, albeit not a very interesting one. AC11 took off from Montreal towards Shanghai 17 minutes late, and flew for just about two hours before turning around and flying to Toronto. It diverted because of an electrical generator failure, and CYYZ was selected as the best airport to replace the aircraft.
Flight: AC1901 (Rouge)
Origin: Athens (LGAV)
Age: 22.9 years
Comments: I know, you never want to combine “backlit” and “plane spotting”, but this one was taken as I was pulling into the parking lot and didn’t have time to get set. It was actually taken out of the window of a moving car, and I wasn’t going to keep it but I edited it and really liked it. Also this 767 used to fly for Air Canada before being painted in Rouge colors in 2014. 767s must be one of my favorite planes to spot. They fit really well into the frame unlike a 777 or A340 and they look really nice in any light.
Flight: RAG100 (No IATA Code for this flight)
Origin: Montreal (CYUL)
Age: 39.3 years
Comments: By far the oldest plane I’ve spotted. Nearly 40 years is just insane. Didn’t show up on the arrival board for CYYZ on FR24 so I didn’t even know it was coming until I was randomly clicking around and suddenly clicked on this one. It’s also a screamer. If you’ve heard a Mad Dog, this has the same engines but it sounds different, the closest plane I could equate this to is the 757-200 with the RB211s turned up to 747 volume. This particular one was delivered to Air Tanzania before being transferred to Trans Air Congo in 2002, Falconbridge Ventures of Africa in 2004, Xstrata Canada Corporation in 2007, and it currently operates for Glencore Canada Corporation which is just a rename of Xstrata. If you’ve spotted at CYYZ before, you know they use all 3 (almost) parallel runways together, and if you’re at 23, 24L and R aren’t going to visible. I don’t think I’ve ever cared more about which runway a plane was going to land on (except maybe the QR A350-1000), but luckily it came to the North side.
Love this livery a LOT
Origin: Warsaw (EPWA)
Age: 1.2 years
Comments: Is the LOT joke old yet? Yes? Ok sorry. But anyways it’s the “Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team” sticker! And there’s two pictures here because I couldn’t decide on one!
Origin: Rome (LIRF)
Age: 19.6 years
Comments: Last time I spotted at CYYZ I saw this one in from Barcelona. This guy has a bit of a weird history. After being leased by an unknown source to Transat, it’s been leased from Transat to XL Airways and Garuda a total of 8 times. I love the look of this A330 though, Air Transat’s are some of the best looking A330s in my opinion.
Origin: London (EGKK)
Age: 24.1 years
Comments: This is an ex-Qantas 767! Literally every 767 in Canada is so old!
Origin: Reykjavik (BIKF)
Age: 24.1 years
Comments: WOW has the best registrations. First time catching WOW! Last time I was using the bathroom when it landed.
Origin: Vancouver (CYVR)
Age: 16.0 years
Comments: And the only new livery I caught, weirdly. And only one of three Air Canada flights. This livery fits so well on this aircraft (or any aircraft-love it).
Origin: Saskatoon (CYXE)
Age: 11.2 years
Comments: Nothing really to say about this one. Just an Embraer. And sorry for the lower resolution, I may have started falling off the rock when taking this one.
Well, that’s it. Probably my last phone spotting session. How’d you guys like this new style? I still love Toronto as a spotting airport. A ton of variety and frequent operations. The only thing is you kind of have to get lucky with your timing if you won’t be there that long as a runway will be all arrivals for like 20 minutes then switch to all departures and CYYZ has a massive fence (15 feet, probably) and a jet blast blocker (don’t know the technical term) so it’s hard to get taxis and line ups without a DSLR and some editing skills, so for phone spotters it’s arrivals only. The weather in Toronto can be a little iffy, especially lighting, so be aware of that. I’m going to try to make it back out here again next year, but this is probably my last spotting topic of the year.