Spotting at Inverness (again) EGPE

Hello, haven’t posted in months because work. I was over by the airport trying to get landscape shots but the light was grim, with that in mind the airport is always a good place to go and play. It’s a pain in the bum shooting through a chainlink fence but then that’s where hitting the b&w button in Lightroom comes in handy :-)

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Is that the daily service from Birmingham I see?

What is that BA? A319? Operating from where? Sorry don’t know much about British regional flying

It’s either a BA A319 or A320 operating the one flight a day to Heathrow. It’s only been going for around a year.

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Its a British Airways A319.

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The black and white pictures are really cool. Loganair…That’s a regional carrier obviously. Their livery is great.

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Yep. Should have said what they were! The Flybe was the Brum flight, A319 was heading back to Heathrow and I’m not rightly sure where the wee Citation jet came from. He left again within the hour.

Loganair were codesharing with Flybe for the Highlands and Islands flights but recently took over the routes completely. As far as I’m aware they’re keeping the Saab 340s for the foreseeable and the rebranded Twin Otter that services Barra is very, very pretty: https://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/media/images/82852000/jpg/_82852560_aircraft.jpg

The Coastguard branded Sikorsky replaced the RAF-run Mountain Rescue service from RAF Lossiemouth last year. I really miss the sound and smell of the Sea King but those Sikorskys make a rather nice noise too.

The Piper Warrior sat on the runway for a good few minutes after the A319 left, can’t imagine the wake turbulence would have been all that fun! I’m there for a career day next week (present from my wife, I think she’s fed up of listening to be whingeing about not being able to afford my PPL) so will hopefully get a few closeups.

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I love Inverness for spotting. Not the busiest in the world but it’s great to see some diversity at an airport. Were there no easyJet services at the time?

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No, I don’t think there were any due for a few hours. They tend to be earlier on in the morning and then later in the afternoon.

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Ah, that’s a shame. Think the Bristol flight comes in around 2/3pm and leaves a half hour later…

Here you go, I was out that direction again today and stopped off to get a photo of the Gatwick flight this afternoon.

I was actually over in the Highland Aviation Museum and hopefully I’ve got a few reasonable photos from that.

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Apologies, I’m being self-indulgent now. I popped over to the Aviation Museum (a strange place run by very odd people without many social skills) and spent a bit of time photographing the great and the good of British Military Aviation history. It’s just a shame that the aircraft seem to be getting left to rot rather than any real effort being made to preserve these old birds.

Spot the wren just before she popped up to her brood that were nesting in the guts of the Tornado

Throttle levers of a…

Nimrod Navigator’s console

Nimrod Cockpit. And yes I sat in the left seat and pretended I could fly the thing. :-)

The first supersonic British Jet. The legendary Lightning. And quite frankly in a sorry state.

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