Monday, June 18, 2018

A brief video from Vancouver

This is a brief video of my visit to Coal Harbour in Vancouver and the water aerodrome. The video consists of a brief view of the aerodrome, followed by a DHC2 Beaver and a DHC3 Turbine Otter.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton

While briefly visiting friends in Edmonton, we headed out to the Alberta Aviation Museum.

This was significantly smaller than the Canada Aviation and Space Museum [CASM] from my previous posts, but still quite interesting. Most of the displays were inside but as you'll see below, there were a small number of outside displays.

Unfortunately, the restoration facility was closed on the day we visited, but the rest was still interesting to see.

Anyway, here are some photos. As with the CASM photos, I'm not going to explain them all, but if there's anything interesting you'd like to know about, let me know and I'll see what I can find out!

Grrrr! A waste of a Piper Super Cub! :-)

I'll have a look, but this is likely to be the last of the posts from my visit to Canada, although I might be able to find a couple of small videos that might be of interest.

I hope you've enjoyed this short series of posts. Back now to the regular local posts [and I have some interesting topics coming up over the next 4-6 weeks!]!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Canada Aviation and Space Museum - the reserve hanger

While at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, there was the opportunity to visit the reserve hanger for a guided tour. It was only a few extra dollars and I'm certainly glad I did! As you'll see from the pictures, the contents of this hanger would not be out of place as the main exhibit in many other museums.

First up is a panorama of the reserve hanger. To the right is an MD80 [or 88??] and to the far left, there is a glimpse of a Lockheed C130H tucked in the corner. It's a big building!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Canada Aviation And Space Museum - the main building

Part of my visit to Ottawa [a really nice place to visit] was a trip to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. If you're in Canada and interested in aviation, this is definitely a good place to visit!

Anyway, here are a few photos from the main building, which contains a range of aircraft, with a particular emphasis on aircraft that have had an impact on Canadian aviation, such as the DHC2 Beaver, the Noorduyn Norseman IV, through to the Lancaster and the Bombardier Challenger 604.

I'm not going to provide info on most of the aircraft, but if you have an interest in particular one, please let me know the image number and I'll see what I can do.

A panorama of the main hanger

An inverted ex-Snowbird aircraft in the entrance area

A MiG 21 [?] cockpit. It was too small for me!

A link trainer!

The mighty Lancaster

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Edmonton Long Haul Visit # 4 - Various

In this final post from Edmonton Airport, I have a number of smaller Canadian-registered airlines, none of which I had heard of previously.

The first two aircraft are from Flair Airlines. Flair Airlines positions itself as a low-cost carrier [LCC]. They don't seem to spend money on a consistent fleet look either, not that that matters at all.

Boeing 737-490, C-FLHE, operated by Flair Airlines

Boeing 737-408, C-FLDX, operated by Flair Airlines
Cargojet is a pretty self-descriptive name. They transport cargo, in jets :-)

Boeing 757-28A(PCF), C-GIAJ, operated by Cargojet Airways
Canadian North is an airline which serves the northern parts of Canada and connecting them with some of the more southern cities. They also fly some older Boeings, such as the following B737-36Q.

Boeing 737-36Q, C-GCNZ, operated by Canadian North
That's it for Edmonton. In the next week or so, I'll start on the posts from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum [in Ottawa and well worth a visit!!] and the Alberta Aviation Musem [in Edmonton and also worth a visit].

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Edmonton Long Haul Visit # 3 - US visitors

There are just two pictures in this post, both of US-registered airlines and both of Embraer ERJ-175's. Embraers seem to be quite popular choices for the cross-border [Canada / <-->USA] flights.

Embraer ERJ-175LR, N612CZ, operated by Compass Airlines [on behalf of Delta]

Embraer ERJ-175LR, N620QX, operated by Horizon Air [on behalf of Alaska Airlines]

Saturday, June 09, 2018

The Edmonton Long Haul Visit # 2 - Air Canada

Next up from the Edmonton Airport visit are some of the Air Canada aircraft. First up is an Airbus A319-114. Air Canada appears to operate a lot of Airbus', mainly consisting of A320's and A319's.

Airbus A319-114, C-GAQZ, operated by Air Canada
Next up is a Bombardier DHC-8-301. This is noticeably smaller than the -400's that Jazz Air also operates [along with Westjet].

Bombardier DHC-8-301, C-GLTA, operated Jazz Air [on behalf of Air Canada]

Two Air Canada/ Jazz Air DHC-8's and a Westjet DHC-8

Last up is a regional jet, a Bombardier CRJ-705ER.
Bombardier CRJ-705ER, C-FNJZ, operated by Jazz Air [on behalf of Air Canada]

Friday, June 08, 2018

The Edmonton Long Haul Visit # 1 - Westjet

In my recent visit to Canada, I had 4 domestic sectors. One of these was the fairly short Edmonton - Vancouver section at about 1.5 hours. I arrived at Edmonton Airport at 12:30 for a 14:30 flight. Unfortunately, this two-hour wait was extended to something closer to a long haul flight, when it was delayed, firstly to 15:30, then 19:30, then 20:30, then cancelled, followed by being put on another flight which departed, on time, at 19:05.

So, instead of 2 hours at the airport, it was more like 6.5 hours. To cap it off, my bag unexpectantly ended up on a later flight. Credit to Air Canada though, I got to Vancouver, my bag caught up with me, my pre-paid seat was refunded [without me asking for it] and they provided a discount voucher [which unfortunately I will not be able to use]. Can't imagine that airlines operating within NZ would do quite so well...

The benefit of this disruption was some extra time for photos. This will be the first of four posts with some of the photos I took.

Westjet is one of only two major players in the nationwide Canadian domestic market [happy to be corrected there!]. They fly mainly Boeing B737's and Bombardier DHC8 turboprops, some of which I photographed. They also have some B767's in operation [none seen] and some B787's on order. From smallest to biggest, here they are.

Bombardier DHC-8-402, C-GVWE, operated by Westjet
Next up are three Boeing 737 variants that I had not seen before going to Canada. Apart from perhaps the odd business jet, I don't know if any of these variants have ever been to New Zealand, particularly not the smaller two.

Boeing 737-6CT, C-GWSL, operated by Westjet

Boeing 737-7CT, C-GGWJ, operated by Westjet

Boeing 737-8, C-FRAX, operated by Westjet