07/28/2010

An unusual, old and noisy aircraft

A recent visitor to Geneva airport: an old, rather noisy and rarely seen aircraft from Kazakhstan


On 17 July a rather old and noisy aircraft, with registration UP-Y4201, landed here. This is a Yakovlev Yak-42D, a type of aircraft not often seen in Geneva. The actual landing time can be seen via

http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/data_frame.pl?lang=E&date=17.07.2010&SelectType=yk42

This information indicates that its Swiss noise classification is II : these noise classes, in Roman numeraks, go from I (noisiest) to V (least noisy).

It has been photographed in various airports around the world, including here in Geneva. For the pictures, see either of

http://www.planepictures.net/netsearch4.cgi?stype=reg&srng=1&srch=UP-Y4201

http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?offset=0&where=|||||||1|||||UP-Y4201&newsort=5

This aircraft is believed to be owned by the Kazakhstan government (probably why it has the registration UP-Y4201 !) and operated by the company called Fly Jet KZ.

What is a little curious is that this company appears to be on the European Community banned list. The latest version of this banned list, dated 5 July 2010, may be found at

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/doc/list_en.pdf

One can assume that either the list has changed or it only applies to standard commercial flights.

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