Super Caravelle, MD-81/82 and Airbus 380

  • While sitting on the restaurant terrace waiting for a Super Caravelle, I got an MD_81 instead. Next time, maybe an Airbus A380?

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Yet another very noisy small jet aircraft

A small business jet again makes more noise in Vernier that a big inter-continental commercial flight. The airport gives no explanation of such events!!

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At Vernier, small is not always beautiful!

For the last few days Vernier residents have continued to suffer from aircraft noise pollution. The culprits are not always the big jets!

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Rare and noisy visitors from Eastern Europe

Local aircraft spotters will be happy to have seen some old Yakovlev aircraft this year, throwbacks to the days of old Soviet Union. One particular one, from Kazakhstan, raises questions.



There have been six different Yakovlev YAK-42D which have come to Geneva this year. According to Wikipedia, these aircraft were the first aircraft to be produced in the Soviet Union which were powered by modern high-bypass turbofan engines. They date from the start of the 1990 decade, which makes them oldish (though there are many aircraft of that generation still flying with regular airlines). However, they are rather noisy aircraft, being put by the Swiss authorities in noise class II (the noisiest are in class I).

None of the six aircraft appear to have come to Geneva more than once this year. All except one of these are registered in Russia, operated by what I presume to be Russian companies.

The only non-Russian aircraft was from Kazakhstan. This aircraft, with registration UP-Y4201, arrived on 17 July, and was duly registered by the ARAG aircraft movements enquiry system.

Because it was quite an unusual aircraft and country it has been photographed by many aviation enthusiasts, including two at Geneva airport. These photos can be seen HERE and HERE. One of the photographers referred to it as being one of several VIP visitors during that beautiful day!

This aircraft is believed to be owned by the Kazakhstan government, and the aircraft callsign that it used suggests that it was operated by the company called Fly Jet KZ.

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

No doubt there is a perfectly reasonable explanation!

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Friday 13th : aircraft noise and a mystery

Friday 13th was unusually bad for aircraft noise: the Boeing 747 cargo plane was even noisier than the Air Mauritius Airbus A340. It also included a mystery noise event: can you help solve it?

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A beautiful Boeing 747 going back to Saudi Arabia

With the start of the Islamic holy Ramadan month, from 11 August to 9 September, many Geneva visitors from the Islamic countries have been returning home, in particular to Saudi Arabia.

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Derisory surcharges for Friday night late jet takeoffs

Last Friday night the final two jet aircraft to depart, one a big noisy commercial airliner, the other a small business jet, paid the same CHF 400 late departure surcharge.

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Friday night is aircraft noise night

Last night, Friday 30 July 2010, the noisy Air Mauritius aircraft took off went over Versoix and Nernier (twice!).

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An unusual, old and noisy aircraft

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

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