10/25/2011

An Africa VIP connection

A jet from Ghana is a rare occurrence. When it is a small private jet, with an unknown owner, it is escpecially interesting, and was photographed yesterday.

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10/21/2011

Egypt: Flight and flights

In post-Mubarak Egypt there are mixed signals. Hope, with a new low-cost airline between there and Geneva, but also despair, with some citizens taking flight because of religious persecution.

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10/19/2011

Delayed flights : compensation

The European Court of Justice made a decision relative to Spanish passengers on an Air France flight which turned around. The decision allows for compensation for badly delayed flights.

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10/18/2011

Aruba has lots of aircraft!

Aruba is an island, just north of Venezuela, which has very many aircraft registered in it. One particular one, a Boeing 737 belonging to the Kazakhstan Government, is a frequent visitor to Geneva.

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10/15/2011

Helicopter surveillance in France

Since mid-August there have been many flights by unidentified French aircraft using the callsign DRAG74. They are most probably state helicopters surveying the Haute Savoie (department 74).

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10/12/2011

Sir Richard Branson's new green aviation fuel

Sir Richard Branson has disclosed a new project to make jet fuel from the waste gases from steel mills, saying that

"This could turn aviation from a dirty industry to one of the cleanest".

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10/09/2011

A Royal flight with a TAG!

Yesterday, 8 October, an outgoing flight from Geneva airport used the callsign KRH691R. The 3-letter code KRH usually denotes a UK Royal flight in a civilian aircraft.

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10/07/2011

Vocalion: Company or Organ?

The most frequent Isle of Man private jet to come to Geneva these past few weeks is owned by a UK company called Vocalion Limited. Any connection with a Vocalion organ?

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10/03/2011

Aircraft or rail?

The green Party is saying that the Confederation should finance a third railway track between Geneva and Lausanne, rather than spending lots on new military jet aircraft.

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10/01/2011

The Ben Ali family private jet

Swiss Foreign Monister, Micheline Calmy-Rey wants to return money to Tunisia, but needs the UN to adopt sanctions. How about the Ben Ali family private jet impounded in January?

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09/26/2011

A great day out (for next year!)

Many forms of publc transport were involved in my three lakes cruise last Sunday. It is still possible, but only Fridays and weekends, until 16 October: some hints!

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09/25/2011

Air Méditteranée won't accept deaf people

Last Wednesday the press in France reported on a refusal by Air Méditteranéé to transport a group of deaf people. Will we, at some time, only be accepted with a certificate of perfect health?

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09/13/2011

The effect of an aborted landing

When a pilot has to abort a landing and go around again, the result can be costly. One development to avoid this is being used in Minneapolis.

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09/11/2011

Bonneteau : Find the Lady

056.JPGBonneteau, the Geneva equivalent of the confidence game "Find the Lady", can be seen regularly near the CGN lake boats station at the north end of the Mont Blanc bridge.

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09/01/2011

A flypast tribute to Seve?

IMG_0569.JPGOn the first day of the European Masters golf tournament there was a mini-flypast of two red air force jets: a tribute to Seve Ballesteros?

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