RUAG has been in the wars

With Ueli Leuenberger denouncing them for going to Abu Dhabi to sell arms, and the Temps Present TV programme reminding us of their treatment of a whistleblower, RUAG are definitely in the wars right now!

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Tons more freight and noise!

The Boeing 747 of Jade Cargo, taking freicht to China, is now completely full, very heavy and climbs slowly. The noise of its takeoff is also climbing!


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No room at the inn, Geneva tells financiers

David Hiler has made it official: Geneva does not want more Hedge Funds because there is no more room in Geneva. So who will move into Mark Muller's new housing zone south of the airport?

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Air Mauritius, Air Zimbabwe

To be compared with Air Zimbabwe is considered as a stigma. The short-sighted choice by Air Mauritius for their long-haul flight shows that they are also astigmatic!


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(HB-JZ)I have a new step-brother!

My name is HB-JZI, an A319 of the easyJet Switzerland Airbus family. I now have a new adopted stepbrother, an A320 called HB-JZX. I wonder how he will be used!

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An aircraft that flies backwards

In Versoix last Thursday, February 3,  I saw an aircraft that looks to be flying backwards. I also heard its annoying high-pitched whine!


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A fortress in the Citadelle

The General Aviation Centre to the north (Jura) side of the airport is in the area called La Citadelle. It has become worthy of that name, but obviously allows in some interesting visitors

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12:23 Posted in Potpourri | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: geneva, airport, channel, islands, private, jet, maintenance | |  del.icio.us | | Digg! Digg |  Facebook


easyJet : a quick spin and then ...

On Tuesday 1 February the easyJet flight to Malaga turned around just after takeoff. How fortunate for the passengers that there was a spare aircraft!

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No villas around the airport, please!

Propositions to change zones of villas around the airport into mixed housing and light industry could have some political undertones. Will the politicians making the decisions defend properly the electorate?

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23:38 Posted in Potpourri | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: geneva, meyrin, zones, housing, foreigners | |  del.icio.us | | Digg! Digg |  Facebook


Vernier: another evening of unexpected noise

Last Monday evening, 17 January, the aviation activities at Geneva airport found multiple novel ways to disturb the sleep of Vernier residents.

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Annulled early easyJet departures !

Yesterday, Tuesday 11 January, there were four less early departures of easyJet Switzerland aircraft than normal : flights previously cancelled? Was anyone originally booked on them?

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Airport noise zones and declassifications

Cointrin_declassification.jpgThere is currently a public enquiry on reclassification of land zones around the airport, which lasts from mid-December to mid-January. Christmas and the New Year: a good time to hold such an enquiry!


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The Orthodox Christmas, Copts and 'copters

The Orthodox Christian churches, including the Coptic church, mostly celebrate Christmas tomorrow, 7 January 2011. This year will see the need for security measures, subsequent to the Alexandria massacre. We might also see more than usual helicopter flights this weeekend between Geneva and the nearby ski resorts.

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I saw problems for easyJet passengers recently

In this next installment of my (HB-JZI easyJet Airbus A319) secret diary I can say something about the period from Christmas 2010 to the start of 2011. I had a difficult time, as did some of my Swiss brothers and quite a lot of our passengers.

A bad end to a terrible year has been followed by a bad start to 2011!

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Extra work for Skyguide ATC in winter

With the ski season now upon us, there are many flights from the British Isles coming over Geneva to and from Chambéry. Sometimes these aircraft cross quite close to Geneva air traffic, giving the Skyguide Air Traffic Controllers some extra work.


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