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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easyJet to Lisbon via Lausanne and Geneva

On Tuesday morning, the easyJet flight to Barcelona turned around shortly after takeoff and came back to Geneva via Lausanne. Can we know the reason?


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The last Sunday night takeoff could have annoyed many people

The last takeoff last Sunday night, of a business jet at 23h28, could have annoyed many people for many reasons


On Sunday night, 8 August, the last takeoff of the evening, at 23h28, could have annoyed many people living around the airport, including ones in the Ferney-Voltaire region of France, for several reasons.

As the list of movements after 10pm shows, the last takeoff of the  night was a small Citation 525A business jet, with registration YR-TOY. Not being a regular scheduled flight, this was not shown on the Geneva airport web site list of departures. As such.the general public could not have known about it in advance.

The identification of the aircraft indicates that it is registered in Roumania as belonging to a company called Toyo Motor Group. Such an aircraft can carry up to 10 passengers.

The aircraft had flown into Geneva in the middle of that Sunday. It thus stayed in Geneva for several hours (perhaps just enough time to sample the pleasures of the Geneva August festival).

The official Swiss rules for takeoffs after 10pm state that the flights must be commercial ones. The definition of a commercial flight is one which is not restrictred o a small group of people and for which there is a monetary charge which exceeds the basic costs of the flight. In other words, it should be open to any group of people, who must pay enough money to make a profit for the flight operator. It is nice to know that there are members of the Roumanian population able to afford to come to Geneva for an afternoon in a small private jet!

The final reason that this flight would not have pleased people, particularly residents in the regions of St Genis and Ferney-Voltaire regions, would have been its flight path. Clearly, it needs to go to the east, but the takeoff direction that evening was to the south west (over Vernier). In order to turn towards its destination, the pilot did a U-turn to the right shortly after takeoff, thus going over Satigny, St Genis and Ferney-Voltaire. This trajectory is known by the name KONIL.

Why is this bad? Well, the communes in France which are under this KONIL trajectory have been complaining about the noise from its use for many years (and when I play golf in Bretigny I often understand why!). As a result, the KONIL trajectory has been banned for all particularly noisy aircraft and the Geneva Airport management has agreed that this trajectory will cease to be used after 10pm. It is dfficult to see how 22h28 can be classed as before 10pm!

In summary, a small Roumanian jet comes to Geneva for half a day and then leaves very late at night following a trajectory which should not normally be used after 10pm!

Enough reasons to ask for an explanation? I certainly think so, though I doubt that one would be forthcoming!


The sound of silence measured in decibels

Scientifically, noise is measured in decibels and can be averaged out over a period. Human perception is different: we are sensitive to short but loud noises, in particular when there is a large difference between the noise and the level of background sound.

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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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Going on holiday? Take your natel and laptop!

If you are going on holiday and flying easyJet then you must take your mobile phone and laptop computer with you, just in case the time of your return flight is changed!



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An easyJet Switzerland airbus blocked in Stockholm

The easyJet flight to Stockholm early Wednesday morning left three hours late but did not come back: cancellations and delays for two days!

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easyJet to Gatwick: the delayed truth!

Contrary to the reported explanation of easyJet, the aircraft used for a the flight which left for London Gatwick 8 hours late last Sunday was already in the airport at the start of the day!

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Good work by air traffic controllers.

When the TAP flight 939 to Porto on Monday 2 August had to return to Geneva the air traffic controllers had to work fast.

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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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A new easyJet night flight

easyJet Switzerland creates a new night flight

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