Little Nellie's progeny!

Fans of James Bond films may remember him flying a heavily-armed Gyro-copter called Little Nellie. Now there are more of these Gyro-copters!

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Was Ben Ali's Falcon 900 back?

In December 2011 an unknown Tunisian aircraft, which I thought was a Falcon 900 of Ben Ali, left Geneva. It seems to be back again.

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An Airbus A320 from an Iran airline

Yesterday, Geneva airport welcomed a passenger flight of the Iranian airline Meraj. Where did it come from and why?

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Geneva's own Boeing Business Jet?

Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) are first-class only luxury aircraft. PrivatAir, A Geneva-based company, has one that goes to the in-places: Nice last week. This Summer?

The aircraft, registered as HB-IEE (assigned to Switzerland), is (according to Wikipedia) one of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft owned by PrivatAir, the other one being marked as stored). The information on it states that it is first-class only, configured for 49 passengers (plenty of leg room!), which is a typical BBJ configuration

In these days when aircraft spotters are everywhere, and although its flights to and from Geneva never appear on the airport flights list, it is not difficult to find out where it is flying to and from. Finding who are the affluent passengers, however, is another matter.

Last week the aircraft flew a few times to and from Nice. Now, Nice is actually well served by air transport from Geneva, but not so well by rail transport: there is a direct TGV train once a day, which gets to Marseille pretty quickly but then takes 2h30 to get from there to Nice. By air there is the choice of Darwin, easyJet and Swiss (maybe Swiss have Business or First Class). However, there were obviously enough people willing to pay the extra money for a real luxury flight.

If you have not yet worked things out, I should remind you that Nice is right next door to Cannes, where there was a film festival last week!

So who will be the next affluent clients for PrivatAir, and to where will they go? How about the European Nations Football in Poland and Ukraine? Roland Garros and Wimbledon tennis and then the Olympic Games in London? Time, and the planespotters, will make everything clear.

Can you afford it? Not me.



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Twice a BBJ : Boeing Business Jet

In aviation circles, BBJ stands for Boeing Business Jet. One of several that come to Geneva is even registered as VP-BBJ, a Bahamas registration, and it has a connection with Geneva.

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Foreign Air Force planes visit Geneva

Since mid-March 2012 big Hercules C-130 transport aircraft of the Algerian and Moroccan Air Forces have been visiting Geneva regularly. What are they transporting?

These aircraft, with just one exception, do not emit any callsign to indicate what flight they are operating. Unsurprisingly, they do not appear on the Airport arrivals and departure boards. Somehow, however, the spotters around the airport seem always to know when they are coming, and hence are invariably there to take photos.

One recent one, belonging to the Royal Moroccan Air Force, came here yesterday morning, May 2, then left just before 8 am this morning. Its departure over Vernier would have been very noticeable to Vernier residents: the ARAG microphone in Vernier indicated a level several times more noisy than any other early departure (though the departures to the USA subsequently registered similar, though lower, levels). This level of noise will probably be repeated, perhaps today, by a different Hercules of the Royal Moroccan Air Force which arrived today at 10h30 am. On the Web there is a nice picture of this aircraft, with registration CNA-OI and in military camouflage colouring.

Also very much of interest is the Hercules registered as 7T-WHP and belonging to the Algerian Air Force. Since 16 March of this year the aircraft comes to Geneva every Friday between mid-morning and early afternoon. It stays for two to three hours before leaving again. One would suppose that this is the time required to unload it and/or load it, but as to what is unloaded or loaded we have no knowledge. Perhaps someone could learn more by going to a vantage point around the airport tomorrow, Friday 4 May, equipped with a pair of high-power binoculars!

It is interesting to note that Switzerland has a problem with some Algerians whom it would like to deport, since the Algerian Government refuses to sign an agreement to take back these people. This has led to the Geneva State Councillor, Isabelle Rochat, to make proposals to incite these unwelcome Algerians to return voluntarily to their country in return for certain financial incentives. These proposals have been extensively debated.

Perhaps the Geneva government should ask the airport to refuse these Algerian Air Force flights until the Algerian Government accepts that they return carrying some of its unwelcome (in Switzerland) citizens!


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An Iranian Government Jet in Geneva : PetroSuisse link?

Yesterday morning Le Matin Dimanche wrote that Petro Suisse is a front company for Iranian petrol dealings. In the evening an Iranian Government jet came to Geneva! Coincidence?

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A Russian Ilyushin visiting Geneva: tax inspectors?

Yesterday, 14 February, a spotter filmed the landing of a visiting Ilyushin 62-M. The aircraft used the callsign RSD045, registered to the Russian Federal State Budget Institution.

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Geneva private bank big jet?

A frequent visitor to Geneva and Zurich is a big Boeing 737 apparently belonging to the Safra Group, which has a private bank in Geneva. The bank has an interesting history.

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A Kazakhstan Government visitor

Yesterday, 16 October, a Boeing 757 of the Berkut State Air Company of Kazakhstan, believed to be operated by their Government, landed in Geneva. In January it was seen in Zurich at the time of the World Economic Forum.

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A lightweight powered glider

Switzerland does not allow internal flights of ULM aircraft, but does allow a category of powered gliders. One UFM (Ultralight Flying Machines) came near Geneva yesterday.

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Connie the show stopper

093.JPGOn the Saturday of the Sion Air Show, the Breitling Super Constellation taking off at the end of the day was, for many people, the highlight.


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Another Bernhard Stamm?

We all know of the Swiss yachtsman, Bernhard Stamm, but there is another Swiss person of this name who likes to build experimental aircraft. One of his aircraft recently came to Geneva.

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Saudis leaving for Ramadan?

With Ramadan starting on the evening of July 31, it seems that many Saudis are leaving Geneva around now.

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A Swiss 6-engine aircraft!

An engineer, Robert Widmer,whose parents had emigrated from Switzerland to the USA, created and designed the B36, a 6-engine bomber nicknamed "Peacemaker".

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