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Jan 18, 2017

The Pearl of the Atlantic

The Portuguese island of Madeira seen moments before starting the VOR approach to runway 23. The airport, known as Funchal, is actually a half-an-hour drive away from the city with the same name which equates to about a quarter of the way around the island. On this occasion, we were arriving from Lisbon in Airbus A319 CS-TTB on one of the very last days of 2016.

Dec 15, 2016

Peaks and Valleys

Snow covered peaks and shining lights in the dark valleys of the Alps seen from Airbus A320 CS-TNR in the climb out of Milan-Malpensa.

Torino

The northern italian city of Torino, half engulfed in fog, off the nose of Airbus A320 CS-TNR bound to Lisbon out of Milan Malpensa.

Take-off!

Airbus A320 CS-TNR lined up and standing-by for the takeoff clearance from Milan-Malpensa's runway 35R. The RVR (visibility along the runway) is 450m making this, technically, not an LVTO (Low Visibility Takeoff) which occurs when the RVR's fall below 400m.

Italian Freezing Fog

Airbus A320 CS-TNR being de/anti-iced in a 2 step procedure prior to departure from Milan-Malpensa due to the prevailing freezing fog weather conditions.

Mountainous Moon

An amazing moonrise at flight level 280 over the Alps while flying from Lisbon to Milan Malpensa in Airbus A320 CS-TNR. By now we have briefed and are ready for the CAT III B no DH ILS approach to Milan's runway 35L. Touchdown RVR is at 450m so, if required, reversion to a CAT II approach is still an option. It's that time of year...

Jun 13, 2016

Sharklets!

A320 CS-TNS during the turn-around in Sal (Cape Verde). This chartered flight from Porto and back was my first chance to experience one of TAP's few Sharklet retrofitted A320's. Besides increasing fuel efficency by reducing wing tip vortice induced drag, the Sharklets also make the airplane look a whole lot better which, I guess, is always a commercial advantage. The C-17 in the back also has wingtip extentions which serve the same purpose. Those are, however, called winglets instead of Sharklets which is an Airbus trademark.

Outside In


Apr 30, 2016

City of Lights

An amazing view of Paris from FL360 shortly before starting the descent towards Luxembourg in Airbus A319 CS-TTC. Can you spot the Eiffel tower?

Crepuscular Radiation

Spectacular crepescular rays shooting through the broken Stratocumulus clouds over Munich's airport. Airbus A319 CS-TTG on a long final for runway 26L

Ice Vortex I

What do you get when you put a cold atmosphere, jet engines and a heavy Boeing 747-8 together? This! A violently twisting and turning contrail. As the water vapor produced in the engines combustion chambers meets the cold atmosphere, it instantly condenses into water droplets (if its cold enough, the vapor will change directly into ice crystals in a process called deposition) thereby creating a contrail (condensation trail). As the contrail meets the powerful but invisible wingtip vortices of a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8, it makes them visible and the result is amazing. From Porto to Paris Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTH looking out for wake turbulence.

Ice Vortex II

What do you get when you put a cold atmosphere, jet engines and a heavy Boeing 747-8 together? This! A violently twisting and turning contrail. As the water vapor produced in the engines combustion chambers meets the cold atmosphere, it instantly condenses into water droplets (if its cold enough, the vapor will change directly into ice crystals in a process called deposition) thereby creating a contrail (condensation trail). As the contrail meets the powerful but invisible wingtip vortices of a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8, it makes them visible and the result is amazing. From Porto to Paris Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTH looking out for wake turbulence.

Jan 7, 2016

Crack of Dusk

The setting Sun escapes between cloud layers shortly before the approach and landing at Porto inbound from Zurich in Airbus A319 CS-TTQ.

Cross Jet

Much like a migrating bird, the subtropical jetstream moves south in the winter thereby affecting the portuguese latitudes. It also intensifies in strength and is often accompanied by moderate clear air turbulence (CAT). Here, the powerful jetstream calls for an almost 20ยบ drift correction in order to fly the required track to LIDRO waypoint where the standard arrival to our destination begins. With a true airspeed (TAS) of 416 kts, a drift correction of this magnitude requires a serious crosswind which in this case blows at 146 kts. Airbus A319 CS-TTN from Lisbon to Funchal at FL330.

Jan 1, 2016

Crossing Traffic


High altitude crossing in the early morning while flying from Porto to Paris - Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTQ.

Barcelona by Night

Night falls on Barcelona seen off the nose of Airbus A319 CS-TTG enroute from Venice to Lisbon.

Filtered Sunlight

An awsome December sunrise greets us in the climb out of Porto towards Paris - Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTN.

Local Instability

Hot industrial smoke pierces the overcast and rises in the cold morning air as we descend towards Paris in Airbus A319 CS-TTN. High atmospheric pressures have materialized low visibility weather conditions and we are set up for a CAT III B approach in Orly.

Jun 23, 2015

Organized Chaos

Three crossing traffics, each separated by 2000ft, shoot by as we navigate in the opposite direction. This is RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima) airspace which means that we will have a minimum vertical separation of 1000ft (about 300m) with the aircraft passing above and below us. This allows for more airplanes in the same airspace but before operating here, several strict requirements need to be met. A319 CS-TTU from Porto to Zurich.

Cloud Monsters

The Kelvin-Helmholtz instability creates some late afternoon "cloud monsters" as we cruise by in A320 CS-TNU from London-Gatwick to Porto.

Jan 18, 2015

The Glory of the A321 Pilot

The shadow of Airbus A321 CS-TJG in the climb out of Funchal with 199 Lisbon bound passengers on board.

Dec 24, 2014

Gateway

Not much of a photograph, but interesting nevertheless. Dense fog engulfs Paris Orly where low visibility procedures are enforced due to an RVR (Runway Visual Range) of 275m. We are performing a CAT III B ILS approach to runway 26 with a regulatory DH (decision height) of 20ft. This shot reveals where the fog is disrupted by engine exhaust and wake turbulence from the aircraft on the glidepath and effectively making visible an otherwise invisible ILS.

Dec 10, 2014

Solar Fan

Ignited by the setting Sun on A319 CS-TTR's tail, the CFM56-5B fan blades glow as if they marked the entrance to a blast furnace. This shot clearly reveals the high by-pass nature of the engine in which only a small portion of the air that goes through the fan disk, about 1/6th , has access to the engine core via the low pressure compressor. The rest of the air remains cold and is shot out of the rear of the engine by the fan producing the vast majority of total thrust.

Nov 26, 2014

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Nov 13, 2014

Trail Blazing

As a byproduct of the combustion process, hot water vapor (steam) is expelled into the cold upper atmosphere by the engines. If the temperature is low enough, the vapor instantly condenses then freezes into ice crystals. In this shot, the water molecules seem to cry for attention in the short period between the engine exhaust and evaporating back into invisible vapor. Flying from Zurich to Lisbon in A320 CS-TQD.

Porto Squall

A powerful Cumulonimbus releases its fury as it plows through the vicinity of Porto and its airport. A close lookout is kept  for early indications of windshear as we establish on the ILS for runway 17 in A319 CS-TTK inbound from Paris Orly.

Mushroom Cloud

This spacecraft or mushroom looking Alto Cumulus cloud releases a shower as we cruise by in A319 CS-TTU from Vienna to Lisbon. The precipitation, which evaporates long before reaching the ground, is called virga.

Back Light

A solitary cumulus, backlit by the Sun over the coast of northern Spain, dissipates as our flight progresses from Porto to Geneva in A319 CS-TTG.

Air Lines

A persistent contrail lingers in the cold upper atmosphere as it merges into its shadow at the horizon. Our own contrail's projection can be seen at the bottom of the photo as it is being created in the cruise from Porto to Paris Orly in A319 CS-TTE.

Jul 21, 2014

Perfect Departure

Airbus A319 CS-TTR lined-up on Porto's runway 35. This time, an encounter with just the right light and "cloud-scape" created this painting-like cenario. After a quick mental review of engine-out procedures, we're off for yet another departure bound to London Gatwick.

Sun Flare

The Sun has dropped behind the western horizon but its blazing effect persists among the high altitude cirro-stratus clouds as we cruise from Porto to Paris Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTQ.

Distant Thunder

A distant Cumulonimbus is highlighted by the ever familiar and always amazing colors of the setting Sun as we track from Geneva to Porto in Airbus A319 CS-TTL. Cumulonimbus clouds are the only ones able to generate lightning and hail. They feed essentially on heat and moisture. The one in this pic has reached maturity and is now in its dissipation stage.

Rerouted

A tell-tale condesation trail reveals the routing of an above traffic as we cruise from Porto to Paris Orly in Airbus A319 CS-TTE.

Nov 2, 2013

Last Light


Posted by Picasa Amazing display of light shortly before diving into the clouds and establishing on the ILS approach for Porto's runway 17. A319 CS-TTP arriving from Zurich.

Trailing Condensation


Posted by Picasa A Boeing 737 overhead is leaving a persistent condenstion trail across the Spanish airspace as we head West from Zurich to Porto in A319 CS-TTP. 

Sep 28, 2013

Pyrocumulus Genisis

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Incandescent Spectacle


Posted by Picasa Defining spectacle: "A visually striking performance or display". There you have it while flying from Paris Orly to Porto in A319 CS-TTB.

Pileus


Posted by Picasa Pileus, also known as "cap cloud" sometimes form around fast growing Cumulus clouds due to the uplifting and consequent cooling of the surrounding air. This one was pictured inflight from Zurich to Porto in A320 CS-TNS.

Sep 5, 2013

Increasing Headings


Posted by Picasa The attitude indicator, also known as the artificial horizon tells the pilot about aircraft pitch attitude and bank angle. In a turn it seems to tilt or bank to the opposite side of the turn but actually it doesn't tilt at all; obviously, it's the aircraft that tilts around it. This shot of the standby attitude indicator highlights just that. A319 CS-TTG from Porto to Paris Orly.

Dog As...


Posted by Picasa The NOTOC (NOtification TO Captain) is a document intended to notify a Captain of any special and/or dangerous cargo to be loaded onto the aircraft. In this case A320 CS-TNP from Porto to Geneva. It's usually a quite clear and straight forward document however here is a NOTOC referring to four live animals (AVI's) which, I have to say, am still not sure about...