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19 May 2012

It's springtime for charter in Östersund (Vlog S02E08)

Although the weather forecast wasn't predicting anything much better than the previous week, Simon and Jonas took off to Åre  Östersund Airport during thursday morning to shoot some charter flights, arriving from (much) sunnier locations. Later on,   Peter flew up from Västerås (via Arlanda) to head out with Simon on the following friday in some improved conditions.

Thursday offered pouring rain starting at the crack of dawn, so Simon and Jonas were understandably (somewhat) reluctant  to head off to Åre Östersund Airport and get a shot at Freebird Airlines arriving from Antalya. Although with so sparse charter  activity here, it's a bit off a "shoot what we can"- deal sometimes. Shortly after 9 a.m. Freebird Airlines arrived with TC- FBV, an Airbus A320 constructed in early 2011, stirring up quite a bit of water from the small lake formed on runway 12/30.

Click for full resolution TC-FBV from Antalya, reversing on runway 12.

Jonas, Mr. Sunshine himself, wishing for a pause in the constant downpour.

While waiting for completion of the turn-around and departure of Freebird, Scandinavian Airlines (SK066) arrived from  Stockholm/Arlanda with LN-RCW, a Boeing 737-600 thats been in SAS service since 2000.

Click for full resolution SK066 touching down on runway 12.

Following the departure of Freebird back to Antalya, Simon and Jonas took off for a quick lunch before picking up Peter.  Recently acquiring a BSc in aeronautical engineering from Mälardalen University, Peter had decided to stop by for the weekend  and possibly get a shot or two at a charter arrival, weather/conditions pending.

Friday morning offered a big improvement in weather and lighting conditions, when Peter and Simon headed out for the  arrival of Corendon and Orbest. Slightly ahead of schedule, Corendon Airlines arrived from Antalya shortly after 8 a.m. with  TC-TJJ, a Boeing 737-800 with winglets, delivered to Corendon in 2011.

Click for full resolution

Corendon arriving slightly ahead of schedule left Peter and Simon with some time to spare until departure, so they used the  extra time to shoot some additional video material for the vlog. Simon is looking very determined in this shot.

At departure time shortly after 9.30 a.m. runway 30 was in still use for departures, and in these cases the line-up is a good  location for departing shots.

Click for full resolution TC-TJJ off the corner from taxiway F (foxtrot) on to runway 30.

Fortunately for us we didn't have to wait long for the arrival of Orbest from Palma, previously known as "Iberworld", a  frequent visitor to the airport since many years back.

Click for full resolution EC-INZ, another Airbus A320, still in some markings left from the "Iberworld" era and about to touch down on runway 30.

Peter sporting the same hair style as our Røde microphone cover (a.k.a. a "dead cat").

Fortunately for us, a friendly air traffic controller allowed us tower-access, and most importantly for us, tower-view  of Orbests departure, which was a nice break from the usual shots at the runway 30 line-up.

Click for full resolutionEC-INZ  departing back to Palma and (much) fairer weather than what we had in store for these pre-weekend days...

That was what these two days had to offer, but we also got some more interesting shots in video format, which resulted in  another episode of our established vlog. English subtitles are available as usual and any input on either the post or the vlog  is much appreciated!

Jonas Herjeby

Simon Brygg

Peter Eriksson

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