The fall charter from Åre Östersund Airport is on again, so Jonas and Simon headed out on both Thursday and Friday to shoot Freebird and Corendon from Turkey.
Nowadays it's not every day that we all get a chance to shoot together, with work and studies always in the way. This week however Jonas and Simon was in Östersund at the same time, with Simon just coming home after finishing his commercial pilot training and Jonas about to leave town for new studies.
On thursday morning we headed out to a perfect fall day with a clear sky and a temperature around 10°C. But as always when we are around, things tend to go the opposite of what we want them to. In this case, some clouds found an interesting spot over the airport and decided to stay for the most part of the day.
But we did find something that made us happy and it was something as trivial as a giant pile of pallets at our usual spotting location next to runway 30. You have to embrace the small things in life, right?
From these new pallets we were able to see more of the runway and from up there we shot the arrival of Freebird from Antalya, Turkey.
TC-FBV is a new registration for us and is also rather new to the company. It was delivered to Freebird in April 2011.
Next in line on the approach was SAS. LN-RPT was flying today and it is one of the most photographed airliners on Åre Östersund Airport.
Jonas on his way back to the car after shooting a video sequence of the SAS landing.
After a quick lunch in the car we headed to the ATC tower to shoot the Freebird departure from up there. As always the staff at the ATC is very helpful and often let us up for a chat and a chance to get a great view over the runway and airport.
Freebird departing back to Turkey. It makes you think about the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, doesn't it?
While we were up at the tower we also shot the landing of the Direktflyg arrival from Umeå.
Before leaving the airport for the day we photographed the take off of Mediflight, the air ambulance, from runway 30 and then went for lunch together with one of the the air traffic controllers.
On Friday we expected Corendon to arrive from Turkey at 13:10. They however got late and didn't arrive until 15:10.
Luckily we had the weather on our side all day this time and managed to get our photos of the landing on runway 30 two hours late.
TC-TJJ with the special Detur color scheme on final for runway 30.
Simon's lens served as a pit stop for a wasp.
Our thought was to drive to the terminal and get some photos from the apron as well, but today Cordendon parked on the other side of the tarmac on a location where you can't get a clean shot. So we called the ATC again and they told us we were welcome up today, too.
Up in the tower there was a lot of activity as the usually so calm airport all of a sudden was busy. A SAS was on final and two business jets were under way in along with two helicopters. We had only expected the single charter today, so we didn't mind the extra traffic and a possibility to get some interesting photos.
SE-DJM, a Falcon 900 shortly after landing on runway 30. Probably carrying passengers here for the grouse hunt in the mountains.
The air ambulance helicopter taxing just below the ATC tower.
Simon up at the ATC tower.
Shortly after 16:00 Corendon was ready to head back down to Antalya with new passengers and tourists.
The last shot for this time was of the ever so common LN-RPS flying out from Åre Östersund Airport down to Stockholm Arlanda.
That was it for now and make sure you don't miss the episode of our Vlog from these two days below.
A new feature in the Vlog now is that it is all in English now!