Category Aviation

Kernan Aviation

April 9, 2017 Aviation  No comments

I've been an aviation enthusiast for the best part of 40 years and last Sunday I visited one of the closest airstrips to me for the first time. Unbelievable I know. It was Kernan Aviation and it located between Portadown and Tandragee. It's one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' places. In fact even though there's a sign directing you to it I missed the very last turn and had to do a 180.

The airstrip itself is hidden away in the countryside and I was surprised to find that I had to use my 'Green Cross Code'. I had to cross the runway to get to the club house so had to look both ways for approaching aircraft. Once in the clubhouse I introduced myself and asked if it would be okay to take some photos. I was welcomed with quite a few smiles and told to work away. 

I had my son

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Lanzarote Airport

February 5, 2017 AviationLandscapes  No comments

January saw my wife and I taking a week long holiday to Lanzarote, some winter sun was very much in need. As it would happen the airport was a short 10 minutes walk from our hotel so it would have been sinful not to make a trip to it at least once, or twice :)

There may be more areas to photograph this airport but the two I have found are just at the approach lights at the start of runway 03 and just up the hill from this location. At the approach lights it is quite possible to photograph with a wide angle lens and still get superb images. From the hill you can see on to the taxi way to 03 but need a longer lens to photograph the aircraft.

The best time to shoot, I found, was in the hour before the sun set. With the clouds and the setting sun the scene couldn't have been any better.

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Aircraft In The Dark

January 2, 2017 AviationMuseum  No comments

At the start of last year (2016) I missed the opportunity to photograph the aircraft in the Ulster Aviation Society in darkness, lit only with portable LED lights. Thankfully another session was organised and many thanks to Paul Harvey for the invitation to come along.

This took place on Saturday 10th December and it was a 16:00 start. I arrived around that time and found quite a few people there already. The first aircraft to come under the spotlight was the Phantom F4 (XT864). This aircraft looks fantastic in any light but under spotlights it's just unreal.

Here you can clearly see the position of 2 LED spotlights used to light the Phantom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bit closer this time, what a

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Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

August 10, 2016 Aviation  No comments

This July I had the chance to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo held at RAF Fairford in England. Along with Don, Peter and Aidan we set off on a long trek to the airfield. I left my house at 8:30 on the Tuesday evening and we arrived at the airfield at 11am the next morning ready for the first of the arrivals days.

Over the course of the coming days we would begin our days at 4am. A quick stop at a service station to get in supplies for the day. Arriving at the airfield each morning just before 6am meant that we were close to the front of the queue. When the gates opened at 7:30am it was then a race to get to the crowd line to claim our spot - somehow Peter who had a dodgy knee, having had surgery on it only a week earlier, always seemed to be the first to reach it.

With our

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Irish Air Corps Night Shoot

April 3, 2015 Aviation  No comments

I was lucky enough recently to be invited by the Irish Air Corps to their latest night shoot. I believe this is only the second one they've held. It was to be on a Wednesday evening and I had to be there by 7:45pm at the latest.

As is always the case it was a rush - left home at 5:30pm but wasn't actually getting out of Lurgan until 5:45pm, the usual being held up by railway gates and traffic lights.

Anyway even without breaking any speed limits we (my son was with me) managed to arrive at the base just after 7:30pm and was greeted by Sergeant Hayles and shown in to the Mess. There was probably 30 or 40 other like minded enthusiasts, some I knew others I didn't.

At around 8pm after a safety briefing we were brought by bus out on to the runway. This was totally different to last

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Casement Aerodrome Visit

April 18, 2014 Aviation  No comments

It's been a while since I updated the site but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post some of the shots I got at a recent visit to the Irish Air Corps base at Casement Aerodrome. It was a fun few hours were myself and 4 others were allowed access to the apron and hangars for some excellent photo opportunities. A big thank you goes out to Sergeant Jimmy Hayles who was our guide for the day.

 

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