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 Post subject: Aircraft Worth Following
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:07 pm 
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It's good to see this forum area. I'm hoping it will be used to post tail/flight numbers of aircraft worth following. Other possibilities might be the codes for smaller airports that have special aircraft (possibly corporate craft) based there. Also please indicate what makes this tail/airport of special interest.

I'll begin it with an aircraft:

N698SS

This is the charter plane of the Dallas Stars (NHL). Its flights roughly follow the road schedule of the hockey team, although there may some management travel added in. The plane is owned by Southwest Sports Aviation. SSA has a second plane used for road trips of the Texas Rangers (same ownership as the hockey team).

One interesting travel aspect I found is that when the team returns to Dallas, they don't go through Customs in Dallas. On the last trip back from Vancouver, they stopped at Great Falls, MT for about an hour. That must have been to clear Customs in an uncrowded location. The team values its privacy, I'm sure.

Photo of the plane is at:
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?airlinesearch=Southwest%20Sports%20Aviation&distinct_entry=true


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 3:06 am 
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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N1KE is Phil Knight's aircraft.


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Movie Star plane: Jim Carrey N162JC


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Prince Charles and Camilla came over on HBIEE, a 757 operated by PrivatAir.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:58 pm 
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PrivatAir also operates HBIIO and HBIIQ (both B737s) and HBIIR (B738). Their flights are not yet recorded here.

Charter brochure available here: http://www.privatair.com/_library/brochures/CharterUS.pdf


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tobyz1 wrote:
PrivatAir also operates HBIIO and HBIIQ (both B737s) and HBIIR (B738). Their flights are not yet recorded here.


I think HBIIR operates as SWR18 and SWR19 from Zurich to Newark and back.


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 Post subject: John Travolta's Plane
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:16 pm 
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I remember seeing on Jay Leno a guy give this tail number to John Travolta N707JT it was a big deal because Travolta has a Boeing 707 that he flys himself.


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 Post subject: NASCAR Planes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 10:50 am 
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I usually track the planes going into Nascar races. Find the airport nearest the race track and track all the planes, pretty cool.


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The big NASCAR race this weekend was at Texas Motor Speedway. The nearest airport is KDFW, which I believe is closed to the smaller planes of general aviation. There may have been 6-10 smaller airfields within 30 miles of the track, but unless one monitors baseline activity, it's hard to tell how much impact the race has.

I follow KADS in Addison, which is moderately active with general/business flights to and from all parts of the country. There are several charter operations based in Addison, e.g. "FlexJet". I saw no unusal activity over the weekend.

It was hard to detect anything specifically tied to NASCAR this weekend.


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 Post subject: Nascar activity
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 12:09 pm 
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Actually the airport is right next to the track, addison- Fort worth, plenty of activity. Also search Concord, NC (Kjqf), plenty of Nascar activity during the week, espically Thursday thru Sunday.


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I don't think it's legal/possible to close an airport to general aviation aircraft and limit it to commercial aircraft or anything like that. I used to be a regular visitor in a single-engine aircraft to DFW, in fact.


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Northwest 9966 looks like this seasons charter for the Indianapolis Colts.

Sometimes they don't have enough ramp space, so the airport is effectively closed to GA that wants to park.


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mduell wrote:
Northwest 9966 looks like this seasons charter for the Indianapolis Colts.


NWA9967 is the return flight number

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Sometimes they don't have enough ramp space, so the airport is effectively closed to GA that wants to park.


Well, there's always GA parking and it's first come/first serve or by reservation, so certainly you have to play the same game as the other GA aircraft. AUS comes close to running out of parking at the two FBOs during University of Texas football game days and I know KHOU/KIAH were at capacity during the Superbowl, but I haven't seen the problem other than that.


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 Post subject: N240Z
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Nissan Motor America's plane based in Smyrna. Regularly flies management down to truck plant in Mississippi.

Carlos Ghosn scheduled to be Nashville today to possibly to announce Nissan's relocation of their US Headquarters to Tennessee.


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N1DC

I saw this plane on the Arrivals list for KDAL last night. My first thought was that it was some government aircraft ("DC"). It wasn't. I googled the operator (ark-air flight) and found this URL, which is interesting reading in itself...

http://pfranc.com/projects/turbine/rota ... 19/max.htm

Thus N1DC is the private plane of Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys .... N1-Dallas-Cowboys.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:09 pm 
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A late reply to Flyace2:

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Actually the airport is right next to the track, addison- Fort worth, plenty of activity.


I'm not real sure what you meant there. I'm about 3 miles off the north end of the Addison runway. On race day, that's about two hours from the track. 25 miles, give or take some.


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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N707JT Is John Travolta.


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N880DP is the Detroit Pistons team plane "Roundball 1"


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Actually the airport next to the track is Forth Worth Alliance, and thats what they used on race day. Plenty of activity to track. Check out the Phoinex airports this weekend because thats where race is.


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 Post subject: Phoenix Airport Activity
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:45 pm 
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This link gives a lot of information for you race fans:

http://www.visitingphx.com/charters.html


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dbaker wrote:
I don't think it's legal/possible to close an airport to general aviation aircraft and limit it to commercial aircraft or anything like that. I used to be a regular visitor in a single-engine aircraft to DFW, in fact.


Ask all those GA owners with their A/C tied down at KDCA about this.

Been closed to GA since 9/11 or thereabouts if I recall.


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mkreilein wrote:
dbaker wrote:
I don't think it's legal/possible to close an airport to general aviation aircraft and limit it to commercial aircraft or anything like that. I used to be a regular visitor in a single-engine aircraft to DFW, in fact.


Ask all those GA owners with their A/C tied down at KDCA about this.

Been closed to GA since 9/11 or thereabouts if I recall.


Well, DCA is sort of an exception. I was trying to dispel the myth about GA about large airports. Actually, though, GA can fly into DCA if they meet a handful of burdensome TSA security requirements although I sense they are being eased. That said, I don't think any single-engine piston aircraft have flown in or out of KDCA since 9/11.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:02 am 
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The nearest airport is KDFW, which I believe is closed to the smaller planes of general aviation.


I thought I had read that on one of the several aviation sites I visit, but I have to confess that I can't find it now - and not from lack of looking for it.


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 Post subject: Neal Boortz
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:43 pm 
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Radio talk show host Neal Boortz flies N750DB, based at PDK.

Neal's wife (I believe) is named Debbie, and he broadcasts from WSB, Atlanta (750 AM). That is where the tail number comes from, according to Boortz. "750 gives me the money, and DB gives me the permission."

www.boortz.com

I'd like to know the tail number of Rush Limbaugh's Gulfstream.

- ESJ


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 Post subject: Access to DCA by corporate aircraft
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:24 pm 
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The TSA (Terminally Stupid Administration) has the following rules for flying a coroprate aircraft into DCA:

    on-board security officer - hired at your expense
    stop for security screening at one of 12 gateway airports
    TSA approval for each flight, crew member, and passenger


Currently only a corporate operator (TSA definition: paid flight crew, operations manual, recurrent flight crew training) are allowed. The TSA has said it will "consider" other GA aircraft (owner-flown, non-corporate, etc). but only after the current program has been in place for one year.
Source: http://www.avweb.com/newswire/11_34b/leadnews/190435-1.html


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