Log Brazil Trip 22/09-05/10 Part II
Sao Paolo CGH 25/09;
CGH is closed at night but opens up around 0545. Usually 3 x Ce208 and 2 X PA31 are the first departures (cargo flights) before the airliners start up. It is a domestic airport but very busy and has a good mix of GA aircraft too.
TAM A319 - PR-MAM/O, MBN, MZC/DTAM A320 - PR-MBF, MHG, PT-MZG/YGOL B73G - PR-GID/F/H, GOO/YGOL B738 - PR-GTNVRG B733 - PP-VPC/VPY/VQN
PT-WHD BE400PR-SOV Cit SovPT-OGE CE208PT-VEZ EM820PT-OVC LJ35PR-CEB BE90PR-OAN FK50 OceanPT-MFT AT42 PantanalPR-JBS LJ40PR-JET CitJet2PP-CRS CitJetPT-LHR LJ55PT-MCJ EM121VP-CAO Chal300PR-MFG BE90PP-MHF EC155PR-RIO LgcyPR-FRV PA34PR-NNP CitJet2PR-JAT CE208PR-BLP BE200PT-MJD BE200PT-YFP A109PR-HAN EC155PT-XAC CitJetPT-MCC EM121PR-CCV Cit650PR-LIA BE200PT-OHH BE902716 LH35 FABPT-WKX BE90PR-OAI FK100 OceanPP-ORM Cit550PT-LLU Cit550PT-FTB Cit560PR-DAH BE300PP-RAA CitXL
Flew to Rio SDU on GOL B737/700 PR-GOO
Rio DJ SDU 25/09;
Flying into SDU is quite exciting, you get a good view of Rio (sit on the right if possible) before flying over the top of SDU and executing a 270 degree right turn to land. Viewing isn't great but a huge glass window near the arrivals hall offers the best views and it is okay for pictures too. Airliner traffic is limited to the Sao Paolo/Rio shuttles with TAM A319, Gol B73G and Varig B733 only. You also get a Total ATR and Ocean Air FK50 and a fair bit of GA and Mil traffic. Out of the terminal to the right are biz hangers, cross the road and go onto the footbridge over the highway for good views. A walk along the road will take you past the military hangers too, you maye be able to see 125's and E110's-be carefull getting bino's out along here, military guards everywhere.
TAM A319 - PR-MBN, PT-MZDGOL B73G - PR-GIF, GOQ
PR-AIA L410PT-XIB Cit XLPT-LOE lj35PT-WUT BE350PT-ACC LJ36PT-LHZ BE90PT-XLI LJ31PR-MCN Cit550PR-DBB 125PT-LXX LJ31PR-GQG Cit EncPR-LAM Cit Enc2338 E110 FAB6052 125 FABPR-OAB FK50 OceanPP-SEE EM110 (stored/wfu)PT-EZK EM820PT-WSJ BE350PT-WQH Cit650PR-LCG SK762286 EM110 FABPR-ORE LgcyPR-DPF E145 PolicePT-MFE ATR TotalPT-WHF BE400PR-BZE PC12PR-SCR Cit Enc
Caught the shuttle bus to Galeao. There are 2 busses, an express bus at around £2 or limited stop for around a £1. We caught the cheaper one which only took around 30 mins anyway. Just after going past the hangers on the bus you'll see the ferry terminal and dockyards. A Navy Sik 61 is preserved on the right hand side and easily readable, N-3018.
Rio DJ GIG 25/09;
Keep and eye out as you turn in to the airport for the FAB HS748 in the tree's on display, 2502. We walked down to get a picture later in the trip. Only real place to view is in terminal 1 from the observation deck/cafe-you get a pretty good view of all things from here, there is another viewing deck up past the Luxor Hotel which is usefull for parked aircraft that don't move all day. Not overly busy but some nice bits all the same, keep on the ball for military movements which can sneak by wuickly and may be difficult to read off as we found out. There are some stored 727's and C130's here which we walked down to get on our return later in the trip.
TAM A320 - PR-MAX, MHB/E, PT-MZJ/UGOL B733 - PR-GLD/GGOL B73G - PR-GIL, GOF/N/XGOL B738 - PR-GTB/Q
PR-VAA B763 RGPR-PLH B727 PlatinumCC-COD A320 LanCS-TOG/H A330 TAPLV-BAX B735 AREC-HQN A343 IBN655UA B763 UAPT-MNJ B733 WebjetPR-ABD B763 AbsaN351AA B763 AAHP-1380CMP B73G CopaEC-JQG A330 AEA
Stayed at the Luxor Airport hotel in T1, no views from any rooms and not cheap, £85 a room but okay for a night..
Rio DJ GIG 26/09;
PR-GTC/O B738 GOLN1454H Gulf5PR-BRH/Y B733 BRAPR-LGF B757 Varig LogPR-MHH A320 TAMN381AN B763 AAF-GITB B744 AFPR-OAE/H/T F100 OceanPP-VTA B763 RGN661CP Gulf550PR-GLN B73 GOLPR-MZE A319 TAMPT-WCM EM110
Flew to Porto Alegre on TAM FK100 PT-MRH.
Porto Alegre 26/09;
Nice airport to the South of the country, spotting from the top level of the terminal very easy. TAM and GOL the main airlines here although you also get the NHT Let410's based. There is a Varig museum here but we found it closed, as well as quite a few maintenance hangers. I believe B737's are overhauled here too and a B733 in KD Avia clrs was seen but with no reg (believed to be ex US Air). A fair bit of GA too but most of the GA hangers are behind tree's.
PT-VAP EM820PR-GIQ/GTF B738 GOLN614BG 125PR-LTA 125PR-OPP 125PR-MBJ A320 TAMPP-VLD B727 Varig LogPR-NHA/B/C/D L410 NHTPP-VMH B73 RGPP-LGH B757 VariG LogPP-LGC B727 Varig LogPR-OAQ F100 OceanLV-AYE B737 ARPR-GID/GOJ B73G GOLPT-MBN EM121 PT-WIB Cit XLPT-XIB Cit XLPP-BRI B707 BetaPP-VPY B733 RG
Flew to Brasilia on TAM A320 PT-MZR
This has got to have one of the best terminal buildings i have ever seen. The front/entrance is all open plan, 3 levels-obviously arrivals, departures then observation level+food/resteraunts etc on the top floor. The top floor has a view on 3 sides with plenty of seating, toilets etc. We arrivved at 1845 and the airport was very busy. After spending most of the following day too it would seem the evenings are the busiest time with quiet a few cargo flights arrinving too. 2 paralell runways with the terminal in between. Some of the FAB transport fleet is based here too, you can see the hangers behind the tree's. Movements are quite frequent, you have to be quick to read those small numbers sometimes. The 3 ex Transbrasil B767's are stored here, easily seen and read off from the terminal and there are 3 Vasp B737's nearby too though only 2 are visible from the terminal. It is only a 10 min walk to go get them and you can get pictures too. Varig MD11 PP-VQG was also here but that has now gone to Rio. There is quiet a bit of cargo a GA stuff as well, walk out of the terminal and turn right and follow the fence and you'l get the large part of it (all the cargo, most GA)
PR-GTL/N/O B738 GOLPR-OAL/U F100 OceanPR-GLB/E B733 GOLPT-MZI/K/Q/V/T A320 TAMPR-MAD/G/V A320 TAMPP-VQO/VOY B73 RGPT-LAH FK27PR-GII/J B738 GOLPR-TTI AT72 TotalPR-MBA/E/M A320 TAMPT-MQD F100 TAMPR-LGJ B757 Varig LogPR-MHL A320 TAMPR-PSB EM120 PassarderoPT-WJS BE400PT-LYM BE90PT-OUX BE90PT-MTT B727 Total CargoPT-MTA/B B737 TAF CargoPP-BEL DC8 Beat
We stayed at the Tryp Brasil 21, £51 a night about 20 mins taxi ride away.
Probably the nicest weather of the trip here, beautifull sunny day touching 80. First off was to get the stored stuff;
PT-TAA/B/C B767 TransbrasilPP-SNA/SPH/SMH B737 VaspPP-VQG MD11 RG (since dept)
(didn't log all the TAM/GOL's, a lot of repeats already)
TAM A320 - PR-MAS, MHA/I, PT-MZK/MGOL B737 - PR-GIJ,GOE/U,GTA
PT-MQF/J F100 TAMPR-AGM PC12PT-LPP Cit550PT-VGZ EM820PT-OCZ LJ35PR-MHB EC120PT-MCK EM121PT-LDR LJ55PT-FBU BN2PT-ODO BE90PR-ERP Cit 550PP-ANA 125PR-TRJ Cit XLPP-ISF EM120PP-EGH EM820PT-MAO EM121PT-LYT BE90PT-LLT Cit550PP-MCE R44PT-LEB LJ35PT-SCY EM110PT-MBO EM121PT-OSN BE90PR-DAH BE3502524 EM145 FAB2716 LJ35 FAB2523 EM145 FABPT-MIL CitJet2718 LJ35 FABCS-TOH A330 TAPPR-MRN RC690PP-JGV Cit XL2521 EM145 FABOE-IPK CL604 (long way from home)PR-ACC Cit XL6702 EM145 AWACS FABPT-WTW BE350PT-MAQ EM121PP-VNY B733 RGPT-LYZ BE90PT-WPV BE100PT-FNP CitJet2330 EM110 FAB2101 A319 FABPP-FOY BE100PP-JDR BL407PT-WAH BE90PT-RAV EM820PT-FAX EM121PT-XTA LJ31PP-EOO/EON EM110 (stored)PP-UQF BE400PT-ONO BE90PR-TTI/J AT72 TotalPR-AMA BE390PR-BRF/H/Y B733 BRAPR-FPL EC120PT-MEL CE208PR-HFC AS355PT-JAA 125PT-LJL Cit550PR-OAI F100 OceanPT-WUT BE350 PR-TOP CitJetPT-LPN Cit550PT-XGS LJ606053 125 FAB2717 LJ35 FAB
Flew to Belo Horizonte on Ocean Air F100 PR-OAG.
Thats it for part II, Cheers