New Bird Sighted over the New Hampshire Coast

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First Pilatus PC-24 has been delivered to PlaneSense Inc. in New Hampshire

There’s a new bird in the air over the New Hampshire Seacoast region, and soon it’ll be spreading its wings across America. The first production Pilatus PC-24 was feted at the PlaneSense® Inc. company headquarters at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on Thursday, February 8, 2018 after being delivered to the fractional ownership company at a ceremony at Pilatus’s Broomfield, Colorado facility the day prior. A week earlier, the jet had departed the Pilatus factory’s airport at Stans, Switzerland, bound for North America.

The first Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

The PC-24 has been dubbed “The Super Versatile Jet” (SVJ) by the manufacturer, for good reason...

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Spotting at Portsmouth NH February 13, 2018

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There’s nothing like dusting off the camera and getting out in the New Hampshire sunshine in February to begin my aviation photography journey during the year. Although the air temperature was chilly (it never got above the freezing mark all day), the sun’s warmth was noticeable, and the three hours or so that I was watching aircraft at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease wasn’t uncomfortable.

My interests for this trip were twofold… the desire to take better photos of PlaneSense’s new PC-24 jet in the air, and to record some Italian Air Force aircraft which were rumored to arrive around mid-day.  The winds, although light from the north, weren’t very strong and favored runway 34 when I got to the golf course parking lot, just before noontime...

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Long, Trim and Deluxe: The A350-1000XWB Debuts in Australia

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9273 A350-1K F-WLXV Airbus

At about the time PHXspotters heard the newest in Airbus’s illustrious stable was visiting Australia, we needed little prodding to fly interstate for a mixed media demonstration and spotting trip. As the A350-1000XWB is yet to visit the American continent, I’d like to share the experience.

Business first! Thanks to a generous offer to join the media contingent in Sydney for a demonstration flight, the day went something like this: Join our flight – Jetstar airways JQ504 departing Melbourne on an A320-232 (VH-VGN) – it is just over an hour’s flight – and on the ground at Sydney at 09:20 with just enough time to grab a cab to QANTAS House, Mascot, for the pre-flight briefing. Tight timeframes ensured a fast pace...

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