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Airport Watch PHX

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Airport Watch First class 2012

    A project that started well over a year ago has finally been completed. With the first class to graduate the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol program (PNP). The Airport Watch first class members include, Jason Bong, Felipe Garcia, Billy Ellison (Wild Bill), Peter Nickerson, Ron McLellan, and Saurabh Patel. Airport Watch AZ has already logged in over 100 hours since the class has been active. Some information about how the process got started. Just over a year ago, I received some information pertaining to other Airport Watch Programs globally. There were only two Airport Watch Programs in North America, which include Chicago (ORD), Minneapolis St-Paul (MSP) and “coming soon” Phoenix (PHX)...Read More

7000th Airbus in Service

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On December 12, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany US Airways took delivery of the 7,000th Airbus aircraft ever built - an A321-231, serial number 4957.  The aircraft wore test registration D-AZAE, and flew home to Phoenix Sky Harbor via Bangor and Pittsburgh on December 13, 2011 as AWE 9254.  US Airways is the largest operator of Airbus aircraft in the world, with 242 Airbus aircraft currently active in the fleet, and another 91 on order.  The new A321 is seen here departing Phoenix Sky Harbor on December 16, 2011. Photos and Story provided by:Peter Nickerson Video provided by: Jamie Hines of www.jamiehinesphoto.com Read More

Farewell to an Old Workhorse

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Without so much as a whimper, the last operational US Airways "West" Boeing 737 made its final journey home on ovember 29th.  The aircraft tasked with this assignment, N305AW, touched down in Phoenix, AZ at 1:31 pm, operating as "Cactus 48" from Las Vegas, NV. Among the passengers on the nearly-empty flight was a retired America West Airlines captain who had begun his career with the airline on the day it commenced operations on August 1st, 1983, as well as a small contingent of other employees and aviation enthusiasts.  After landing the flight was cleared into gate A5, where it was met by a group of pilots and other US personnel there to commemorate the unceremonious event, and as the engines spooled down, another chapter of America West Airlines history came to a close...Read More

PHX Spotters Day 2011

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Our second annual PHX Spotters day 2011 was a complete success. The staff at PHX Spotters started planning this event about 3 months ago. We decided to plan the event for November 5th, 2011. Even with there being a couple other events in the surrounding areas of Phoenix we decided the day must go one. Invites sent out via Facebook and Twitter. There is no turning back. The day before the event and the weather is not looking to good for our event. The forecast for Saturdays event was an expected high of 69 degrees and sunny. Well the morning of the event, I open the garage and all I see is dark clouds and the smell of new rain is in the air. But like I said the show must go one. There is no way this can be cancelled. We have members flying in for the event...Read More