Military Traffic British Forces RAF traffic remains as frequent as ever, as do AAC mostly in the form of BN-2s. RAF Valley overshoots are the most numerous traffic, some 16 T2 and 12 T1 Hawks were recorded and no doubt others were missed. Heavier types (with 1 exception) have been down, no Sentinels and fewer C130s this year from last. The exception is from 32 Sqn, with 146-100s ZE700 and ZE701 making multiple appearances, including several visits to PJC.
ZD574 by David K- IOM Pics, on Flickr 12/03/2014 RAF Odiham Chinook performing overshoots of 08 for a couple of hours. Lucky positioning for my Geography class that day looking out to the approach and a teacher who put up with me taking this shot!
XX250 by David K- IOM Pics, on Flickr 14/03/2014 In spite of a withdrawal due in 2013 the Hawk T1 fleet at Valley remain very active putting in plenty of appearances
G-CDVB by David K- IOM Pics, on Flickr 10/04/2014 RAF Northolt Agusta A109 now civil registered G-CDVB which arrived as a rescue for tech 146 ZE700 which sat on Victor for most of the day.
XW847 by David K- IOM Pics, on Flickr 01/05/2014 AAC Aldergrove Gazelle lifts off from Victor having taken on fuel.
XZ592 by David K- IOM Pics, on Flickr 02/05/2014 Following day and another helicopter stops to take on fuel, Sea King XZ592 also lifts off
Fantastic work David, Alex! Not many from me as I'm not often around the airport to catch the best of things but here goes anyway.
Throughout the year I did manage to catch a few of the special liveried easyJet A319's including the following;
11th February, G-EZBR "100th Airbus"
3rd April, G-EZBI "Romeo Alpha Juliet - Shakespeare"
28th July, G-EZIO "Unicef"
12th October, G-EZBF "Scottish Tartan"
Unfortunately I do have photos of G-EZEZ, "Napoli" from when I managed to catch a flight on it from London Gatwick back to the island in August however the only shots I have of it were in Gatwick itself.
After being off island during Thomas Cook's 757-200s visits in previous years, managing to see not one, but three of them made up for the ones I had missed prior.
31st May, Thomas Cook 757-2Q8 G-FCLA arriving from London Gatwick before operating a Palma de Mallorca charter.
7th June, Thomas Cook 757-2Y0 G-FCLK powers away from his approach for runway 08 during a torrential rainstorm, before diverting to Glasgow.
7th June, Thomas Cook 757-2G5 G-JMCG arrives from Glasgow as a replacement for G-FCLK before positioning back to Glasgow to operate a 4 hour late Tenerife service.
2014 was also the first year I'd seen a Flybe Embraer 195 on the ground at Ronaldsway bringing my total Embraer 195 sightings on the island up to a mere two.
24th May, Flybe Embraer 195 G-FBEJ arriving on a late Birmingham flight.
Aside from airliners my favourite aircraft from last year condense down to these final three.
BBJ3 737-9LB/ER VP-BDB on finals to runway 08.
Although I'd seen pictures of this next aircraft, I had been waiting a long time to catch an ATP from an operator other than Atlantic.
2nd January, NextJet BAe ATP SE-MAK arriving for maintenance.
Undoubtedly the Highlight of 2014 at Ronaldsway was seeing this next stunning and very rare aircraft.
11th July, French Navy Dassault Falcon 10MER 185 taxies for departure to Dinard as French Navy 55A2.