The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago
DFW FOUNDERS' PLAZA: The first planespotting shots of 2013
by, 02-16-2013 at 02:41 PM (8709 Views)
No waiting for three years for these shots. This was from a few weeks ago after dropping off the Chicklets at school. Because *all* my shortcuts *always* pass by an airport. Always.
N129UP awaits its morning load. Heheheheheheheheh, I said "LOAD"...... Built January 2001 for UPS.
Another UPS A300-600F (missed the MD-11F departure, so no gratuitous obligatory UPS MD-11F shot). This is N140UP, built in October 2001 for the airline.
N940AN, built July 2000 for American Airlines. Early morning arrival from Miami, I think. And oh would you look at how that POLISHED METAL fuselage reflects the sunrise lit landscape. That's just nice. Real pleasing to the eye...
Didn't catch the tail number on this MD-80. I'm going to miss this livery sorely and probably this aircraft as well now that the 737-800s outnumber the MD-80s for the first time.
Early morning Baby Jungle Jet that flew in from Abilene, Texas. Don't see the ERJ-135s here as often as we used to. But it seems that perhaps the ATR withdrawals have had some of the 135s pulled back into service, though.
First catch thanks to the Flightradar24 app for iPhone. Most of the reviewers on the App Store for this app don't grasp the basic fact that not everyone in US airspace is using ADS-B. But after playing with the app for a few weeks, I found most of what I wanted to photograph at DFW did use ADS-B and being in the right spot at the right time paid off for these shots of the Emirates 777-200LR. The nice thing is I don't have worry about bringing my scanner with me which is my usual tool to figure out where to be at DFW for particular arrivals.
I believe by 2020 the majority of aircraft in US airspace have to be using ADS-B.
A6-EWF was built for Emirates in July 2008. She seemed a bit quieter than the regular 777-200s, I wonder if that's on account of the big GE90s having to be on a much lower thrust setting when on approach. The knob gobblers on A.net would probably flip shit over how most of my shots in the mornings at DFW are backlit. Yeah, well, not everyone has access to the Sam Chui settings on their DSLRs.
Close up shot and you can make out the flight crew in the corner office. Emirates has 10 of the -200LR variant in its fleet.
This week marks the one year anniversary of Emirates' DFW-Dubai nonstop services. The inaugural flight was 2 February 2012. Apparently more Texas companies do business in the UAE than companies in any other US state.
"Emirates 221 Heavy, exit first high speed when available....."
Touchdown! The spoilers are deploying and soon the thrust reversers will deploy as well. I'd heard that for a long time the airport authority here was lobbying Air India for DFW services given our large Indian ex-pat population. Air India's having some financial concerns and it was one factor that also prompted Emirates to launch DFW services. From Dubai to India is only about a 2 or 3 hour flight and upwards from 500 passengers a day leave DFW for destinations in India on all airlines combined. That makes the Emirates flight a popular option not to mention their high caliber of inflight service.