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Civil aviation is one of two major categories of flying, representing all non-military aviation, both private and commercial.

MAKS 2019

MAKS, also known as the Moscow Air Show is held every odd year at the Zhukovskiy air force base, southeast of Moscow. This years highlight included the apperance of the Irkut MC-21 airliner and four flying Su-57s.

Introducing PH-GOV

The Dutch government took delivery of its new government jet, an B737 BBJ registered PH-GOV to replaces the previously used Fokker 70. Saturday 6 July 2019, it was show to the public at Woensdrecht Air Base.

World Economic Forum 2018

Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization.

KLM Fokker Farewell

With its last passenger flight just the night before, 4 Fokkers 70s we retired Sunday 29 October 2017 from KLMs Cityhopper fleet. This marks the end of an era, 97 years of shared history between KLM and Fokker. Hundreds of people showing up at Schiphol East to witness this event.

Paris Air Show 2017

19 June, Aviamagazine attended the Salon International de l’aeronautique at Paris Le Bourget, better known as the Paris Air Show. The 52nd edition of this bi-annual trade show featured a lot of debuting aircraft, like the Embraer ERJ-195-E2, Mitsubishi MRJ-90, Airbus A350-1000, and Boeing 787-10 to name a few.

Japan 2006

Japan is well known for its spotter friendly atmosphere. Combine this with unique military aircraft, no where to be seen, and a variety of Japanese airlines, and you have one for the bucket list. Aviamagazine traveled around two of the main islands and visited the hot spots in the land of the rising sun.

Ed Force One

As you might know, Iron Maiden’s front man, Bruce Dickinson is a spotter and pilot as well. This might have contributed in Iron Maiden choosing a Boeing 747 as airplane for their Book of Souls World Tour with, no wonder, Bruce behind the stick.

Alaska 2015

Thirteen years after our first visit we headed back to the upper most state of the US. In one week we would visit Alaska’s two biggest cities and biggest airports. What changed during the last decade? you wouldn’t be surprised, not very much, thankfully.

Introducing KLM Dreamliner

As part of KLM’s fleet renewal program, its first Boeing 787-9 touched down at it’s home base Amsterdam Schiphol on November 14. Just a week later, on Sunday 22 November, we were able to fly the first ever passenger flight. 21 Dreamliners -9 and -10 will join the KLM in the coming years.

Paris Air Show 2015

Aviamagazine attended the first of two public days at the end of a full week bi-annual Paris Air Show on Saturday June 20th. Although the weather was good, the show was somewhat disappointing.

MD-11 Farewell

After 21 year in service with KLM, the last scheduled passenger McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flight was operated on October 26, 2014, followed by three special farewell flights on November 11. These were to be the last passenger flights of the type in the world. Tickets for this event were sold within minutes, but Aviamagazine was fortunate to been on one of the flights.

Hermeskeil Flugausstellung

Hermeskeil Aviation Museum officially named Flugausstellung Leo and Peter Junior, has the biggest privately owned collections of military and civil aircraft in Germany. The collection with over 100 aircraft on display has some unique aircraft from the Cold War age. Lots of former East German military aircraft are on display but also Germany’s military allies during that period.

Saudi Arabian Airlines

In 1962 Saudi Arabian Airlines was the first Middle Eastern airline operation a jet airliner, when two Boeing 720´s were delivered. Nowadays, rebranded as Saudia, the airline flies a modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft with a total of 90 destinations. Besides being Saudi Arabia´s domestic and international airline, Saudi Arabian also provides cargo and Royal / government-related flights, provided by special aircraft types.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10

The days of the mighty tri-motor airliner are numbered. Production ended in 1989 with over 400 build. The last scheduled passenger flight with a DC-10 was flown on December 7th 2013. The DC-10 now only continues as cargo aircraft and will disappear entirely over the coming years.

Nuclear Security Summit 2014

24 and 25 March, the Netherlands will host the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. 57 countries will attend with lots of world leaders visiting through Schiphol airport.

Open door Melsbroek 2013

15 Wing organized an open door event to celebrate it’s 65th anniversary, and 40 years of C-130 operations. The whole Belgium Air Force utility, VIP fleet was present and lots of C-130s. The Federal Police which also uses Melsbroek Air Base also participated in this open door event.

Paris Air Show 2013

Highlight of the bi-annual Paris tradeshow , or Paris Air Show held at the airport of Le Bourget, was for sure the first public appearance and third flight ever of the new Airbus A350. Together with the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 it represents the future of commercial flight.

Canada Tour 2008

When you’re an aviation enthusiast, there are certain locations high on the bucket list, Canada certainly being one of them. Especially the Northwest Territory is interesting due to the large amount of vintage aircraft, still used in these arctic areas. The Vancouver area sees lots of float planes, combined with the beautiful scenery and wildlife this is a great combination for a road trip.

Buffalo Airways

Canadian Buffalo Airways has been in the business of providing scheduled and chartered passenger and freight service for over 40 years. Buffalo mostly operates in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Buffalo’s fleet consists of vintage piston powered war planes like the DC-3 , DC-4 and C-46 Commando. For the fire fighting contracts the PBY-5 and CL-215 was added. Latest addition to the fleet is the turboprop powered L-188 Electra.

Moscow Tour 2011

August 2011 we headed to Moscow for an aviation tour around the city and a visit to the MAKS air show. Since Russia isn’t fully open for spotters we joined an organised tour with Aeroprints. With 15 years of experience they have lots of contacts, very useful to visit restricted areas. Although we visited both civil and military sites, the main focus of this article is on civil aviation. Separate articles on the MAKS air show and Monino air force museum can be found elsewhere on this site.

Central Air Force Museum

The largest Russian aircraft museum in the world is located on the site of the former Monino airfield east of Moscow. With over 170 aircraft, mainly from the Cold War-era, this museum is a must see! The collection has many unique (one-off) aircraft and prototypes. For example the only existing Sukhoi T-4, Myasishchev M-50 and ground effect Bartini Beriev VVA-14 can be seen here.

Tupolev Tu-144

Not known by many people, the Tupolev 144 was the world’s First supersonic transport aircraft (SST) just two months before Concorde. It was also the first SST to exceed Mach 2. Very similar in design to Concorde, allegations were often made that the Soviets had stolen Concords plans. In this article we will look into the history, and present status of this remarkable aircraft.

China 2009

In 2009 we made a trip across the southern part of China, exploring famous sights like Shanghai, Tongli, The Yellow Mountains at Huangshan, Karst mountains near Guilin , the rice terraces at Ping An and the famous giant panda’s at Chengdu. And most of all, experiencing the real China. Along the way we checked out some airfields, like Nanchang, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and Beijing focusing on civil aviation.

Air China

Air China is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China. By fleet size Air China is the world’s 10th largest airline, nowadays consisting of mostly Western types. Air China was formed when the CAAC was split up in 6 different airlines. In this airline profile we will look into de CAAC history and the modern day Air China.

China Aviation Museum

The China Aviation Museum, often referred to as Datangshan, is China’s biggest Aviation museum with a collection over 300 aircraft. The museum offers a great collection dating from the Korean- and Cold War, till current Chinese airpower. The museum is located 60 km north of Beijing, near the town of XiaoTangShan, and was once part of the Shahezhen airbase.

World Economic Forum 2011

Leo Hoogerbrugge visited the closing weekend of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Zurich Klote airport. The forum held in the Swiss town of Davos, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world.

Flugplatzfest Sankt Stephan

It must be the ultimate place to fly a jet: the Swiss Alps. Mountainranges, glaciers, green valleys and clearblue lakes. For the Dutch Hawker Hunter Association it was part of a dream: bring one of their own to the yearly Hunterfest held at Sankt Stephan airfield in the Obersimmental right in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Farnborough Airshow 2010

Every two years one of the biggest sales driven airshow in the world is held at Farnborough, United Kingdom. The show is for both civil and military aviation and held from 19-25 July 2010.

First A380 visit Schiphol

Tens of thousands watched the first visit of the Airbus A380 to Schiphol International Airport. Although there are already 40+ A380s in service, this was the first ever visit to the Netherlands. The Airbus test airframe (F-WWDD, 2e prototype MSN004) is on a European tour for airports to test their readiness.

World Economic Forum 2009 Zurich

Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. A total of 2000 persons gather for several days in Davos. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization.

London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport London's second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. Gatwick is especially interesting in the summer season, when holiday charters take up most of the slots, flying to Mallorca and Ibiza and the Greek islands.

World Economic Forum 2007 Zurich

Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. A total of 2000 persons gather for several days in Davos. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization.

World Economic Forum 2006 Zurich

Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO`s of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. A total of 2000 persons gather for several days in Davos. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization. This year`s theme`s included India.

Australia Trip 2005

In this report we will follow AviaMagazine's correspondent Koen Hartkamp on his trip to Australia. He will visit several airfields, both civil and military.

Czech International Air Fest

The Annual Czech international air fest was held on Friday 10 and 11 September at Turany airport located just southeast of the city of Brno. What makes this show interesting is the large amount of Russian and east European air forces like Romania, Slovakia and Serbia and Montenegro.

Paris Air Show 2005 Le Bourget

This year, the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France was all about one aircraft, the mother of all airliners: the Airbus A380. The double deck airbus, worlds largest passenger aircraft, made it’s first public appearance since it’s maiden flight earlier this year.

London Heathrow 7 May 2005

Traditionally day two of our trip brings us to the busiest airfield of England, London Heathrow. Because runway 27R was in use, we went to a spot next to the maintenance hanger on a small commercial area. An ideal spot, out of sight of passing traffic and right next to the aircraft on final.

Manchester 6 May 2005

The first stop on our annual England trip was of course Manchester International. Manchester is the busiest airport outside the London area. What makes this airfield interesting is the large amounts of holiday carriers like Thomas Cook, My travel and Monarch.

China 2005

Every aircraft enthusiast has a wish list of (exotic) locations to visit. China will be high on everyone’s list. With communism fading and China opening up to the west, this isn’t a dangerous trip anymore. On march 18th 2005, 26 spotters left with a KLM Boeing 747, bound for Beijing. Check out the exclusive report on this combined civil and military (museum) tour.

World Economic Forum 2005 Zurich

Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held at the Swiss town of Davos. The forum, formed in 1971, is attended by political leaders, CEO's of the world biggest companies, selected intellectuals and journalists from all over the world. A total of 2000 persons gather for several days in Davos. The WEF has big influence on worldwide decision making and thus is a powerful advisory organization. This year's theme's included Weapons of Mass Destruction, Poverty, Islam, Climate Change and China.

Europe in 4 days

How about four airports in four day's across whole Europe? Why not. First stop Frankfurt Rhein-Main, always lots of interesting visitors and off course the USAF military field. Day two: Zurich International, Switzerland's main port. Day three: Geneva. Beautiful scenery and lots of bizz-jets. And then back again via Paris Charles de Gaulle.

ILA 2004

The tradition of the ILA dates back nearly one hundred years and reflects the development of aviation. From the outset, it was an international exhibition. The air shows were always trade fairs and at the same time a meeting place for aviation enthusiasts. First the show was held at Frankfurt and Berlin-Tempelhof. After WWII the show was relocated at the German main land. The fall of the Berlin Wall enabled the International Aerospace Exhibition to return to its original location. For the first time, ILA 1992 was held at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.

Manchester - London 2004

Two day trips to the two major airports of England, Manchester International and London Heathrow. Like expected lot's of new operators and livery's were photographed.

Virgin Airlines

Virgin Atlantic was developed as an offshoot of the Virgin Group founded by Richard Branson, at that time better known as the flamboyant leader of Virgin Records. Virgin Atlantic started cheap flights between London and New York in June 1984. AviaMagazine.com looks at one of the first low budget airlines, and all it’s current and former offshoots.

Alaska 2002

Our journey started on the 25th of May, when eight photographers gathered on Schiphol airport, Amsterdam. The first stage of this trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport (MN) took about eight hours. After six hours we reached our first goal for this trip, Anchorage Ted Stevens International airport, Alaska. This trip would be a unique experiment, combining lot's of airfields, civil, military and a visit to Denali National park. Hightlight of this trip, a flight in a DHC-2 Beaver Floatplain, destination: a lake in the middle of nowhere.