My final weekday spotting report for a while does not take me to Turweston as one may expect, but London Oxford Airport. Before you question me about the London bit, Oxford’s 4327 feet of tarmac is apparently so close to London that one may call it that. To me that is like calling Dover French or Calais British.
My choice of title for this comes as most aircraft I saw landing at Oxford today were twins, ranging from Piper’s Seneca trainer to Bombardier’s Challenger business jet, the cockpit of which with no doubt I can say is where a lot of Seneca pilots will want to end up particularly if it involves taking their favourite celebrities around the world.
I am not sure what the matter with G-FABO was, but the (awful) photo of it that I have, shows it missing paint and a registration. She was later doing engine checks which, even from the 19 threshold, a good 400 metres away, were awfully loud. I suspect that however successful the checks were, the pilot was not impressed to be required to be towed back as runway 29’s surface was deemed unsuitable for any aircraft movements after he had arrived.
- 2-MATO (1992 Bombardier Challenger 601-3A)
- G-BHYP (1974 Reims-Cessna 172M Skyhawk)
- G-FABO (2001 Bombardier Challenger 604)
- G-FLOW (2004 Cessna 172S Skyhawk)
- G-HAFT (2005 Diamond DA42 Twin Star)
- G-HANG (2005 Diamond DA42 Twin Star)
- G-OXFA (2013 Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V)
- G-OXFC (2013 Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V)
- G-OXFE (2013 Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V)
- G-OXFF (2013 Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V)
- G-RSXP (2015 Cessna 560XL Citation XLS Plus)
- G-SCCA (2008 Cessna 510 Citation Mustang)
- G-WACG (1982 Cessna 152)
- G-WECG (2013 Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil II)
- N81188 (1982 Piper PA-28-236 Dakota)