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On 30APR22 I logged the following on ADS-B:

HexCode Callsign Reg Type F\Alt L\Alt F\Sqk L\Sqk F\Time L\Time

AE690E ——– 18-5905 C30J 21000 21000 0000 0161 13:13:15 13:49:31

It turned out to be AC-130J 18-5905 enroute from BIKF via EGUN to Eastern Europe. Apparently this was the first visit of this particular aircraft in the European theatre.

Andrew St Edmunds photographed the aircraft while on approach to EGUN; awesome image!

Spotflight – RSD086

On 10APR22 a Russian IL96 picked-up several persona non grata in Bruxelles. Because of the sanctions and the flight restrictions the routing of the aircraft was a bit peculiar…

15770E RA-96014 RSD086 52.56190 4.28012 29975′ 323.6∞ 380.4kts 12:07:54UTC 6 *g IL96 7154

Spotflight – TUG3700

Early this morning my system picked up the following ADS-B traffic:

601831 TUG3700 EZ-A700 B737 at 22-04-20 03:30:49 UTC

601831 EZ-A700 TUG3700 0.00000 0.00000 38000′ 303.2∞ 447.1kts 03:38:58UTC 6 *g B737 3250 1 A3

It turns out to be the personal aircraft of the president of Turkmenistan. A bit of an illusive aircraft because not many details are known. However a fellow PP pointed me in the direction of an interesting article:

Boeing 737 EZ-A700 (translated). The original article (including imagery) can be found here.

A rare image of the actual airplane can be found here.

The aircraft apparently landed at KADM this same day after a stop over at probably KPQI. The reason for the aircraft being at the destination is probably for maintenance or upgrades / alterations to systems or the interior.

Spotflight – JF001 & JF002

19:31:24 01-04-22 UTC AES:87C002 GES:90 2 80-1111 ! 31 A Boeing 777 300ER Japan Air Self-Defense Force

MFDCTSOOJF012030
REF NO 0001
REF  NO  0001
JAG0001/77/01 PART 1 OF 1
            STS:FPL REQ COR     AT     Z
-ATS
 (FPL-JAG1-
 -B77W/H
 -SDE2E3FGHIJ1J2J3J4J5M1P2RTUVWXYZ/LB1D1
 -LOGD0318
 -N0442F320 DCT LOLSI T174 INDIG L980
  KELOD L979 GOVEN T205 NUKRO DCT +++++
 -EDDB0046
 -PBN/A1B1C1D1L1O1S2T1 SUR/RSP180
  DOF/220402 REG/80-1111 EET/EDUU0033
  SEL/ABEQ CODE/87C002 RMK/TCAS EQUIPPED
 -E/0249 P/0 R/UVE S/M J/L
  D/7 437 C YELLOW
  A/WHITE AND SUN)

PART 01 END

20:04:03 01-04-22 UTC AES:87C002 GES:90 2 80-1111 ! 31 Y Boeing 777 300ER Japan Air Self-Defense Force

MFDCTSOOJF012103
AIRPORT WX
REQ UPLINK  21:03/01Z
AIRPORT WX

OBS TIME 2030
EPWA 012030Z 01012KT 2500 SN BR
     BKN005 00/M00 Q1002 TEMPO 1400 SN
     BKN004=

OBS TIME 2030
UACC 012030Z 21003MPS 4600 BR NSC
     M04/M05 Q1023 NOSIG RMK
     QFE735/0981=

TAF

ISSUED TIME 2000 TAF-L
EPWA 012030Z 0121/0221 02014KT 4000
     -SN BR BKN006 BKN012
TEMPO 0121/0212 04016G28KT 2000 SN
PROB40 TEMPO 0121/0212 0900 SN BLSN
     OVC004
BECMG 0213/0216 9999 SCT030=

ISSUED TIME 1721 TAF-L
UACC 011706Z 0118/0218 22004MPS
     1000 BR BKN005 TX03/0209Z
TNM06/0201Z
TEMPO 0118/0203 VRB02MPS 0200 FZFG
     VV001
BECMG 0203/0205 9999 NSW SCT011
     BKN100=

PART 01 END

20:54:03 01-04-22 UTC AES:87C002 GES:90 2 80-1111 ! 31 N Boeing 777 300ER Japan Air Self-Defense Force

MFDCTSOOJF012153
OPERATION MSG
TO JF001 AND JF002

PIREP NH1902 EDDF-RJTT B787 1923Z
WP EDATA-DIVNO FL/350-370  
IN OCNL TB/LGTP TURB

FROM HND WCH

20:38:03 01-04-22 UTC AES:87C003 GES:90 2 80-1112 ! 31 C Boeing 777 300ER Japan Air Self-Defense Force

ET/WET/WET
+04011750 15 5/5/5 NR/NR/NR NR/NR/NR
WET/WET/WET 50
+RWY 11 CHEMICALLY TREATED. RWY 15
CHEMICALLY TREATED.)

21:09:38 01-04-22 UTC AES:87C003 GES:90 2 80-1112 ! 31 J Boeing 777 300ER Japan Air Self-Defense Force

MFDCTSOOJF012209
OPERATION MSG
TO JF001 AND JF002

EPWA RWY 11/29 CLSD INFO
(NOTAM A0933/22)        
01/2202Z-02/0300Z
RWY 11/29 CLSD FOR LDG AND TKOF

BUT RWY OPEN RWY 15/33

FM HND WCH

Spotflight – CTM104

A French Air Force A330 with destination FMCZ as heard on HFDL:

[2022-03-31 20:58:00.960 GMT] [8977.0 kHz] [-1.7 Hz] [-29.7/-35.7 dBFS] [6.0 dB] [300 bps] [S]
Downlink LPDU:
Src AC: 255
Dst GS: Reykjavik, Iceland
Type: Logon resume
ICAO: 3B7544
AC info: F-UJCS, Airbus, A330 243, French Air Force
Frequency data:
Flight ID: CTM104
Lat: 41.2365746
Lon: 12.5910427
Time: 20:57:56
GS ID: Reykjavik, Iceland
Listening on: 17985.0, 15025.0, 11184.0, 8977.0, 5720.0, 3900.0
Heard on: 17985.0, 15025.0, 8977.0
GS ID: Molokai, Hawaii
Listening on: 21937.0, 13324.0, 13312.0, 13276.0, 11348.0, 11312.0, 10027.0, 8936.0, 8912.0, 6565.0, 5514.0
Heard on:
GS ID: Agana, Guam
Listening on: 21928.0, 17919.0, 11306.0, 8927.0, 6652.0, 5451.0
Heard on: 11306.0
GS ID: Riverhead, New York
Listening on: 17919.0, 13276.0, 8912.0, 5652.0
Heard on: 13276.0
GS ID: Hat Yai, Thailand
Listening on: 21949.0, 13270.0, 10066.0, 8825.0, 6535.0, 5655.0
Heard on:
GS ID: Shannon, Ireland
Listening on: 11384.0, 10081.0, 8843.0, 6532.0, 5547.0, 3455.0, 2998.0
Heard on: 10081.0

Spotflight – CFC3648

On 28MAR22 a Canadian C-17 made a rare visit to the small civilian airfield of Eelde (EHGG) in The Netherlands.

14:48:21 28-03-22 UTC AES:C2B3D7 GES:C5 2 .77701A ! A4 G Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III Royal Canadian Air Force

/MLBSDCR.FS1/FSM 
EHGG,1448,
METAR: EHGG 281425Z AUTO 33006KT 280V020 9999 NSC 10/06 Q1021 NOSIG

TAF: EHGG 281119Z 2812/2918 34006KT 9999 FEW008
 BECMG 2818/2820 6000 BKN008
 PROB30 TEMPO 2819/2907 4500 BR BKN004
 BECMG 2905/2908 9999 BKN0251427

14:57:37 28-03-22 UTC AES:C2B3D7 GES:C5 2 .77701A ! H1 H Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III Royal Canadian Air Force

- #MD/A0 SOUCAYA.AFN/FMHCFC3648,.77701A,,145734/FAK5,EGTT4517

Spotflight – CLEAN

Today 6x KC-135 flew from CONUS to (probably) EGUN:

AE013B57-1435KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN22
AE059960-0315KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN21
AE07B962-3550KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN12
AE04C759-1490KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN11
AE042E64-14837KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN02
AE035957-1439KC-135RUnited States Air ForceCLEAN01

Some examples of received L-band messages:

04:18:00 29-03-22 UTC AES:AE013B GES:44 2 .71435S ! A4 G Boeing KC-135R United States Air Force

/YQXE4YA.FS1/FSM 0417 220329 CZQX
CLEAN22 RCL RECEIVED
IF NO CLEARANCE WITHIN
30 MINUTES OF OCEAN
ENTRY POINT
REVERT TO VOICE
PROCEDURES
END OF MESSAGE53BC

22:22:14 29-03-22 UTC AES:AE042E GES:44 2 .44837S ! 20 G Boeing KC-135R United States Air Force

01/Y/MC/4837/30/KPSM/EGUN/0002/0609/CLEAN02       //9DA9

00:12:17 30-03-22 UTC AES:AE07B9 GES:44 2 .23550S ! 20 Q Boeing KC-135R United States Air Force

01/Y/MC/3550/30/KPSM/EGUN/0030/0617/CLEAN12       //2619

02:31:12 30-03-22 UTC AES:AE07B9 GES:44 2 .23550S ! A0 O Boeing KC-135R United States Air Force

/YQXD2YA.AFN/FMHCLEAN12,.23550S,,023116/FCAYQXE2YA,03B55

03:20:04 30-03-22 UTC AES:AE07B9 GES:44 2 .23550S ! AA R Boeing KC-135R United States Air Force

/YQXE2YA.AT1.23550S218D35AA51A3C19D122D24106A434106256934E2D3410E64583398B2410504C8B5A2CC410E4419D1E2A09B06CA08515041AD064CC830A6454126320A5168D58B4EA45880E16A

FANS-1/A CPDLC Message:
 CPDLC Uplink Message:
  Header:
   Msg ID: 3
   Timestamp: 03:19:22
  Message data:
   GANDER ATC ADVISES CLEAN12 A LEVEL CHANGE MAY BE AVAILABLE IF REQUESTED

Spotflight – UPS096 / Molokai

A UPS MD-11 from Anchorage to Shenzhen with a logon request to Molokai, Hawaii

[2022-03-25 17:07:00 GMT] [11312.0 kHz] [-4.0 Hz] [-33.5/-36.1 dBFS] [2.6 dB] [300 bps] [S]
Downlink LPDU:
Src AC: 255
Dst GS: Molokai, Hawaii
Type: Logon request (DLS)
ICAO: A2E615
AC info: N286UP, MCDONNELL DOUGLAS, MD-11F, United Parcel Service Co
Frequency data:
Flight ID: UP0096
Lat: 24.9747180
Lon: 114.3668640
Time: 17:06:54
GS ID: Molokai, Hawaii
Listening on: 21937.0, 17919.0, 13324.0, 13312.0, 13276.0, 11348.0, 11312.0, 10027.0, 8936.0, 8912.0, 6565.0, 5514.0
Heard on: 11312.0, 10027.0, 6565.0
GS ID: Reykjavik, Iceland
Listening on: 17985.0, 15025.0, 11184.0, 8977.0, 6712.0, 5720.0, 3900.0
Heard on:
GS ID: Agana, Guam
Listening on: 21928.0, 17919.0, 13312.0, 11306.0, 8927.0, 6652.0, 5451.0
Heard on: 8927.0, 6652.0
GS ID: Al Muharraq, Bahrain
Listening on: 21982.0, 17967.0, 13354.0, 10075.0, 8885.0, 5544.0
Heard on:
GS ID: Riverhead, New York
Listening on: 21931.0, 17919.0, 13276.0, 11387.0, 8912.0, 6661.0, 5652.0
Heard on:
GS ID: Shannon, Ireland
Listening on: 11384.0, 10081.0, 8942.0, 8843.0, 6532.0, 5547.0, 3455.0, 2998.0
Heard on: 8942.0

Spotflight – AF1

15:30:36 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFDF8 GES:44 2 82-8000 ! H1 K Boeing VC-25A United States Air Force

- #MD/AA YQXD2YA.AT182-800022BDD76A4B69D5A55A2C999320CE87150459D129A08351035615D043A90D051B0829449E8274FAE818B264B99B70D1A4

18:01:30 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFDF8 GES:44 2 82-8000 ! H1 P Boeing VC-25A United States Air Force

- #MD/A0 SNNCPXA.AFN/FMHAF1,82-8000/FAK0,EISN/FARADS,2/FARATC,0EAC3

17:04:41 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFEB5 GES:C1 2 .40787L ! H1 Z Boeing E-4B United States Air Force

- #MD/A0 SNNCPXA.AFN/FMHGRIM99,.40787L/FCAEGTTATN,1FABE

17:05:58 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFEB5 GES:C1 2 .40787L ! 31 D Boeing E-4B United States Air Force

FTX01010101
METAR UPLINK
METAR EGUN:
231457Z 11009KT 9999
FEW070 19/00 A3039 RMK
AO2A SLP293 RVRNO $
--------------------------------------

12:27:56 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFEB9 GES:44 2 99-0003 ! H1 T Boeing C-32A United States Air Force

- #MD/A0 YQXD2YA.AFN/FMHSAM674,99-0003,,122632/FCAYQXE2YA,02F73

15:37:40 23-03-22 UTC AES:ADFEB9 GES:44 2 99-0003 ! RA L Boeing C-32A United States Air Force

QUCOSUDXH#1
FM: SAMDISPATCH-UPDATE NO ISSUES EXPECTED NEAR SOMAX. FL350 APPEARS
TO BE GOOD FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE CROSSED. WILL CONT TO MONITOR.

17:03:39 23-03-22 UTC AES:AE4AE8 GES:90 2 ..90016 ! H1 I Boeing C-32A United States Air Force

- #MD/A0 PIKCPYA.AFN/FMHSAM46,..90016,,170338/FAK0,EGGX/FARADS,0/FARATC,0,PIKCPYA0698