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    Phoenix Area, May 2015 (Image Heavy)

    Hey Guys,

    After months of rain (Austin already exceeded its annual rainfall average by end of April) I decided that some sunshine was in order, and thankfully Phoenix never seems to disappoint in that regard. I made a bit of a circuit of the bigger airports in the city and wound up with a healthy selection of nice images for about 8 hours of total time invested. Quite a nice way to continue easing back into spotting. And now, for photos.

    I started off at Luke Air Force Base, a new stop for me. Got lucky with the last flight ops before a Friday AETC stand down to give the airmen a nice 4 day weekend.

    IMG_7339 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr

    One of the many Singaporean vipers that flew that day

    IMG_7362 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    I had not seen one of these extremely golden canopy tints in a while, Have Glass anyone?


    IMG_7369 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And of course, cue the one cloud in the sky when this guy rolled in...

    IMG_7343 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Next up was Mesa's Williams Gateway International Airport. Usually home to a decent number of military transients. The day I was there, home to exactly 0 military movements, but all was not lost.


    Surprise of the day goes to this Neptune, blasting off about 20 seconds after I got the car parked and before the light had really gotten good

    IMG_7409 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    I am given to believe that this is the new Con Air, replacing the white MD-80s

    IMG_7512 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Nice looking Pilatus from Show Low, AZ

    IMG_7589 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And the Allegiant regulars

    IMG_7551 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_7673 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr



    Last but not least was a visit to Sky Harbor to try a different vantage point (for me): The Terminal 3 parking garage. I was pleased with the results

    Sun Country sporting the new scimitars

    IMG_7724 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    As was new Southwest

    IMG_7745 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And old Southwest

    IMG_7752 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Being so used to DFW, the lack of sharklets on the PMUS birds still throws be a bit

    IMG_7806 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Surprise #1 of the day, a bizarre north-side landing from FedEx, followed by a much appreciated taxi over the bridge

    IMG_7846 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Chester was also sporting some new winglets

    IMG_7882 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    As the day wore on, I decided to drop the shutter speed and try a little panning as it got dark

    IMG_8483 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    First time seeing the new look on a standard A320

    IMG_8346 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_8147 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    The light is perfect when they make their turns onto the bridge from the south side

    IMG_8135 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_8142 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Surprise #2 of the day, a US Airways 752 sporting the new livery making a south-side landing, I was more than a little bit happy

    IMG_8055 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr

    IMG_8101 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_8073 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    IMG_8065 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    And lastly, Alaska beating the heat and heading up North.

    IMG_8426 by Nicholas Peterman, on Flickr


    Thanks for checking them out!


    Cheers!


    Nick

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    damn that phx light! wow! Sure is crisp.

    Love the Native Air (EAS?) bird. Doubt they get photographed often so it's nice to see them. I hadn't known about them until this post.

    You're making it hard on me to resist PHX much longer! Thanks for sharing this splendid set Nick.

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    Nice set! Making me miss spotting in AZ.

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    Thank you both! That afternoon light was certainly Splendid.

    Skyteam, Native Air is a careflight type medevac operator. They also operate some smaller rotary-winged types (got a photo that I wasn't pleased with enough to post here). But I do love the look of that PC-12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickPeterman View Post

    Skyteam, Native Air is a careflight type medevac operator. They also operate some smaller rotary-winged types .
    They fly a number of Airbus (Eurocopter) AStars all about Arizona. Saw one a few years ago in Tucson. They are a subsidiary of Air Methods.

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