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User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

I recently started a job that allows me a bit of time for spotting (no picture-taking opportunities though) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. I have twp questions, however regarding two aircraft on the FBO aprons. The first is a 737-300 (N645SW) that has been parked for a long while. The WN colors remains, however there are no tiles. What is the story on this aircraft...recently sold, MX, whats the story? The second is a Global Express registration N324SM. The owner is listed as Wilmington Trust. Could this be the Michael Dell Global Express?

Some recent visitors to note have been a Challenger 600 owned by Hilton Hotels, N354TC; and a Gulfstream IV, N100HF.



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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Nice spots, don't know the owners, but Micheal Dell has flown charters out of the Lakeway Airpark and Spicewood Airports in surrounding Austin. Don't know why Hilton would be in AUS...

AA777jr


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Don't know why Hilton would be in AUS

Well, there's a Hilton right on the premises at AUS. There's also a brand-new Hilton Convention Center downtown, along with 8 additional Hilton hotels in the city. I'm sure it's standard corporate travel.



"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Actually, rumor has it (wink, wink) that Hilton is holding all of its board meetings in Austin this year at their new hotel immediately adjacent to the convention center...but I wouldn't know for sure...........

Challenger 600's seem to be very popular here, and of course the smaller fractional ownership jets...seems every other reg I punch in is a fractional ownership.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

>>>The first is a 737-300 (N645SW) that has been parked for a long while. The WN colors remains, however there are no tiles. What is the story on this aircraft...recently sold, MX, whats the story?

As I write this, N645SW, is currently enroute MDW-BNA, and will op 3 more flights before terminating in SAT. It hasn't seen AUS earlier today, nor yesterday, 9/30.

I suspect that if you've seen what appears to be a SWA aircraft without titles, it's probably a de-commisoned 737-200. Can you double check the N-number?


User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

Interesting...I could swear that was the N number on that aircraft, but I was a distance away...maybe my contacts were blurry. As I said, the aircraft has been sitting there for quite a while (at least since I started this job 4 weeks ago) and hasn't moved. When I get the chance (probably Sunday at the earliest) I will double check.

When I first saw it, I excitedly thought it was a BBJ, but upon closer inspection I noticed that it was SWA colors, sans tiles and thought that very odd. I do still find it odd that an aircraft like a 737 has sat on the GA ramp for so long, much less in AUS...

Could it be a multi-engine trainer???



User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

One of our AUS folks advised me that there was an old -200 there for awhile, but thet it later left for rework/repaint. I don't know if that was the one you saw, or whether there is perhaps another retired -200 down there awaiting disposition. If it's still there, please provide the N-number and I'll see what I can find out.

User currently offlineKAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 95 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Interestingly enough, my father works for Motorola and often takes their corporate jet out of Hanger 4 at Austin-Bergstrom. If you ever see a Falcon Dassault 50 registered N158M, he just might be on that plane  Smile

Cheers -
KAUST



"Houston, this is Apollo 8. We are now in Lunar orbit."
User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

Okay, so I was NEAR the airport all day today...still no look at the SW registered N number...but I saw a couple of very interesting sights.

#1 the illuminated X indicating that the runway was closed ? Due to mowers taking care of the grass. Of course they did this in the middle of the day...in Texas...In the sun...who can really see those lights???

#2 an unidentified airline flying one flight in and one flight out. Of course I realize this could be a charter flight, however it seemed an odd visitor. It was either an MD80 (likely) or a later-model DC-9 painted overall white with a dark blue tail and aft fuselage. It is the blue of Midwest with the location of Airtran. There was no big A, so I was sure it was not Airtran. Also, it shouldn't be a cargo carrier as I am fairly certain its not a cargo aircraft.

#3 This is really just a question. Every day, and for many many hours each day I see a Fed-Ex three-holer on the cargo ramp. Question 1 is can anyone twll me how to differentiate between a DC-10 and MD-11? Seond, does anyone know what Fed-Ex flies here...is it a 10 or an 11?

Just an update yall (yes I am from Texas) I am really enjoying this new job with the spotting opportunities. If anyone comes to Austin, the best place I see to spot is along the bike trail off Burleson Road. The unfortunate (and troublesome) thing is that unless the aircraft are landing on that runway, you will not get those close shots. However, when they are landing on that runway from the South, it feels like you can touch the gear.

Mike in Aus


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1650 times:

Telling the difference b/w a DC10 and an MD11 is simple. The MD11 is longer than the DC10. The MD11 also has winglets. Also, FedEx operates the MD10, which is basically your standard DC10, but with an upgraded avionics package, similar to that of the MD11.

User currently offlineCOFreqFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

The FedEx three-holer is a DC-10. I've seen it enough times over the past several months... in fact, Tcfc, if you've seen *any* of the CO aircraft at KAUS, I've likely been on one of them at the time.

Will be in town today, but likely not down towards Bergstrom. Maybe near Mueller for a bit.



The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail
User currently offlineJeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 598 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Did that MD-80 resemble this?

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Or this?

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User currently offlineCofreqflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Think it's the TransMeridian, IMHO. I've seen them at KAUS before. I have NOT seen Allegiant there at all.

Just my $0.02 worth.



The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail
User currently offlineTcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

That TMA plane looks like what I saw...I wonder what that charter was for...To look around, you would think Austin has plenty of charter flights, but really, I haven't seen very many.



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