CXfirst
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LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:28 am

Hey, I was just on flightradar24.com, and there is a LH A319 flying under the flight number DLH9999 circling (at low altitude) many times around Malta (and landing and taking off). It seems to have just landed now, but it might take off again soon if it follows this pattern.

Here is a screen shot taken at 12:20pm (CEST).



Can anybody explain this behaviour?

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bmibaby737
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:42 am

Maintenance test flight.

Lufthansa Tecknik is at Malta.

[Edited 2011-11-19 03:43:13]
 
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:50 am

Quoting bmibaby737 (Reply 1):
Maintenance test flight.

Lufthansa Tecknik is at Malta.

Thanks. I thought it might be something like that, but didn't know Lufthansa Tecknik was at Malta.

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flyingalex
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:09 pm

Could also have been base training with newly-rated pilots - LH sometimes does that in Malta. Condor also does so fairly often.
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:46 pm

Base training. Regular occurrance.
 
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:03 pm

Most definitly training. They are done on weekends, most of the time with A319s. Also there are hardly any maintenance occurances that would require multiple traffic patterns...
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:15 pm

The A/C has done more than 30 FC at one day!
Definitely flight training!
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:27 pm

Do they have to pay landing fees on training flights?
 
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RE: LH A319 Circling Around Malta (flightradar24)?

Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:55 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Do they have to pay landing fees on training flights?

Depends what sort of deal they have with the airport. Lufthansa Flight Training used to have a subsidiary flight school called InterCockpit in Croatia, and they negotiated a contract with a yearly payment that covered all landing charges by LH Flight Training aircraft for a hefty flat yearly payment to Croatian ATC. They sent quite a few aircraft to ZAD for base training under the terms of that contract.
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