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Now in its 51st year providing for aviation enthusiasts in the Gatwick area.

The monthly magazine Hawkeye is now no longer in production, having completed 50 years of publication. To find out what has been happening at Gatwick over the last few days, click the 'movements' tab above, then 'daily listings' in the drop-down, and enter the relevant date. For more general news items see below. Other activities include regular slide shows, an annual International Enthusiasts Fair and aviation publications.


HB-ILD, a Balair Cargo DC-4 pictured way back when...

Image from Pierre-Alain Petit via Tom Singfield.

The slide-show dates for the autumn/winter of 2018 will be available soon.

07.07.18 AIRLINE NEWS-LEVEL This low-cost long-haul division of IAG/Iberia has set up a low-cost short-haul base in Vienna, and is about to begin twice daily services to Gatwick. Sources suggest that sister company VUELING AIRLINES has the option to operate the flights, or they may add their own small fleet of A321s, we shall soon see;

From 17th July daily, VY4080, STA1210, Vienna, A321

From 17th July daily, VK4052, STA1735, Vienna, A321

25.06.18 AIRLINE NEWS-BRITISH AIRWAYS At the short haul operation leased-in aircraft have continued to be necessary to maintain the shedule. Permanently on the books at time of writing are two TITAN AIRWAYS A320s and an EASTERN AIRLINES EMB-170. The experiment of using Cityflyer EMB-190s at weekends ended in the spring. The fleet therefore comprises minibuses in the G-GATx, G-DBCx, G-MIDx batches plus G-MEDK and usually two or three more borrowed from Heathrow. One of 'ours' has left the fleet though, A319 G-DBCI reached the end of its BA life, and after its last service (in from Edinburgh) on 7th March it ferried out to Madrid the same day for disposal.

25.06.18 AIRLINE NEWS-SUMMER ONLY AIRLINES Most of Gatwick's 'summer only' carriers have returned with similar shedules to last year, so it's welcome back to AIR ITALY (Merdiana rebranded), AIR AZORES (who have leased a Blue Air 737-800 to operate their route), BALKAN HOLIDAYS, CROATIA AIRLINES and MONTENEGRO AIRLINES. One exception seems to be AIR CANADA ROUGE, who had threatened to return with new destinations but their is no sign of them yet on their own website.

25.06.18 AIRLINE NEWS-VIRGIN ATLANTIC now has all four of its newly acquired A330s in service, with three at Gatwick at any one time. Following G-VMNK were G-VWND, which transferred in from Manchester on 14th May, and G-VMIK which did likewise on 18th May. The final addition was G-VLNM which arrived from Cambridge on 11th May, it went to Manchester on the 18th, returned on 8th June and finally entered service on 17th June. Meanwhile A340 G-VFIZ flew in from Heathrow on 3rd June and proceeded on to Manchester on 7th June.

19.05.18 AIRLINE NEWS-AIR CHINA has received the necessary clearances to open a service to Gatwick from Chengdu in July;

From 3rd July, on Tue, Fri & Sun, CA423, STA2205, Chengdu, A330

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Latest Log is for 30th April 2018
50 years - Complete historic movements for 1958-67 (members only)
A6-EMG Boeing 777-21HER Emirates Airline
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G-OOBB Boeing 757-28A TUI Airways
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20th Jul 2018 Winter/Spring 2018/2019 awaited
7th Jan 2014 John Dyer's Annual Review for 2014 added
20th Jul 2016 Initial Autumn Slideshow schedule published

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