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Cerklje AB open day

Each year Slovenian Army celebrates its day (15th May) by opening doors of its barracks and bases. Military part of the Cerklje airfield is no exception. Based in SouthEastern part of Slovenia, this used to be Yugoslav AF base equipped with J-21 Jastreb and J-22 Orao jet attack planes in 1991. After the war, airfield was taken over by Slovenian Army and it became its main aviation base with just a small detachement based at Ljubljana International aerodrome. Today it is home to Aviation School equipped with Zlin 242L and 143 light aircraft and Bell 206 JetRanger helicopters. Advanced turboprop trainers/light attack aircraft Pilatus PC-9M “Swifts” are also based there. Other assests like Cougars, Porters, B412s and Turbolet also visit the base frequently.

As I was working that day, I only managed to take some of the aircraft pictures.

Pilatus PC-6 Turbo-Porter

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions, and has been built both by Pilatus and by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. It remains in production as of August 2011.

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Airpower airshow at Zeltweg air base in Austria, has to be the biggest airshow in the Central Europe. I’ve been a regular visitor since 2003 and this year’s show was the best and biggest yet – almost 300.000 people attended the 2-day show and more than 15 million euro were earned. Talk about the economy 😉 I will try to present some of the feeling in chronological order. I hope you’ll enjoy the pics!

Austrian AF Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter trio dropping Austrian flag coloured water.

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When Putin flies into Slovenia

Yesterday, 22nd March 2011, Russian Prime Minister arrived to Slovenia for a formal visit (with Gazprom representatives you can imagine what was the main topic). Anyhow every time an interesting bird flies into the small Slovenia, aviation enthusiasts and spotters gather behind the fence of Ljubljana airport (LJU/LJLJ). I don’t like shooting photos of the flying “buses” (ie. airliners) as they are too boring and predictable for my style of photography but as a big Soviet/Russian aviation fan and as I had a day off work, it would be a sin to miss an opportunity to catch the Rossiya 1, Russian equvivalent of the US Air Force 1. All in all, 5 aircraft flew in for this event: transporter Il-76TM, 2x Tu-154M, Gazprom Falcon bussiness jet and last but not least, the presidental Ilyushin Il-96. Below is the photo story of yesterdays event. Continue reading