Spotting Review: BDL 3/17/13

I spent this Sunday morning at Bradley International Airport testing out a new piece of equipment. Though I have flown out of BDL many times, this was my first time planespotting there. While the amount and variety of traffic couldn't compare to the NYC airports, the access rivaled that of LGA though I wouldn't say it surpassed it.

Most operations on this particular morning were on runway 33 due to the prevailing winds that grew stronger as the morning went on.  This was one of 3 departures to use runway 24 on this morning.

Most operations on this particular morning were on runway 33 due to the prevailing winds that grew stronger as the morning went on.  This was one of 3 departures to use runway 24 on this morning.

Transient
For who knows what reason, this little ERJ needed to burn off fuel for about 15 minutes prior to departure.  They pulled off onto a short parallel taxiway giving this nice head-on shot.

For who knows what reason, this little ERJ needed to burn off fuel for about 15 minutes prior to departure.  They pulled off onto a short parallel taxiway giving this nice head-on shot.

As mentioned before, there was a pretty stiff crosswind on 24.  This AA 737 took a good bounce on its landing as a result.

As mentioned before, there was a pretty stiff crosswind on 24.  This AA 737 took a good bounce on its landing as a result.

I can't say that I had ever watched an aircraft shoot a missed approach before, let alone a helicoptor.  He made a quick turn away mid-field, unlike what a fixed wing aircraft would do.  This little guy also showed me a planespotting conundrum: setting the shutter speed for good rotor blur caused unwanted blur of the non-rotating parts, likely due to vibration of the subject.

I can't say that I had ever watched an aircraft shoot a missed approach before, let alone a helicoptor.  He made a quick turn away mid-field, unlike what a fixed wing aircraft would do.  This little guy also showed me a planespotting conundrum: setting the shutter speed for good rotor blur caused unwanted blur of the non-rotating parts, likely due to vibration of the subject.

The only "special" to arrive this morning was this Southwest 737-700 with a "Free Bags Fly Here" arrow.

The only "special" to arrive this morning was this Southwest 737-700 with a "Free Bags Fly Here" arrow.