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Russian Knights at Kubinka Air Base, Moscow, Russia

July 28th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

A lot of Su-27 of Russian Knights at Kubinka Air Base in Moscow, Russia.

The Russian Knights (Russian: Русские Витязи) are an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Originally formed on April 5, 1991 at the Kubinka Air Base as a team of six Sukhoi Su-27s, the team was the first to perform outside the Soviet Union in September 1991 when they toured the United Kingdom. On December 12, 1995, disaster struck as three team members flew into a mountainside while practicing formation flying in adverse weather. Despite this unprecedented tragedy, the team bounced back and now performs with four Su-27P's and 2 Su-27UB's and in 2005, the Russian Knights acquired five Su-35 Super Flankers, but due to financial problems, these are not used in the displays.

The Kubinka air force base located 60 km west of Moscow is well known both in Russia and abroad. For years, it has been known as the Air Force installation used for demonstrating advanced combat aircraft to the national and foreign leaders. Kubinka AFB's personnel were first Soviet pilots to fly jet fighters in solo and group aerobatics: as early back as on 1 May 1946 Kubinka aces made their overflight of the Red Square as part of air parade formation. Nowadays, Kubinka AFB is known as the best aerobatics school where the world-renowned Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatics teams are stationed. Meanwhile, Kubinka is a major base of the Russian Air Force in the Moscow region, featuring a 65-year history.


Kosice International Airport, Slovakia

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Košice International Airport (Slovak: Medzinárodné letisko Košice) (IATA: KSC, ICAO: LZKZ) serves Košice, Slovakia and is the second largest international airport in Slovakia. It is located 6 km to the south of the city, 230 m (755 feet) above the sea level covering an area of 3.50 km². Is serves both scheduled and chartered, domestic and international flights. The largest aircraft that can land at the airport are Boeing 767 or Airbus A310. Airport capacity is currently around 700,000 passengers a year or 1000 passengers an hour.

Construction of today's airport began in 1950 near the suburb of Barca. In 1954 construction began on the first part of the new passenger terminal, hangar and new control tower. In 1955 direct flights began between Košice and Prague. The power supply was enhanced by more powerful transformers in 1962. Increasing traffic required a larger passenger terminal by the mid 1960s. The foundation of the SNP Air Force Academy in 1973 strengthened aviation in the then republic of Czechoslovakia. Between 1974 and 1977 the runway was increased by 1100m, the power supply rebuilt and a lighting system installed to meet CAT II ICAO specifications. Military aviation at the airport stopped in 2004.


Glasgow International Airport, Scotland

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Glasgow International Airport (Scottish Gaelic: Glaschu eadar-nàiseanail port-adhair) (IATA: GLA, ICAO: EGPF) (formerly Glasgow Abbotsinch Airport) is located 8 miles (13 km) west of Glasgow city centre, near the towns of Paisley and Renfrew in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

It is currently the largest and busiest airport in Scotland and was sixth busiest in the UK during 2005, dropping to seventh busiest during 2006 It was the first airport in Scotland to handle over one million passengers in one month.

The airport is owned by BAA Limited, which also owns London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

Glasgow International Airport is a hub airport for Loganair, easyJet and Flyglobespan.

The other international airport branded as a Glasgow destination is Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, situated 29 miles (46 km) from the city centre, serving low cost airlines and currently handling slightly more than a quarter of Glasgow Airport's traffic.


Edynburg Airport, Scotland

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Edinburgh Airport (IATA: EDI, ICAO: EGPH) is located in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the eighth-largest airport in the UK. It is located 8 statute miles (13 km) west of the city centre and is situated just off the M8 motorway.

Edinburgh Airport is owned by BAA Limited, the company which also owns London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Glasgow International, Aberdeen, and Southampton airports.

The present terminal building, designed by Robert Matthew, was constructed in 1977 and has been upgraded in recent years, with new car parking facilities and an extended arrivals hall. A new control tower was completed in 2005.

There are plans for expansion of the airport, with passenger numbers expected to reach over 20 million per annum by 2030.

Turnhouse Aerodrome was the most northerly British air defence base in World War I. The small base opened in 1915 and it was used to house the 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, which consisted of DH 9As, Westland Wapitis, Hawker Harts, and Hawker Hind light bombers. All the aircraft used a grass air strip.


Perth Airport, Australia

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Perth Airport (IATA: PER, ICAO: YPPH) is an Australian domestic and international airport located south of Guildford, Western Australia, and is the major commercial airport servicing Western Australia's capital city, Perth. It is a medium sized airport by international standards, but plays a strategic role due to its location – servicing many Australian, Asian, African and Pacific locations.

The domestic terminal is 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the Perth CBD, whilst the international terminal is 17 kilometres (10.6 mi) from the CBD. The airport is located near major arterial roads, Great Eastern Highway and Tonkin Highway. The domestic terminal is also accessible from the city by public transport buses, and transfers between terminals are available by use of a inter-terminal transfer bus or taxi.


Dortmund Airport, Germany

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Dortmund Airport (IATA: DTM, ICAO: EDLW), is the international airport of Dortmund, Germany. Its slogan is Näher als man denkt (Closer than you think). Since 2006 it has been carrying the name "Dortmund Airport 21", in reference to the fact that Dortmund's utility company, DSW21, is its major shareholder.

The airport, originally located in the suburb of Brackel, was first served by commercial flights in 1925 by Aero Lloyd, which operated flights to Paris. By the business year 1927/1928, service had expanded to 2,589 commercial flights annually. During World War II the airport was used a German air base, and was subsequently used by the British Royal Air Force. Service to Dortmund was not recommenced when German commercial air service was restarted in 1955. In 1960, the civil airfield was relocated to Dortmund-Wickede. The old airport was abandoned and occupied by British forces until the 1990s. Since 2006, part of the original airport area has been used as training grounds by the soccer club Borussia Dortmund.


Ngurah Rai Airport (Bali International Airport), Indonesia

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Ngurah Rai Airport (IATA: DPS, ICAO: WADD), also known as Bali International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar. It is Indonesia's third-busiest international airport, after Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Surabaya's Juanda International Airport. The airport is located close to the extensive tourist developments of southern Bali; the resort center of Kuta is 2.5 km north of the airport. Since 2005-12-23, the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America has determined that the airport does not meet the security standards of the International Civil Aviation Administration.

This airport is collecting an Airport Improvement Fee of Rp 100,000 per traveller (approximately $9 USD / €8).

* Domestic Arrival and Departure Width: 9.039 m²


Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, Romania

July 15th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internaţional Henri Coandă) (IATA: OTP, ICAO: LROP) is the largest airport in Romania, as well as one of two airports serving Bucharest (The other airport is Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu). IATA code for Bucharest - all airports - is BUH.

Henri Coandă Intl is located north of the Bucharest metropolitan area, in the town of Otopeni, Ilfov. It is still largely known as the Otopeni Airport (Aeroportul Internaţional Bucureşti Otopeni). In May 2004 it was renamed in honour of Romanian flight pioneer professor Henri Coandă, the builder of the world's first jet powered aircraft.

OTP received 3.513.576 passengers in 2006 and the airport is expected to handle 4.5 million passengers in 2007.

Currently the airport has one terminal divided into three halls (sometimes referred as distinct terminals) (International Departures Hall, International Arrivals Hall and the Domestic Flights Hall - at the ground level of the Arrivals Hall - ). The International Departures Hall consists of 36 check-in desks, one finger with 10 gates (5 equipped with jetways), while the Domestic Hall has an extra four busgates. Today's International Arrivals Hall is actually the old Otopeni terminal, while the new Departures Hall, including the finger and the airbridges was built and inaugurated in 1997. A second finger with 7 jetways is under construction and a new building terminal on the east side is in project phase.