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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Arkia DHC-7 4X-AHH in 2008


A nice shot of Arkia's 4X-AHH in its final colour scheme, with thanks to Rui Miguel.

MSN 45 - DHC-7-102 4X-AHH
Arkia Airlines
May-6-2008
Rui Miguel Photo

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Photos Added to Operators Galleries



12 new photos have been added to the Operators Galleries


  • Air Atlantic - C-GILE
  • Air Greenland/Greenlandair - OY-CBT, OY-CBU, N701GG
  • American International - N4860J
  • Time Air - C-GTAD, C-GTAJ
  • Widerøe - LN-WFE, LN WFI (X2), LN-WFL, LN-WFP

Widerøe Dash-7's




MSN 41 - DHC-7-102 LN-WFE
Widerøe
Erik Johannesson Collection


MSN 46 - DHC-7-102 LN-WFI
Widerøe
Blonduos, Norway 29-Apr-1992
Ruben Husberg Photo

MSN 46 - DHC-7-102 LN-WFI
Widerøe
Calgary-Int'l, AB 21-Jul-1996
Henry Tenby Photo

MSN 49 - DHC-7-102 LN-WFP
Widerøe
Erik Johannesson Collection

MSN 84 - DHC-7-102 LN-WFL
Widerøe
Erik Johannesson Collection

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Full House at the City Center



Today's arrival of C-FJHQ is going to be a tight squeeze at Toronto Island where there are already seven  DHC-7's currently on the ground, as can be seen in the photos below.

On the main Trans Capital ramp are C-FPBJ (MSN 9), C-FERO (MSN 113) and C-GVPP (MSN 72) with another unidentified one inside the hangar. I can see that the hangared one is a 103 series, which only leaves C-FWYU (MSN 12) or C-GTGO (MSN 106).

Nicoli Øz Mathews Photo

Over on the far side of the field an additional three aircraft can be found, C-GNUY (MSN 33), C-GYTZ (MSN 77) and C-GVWD (MSN 108)

Nicoli Øz Mathews Photo

Monday, 17 August 2015

11 C-FJHQ Returns from United Nations Duties



11 - DHC-7-103 C-FJHQ Trans Capital Air, Toronto, ON

Ferried Cairo - Corfu - Paris-Le Bourget - Inverness - Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq - Goose Bay - Québec City - Toronto-Island  17/20-Aug-2015 on return from United Nations duties. The aircraft had originally departed from Toronto back on 03-Jan-2015.


Sevens on the Island



MSN 12 - DHC-7-103 C-FWYU
Trans Capital Air
Toronto-Island, ON 25-May-2007
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo

MSN 12 - DHC-7-103 C-FWYU
Trans Capital Air
Toronto-Island, ON 13-Aug-2009
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo

MSN 87 - DHC-7-102 C-GCPP
Trans Capital Air
Toronto-Island, ON 05-Aug-2008
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Operator Gallery Additions



20 new aircraft have been added to the Operator Galleries, which include new galleries for Asian Spirit, City Express, Pelita Air Service, and Trans Capital Air.

  • Asian Spirit/Zest Airways RP-C2915, RP-C2978, RP-C2996
  • Brymon Airways C-GGXS
  • City Express C-GJVY, C-GGXS, C-GJKS (X2), C-GHRV
  • Pelita Air Service PK-PSV, PK-PSW, PK-PSX, PK-PSY
  • Trans Capital Air C-GGXS, C-GLPP, C-GVPP, C-GVWD, C-GYTZ
  • Voyageur Airways C-FZKM, C-GGUL

Saturday, 15 August 2015

61 C-FZKM at Glasgow in Sep-2014



A nice shot below from Lewis Grant in Scotland as Voyageur's C-FZKM returns to Canada from U.N duties.

MSN 61 - DHC-7-102 C-FZKM
Voyageur Airways
Glasgow, Scotland 23-Sep-2014
Lewis Grant Photo
While still on the subject of C-FZKM, the aircraft has recently made an additional two trips into Toronto-Pearson, on 11-Aug-2015 it arrived from North Bay, ON & departed the following day to Sault Ste. Marie, ON and it reversed the same pattern on 13-Aug-2015. As seen in the earlier photo (below) the aircraft maintains its all white U.N. scheme, but with Voyageur titles.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Sevens in Asia



With many thanks to Andy Vass for being able to use the following pictures, a selection of Sevens in Asia. Andy has a great selection of photos from around the world which you can see by clicking on the link above, or below in the photo credits.


MSN 18 below was originally delivered to Air Wisconsin as N895S in 1980, and came to the Philippines in 2004.

MSN 18 - DHC-7-102 RP-C2996
Zest Airways/Asian Spirit
Manila, Philippines 11-Feb-2013
Andy Vass Photo

MSN 79 was originally delivered to Hawaiian Airlines as N949HA in May-1992, coming to the Philippines in 2000.

MSN 79 - DHC-7-102 RP-C2978
Zest Airways/Asian Spirit
Manila, Philippines 11-Feb-2013
Andy Vass Photo


In full Zest Air c/s, MSN 92 was built for Inex Adria Airways of then Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) and delivered in 1984.

MSN 92 - DHC-7-102 RP-C2915
Zest Airways
Manila, Philippines 11-Feb-2013
Andy Vass Photo

Certainly amongst the newest of the remaining operational DHC-7's, Trans Capital's MSN 108 was built for Carbocol in Colombia & delivered in 1987. It came to Trans Capital in 2006.

MSN 108 - DHC-7-102 C-GVWD
Trans Capital Air
Kathmandu, Nepal 04-Feb-2009
Andy Vass Photo


MSN 86 was delivered new from the factory to Pelita Air Service in Jul-1982

MSN 86 - DHC-7-103 PK-PSY
Pelita Air Services
Jakarta - Pondok Cabe, Indonesia 15-Feb-2013
Andy Vass Photo


Like the aircraft above, MSN 94 was delivered new to Pelita Air Services in 1983.

MSN 94 - DHC-7-103 PK-PSX
Pelita Air Services
Jakarta-Pondok Cabe, Indonesia 15-Feb-2013
Andy Vass Photo

Voyageur MSN 70 C-GGUL at Kunduz, Afghanistan



A couple of shots of Voyageur's MSN 70 C-GGUL seen in a fairly typical environment in which you will find both Voyageur and Trans Capital DHC-7's. In this case, the location is Kunduz, Afghanistan where it had arrived to collect the Dutch Police Training Force Contingent.

MSN 70 - DHC-7-102 C-GGUL
Voyageur Airways
Kunduz, Afghanistan 19-Nov-2012
Aiso Vos Photo

MSN 70 - DHC-7-102 C-GGUL
Voyageur Airways
Kunduz, Afghanistan 19-Nov-2012
Aiso Vos Photo

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Trans Capital C-GVPP Returns to Canada


72 - DHC-7-103 C-GVPP Trans Capital Air Ltd., Toronto, ON

Flew Cairo- Corfu - Paris-Le Bourget - Inverness - Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq - Goose Bay, NL - Toronto-City Center 08/11-Aug-2015 returning from United Nations duties. The aircraft is seen below back in 2012 courtesy of John Wilson in Scotland.

MSN 72 - DHC-7-103 C-GVPP
Trans Capital Air
Prestwick, Scotland 27-Apr-2012
John Wilson Photo

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Air Kenya MSN 32 5Y-BPD & 80 5Y-BMP at Nairobi



MSN 32 DHC-7-102 5Y-BPD
Air Kenya
Nairobi-Wilson, Kenya 16-Mar-2015
Neil Johnson Photo

MSN 80 - DHC-7-102 5Y-BMP
Air Kenya
Nairobi-Wilson, Kenya 16-Mar-2015
Neil Johnson Photo

U.S. Army MSN 56 N566CC at Prestwick


A particularly nice shot of the U.S. Army's civilian registered N566CC at Prestwick, Scotland back in 2012, courtesy of Jonathan Payne.

MSN 56 - DHC-7-102 N566CC
U.S. Army
Prestwick, Scotland 17-Jul-2012
Jonathan Payne Photo

Voyageur C-FKZM to Toronto, amd Departs to Moosonee


61 - DHC-7-102 C-FZKM Voyageur Airways Ltd., North Bay, ON

Flew North Bay, ON - Toronto-Pearson, ON 05-Aug-2015, and then Toronto-Pearson, ON - Moosonee, ON 06-Aug-2015.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

DHC-7-102's C-GNUY and C-GYTZ at Toronto Island


Former Arkia DHC-7-102's C-GNUY and C-GYTZ are seen below at Toronto Island last year after having been moved from the main Trans Capital ramp. Both aircraft had arrived in Toronto during Mar-2011.

MSN 33 DHC-7-102 C-GNUY and MSN 77 DHC-7-102 C-GYTZ
Trans Capital Air Ltd.
Toronto-Island, ON 05-Mar-2014
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo

Monday, 3 August 2015

Welcome to Dash7Spotter

Welcome to Dash7Spotter, the third blog which joins TwinOtterSpotter which began in 2012, and Dash8Spotter which was just launched this July.

The intent with the latest two blogs is really to eventually compliment more in depth websites on both the DHC-7 and DHC-8, similar to how TwinOtterSpotter works with TwinOtterArchive. The amount of activity in the world's remaining DHC-7 fleet, from only 113 examples total production does not translate very well to a blog format. There just isn't enough movements to have daily entries, so this will be a place to log what action does happen (and it does!) and develop a good library of photos of the aircraft over the years.

I have just begun to populate the Operator Galleries on the right of your screen, and over the coming days and weeks will continue to do that, and record any DHC-7 movements/transactions/photos as they occur.

An appropriate start to the blog is to feature MSN 80, DHC-7-102 C-GHSL which is seen taxiing out at Vancouver on 13-Jul-1986, in a photo by Henry Tenby. The arrival of this particular aircraft to AirBC coincided with the beginning of my career, which would span the next 25 years with the DHC-7 and DHC-8.

MSN 80 - DHC-7-102 C-GHSL
AirBC (basic Piedmont Commuter c/s)
Vancouver, BC 13-Jul-1986
Henry Tenby Photo