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Hello all,

 

I hope you're doing well and that confinement is not boring you out of your minds, but if so, I got the perfect answer:

 

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The 2020 Private Aircraft Challenge!

 

As usual, there are a few rules:

  • One entry per challenger
  • Must be an original design
  • Aircraft displayed must be owned by a private entity, or used for private usage : let's say you're a Canadian rapper leasing a 767, that's ok. But no government aircraft or company aircraft.
  • Any time period, any country, everything else is up to you.
  • In this situation, bigger isn't necessarily better. I don't want to see a flock of A380s, a Piper Cub might win too, who knows!

 

Designs will arbitrarily and subjectively be graded by myself and a friend not participating in this forum on:

  • Originality /10 - the design must be your own as much as possible, and differ from the crowd as much as possible
  • Presentation /10 - everything besides your aircraft, the way it is presented, its backstory maybe, anecdotes, juggling bears, doesn't have to be based on your mad photoshop skills, everyone can score high points here
  • Customisation /10 - An off the shelf aircraft isn't much fun to look at. The sky's the limit here. Customise your designs however you want, effects, shine, chrome, gadgets, waterbeds, pop-corn machine
  • Wow factor /3 - a bonus category that can make a difference in the end, based on the overall submission

You must submit your designs by noon Central European Summer Time (CEST - UTC +2) on Sunday the 10th, and hopefully we will be able to judge the entries and the results will be available in the following days.

 

Take inspiration wherever you can, look at the header picture, take you time to rework your entry, and don't forget to enter S K Y's World's Ugliest Colour Challenge and Fastball621's 2020 Balkans and Greece Design Challenge.

 

Please don't "reserve" a space, forget about it and then never post anything, it's pointless and ridiculous frankly, but still feel free to discuss here.

 

Good luck to everyone, I hope to see some great submissions!

 



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G-SCFG is a B777-200 built in 1998 originally for British Airways under the registration G-VIIM before being retired in 2016 and put into storage. In early 2017, an unknown buyer purchased the aircraft from BA for £90m and ferried over to Farnborough Airport. A new livery was spotted in November of 2017 along with the new registration G-SCFG. 

 

The owner, Arianwen Cadwallader is a Welsh businesswoman and the founder of CDW Group. CDW group consists of AZ Bank Europe, AZ Telecom Company and AZ Construction. CDW also has shares in Penderyn Welsh Whisky, Brains Brewery and the Celtic Manor Resort.

 

The aircraft was displayed in the Forbes magazine in July 2018 with a new livery and luxurious new interior. Ms. Cadwallader worked with M&S, The White Company, Penderyn Whiskey and Jaguar Land Rover to completely transform the interior of the aircraft with white leather seats provided by Jaguar Land Rover.

 

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The aircraft interior includes:

 

32 seats

Three Bedrooms

Three Bathrooms

Dining Area

Luxury Bar featuring Penderyn Whiskey

 

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VH-YTG is a 1993 build BAe/Avro RJ70, originally delivered to Business Express Airlines as N823BE in September of 1993. It commenced Australian operations in 1997 with National Jet Systems as VH-NJW, before departing National Jet Systems in 2005. 
Serving with numerous European airlines since 2005, including Transwede and Air One, the aircraft was saved from the scrappers hand in 2018.
 
Stored at London-Southend, the owner-operator spent many millions of dollars converting this RJ70 into a private aircraft,capable of operating out of the most remote strips in Australia.
After numerous months engaged in length negiotations with the Adelaide based Flight Training Adelaide and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the owner was able to secure the registration VH-YTG, formerly belonging to a 1993 build Socata Tobago TB-10 that the owner had conducted much of his Commercial Flight training on, including the passage of his licence test.
Being very proud of his South Australian connections, special dispensation was obtained for the aircraft to utilise the official state colours and insignia of South Australia (These really do exist, check here). 
Of note on this aircraft is the use of the State flag near the registration and the piping shrike emblem by Door 1L.
 
 
 
Primarily, YTG is based at Adelaide Airport and serviced under contract by Cobham Aviation Services, however the RJ70 is often seen to frequent Alice Springs, Uluru and Port Lincoln Aerodromes as well as private airfields, situated within the owner's private farm, located approximately 500km northwest of Adelaide, near the Ikara-Flinders Rangers National Park.
YTG is also used on a 'gentlemens agreement' with Cobham as an executive transport aircraft, primarily used to shuttle crew and parts between Adelaide and Port August, Prominent Hill and Carrapateena Airport, the 3 mining charter destinations for Cobham.

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N891XR is a 20 year old Boeing 717, it was originally in commercial service as N955AT with AirTran and later Delta although it was difficult to convince Delta to return it early so they could replace it with an Airbus A220 eventually they capitulated and allowed the transfer to happen, and the person behind the plane now owns the 717s from formerly leased from Boeing and worked with Boeing to convert it into the first private cabin configuration for a 717.

 

It's new owner is a real estate investor in several markets in the Southeastern United States with Huntsville, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando and Charleston, SC
It doesn't have a typical private jet interior because its owner's mantra is that comfort comes before any certain material trim choices (like gold plating, etc)

So the plane has a bedroom with a king size bed and a shower and seats for 5 people. Some of the cargo space was converted to extra fuel tanks so it could fly further. Of course that was a very costly investment to do the conversions but after amassing a significant net worth he decided to get a personal jet and he loves the Boeing 717 and he has a rabbit very near and dear to his heart that he calls "Moo" because he looks like a cow but his real name is "Marvin" so he decided he'd give his plane a look and a name befitting of that rabbit. He also has other names for the rabbit and "Mog" is one of them it's a miss spelling that stuck.
The plane has a little kitchen and mini fridge for cooking quick foods but there is no flight attendant so it's self service but that's fine by the owner.

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N617RD is a refurbished 2007 Gulfstream G550 belonging to the current CEO of New England Airlines, Robert Duval. Duval has been the CEO of New England Airlines since 1999, and is a co-founder of the popular flight service 'FlitePath', which allows aviators the ability to create and file flight plans directly from their computer, tablet, or mobile phone device. Being an aviator himself, he enjoys flying small leisure aircraft in his downtime, and frequents the surrounding small town airports in the Boston metro area. While his G550 is mostly used for his own transportation needs, Duval has also lent the aircraft to New England Airlines on some seldom occasions as a means of transporting airline executives to and from important business meetings around the world.
 

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EC-GQT was originally delivered to Kenya Airways in 1988 with the registration 5Y-BFM and later was bought by Air Nostrum. In 2003 Bombardier acquired the Aircraft for an unknown reason. In November of that year it was lend to Blue Bird aviation, the airline that caused it to overrun on a runway. After having 4 registrations, a now Spanish rich man which knew the aircraft was going too be scrapped bought the aircraft and sent it to Spain. The reason of this was because he is an aviation geek and remembers it’s first flight with Air Nostrum with the same exact aircraft (EC-GQT) and re-registered it with the same registration. Months later,  when the aircraft as totally repaired, he personally designed the livery interior of his F50. In 2004, the aircraft made it’s first private flight for his new owner, and continues in service. The owner said that until the aircraft cant totally continue flying, he will make an small house near his parent’s for vacations (hopefully in many years). This Fokker represents the connection between an aircraft and a person, and how can humans love an object so much.

 

The interior is equipped with 6 seats with seat belts, a sofa with a capacity for 3 people. On the front there are 4 seats, 2 on each side with a desk on the middle, which can be extended the double of space if necessary. Then we ave the sofa with a Samsung QLED 8K TV of 65’, which includes a database of more than 3.000 movies. Near L2 door we have 2 seats with a wide desk. On the rear of the aircrafts there’s a bathroom with a galley. Theres a reserved space for flight attendants on the front of the aircraft near R1 door.

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Note: Template modification of AryaYudhistira’s (kept details and engine), gear by me. Seat map by me. Grass credit to Marco Dottie (Planespotters.net). 


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N1AT is an Airbus A319, originally delivered to China Southern Airlines in 2004 as B-6042. After it was taken out of commercial service in 2014, it was stored in Xiamen, and converted into a executive jet by HAECO. In 2015, the aircraft was ferried to Burlington Airport in Vermont, where it was re-registered N1AT by its new owner: Vermont billionaire Alena Thorne. Thorne is the current owner of one of the world's largest bioengineering and pharmaceutical firms: T&C International. Thorne is known as one of the world's richest women, and N1AT is her second private jet. She used to own a Cessna CJ4, which she sold in favor of the bigger and more comfortable A319. The A319 is based in Burlington, Vermont, and flies very frequently to Boston and Geneva, the location of T&C's global headquarters. It also flies weekly to Martha's Vineyard, the location of the Thorne family mansion. Other destinations the aircraft flies to include London, Frankfurt, New York, Seattle, San Diego, and Honolulu. The aircraft often flies to Asian destinations with a stop in Anchorage or Honolulu.

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The interior of the aircraft was designed in collaboration with BMW, featuring extensive use cream colored fine grain nappa leather, BMW fineline pure wood, and satin steel trim. The aircraft is divided into 5 sections. Right as you board, you walk through a short corridor where the galley, bathroom and crew rest area is located. The first guest section of the jet is the dining room, where you will find 6 recliner seats and BMW fineline pure wood tables. The next section of the aircraft is a conference room, featuring 7 recliner seats around a rectangular table. The third guest section of the aircraft is a living room like space, featuring a couch big enough for 6 passengers and a Samsung flat screen TV which can play any live channel within the US. In the aft section of the jet is a private suite with a full size bed and a recliner style seat. The suite also includes a personal bathroom with a shower. The aircraft can hold up to 20 passengers and 4 crew members, and can provide sleeping spaces for up to 10 passengers. Other notable modifications to the aircraft include a high speed Wi-Fi system, added fuel tanks that extend the range of the aircraft to just under 5,500 nautical miles, and built-in airstairs.

 

The operator of the aircraft is Atlantic Executive Jet Management, a New York based company specializing in maintenance and operation of large business jets such as this one. N1AT has been used almost exclusively by Alena Thorne and her guests, but on rare occasions, N1AT is also used by T&C to transport company executives on long haul business trips.


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Telsa uses this Trislander to bypass San Fransisco traffic by shuttling employees and VIPs from SFO, SJC, and OAK to a converted part of the parking lot at the Telsa factory in Fremont. Elon Musk suggests that the particular aircraft was a joke, which is a conclusion supported by the registration, but some analysts suggest that the used Trislander was just the cheapest aircraft on the market with STOL capabilities at the time Telsa was searching for an aircraft to suit this shuttle role. Legally, the aircraft is actually owned by Elon Musk and leased to Tesla, being operated by a small regional airline from which the aircraft was procured. Periodically, Musk uses the aircraft to move across California to small airports where his Gulfstream can not easily land. Either way, it's a rather humorous sight during its multiple daily flights across the greater San Fransisco Bay region. 

 

 

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Telsa uses this Trislander to bypass San Fransisco traffic by shuttling employees and VIPs from SFO, SJC, and OAK to a converted part of the parking lot at the Telsa factory in Fremont. Elon Musk suggests that the particular aircraft was a joke, which is a conclusion supported by the registration, but some analysts suggest that the used Trislander was just the cheapest aircraft on the market with STOL capabilities at the time Telsa was searching for an aircraft to suit this shuttle role. Legally, the aircraft is actually owned by Elon Musk and leased to Tesla, being operated by a small regional airline from which the aircraft was procured. Periodically, Musk uses the aircraft to move across California to small airports where his Gulfstream can not easily land. Either way, it's a rather humorous sight during its multiple daily flights across the greater San Fransisco Bay region. 

 

 

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your high res version doesn't work

No he means the background is high res.

Because apparently that's how "high res" works now.


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your high res version doesn't work

 

 

No he means the background is high res.

Because apparently that's how "high res" works now.

 


"Hi Res" is a relative term. The image is higher res than the one actually attached to the forum, therefore it is high resolution. It's certainly higher resolution than something taken on a Sony Mavica.

(The template is a little low on pixels because the plane is small also)



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Hi Res is definitely not a relative term.

A 240P video isn't Hi Res because it's higher resolution than a 144p video.


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Hi Res is definitely not a relative term.

A 240P video isn't Hi Res because it's higher resolution than a 144p video.

It would certainly look hi res if 144p was your baseline.



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It would certainly look hi res if 144p was your baseline.

it still looks terrible, maybe don't oversize it?


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Quantum Executive

 

Quantum Executive is a subsidy of the developer and hotel company Quantum, with a fleet of 2 A318 Elites, 1 A340-200, 2 BBJ737-700s, 1 B747SP and 1 B747-400M. Their HQ is in Riyadh and most of the fleet is kept at Jeddah Airport while the 747SP is kept at Dubai World Central. The jets are used by all high ranking Quantum officials like the owner, CEO etc etc however they are sometimes leased to sometimes they are called on to operate some of their jets for other VIPs which is why they have quite a large fleet with 2 of them being 2 large jets the A340-200 and B747SP.

 

The aircraft pictured below is M-QJET is the personal jet of CEO Imran Kazmy. He ordered the aircraft 7yrs ago and was delivered to the company in 2015 after sharklet testing, cabin outfitting and flight tests in Hamburg by Airbus and Lufthansa Technik.

 

The Features:

 

M-QJET is truly one of a kind, not only being one of 2 A318s fitted with Sharklets (2nd also belonging to QEX) this aircraft is fitted with inbuilt air stairs which is located under the L1 door giving the jet its some individuality, moving onto the interior the aircraft has an off set aisle being fully on the left hand side. On the right side behind the R1 Door you'll find the master bedroom which has one king sized bed with an en-suite bathroom. behind the bedroom/bathroom is the main meeting area with 8 lieflat seats and where the passengers can sit, socialise and eat together if they desire. Behind this there is there a sofa which faces away from the windows on the left where the passengers can watch TV or relax if they want, moving to the rear of the aircraft there is aft and only galley wide enough for the 2 flight attendants to get the meals ready and the rear bathroom on the right hand side which is pretty big. For the large rear galley and bathroom to be installed both L/R2 doors where disabled and plugged. The aircraft is equipped with on board wifi and satellite communications for the clients to enjoy during their trips.

 

The A318s are also fitted with additional fuel tanks allowing to fly anywhere within its 4,000nmi of range meaning this jet can fly from Farnborough to Dubai or Paris to St. Maarten with ease, alongside its superb efficiency with the CFM56 engines and Sharklets.

 

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This Boeing 777-200ER was delivered to Amstelair on March 22nd, 2004 and was used mainly used on Caribbean flights, until 2012.


In 2012, the CEO of Tulip Holdings Ltd., Roman van Romijn, needed a replacement

for his aging Boeing 727-200Adv. Instead of going for a smaller jet like the Boeing 737BBJ,

he wanted to go big and use an aircraft with enough space for family, staff and executives. He also wanted the aircraft to have enough range to reach Australia from Europe, one with the ability to sleep, shower and cook in
He was also looking to not buy or lease a brand new aircraft, but instead convert an older aircraft to a business jet.


This specific aircraft, registered PH-ARK at the time, suffered from a pushback accident at Schiphol Airport, where it collided with another Amstelair Boeing 777 and faced heavy damage around its tail section. Instead of writing the aircraft off, the CEO had enough hope for the aircraft to be repaired. After it was repaired at Schiphol, the Amstelair titles were removed and so was the rest of the livery. Then flew over to Basel Mulhouse, where it stayed in a hangar for 2 years, until it was towed out of the hangar, on August 2014, wearing a red patterned livery. As suspected, the aircraft was refurbished with an executive jet layout and received its maintence checks by AMAC Aerospace. The aircraft was fitted with flat screen TV's in the conference room, bedrooms and lounge. The 2 bedrooms both have a bathroom and 1 kingsize bed. The lounge consists of 2 sofas, as well as a bar and a kitchen. Furthermore there are 20 Lie-Flat seats at the rear of the aircraft. Later that year, in 2014, it was re-registered to VQ-RED and was operated by Tulip Aviation.

 

VQ-RED was nicknamed 'Candy Cane', because of its colours and waves. Though it's sometimes called 'Big Red'.

 

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Туполев Ту-154М

Registration: T9-BOS

Owner: ???

 

This Tupolev Tu-154M has a long and interesting story behind it. Its life began in September of 1986, as YU-PRK, one of the six Tupolev's delivered to Avioinvest, a newly started airline owned by Energoinvest, a Yugoslav engineering concern, which already had a history with aircraft operations, operating a fleet of Cessna Citation's and other smaller aircraft which were loaned to the Sarajevo Air Club. The airline was started because Energoinvest was partially paid with them for completing a job in the Soviet Union.

 

Avioinvest had no fixed routes, but their aircraft mostly flew charter flights and were used to transport Energoinvest's workers and equipment between the plentiful sites they were working on around the world. With the Yugoslav Wars starting, the airline lost four of its six Tu-154M's, two were destroyed and two were captured. The remaining two aircraft were transferred to the government of the newly established country of Bosnia and Herzegovina where they were shortly used for diplomatic trips before being mothballed in early 1993. The two aircraft were soon to return, with a brand new colour scheme and were seen in multiple European cities, even reaching Dayton, OH for the final peace negotiations. Once the war was over, the two aircraft were transferred to Aerobosna because they were too expensive to be kept in service and the government chose to retrofit one of Energoinvest's Citation II's for its needs. They were used up to 1998 by Aerobosna, before being auctioned off for a grand total of ten million USD to an unknown buyer from Cyprus.

 

The interesting part of its history starts here. The aircraft was spotted for the first time since it left Aerobosna's fleet in Libya, April 2011, with a completely different livery scheme. Before that it was thought that it was scrapped soon after it was bought by the shell company, however, it turned out that it was still flying. By that point the aircraft was flying unregistered with it being removed from the Bosnian aircraft register some time in early 1999. By this point in time, Bosnia even switched to using a new prefix - E7. Soon many questions arose about the aircraft, with many eye witnesses saying that they had seen the aircraft in many areas that were in conflict, such as the DR Congo, South Sudan and etc. Conspiracy theories arose that the aircraft was used for smuggling weapons to these areas, with the theory eventually being proven when the aircraft was searched by a coordinated team of several of the worlds special services in 2014. The cargo bay and passenger area were filled with small arms, rocket launchers, heavy machine guns and many types of ammo. The aircraft has ever since been parked at Lagos International Airport, and has probably been left to rot. The question where the other Tu-154M, T9-BOT, still remains unanswered. The shell company which is the legal owner of these aircraft had folded in 2004, which left zero ways to trace the actual operator of these aircraft.

 

The scheme painted on T9-BOS was meant to give off the wrong impression of it being an aircraft owned by the Red Cross or some other medical airline. It is rumored that it was accompanied by at least 3 more Tu-154M's, all of which were painted in a similar scheme.

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All of the previous schemes the aircraft has been painted in (for the full version click on the picture)

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