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Turboprops of Sint Maarten

Anich • 7 minutes read • November 21st, 2016
Today we will focus on turboprop aircrafts :)

There were a lot of turboprops flying to SXM, in fact, they were the main traffic. WinAir and LIAT flew particularly often.
I'll begin with the airline company, Air Antilles Express. I didn't manage to take normal pictures of it for a long time. 

Maho Beach

was visited by the same aircraft - ATR-42-500 with the board F-OIXH.
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It has a very cute painted tail!
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Air Antilles Express is the airline of Guadeloupe, it is engaged in scheduled air services throughout the French West Indies.
By the way, aircrafts from this company land in 

Saint Maarten,

 not only in 

Princess Juliana Airport

, but in Grand Case, which we didn't manage to take pictures of... almost didn't :)
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Here's another frequent guest on Maho Beach - a small cargo airline called Ameriflight on the Fairchild SA-227AT Expediter.
In this picture, you can see the bird with the board N247DH.
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This is also it.
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Here's a cute Short 360 from the SkyWay Enterprises, N381MQ airline.
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Here's another cargo airline - Air Cargo Carriers, and also a Short 360 with the board N368AC.
It's hard to see that in a small picture, but the pilot was showing me "the victory hand".
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I also managed to take pictures of two helicopters.
This one was flying quite high.
National Helicopters, MBB BO-105CBS, C-FNHE.
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And this one was flying very low.
I don't know much about helicopters, so I suppose this is an AMERICAN EUROCOPTER LLC MBB-BK 117 C-2, but don't take my word for it :) 
It has the board N583AE.
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Here it is, a sample of the perfect weather for me.
The bright sky and textured clouds.
The main character of this picture is the Anguilla Air Service, Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander, VP-ACT.
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Here's a close up.
The airline carries flights to Anguilla, situated close to Saint Maarten.
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It was hard to note the airplane in this picture for the first few seconds.
But it is there :) This is the private carrier on Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, PP-JFF.
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This is the regional airline from the United States with the beautiful name, Air Sunshine, and a very nice tail.
Cessna 402C, N477RS.
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This is also Air Sunshine on Cessna 402C, with board N347AB.
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Here's the private carrier on PIPER PA-34-220T, N59DS.
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There is an island situated close to Saint Maarten - Saint Barthelemy, which is also called "the Island of Millionaires".
This cute Cessna was flying from there.
St. Barth Commuter, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, F-OSBS.
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This is the rare case when I didn't manage to find out what kind of airplane I shot.
With the board YV2893 or YV2993.
It's Piper 34-200.
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Here's how the Caribbean DHL looks!
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N900HL.
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WinWindward Express is the airline of St. Martin.
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander, PJ-WED.
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Now it's time for the LIAT airlines, you can watch these aircrafts on Maho Beach several times a day.
LIAT is the airline of Antigua and Barbuda, founded in 1956.
Now the company has a fleet consisting of ATR-42 and 72's, as well as Dash 8-100 and 8-300's.

This is Liat, DHC-8-311 Dash 8, V2-LGB.
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I love to shoot plane bellies :)
Liat, DHC-8-311A Dash 8, V2-LGI.
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And here's another V2-LGI, but from the other angle. 
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Here's the Liat on ATR-42-600, V2-LIG against the sunset.
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And here's an evening flight: ATR-42-600, V2-LID.
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Spotters have such a hard life - while everyone else is splashing in the gentle Caribbean Sea, they are standing in the wild heat for several hours, taking picture after picture, after picture :)
Liat, ATR-72-600, V2-LIB.
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This is the Seaborne airline and it, undeservedly, received just a small part of my attention.
Unfortunately, I thought it was just another small turboprop airplane with an uninteresting design, so I just took pictures of several other planes.
And only when I returned home did I saw that there was a sea inhabitant on the plane's tail.
The airline is based in Puerto Rico and flies a Saab340.

In this picture, you can see the Seaborne, Saab340, N343CJ with an octopus on the tail.
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Here's Seaborne, Saab340, N327SA and a swordfish.
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This is a Seaborne, Saab340, N341CJ with a turtle on its tail.
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Here's Trans Anguilla Airways, and it's easy to guess that it's from Anguilla.
The airline has one aircraft that I caught on Saint Maarten 5 times.
In fact, it flew every day, and, I think, sometimes even several times a day.
Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander, VP-AAA.
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This is it again. 
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This baby was heading down.
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Well, here's Winair - another airline in Saint Maarten.
Aircrafts of Winair are most often turboprops on Maho Beach.
They fly, of course, to the nearby islands of Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Barthelemy, etc.
It's good that aircrafts from this airline have three types of liveries. Of course, they are not very different.

This is Winair, DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, PJ-WIJ.
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This is also it, but with a less likable sky :)
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Here's my favorite view from the belly.
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And here's a view from the back.
By the way, behind you can see the hill, where I got some good shots of the runway and of departing birds (Take-Offs Of SXM).
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Here's the second variant of the design - white plane with a blue nose and blue stripe.
Winair, DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, PJ-WIT.
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This is the third design type - with the blue belly and blue tail.
Winair, DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, PJ-WII.
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Finally, here's the main turboprop aircraft I managed to shoot in Saint Maarten.
This is a USA - Air Force, Lockheed Martin WC-130J Hercules, 96-5301. And it didn't land in the airport. It just flew over it. This is the aircraft from the Hurricane Hunters squadron. Perhaps, it was flying over the Antilles in search of a hurricane.
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Author: Anich
Source: anich.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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