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Rodney's Aviation Ramblings

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It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky, Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears. Helen Keller, at age 74, on flight around the world, news reports of 5 February 1955 A bit about me. In the real world, I'm a business analyst. In my spare time, I enjoying flying [I have a Private Pilot Licence - PPL] and a bit of amateur photography. Mostly this is of aircraft, but I like ...


More night flying - up to Paraparaumu More night flying - up to Paraparaumu

Last Tuesday evening I undertook another dual night training flight. While I have my basic night rating, there's this requirement to do specific cross-country training [and at least 3 hours of it] to be able to fly longer distances at night. This is OK from a navigation perspective, but it seems overkill to me. Oh well, I'll get it sorted and then the rating will be unrestricted. In any case, it is a good idea to know how to navigate to and land ...

Looks like the nice weather has arrived!

After a lot of wind, some rain and low cloud over the past few weeks [interspersed with some good days, to be fair.], today has turned out to be absolutely awesome. Weather comprising of little wind, blue skies and warmer temperatures than have been seen in a long time were very welcome. No flying for me today, but it looks like a short dual night cross-country to Paraparaumu and back on Tuesday night is in order. It'll be my first night cross-co ...

Airbus' and trophies Airbus' and trophies

Today's weather was rubbish [which is quite normal for this time of the year, I suppose], but to finish it off, we did have the Wellington Aero Club's annual Christmas dinner and prize giving. For the first time, the event was held at the local Spruce Goose cafe - good food and great views over the Southern More details of prizes and a few photos will be on the Club's Facebook page, but here are three photos from the day. First up is an Air NZ op ...

Lifeflight Air Ambulance Lifeflight Air Ambulance

What follows are my first pictures of the Life Flight Air Ambulance, a British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-LFW. This has recently had some additional decals applied, saying "Life Flight - Saves time. Saves lives" since I last saw it. According to the CAA website, the aircraft is still operated by Vincent Aviation (in receivership), but in reality the crews are supplied by a company called Air Freight.

Big, noisy and wet! Big, noisy and wet!

Wellington Aero Club is based at Wellington International Airport. As such, the airport is required to provide fire rescue services and as part of that, the airport has a couple of brand new fire trucks. One of these was brought over the the Aero Club today, for members and families to take a look over. Without going into all the details, these Rosenbauer fire trucks are made in Austria, designed especially for airport fire fighting, exported aro ...

Boeing and Airbus Boeing and Airbus

Today's pictures are of a rapidly disappearing type, the Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGI. It won't be long until all of Air New Zealand's B737's are sold off or scrapped. Following that is a Jetstar operated Airbus A320-232, VH-VGA. Apart from this, it was a bit windy today, so a little quiet on the GA-front with just a few flights, Tomorrow's weather is not great, so probably not so many aircraft photos tomorrow either. Having said that, all going well, ...

Not For Operational Use! Not For Operational Use!

During a general tidy-up at the Aero Club a couple of weekends back, we discovered this old [out of date] page called "Ground To Air Emergency Visual Signalling Code", published by the "Civil Aviation Administration". Before anyone asks, this is well out of date, but good for a laugh I especially like the symbol for "Require Firearms and Ammunition" I still can't quite understand what use that might be in civil aviation. ? -)

Different colours, different grass Different colours, different grass

I went flying again today, with a couple of other Wellington Aero Club members. We headed up to Otaki airstrip, which is a nice grass airstrip just south of Otaki township. It is plenty long enough - even with the displaced thresholds, the landing distance is 730 meters with a very gentle slope. I hope to have some photos in the next few days from a passenger. When these arrive, I'll put them up in another post. From the photos I did manage to ge ...

Another windy day... hopefully better tomorrow Another windy day... hopefully better tomorrow

It has been another windy day in Wellington with up to 50 knot gusts at times, so no light aircraft flying today. I am booked in for a flight tomorrow, so we'll see what that is like. Photos today are just three. First up is a Gulfstream G650, ZK-KFB, which is registered to ExecuJet, but is better known as Peter Jackson's plane. Next up is a Sounds Air Cessna 208, ZK-PDM and last is an Air Nelson Air NZ Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEG. Both of these ...

US Air Force and RNZAF at Wellington US Air Force and RNZAF at Wellington

Today's special visitors at Wellington are a US Air Force Boeing C40C B737-7CP, registered 05-0730 and an RNZAF Boeing 757-200, NZ7571. I'm guessing that the B737 is here after the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Maybe the B757 is the same. I'm also going to keep a quiet eye out over the next few days, as there have been a few foreign leader's aircraft visiting New Zealand recently. It would be interesting to see if any of them are planning of ...