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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 pictures from yesterday's [day] flight More pictures from yesterday's [day] flight

Here are some additional pictures I have been sent from yesterday's big daytime flight. Many thanks to Amy for sending these through Flying over the Southern Wairarapa area at about 4,500', looking north. that is Lake Wairarapa in the middle Over the east cost of the North Island, again looking north. Northern end of the Hutt Valley with Kaitoke Airstrip in the foreground, and a glimpse through to the Southern Wairarapa area in the background.

A fantastic day, a 13,000' flight and it's not over yet! A fantastic day, a 13,000' flight and it's not over yet!

Today was one of the magic days that just screams out for a flight No cloud, fairly gentle breezes and very hot. Today's flight was in the Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT and three of us flew out of Wellington, across to the East Coast of the North Island, climbing to 13,000' on the way across. the views were awesome - we could see all the way up to Mt Ruapehu and despite a breeze of up to 20 knots at 2000', there was virtually no turbulence, eve ...

Some visitors Some visitors

Today's aircraft photos consist of a homebuilt aircraft, an air ambulance and two airliners. Vans RV12, ZK-JRV is registered to a North Shore address. Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-POB, is registered to Airwork Flight Operations of Auckland and is operated as an air ambulance. ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MVD, is one of Mount Cook Airline's new ATR72-600's Fokker F27 Mk 50 [aka F50], VH-FKO is registered to Alliance Airlines, and as previously repo ...

Some random shots... Some random shots...

After the hectic activities of the past few days, I've now got just a few "random" pictures left to show. The first two are from Masterton, the last from Wellington. Piper PA28-161, ZK-MBG, is operated by Wellington Aero Club [WAC]. This aircraft was at Masterton on display at the WAC stand and is the reason a couple of us drive over to Masterton on Monday evening. Cessna T182T, ZK-ZZR is registered to Izard Pacific Aviation of a Taupo address. L ...

A beautiful de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth A beautiful de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth

I had reason to drive back to Masterton airfield yesterday evening and while there, I got to see this beautiful de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ANL I think you'll see form the photos that this aircraft is in great condition, having been refurbished restored within the last 12 months or so, and is New Zealand's only spray-equipped Tiger [all of the spray gear was in a trailer]. Many thanks to Wayne for telling me a bit about the aircraft's histo ...

Cessna 402B at Wellington Cessna 402B at Wellington

I'm still a little in catchup mode after the trip to Wings Over Wairarapa at Masterton, so here is a photo I took yesterday. This is a Cessna 402B, VH-SVQ, which is parked up at Wellington. The aircraft is registered to a company called Vekta, of a NSW, Australia address. I'm not sure what it is here for, although I hear it has survey equipment on board.

Wings Over Wairarapa: Yak 52's and the big bang Wings Over Wairarapa: Yak 52's and the big bang

Well this is it. The last post from the airshow, and as I'm sure someone will point out, I missed publishing a lot of photos. For example, several of the WWI aircraft, the awesome Tiger Moth display, the attempt to get the Pearce 1903 replica flying, the Bren Gun carriers [so what. -P] and many more. As I started off by saying, I was mainly there to help on the Wellington Aero Club stand, so it's not surprising that I was not in the right spot fo ...

Wings Over Wairarapa: North American Harvard 3*'s Wings Over Wairarapa: North American Harvard 3*'s

In the post I have a few photos of the North American Harvard 3* aircraft at the air show. I guess these are not my favourite airshow aircraft [I like the jets more], but they still put on a good show. What follows are just a few representative photos from those that I took. Smoke on Disappearing into the smoke of the leading aircraft Formation of Harvards and Yak52's

Wings Over Wairarapa: Old and not as old Wings Over Wairarapa: Old and not as old

Here are a few photos I didn't have a better space for -) I did not get many photos of the WWI era aircraft this time around. A combination of being busy and in the wrong position to get photos was quite limiting, but such is life. In fact just about the only photo worth publishing follows Three WWI era biplanes Nord 1002 Messerschmitt BF 104, ZK-WFI Lineup of North American Harvard 3*'s Avro 652A Anson Mk 1, ZK-RRA

Wings Over Wairarapa: Ex Military Jets

Very popular at any airshow is New Zealand's slowly increasing numbers of ex-military jets. In this airshow we got to see a Venom, a Vampire, 2 L39's and 2 Strikemasters. The last 3 types are shown below. Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatross, ZK-WLM Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatross, ZK-VLK de Havilland DH115 Mk 55 trainer, ZK-RVM de Havilland DH115 Mk 55 Trainer, ZK-RVM BAC BAC167 Strikemaster Mk 88 [ex NZ6372], ZK-BAC BAC BAC167 Strikemaster Mk 88 [ex N ...