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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 ...


Two more aircraft from yesterday

Two more aircraft from yesterday

In addition to the military aircraft seen at Wellington yesterday, I also managed to get my best pictures yet of Sounds Air's new Pilatus PC12 45, ZK-PLS. As seen here, the aircraft was heading across to Blenheim [Woodbourne aerodrome, NZWB]. For anyone who has not heard, the expansion of Sounds Air continues with the recent announcement that they are picking up the Wellington - Taupo route , in addition to the previously announced Westport - Wel ...

More pictures of military aircraft at Wellington today

After yesterday's post of the RAF, RAAF and Marine Nationale aircraft at Wellington, I turned up today to see two of them still here. The RAAF BBJ had left, but in its place was a Bombardier Challenger 604 [CL-600--2B16], A37-001, operated by the RAAF. In my [not so humble] opinion, this has to be one of the best looking mid-sized business jets out there. feel free to disagree -) After a few hours of prep, and some fairly serious looking security ...

RAF, RAAF & Marine Nationale

RAF, RAAF & Marine Nationale

There seems to be a stream of foreign military aircraft on our shores at the moment It wasn't long since the Armee de L'Air CASA CN235 was here, and now we have three more aircraft. First up, and a long, long way from home is a Royal Air Force Lockheed-Martin C130J-30, ZH865. It looks rather patched up, but I'm sure the RAF would have it in top operational condition. Lockheed-Martin C130J-30, ZH862, operated by the Royal Air Force Next up is the ...

Night VFR cross country check completed and Kai's first night flight!

Night VFR cross country check completed and Kai's first night flight!

Last night was a big night with my long awaited night VFR* cross country flight check being completed This now qualifies me to fly more than 25nm away from the departure aerodrome at night - not that I would want to do a lot of this, but the navigation and other skills will be useful and it's a useful backup should I need it one day For the flight itself, we departed Wellington [NZWN], flew over Paraparaumu [NZPP] then on to Palmerston North [NZP ...

Armee de L'Air CASA CN235-200M at Wellington!

Armee de L'Air CASA CN235-200M at Wellington!

Last up for today is perhaps the most unusual visitor I have seen in a long time. It is an Armee de L'Air operated CASA CN235-200M, registration 82-IH [I'm assuming I am understanding the rego system correctly I did see the "107" on the nose and tail, but this has appeared on other aircraft of the same type also]. The last times I saw one of these at Wellington was back in 2006, 2007 and 2008, although I did also get to look through one at the RN ...

Hawker Beechcraft 900XP!

Hawker Beechcraft 900XP!

In a "first of type" for me, I noticed that a Hawker Beechcraft 900XP arrived into Wellington yesterday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised to see it still parked up this afternoon and then to see the departure. VH-NKD is operated by CML Aviation Ltd of a Brisbane, Australia address. No, I don't know anything else about the aircraft, but it is a nice looking private jet. Another one to add to the wishlist once I win the lottery a few times over ...

Air Chathams Metroliner

Air Chathams Metroliner

For today's first post, I have a Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, which is operated by Air Chathams. The Metroliner has long operated in in New Zealand, originally as part of Eagle Airways [now part of the Air New Zealand Group] as a replacement for the Bandeirante, and subsequently replaced by the B1900D in the early 2000's. I'm guessing that this aircraft will be seen on Air Chathams' Whakatane to Auckland route [along with the Convair]. ...

Farewell

Farewell

After yesterday's fun flying, the weather was not much good today. Apart from a twin returning, there wasn't any club flying at all, which is a pity. There was still plenty happening through, with a brief refresher on aviation law, a couple of photos and a farewell to one of our instructors in the evening. The photo is of an Air NZ operated Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGJ departing. As has been well covered in the blogosphere and other media, these aircra ...

Two fun flights today!

Two fun flights today!

I had two fun flights today. Starting late morning I had the privilege and fun of being ballast on a MAUW [Max All Up Weight] check for Kai, another club pilot, in a Piper PA34-200 Seneca I, ZK-ROC. I'm not sure how much fun it was for Kai, but it was a real hoot sitting in the back Kai and Dan flying Piper PA34-200 Seneca I, ZK-ROC Mid afternoon it was my turn to take Kai flying. This time we were in a Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO. We went on a local fli ...

Douglas DC3 Dakota

Douglas DC3 Dakota

After my post last Friday including the Air Chathams Douglas DC3 Dakota, ZK-AWP, I was hoping to see some more of it. I wasn't disappointed when I received word this afternoon that it was inbound to Wellington. A few minutes later the aircraft arrived and I was able to get some photos. What was particularly pleasing was that I was also able to photograph the departure a short time later. A nice end to the day The first two photos are the arrival ...