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 ...


Bob Jones' Cessna 510 Citation Mustang

Bob Jones' Cessna 510 Citation Mustang

I got a big of a score last Sunday afternoon soon after the Jetstar-branded DHC-8-315 taxied away from the Execujet hanger. The doors were open and I got to photograph what appears to be Bob Jones' Cessna 510 Citation Mustang [the Robt. Jones Holdings Limited titles on the side are a wee bit of a giveaway]. The aircraft is on the Australian register as VH-KJG. It will be good to see it out and flying one day - aircraft photos usually look better ...

ATR72 under tow at Wellington

ATR72 under tow at Wellington

I was at the Aero Club on the weekend [no surprise there],when I saw a Mount Cook Airline Air NZ operated ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVF, being towed across to the western apron. The assumption is unplanned maintenance [as Air NZ doesn't have a maintenance base here]. Anyway, as you can see, they've laid on all the flash stuff with front and rear escort and a tug. Someone thought it was a bit rude of me to call it a golf cart. fair enough I suppose -) ...

A rather exciting Cessna!

A rather exciting Cessna!

Just as things were winding down today, another Aero Club member tried to wind me up by suggesting that some amphibian had landed at Wellington and was taxiing in towards the Club. Thing is, he was right, and it wasn't a wind-up. This is one of very few amphibians I have seen, and apart from the Catalina at Wellington a few years ago, this would be the only one I recall photographing on land [or this close up] Anyway, the aircraft is a Cessna A18 ...

More from the Jetstar/ Eastern Australia Airlines DHC-8 today!

More from the Jetstar/ Eastern Australia Airlines DHC-8 today!

I arrived at the airport today just in time to see the Jetstar-branded DHC-8-315, VH-TQM, taxying from the Execujet hanger across to the main apron. The aircraft spent the rest of the day parked in the vicinity of gate 21. Pity the background to the shots are not great, although the livery itself looks quite good Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQM, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines, branded as Jetstar Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQM, operated by East ...

Lifeflight Air Ambulance

Lifeflight Air Ambulance

I wasn't able to get any more pictures of the Jetstar-branded DHC-8 today - it was tucked up nice and tight in the Execujet hanger all day. Maybe tomorrow. The one aircraft I did photograph today was the British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-LFW. This is operated by Air Freight NZ on behalf of Lifeflight, as the local fixed wing air ambulance. British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-LFW, operated by Air Freight NZ

This just in! Jetstar/ Eastern Australia Airlines DHC-8 in Wellington

This just in! Jetstar/ Eastern Australia Airlines DHC-8 in Wellington

Just in at Wellington is Jetstar's [Australian Eastern Airlines] Bombardier DHC-8-315, Vh-TQM. This is the first of what will be 5 DHC-8's to be operated under the Jetstar banner on New Zealand domestic regional routes. Many thanks to an anonymous "majestic being of renown" [which is how he described himself -P] who took the photo prior to it being rushed into the Execujet hanger. Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQM, operated by Eastern Australia Airlin ...

A Starship enterprise landing at Wellington?

A Starship enterprise landing at Wellington?

Well, maybe not and that's as good as the trek jokes get. awful I suppose What we have is a Beech B300 Super King Air, ZK-SSH, which is operated by Skyline Aviation. This aircraft is kitted as an air ambulance, and is involved in transferring younger patients, as shown by the Starship Children's Hospital livery [does anyone know if it is used exclusively for young people?]. I guess if you're going for a ride in an air ambulance, it can't hurt to ...

Ex and current RNZAF aircraft at Wellington

Ex and current RNZAF aircraft at Wellington

Two aircraft caught my eye today. The first is an ex-RNZAF jet aircraft, the mighty BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster, ZK-BAC, which is registered to RNZAF Strikemaster Ltd, of a Lower Hutt address. The "blunty" had at least a couple of flights out of Wellington today. BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster 88, ZK-BAC BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster 88, ZK-BAC Second up was a current RNZAF aircraft, a Beech B200 King Air, NZ7123 which arrived this evening. Beech B200 King Air ...

More ballast, more piloting and another Mustang

More ballast, more piloting and another Mustang

I arrived at the aero club this morning, only to be invited, yet again, to be ballast on a MAUW [Maximum All Up Weight] check for a pilot undertaking a twin engine rating. I'm not sure if I should be grateful or offended that I'm heavy enough for that -) Of course I said Yes -) and shortly after that I was in the rear of Piper PA34-200, ZK-ROC, sitting back, relaxing and taking a few photos. First up are some pictures of the aircraft, the instrum ...

Two Cessna's, a Boeing and another Cessna

Two Cessna's, a Boeing and another Cessna

There have been a number of interesting aircraft at Wellington over the last couple of days. Unfortunately I missed the QANTAS B737-300F which was parked in the Execujet hanger for the night, although MRC Aviation has a couple of good photos . I did get to see a couple of Cessna private jets though. First up is this beautiful Cessna 510 Citation Mustang, ZK-LCA, which is registered to Air Hawkes Bay. This was parked up for a few hours. Cessna 510 ...