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Rodney's Aviation Ramblings

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 ...


Vans RV4 at Wellington Vans RV4 at Wellington

I am well and truly back home now. The weather is cold, wet and windy -) and I'm back into photographing some of the aircraft passing through Wellington. Today's aircraft is a Vans RV-4, ZK-RVI. It not only looks good, but it sounds like it flies quick also. just a pity I have no tail-dragger experience. As it turns out, this is also the first RV4 photo I've put up on the blog [as far as I can tell].

London Heathrow to Wellington... the big day London Heathrow to Wellington... the big day

I have been back in Wellington, New Zealand for less than 24 hours now, so it's time for a brief update on the flights -) I left London Heathrow on the evening of Tuesday 19 August and arrived in Wellington mid afternoon Thursday 21 August, having travelled via Abu Dhabi and Sydney. Rides home were London to Adu Dhabi Etihad Airbus A340-600 Adu Dhabi to Sydney Virgin Australia Boeing 777 Sydney to Wellington Air NZ Airbus A320 All of the flights ...

Goodwood Aerodrome #2 Goodwood Aerodrome #2

Following on from my previous posts, here are a number of interesting aircraft from the Goodwood Aerodrome. Most of these are taildraggers, and if you look carefully, there are one or two interesting types hidden in the background. One thing I forgot to do in the previous post is provide a link to the appropriate web page, so here is is [click here] . Anyway, on to the photos. Top to bottom we have Stinson 108-2 Voyager, G-BPTA Piper PA22-108 Col ...

Goodwood Aerodrome #1 Goodwood Aerodrome #1

Two days ago I visited Goodwood Aerodrome [ICAO code EGHR] - mostly to have a brief look, although we had a bite to eat at the Goodwood Aerodrome cafe also. I wasn't sure what to expect, but as it turns out, quite a number of vintage historic aircraft, as well as the "normal" trainers - in fact, microlights to warbirds as well as helicopters. The following series of posts will show a few of the aircraft visible from the cafe. It's by no means com ...

Dublin Airport #5 Dublin Airport #5

One thing I had not expected about a trip from Ireland to the UK is that it is considered to be a domestic trip, so although I went through UK and Irish immigrations on the way in [UK immigration as I was transiting from Brussels], I had none of that on the way out. It certainly made the UK side of things a lot quicker. It was also a bit of a surprise to exit the secure area at Heathrow right into the departure check in gates. Not that I'm compla ...

Dublin Airport #4 Dublin Airport #4

In this posts, I have some of the larger aircraft seen [apart from the Aer Lingus A330's from the earlier post] at Dublin, as well as a couple more turbo props. Top to bottom are Boeing 767-333 ER, C-FMWY, of Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321-111, HB-IOD, of Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER, N194DN, of Delta Air Lines ATR ATR42-300, OY-CIR, of Danish Air Transport. a really colourful one this Fokker 50, OO-VLQ, of Cityjet VLM Airlines

Dublin Airport #3 Dublin Airport #3

In this third post from Dublin Airport I have a number of the Aer Lingus aircraft that I photographed - from an ATR42 to an A330. Top to bottom we have Airbus A330-202, EI-DAA, of Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300, rego unknown, of Aer Lingus ATR ATR42-300, EI-EHH, Aer Arann [Aer Lingus Regional] ATR ATR72-600, EI-FAW, Aer Arann [Aer Lingus Regional] Airbus A320-214, EI-DEK, Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214, EI-DER, Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214, EI-EDS, Aer Lin ...

Dublin airport #1 Dublin airport #1

Two days ago I flew from Dublin to London Heathrow. I'm staying in the UK for another couple of days before heading home. As it turns out, Dublin Airport [ICAO code EIDW] is a good place for taking photos. There are good views all around [and I imagine the other terminals would be similar], with only some fairly dirty glass to get in the way a bit. Anyway, this series of posts covers some of the photos I took. First up, we have some single-isle A ...

London Heathrow #2 London Heathrow #2

The following pictures are from the gate 8 area at London Heathrow's terminal 1. If you ever get the chance, this is a great place to take photos from - it is as close as you will ever get to a runway and it's floor to ceiling glass. The only thing to watch for is an apparent blue tint in the glass and the usual reflections. Top to bottom are Airbus A319-131, G-EUPH, of British Airways with a special livery. This is the aircraft that flew me to D ...

London Heathrow #1 London Heathrow #1

Two days ago I transited through London Heathrow [ICAO code EGLL] airport - a memorable experience as it turned out I had never transited through Heathrow before. It is a huge airport, and I knew I had to go through immigration and transfer from terminal 5 to terminal 1. I had 3 hours to do it. Turns out it was very very easy On arrival, I asked and was directed to the terminal transfer bus. This resulted in a 17 18 minute ride around airside to ...