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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 ...


A quick trip to Auckland on Jetstar

A quick trip to Auckland on Jetstar

I had a quick trip to Auckland today for work. I didn't take my usual camera, so I only had my cellphone. The flights there and back were on a Jetstar A320. I wouldn't pick Jetstar, but then, I didn't book the flights. The trip to Auckland was rather uncomfortable. Even at only 6'2", my knees were hitting the seat in front of me, and when the guy in front reclined his seat briefly, it was much much worse. Even one hour caged like a battery hen is ...

Life Flight Wellington open day

Life Flight Wellington open day

Today was Life Flight Wellington's open day. This is a big day for them the show what they do, and to raise some money for their rescue helicopter and air ambulance services. I realised after I left I don't really have any pictures from inside the hangers, where they had food, bomb disposal, drug dogs, police, ambulances and fire service demonstrations. you'll just have to picture that -P Outside they had their British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK ...

Mitsubishi MU-2B-30 departs and Life Flight Open Day tomorrow!

Mitsubishi MU-2B-30 departs and Life Flight Open Day tomorrow!

I arrived at the Aero Club on a warm and not-too-windy day just in time to New Zealand's on Mitsubishi MU-2B-30, ZK-KOH, depart for Wellington. This aircraft is operated by Search and Rescue Services of a Taupo address and so I presume it was operating as an air ambulance. In other, semi-related news, the local Life Flight rescue and air ambulance service has their open day tomorrow, Sunday 22 March. Present will be the fixed wing and helicopter ...

Flight in a Nanchang CJ6

Flight in a Nanchang CJ6

Today I had the pleasure of being a passenger in a Nanchang CJ6, ZK-MAO, courtesy of one of the syndicate members [ Thanks Erich ]. The CJ6 is a Chinese designed and built aircraft, and was designed as an abinitio trainer for the PLAAF. This particular aircraft is owned by a syndicate and is based at Wellington Aero Club. The trip was a quick trip out to the southern Wairarapa area for some gentle turns and a bit of a look around. Fun The aircraf ...

Air NZ and Virgin Australia at Wellington

I have three photos to show of the many taken today. Types are two B737's and an ATR72. First up is Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGG, operated by Air NZ. Next is a Mount Cook Airline Air NZ ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MVD. Last up is a Virgin Australia Airlines operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIR. Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGG, operated by Air NZ ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MVD, operated by Mount Cook Airline Air NZ Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIR, operated by Virgin Australia Airlines

Spotting Locations at Wellington airport page created

Spotting Locations at Wellington airport page created

A new addition to the blog is a page called Spotting Locations at Wellington airport [click here] . This page contains a description of some of the more accessible locations in and around the airport were you can stop, look and take photos. As also, do take care as one or two of these have steep cliffs nearby [shouldn't be a problem if you stick to the paths or paved areas], but they may allow you to take some spectacular photos form time to time ...

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia

My last post for today is of a Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIM. Some of you will have heard that Virgin Australia is in the process of transferring all of their NZ registered aircraft to the Australian register and AOC. I'm not sure that this is one of them, as this aircraft has been on the Australian registered since 2012, and so it appears that they are using the flexibility of the re-registrations to use other aircraft in thei ...

Today's Airbus' and a Boeing

Before, during and after the first lot of rain there were a small number of movements. Unfortunately, Wellington is usually fairly quiet on the weekends. and I have to work during the week. Mind you, there's not such a large range of aircraft at any time that I can't see each type over a few weekend hours. -) So, here we have a few of the Airbus and Boeing aircraft that came through today. Airbus A320-232, VH-VQF, operated by Jetstar Airways, lea ...

The first decent storm of the year...

The first decent storm of the year...

The first decent storm of the year arrived and left today, with high winds, some hail, thunder and lightening. I quite like storms, and unfortunately it didn't last long enough -) Obviously there was no Club flying today. Maybe there will be some tomorrow. None of this stopped the commercial operations at Wellington though, as this and the following two posts will show. First up I have pictures of a couple of ATR72-212A's. ZK-MVA and ZK-MVB are b ...

What a weird situation...

I went flying again this afternoon in the Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. I last flew the C172 about a month ago, so I went up for a practice flight, consisting of turns, stalls, a FLWOP followed by some circuits. It was a bit weird though when I took a look at my logbook prior to the flight. Technically I was still current on the C172 at night , but not during the day . This means that, legally, Under the CARs [Civil Aviation Rules] I could take a p ...