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 ...

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Once back in the UK, I made a trip [curtsey of my sister] to Tangmere. Tangmere was a rather famous airfield in World War Two, although it dates from the around World War One and was closed in the 1960's. Nowadays, about the only reminder of the airfield I saw was the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. This small museum houses a number of aircraft [including several outside] and a reasonable collection of memorabilia and artefacts from it's time ...

I must be back in Wellington...

I must be back in Wellington...

. as I'm back to seeing Air NZ and other Wellington visitors. First up are a couple of regulars. ZK-OXE has been around for a while now. This is another of Air NZ's Airbus A320-232 aircraft which is used on domestic sectors. Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXE, operated by Air NZ Mount Cook Airline's ATR72's look really nice in the black and white fern livery. We'll see more of these as Air NZ expands it's fleet of later model ATR72's, to replace the older o ...

Hamburg Airport # 2

Hamburg Airport # 2

Following on from yesterday's first post from Hamburg, here is a look at a few more aircraft. First up was my ride home. It's a British Airways operated Airbus A319. A nice little workhorse, and a nice airline to fly on [I even got fed and a drink and at a good price]. Airbus A319-131, G-EUPC, operated by British Airways Airbus A320-214, CS-TNJ, operated by TAP Portugal Air Berlin in a low cost carrier based in Germany [surprise -)], which operat ...

Hamburg Airport

Hamburg Airport

More from my recent holiday. I spent just eight days in Hamburg., Nothing much aviation to report, although I did visit the excellent Miniatur Wunderland (there will be a post on this next week), which includes a large airport section and is apparently based on Hamburg Airport. Well worth the visit if you have a few hours free Once at Hamburg airport [ICAO code EDDH] and after security, there was plenty of opportunity to photograph some of the fl ...

Heathrow to Hamburg

Heathrow to Hamburg

After 13 days in the UK, I headed off to Hamburg. Why Hamburg? Simply, I had never been there before, so it was an opportunity to have a look around. The flight from Heathrow to Hamburg was a Eurowings flight, operated by Germanwings, both subsidiaries of Lufthansa. Despite being fairly inexpensive, I had a checked bag and food which was nice, even though it was only about a 1 hour, 45 minute flight. Anyway, here are some photos from Heathrow pri ...

China Southern Airlines and Guangzhou Baiyun airport in China

China Southern Airlines and Guangzhou Baiyun airport in China

On my recent trip to the UK, I flew with China Southern Airlines to London Heathrow via Guangzhou Baiyun airport [ICAO code ZGGG] for what was to be a three hour break before proceeding to London Heathrow. For the first time ever, I was flying business class. The first leg was in a Boeing 777 and it's amazing what a difference a flat bed makes for the comfort on the trip Despite not getting a lot of sleep [that's just me, not an indication of com ...

More from last Sunday evening

More from last Sunday evening

While at the airport last Sunday evening, I took the opportunity to try and photograph a few of the locals going about their business. Obviously, the arrival of the C17A overshadowed everything else -) but I've eventually caught up with the remaining photos. It's a bit hard in the fading light, but here are a few of what I got. First up, Sounds Air. Sounds Air just seems to keep getting bigger and better, with the company adding more C208's to th ...

United Arab Emirates Dreamliner at Wellington!

United Arab Emirates Dreamliner at Wellington!

There have been a lot of unusual and interesting movements at Wellington recently. Several of them have been large aircraft, which, if you follow this blog, includes an Airbus A340-313 I haven't managed to capture photos of all of them - often it is a case of being in the right place at the right time, although it helps that some of the flights are also published on the likes of Flightradar24.com and FlightAware . This evening was one of those ca ...

More visitors from Saturday

More visitors from Saturday

After a busy Saturday, I've just gone through my photos and found another couple of interest. First up is a Cessna 180A, ZK-JMH, which is registered to Johnston Motors of a Haast address. I wonder if that is how the registration was created? Cessna 180A, ZK-JMH, registered to Johnston Motors of Haast Next up is an RNZAF-operated Beech B200 Super King Air, NZ7124. This arrived shortly after the USAF C37A. In the background is another picture of th ...

USAF C17 at Wellington!

USAF C17 at Wellington!

It has been an unusually "busy" week or so for military and four-engined aircraft at Wellington. The latest is a Boeing C17A Globemaster III, registered 09-9212 and operated by the US Air Force which arrived this evening Unfortunately it was getting quite gloomy around 7 30pm when it turned up, but some of the photos worked out ok, so here are some of the better ones. The first two are as it landed, the last two as it taxied onto the RNZAF Air Mo ...