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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 ...


Wellington to London: Others at Abu Dhabi Wellington to London: Others at Abu Dhabi

In this final "Wellington to London" post, I have a selection of other aircraft I saw at Abu Dhabi. One thing you may notice in all of these photos are signs of construction. I'll see if I can find a photo that shows this better, but the airport is essentially being reconstructed to increase capacity. It is almost as if everywhere that is not currently in use is a construction site. It'd be interesting to transit through here in a couple of years ...

Wellington to London: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Virgin Australia, Etihad and Jet Airways

Following on from my last post, I spent about 8 hours at Abu Dhabi International Airport [OMAA]. It's a nice enough airport - thankfully well air conditioned [it was comfortable inside but about 41 deg celsius outside.] - and easy to get around. Transit security was interesting. On first look, it appeared to be organised mayhem [minus the "organised" bit] but in fact it went quite quickly and very smoothly. They were concerned that all metal came ...

Wellington to London: The intro Wellington to London: The intro

As the post title indicates, I'm now on my long-awaited holiday, and in the UK [at least for now] My ticket is a Virgin Australia ticket, although the flights so far have been on Air NZ and Etihad. The route flown was Wellington [NZWN] to Sydney [YSSY] to Abu Dhabi [OMAA] to London Heathrow [EGLL]. All in economy with 5 hrs in Sydney and 7 in Abu Dhabi. 37 hours of travel, but I coped with it just fine. Obviously I made it, although for the first ...

It's back... It's back...

Finally, after several months laid up, the Wellington Aero Club's Piper PA28-161, ZK-MBG is back online and sporting a new paint job. I understand that it may receive more detail at some stage, but for now it is great to have it back The other aircraft spotted today is a Eurocopter EC130 B4, ZK-IUP, registered to Over The Top Ltd , of a Wakatipu, Queenstown address. Lastly, I'm heading off on holiday. I'm not sure how regular any updates might be ...

Almost... Almost...

After a long time out of the air being painted, the Aero Club's Piper PA28-161, ZK-MBG, is almost ready to go. In the following picture you can see the shiny new paint job, that the registration has been applied. It appears there are just some finishing touches to be applied around the windows. After this I understand it just needs to be test flown and a quick ferry flight for the re-weigh and a compass swing [at Paraparaumu aerodrome], then it's ...

MH17 crash MH17 crash

I guess you've all heard of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine earlier today. A very sad situation for all involved. I'm guessing that there will finally be some more scrutiny of the Ukraine Russian-backed civil war [am I allowed to call it that???] and hopefully an end to that conflict sooner rather than later [well, we can live in hope]. Here's the only picture I seem to have of the aircraft involved. a Boeing 777-2H ...

Project Loon, high altitude balloons Project Loon, high altitude balloons

This is something a little different for today. I was looking over New Zealand and noticed about 17 high altitude balloons from Google's Project Loon . What makes these flights a little different is that the predominate winds over new Zealand tend to be westerly at the higher altitudes that these things are floating along at. These flights however show very clear southerly winds and, particularly as they get up above Auckland, an easterly compone ...

Preparations and flying stuff Preparations and flying stuff

There will be a busy few weekends coming up for me with house renovations [ exterior painting ] and preparation for my next overseas holidays in full swing. I did manage to get out to the Aero Club for a few hours, got to see Amy eating KFC [a most unusual event -)] and took a couple of photos. The two photos I am publishing are of the Club's Piper PA38-112, ZK-TAW, which is back flying after a few months off for maintenance. The second is an ATR ...

A dying breed and... I crashed my brand new helicopter... A dying breed and... I crashed my brand new helicopter...

A wild and windy day at Wellington today meant no aero club flying, although the wetaher is forecast to be better tomorrow, so we'll see. One photo from today is a Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGJ, registered to Air New Zealand. By my count, Air NZ only has about 7 B737's still in service, as they are retired in favour of an all Airbus [all A320 at this time] single-isle fleet. Next photo is my new helicopter. I purchased it today, and so far I've already ...

More Met Stuff More Met Stuff

After last weekend's post on some interesting sites for met related information, I received a txt with another site to look at [ Thanks RF. thought you might have an idea or two ]. This led me to explore a little further at some of the links from that main site. So, first up we have Chris Noble's weather.noble.gen.nz site. This site contains a lot of interesting met info, including charts, weather-related news [that involves Metservice in some wa ...