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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 ...

An Airbus and a King Air An Airbus and a King Air

Today's pictures are brought to you by a windy Wellington - not cold, not raining, just windy -) First up are two photos of a Royal New Zealand Air Force [RNZAF] Beech B200 King Air, NZ7123. Following that are two photos of one of Air NZ's Airbus A320-232 aircraft, ZK-OJQ. The weather is still looking OK for tomorrow, so hopefully I get a second flight this weekend -)

Even more surprisingly...

. the weather was good for flying today This is despite the storms across many other places north and south of us. Wellington, it seems, has escaped the worst, which meant I got to go flying for just over an hour in the Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. I must be getting enthusiastic, because I've booked myself in again on Monday afternoon [Easter Monday holiday here in New Zealand] -). Here's hoping it's good weather for Monday also.

Somewhat surprisingly... Somewhat surprisingly...

. the weather was much nicer than expected today What wind we had even managed to reduce as the day went on, at least until the thunder and lightning started for a short time in the evening -) It almost goes without saying then that I am booked in for a flight tomorrow, when I'm sure that the weather will be rubbish. we'll see At leats I have a long weekend - it's the Easter break, so 4 straight days off work Hooray I did manage to get a few phot ...

Hamilton and back on Air NZ Hamilton and back on Air NZ

This past week I have been working in the Waikato - in several towns and the main city of Hamilton. The plan was to fly up on Monday and back on Friday using Air NZ [Air Nelson Mount Cook] in both directions. I'm not a fan of early morning starts, but with my flight departing at 7 05am, I was never going to get a sleep in. The weather in Wellington that morning was pretty much cruddy. So much so, that it seemed that no aircraft were able to land. ...

2014 Royal Tour of New Zealand

I guess most NZ-based plane watchers would have worked this out by now, but this coming week should be a very interesting times. If the royal tour is coming to a place near you, you might like to look out for the aircraft that will inevitably be involved. Stuff.co.nz has details of dates and locations , and if you're in Wellington, there should be plenty of movements from the RNZAF Air Movements Apron during the week or so. Apart from arriving on ...

Another day detached from terra firma

After just over 2 months of no flying [I've been busy and then the weather hasn't always been cooperative] I got to go flying today. I decided to make it a dual flight so I could practice a few things and get some feedback. Today's aircraft was the Club's Cessna C172N, ZK-FLT. It all went fairly well. I'm safe, just a little rusty. I managed a few turns, stalls, a forced landing, low flying and some circuits back at Wellington and I was all done ...

Today's visitor from CTC Today's visitor from CTC

Today's visitor to the aero club was this Diamond DA42, ZK-CTH registered to CTC Aviation Training of Hamilton. I thought this aircraft looked different from last time I photographed it, and when I compare images, I see it has been repainted using a single dark blue colour, a revised "coat of arms" and the words " committed to excellence " plastered on the winglets and fuselage.

A quick trip down south A quick trip down south

I was working out of the office last week, in and around Christchurch and Dunedin. Unfortunately there wasn't much time for aviation-related sightseeing, but such is life. I flew to Christchurch [NZCH] on Jetstar [definitely not my choice, but then I wasn't paying], and it looks like someone found cheap flights on Sunday morning. and that nobody else much likes flying anywhere on Sunday morning either [or maybe nobody else much likes flying Jetst ...

RNZAF Lockheed C130 breakdown RNZAF Lockheed C130 breakdown

The second piece of news from today is that an RNZAF Lockheed C130 Hercules, NZ7001, had an issue. I don't know the details, but it looks as though it is having a tire and or wheel replaced. As you'll see from the photograph, the aircraft is only just clear of the runway strip, but still in a controlled part of the aerodrome at holding point Mike 5 . The incident occurred this morning, and was apparently accompanied by airport fire rescue service ...

Firstly, the big news! Welcome to Wellington, ANA! Firstly, the big news! Welcome to Wellington, ANA!

There are two interesting bits of news today, but the most interesting, by far, is the arrival into Wellington of ANA [All Nippon Airways] Boeing B777-381 ER, JA788A This is one of very few times that an aircraft of this size has operated into Wellington, with the obvious exception of a few Air NZ B777 flights in the past few years, and for those with long memories, the Qantas B747 flights of several decades ago. Oh yes - there was the Gulf Air A ...