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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 ...


Yet another flight today... Yet another flight today...

It has been a busy flying month for me today. In what is probably my second busiest month's flying, I've accumulated 9.3 hours of flying this month, including strip flying, night flying and just general mucking around enjoying myself flying Today, Andrew, Amy and I headed off to Masterton in Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. No real reason, except to have a fly, some fun and a few circuits at a quiet, uncontrolled, aerodrome. Ok, we had to avoid some meat bom ...

Wow. That was fun!

I think I have found a new fun thing to do in aircraft [alongside strip flying, of course]. It's this night flying thing, which, on a night like last night [a very gentle breeze, good visibility and no cloud] is just about the perfect way to spend an evening, even a series of circuits around the airport One of the best things about night flying is the lack of traffic. There were only two circuits with any sort of holding [plus a couple where we e ...

Another flight today Another flight today

It has been a good weekend as I managed to get another local flight in WAC's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. Unlike yesterday which where I did some turns, a FLWOP and some circuits, this one was all about having a bit of fun. Grant [another Club pilot] and I went out to Palliser Bay for a look around. As you can see in some of the photos, the weather was hardly what you'd call sunny, and there was some low cloud [around 1100' in places] and rain, but there ...

A nice enough day to go flying A nice enough day to go flying

Today was a nice enough day to go flying. Not perfect, but not rubbish either. Considering the northerly breeze at Wellington, I had expected some turbulence when heading out the Palliser Bay in the southern Wairarapa area, but there was very little. The only weather-related stuff I did encounter was a line of cloud at about 1100' up against the eastern side of the Rimutaka Ranges. Photos follow of ahead, beside and behind me. Apart from this, th ...

Odds and sods

Ok, I couldn't resist. one more post, although this time of the random photos from the weekend. Some of which are pretty impressive -) First up is an Air NZ Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXB, which was taxiing in as I was waiting for the Sounds Air departure. Next up is a fairly random picture from inside the Sounds Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, ZK-SAA, on the trip over to Woodbourne. Omaka aerodrome is home to some fairly fancy aircraft. Among the best o ...

Strip flying... the wrap up Strip flying... the wrap up

Well, that's it for the strip flying course. What an awesome weekend Did I mention that any other time? Now for a couple of "administrative" things. With the weather the way it is this time of the year, we made the sensible suggestion to fly between Wellington and Blenheim on Sounds Air . It turned out to be a great day both sides of Cooks Strait, but I reckon this was still the best way to go. It's quick, cheap [cheaper than I have seen on Air N ...

Strip flying... yeah, still day 2! Strip flying... yeah, still day 2!

Ok, so we get towards the end of day 2 of the strip flying course at Marlborough Aero Club . After D'Urville Island we headed back towards Omaka. It's amazing how after just a few hours of training, I started seeing all sorts of little airstrips around the countryside There are few photos from this flight as I was sitting in the back, nice and comfy, enjoying the views -) One I did get was of Woodbourne AD [joint military civil] as we flew past. ...

Strip flying, still day 2, off to D'Urville for lunch! Strip flying, still day 2, off to D'Urville for lunch!

After Port Gore, the next place to fly to was D'Urville Island airstrip. As I had flown in there before [a few years ago], my instructor, Nick, was kind enough [brave enough??] to let me fly the first approach in. ZK-OMK had landed a few minutes earlier and reported no wind. When I landed we had a slight tailwind, but it was still safe and comfortable. The breeze did pick up a little and that's another lesson learnt - the weather can change very ...

Strip flying, day 2. Off to the Marlborough Sounds Strip flying, day 2. Off to the Marlborough Sounds

Much like Saturday, Sunday dawned with barely a gentle breeze, a few clouds and lots of sunshine. It was clear that day 2 of the strip flying course at Marlborough Aero Club [MAC] was going to be a stunner We arrived at MAC at Omaka airfield Around 9am and after pre-flighting both aircraft and packing the essentials [which included a portable BBQ and food for lunch] we headed out to a private strip at Nopera in the Marlborough Sounds. To say the ...

Wow! What an awesome weekend! Strip flying with Marlborough Aero Club! Wow! What an awesome weekend! Strip flying with Marlborough Aero Club!

Yep, the headline pretty much sums it up Last weekend I went to Omaka, along with two other Wellington pilots for a course in strip flying with Marlborough Aero Club [MAC]. I knew it was going to be fun and I wasn't disappointed at all The course was split into two days. this post will cover day 1 and, you guessed it, the next couple of posts will cover day two. Firstly, I was flying MAC's Cessna 172E, ZK-OMR. Another pilot was using their C172 t ...