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 ...

Big brother, little brother and a bus

Big brother, little brother and a bus

Today's pictures start with two Piper's. The first is Piper PA28R-200 Arrow, ZK-DUY, which is operated by Canterbury Aero Club in Christchurch. In the background of this picture is another Piper, a PA38-112 Tomahawk, ZK-WAC, which is part of the Wellington Aero Club fleet. Piper PA28R-200 Arrow, ZK-DUY, operated by Canterbury Aero Club Next up is an Airbus A320-232, VH-VGH, which is operated by Jetstar Airways. Airbus A320-232, VH-VGH, operated b ...

A DHC8 and an ATR72

A DHC8 and an ATR72

Last Saturday, in between the brief excitement of the returning ATR72, I shot these pictures of a Eastern Australia Airlines-operated DHC8 and a Mount Cook Airline Air NZ-operated ATR72. As you can see, it was a bit gloomy all day, although until you went north, the cloud was high enough for most of the Aero Club's activities, with only a light breeze and the threatened rain not eventuating. All-in-all, a nice day for a fly for those that did get ...

Emergency response at Wellington Airport today

Emergency response at Wellington Airport today

Today there was an emergency response at Wellington Airport, with a Mount Cook-operated ATR72 turning back from a flight to Christchurch. According to media reports [not that I put much stock in those], this was due to a chlorine smell in the cabin, which apparently resulting from bleach leaking from a bag in the cabin. Anyway, here is a picture from across the other side of the airport. The aircraft was one of Mount Cook's newest ATR72's, ZK-MVE ...

A little Turkish Delight

A little Turkish Delight

A surprise visitor at Wellington today is this Airbus A319 115CJ, TC-ANA, which is operated by the Turkish Government. I wasn't at the airport when it arrived, but it appears there was quite a delegation awaiting the arrival, so there must have been important people on board. By the time I arrived at the airport, it was all tucked up and quiet. Airbus A319 115CJ, TC-ANA, operated by the Government of Turkey

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 ...