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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 ...


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 ...

Meteorological information... Meteorological information...

Despite the weather being nice, there is little flying happening at the moment. Unfortunately we have a number of aircraft out of service for maintenance which is slowing things down. What I have done is taken a bit of a look around at various sources of weather information that could be useful for pilots or even just plain interesting. Note that some of these sites share a common information source [usually Metservice], but they still present in ...

The Evidence The Evidence

My passenger from the 13,000 foot flight [click here to read] has sent through some photos form the flight, including the important one Thanks Amy. Top to bottom we have The evidence Altimeter plus other instruments Still climbing, but close [middle-right hand side is Wellington, in the distance is the South Island] Heading back to Wellington, at the Te Marua water reservoir, only about 3500 feet at this stage I am now wondering if it is worth wh ...

I love long weekends! I love long weekends!

Yep, I do. Especially when they coincide with weather that is great for flying The past couple of days have been fantastic, and as you'll note from my previous post, I managed to take the Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT up to 13,000 feet two days ago. Today's weather was fine - a bit more of a breeze and some cloud, but still very flyable. Today I took the same aircraft up for a more local flight. I had intended heading off to practice various manoeuv ...

Yep, the camera is working again Yep, the camera is working again

If you've read my last post, you may have guessed that my DSLR camera is back after its sensor clean. Today I gave it a good workout with a variety of aircraft landing and taking off at Wellington. Here are a few of the light aircraft. Top to bottom are Cessna 172S, ZK-CTY, registered to CTC Aviation training of Hamilton Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO, registered to Wellington Aero Club starting that big radial engine Piper PA2R-201, ZK-EIF, also register ...