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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 ...


Not For Operational Use! Not For Operational Use!

During a general tidy-up at the Aero Club a couple of weekends back, we discovered this old [out of date] page called "Ground To Air Emergency Visual Signalling Code", published by the "Civil Aviation Administration". Before anyone asks, this is well out of date, but good for a laugh I especially like the symbol for "Require Firearms and Ammunition" I still can't quite understand what use that might be in civil aviation. ? -)

Different colours, different grass Different colours, different grass

I went flying again today, with a couple of other Wellington Aero Club members. We headed up to Otaki airstrip, which is a nice grass airstrip just south of Otaki township. It is plenty long enough - even with the displaced thresholds, the landing distance is 730 meters with a very gentle slope. I hope to have some photos in the next few days from a passenger. When these arrive, I'll put them up in another post. From the photos I did manage to ge ...

Another windy day... hopefully better tomorrow Another windy day... hopefully better tomorrow

It has been another windy day in Wellington with up to 50 knot gusts at times, so no light aircraft flying today. I am booked in for a flight tomorrow, so we'll see what that is like. Photos today are just three. First up is a Gulfstream G650, ZK-KFB, which is registered to ExecuJet, but is better known as Peter Jackson's plane. Next up is a Sounds Air Cessna 208, ZK-PDM and last is an Air Nelson Air NZ Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEG. Both of these ...

US Air Force and RNZAF at Wellington US Air Force and RNZAF at Wellington

Today's special visitors at Wellington are a US Air Force Boeing C40C B737-7CP, registered 05-0730 and an RNZAF Boeing 757-200, NZ7571. I'm guessing that the B737 is here after the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Maybe the B757 is the same. I'm also going to keep a quiet eye out over the next few days, as there have been a few foreign leader's aircraft visiting New Zealand recently. It would be interesting to see if any of them are planning of ...

Overnight at Wellington Overnight at Wellington

Just one photo from today. This time a Cessna 172M, ZK-LQA, operated by Airline Flying Club of a Papakura address [based at Ardmore AD]. My understanding is that the aircraft had a hurried move into the engine run-up bay [which is relatively sheltered] late last night due to the stormy weather which hit Wellington overnight and today. As an aside, I saw the Wellington METAR indicating surface winds with up to 60 knot gusts this morning, although ...

Homeward bound Homeward bound

Last up on my trip home to Wellington was another flight in an Eagle Airways operated Raytheon B1900D, ZK-EAE. Like the trip north to Taupo, there were only about 5 passengers on board for the flight home. Unlike the trip north, the views were somewhat more impressive. Three simple photos here. Firstly, the aircraft, send and third are two views of the eastern side of Mount Ruapehu as we headed south. The photos of Ruapehu are black and white - t ...

Meat bombing and more at Taupo Meat bombing and more at Taupo

While waiting for my trip home to Wellington, I took the opportunity to capture a few pictures of the local happenings. Taupo is well known for its sky diving and so it is little wonder that most of the flights were associated with people deliberately falling out of a perfectly good aircraft [ fools ha ha ha]. Top to bottom in this set of photos are Pacific Aerospace 750XL, ZK-JQK, operated by Tandem Skydiving Ltd Pacific Aerospace 750XL, ZK-SDT, ...

My first visit to Invercargill! My first visit to Invercargill!

At Invercargill I had the privilege of spending last week working at a couple of my employer's more remote worksites. This trip saw me fly firstly into Invercargill and then up to Taupo. I had never been to Invercargill before, so I was interested to see what the airport was like. The terminal itself was pretty basic, but mostly functional. It is also undergoing a major revamp, to the extent that the baggage collection point is currently in a mar ...

Night flying last night! Night flying last night!

Last night was my first night flight after gaining my night rating. The weather was absolutely perfect with hardly a breeze [variable direction, 2-3 knots most of the time], no cloud and very little other traffic. Just perfect for a newly night rated pilot flying a Cessna 172N -) What was even better was that Saturday night was the night of the Wellington Guy Fawkes night public display. I swear I only found that out on Saturday morning -) but wh ...

Another nice day in Wellington

It was another nice day in Wellington today. A little more breezy than yesterday, but nice nonetheless. I spent an hour or so at the Spruce Goose cafe this afternoon with friends, and took the opportunity to get a few photos from a slightly different angle to what I usually get. First up, it is great to see the Lifeflight Air Ambulance airborne again. It has been a rough time with Vincent Aviation going into receivership [Vincent's supplied at le ...