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 ...

Robbie visits

Robbie visits

There was a very unfamiliar visitor at the Aero Club today - unfamiliar as this type is very rarely seen in Wellington and unfamiliar because I don't know a lot about helicopters This aircraft is a Robinson R22 Beta, ZK-HNS, which is operated by Kapiti Aero Club. The one time I have previously seen this aircraft was at Otaki, last September. Robinson R22 Beta, ZK-HNS, operated by Kapiti Aero Club Robinson R22 Beta, ZK-HNS, operated by Kapiti Aero ...

Bush fire near Kingston

Bush fire near Kingston

There was a wee bit of excitement this evening when I arrived home to see there was a bush fire a few kilometres away, burning up the side of a hill. According to a news report , the fire may have started when hydraulic oil in a digger caught fire and injuring the driver. Apart from a lot of smoke, there were very few flames to see from where I was [which was a reasonable distance away], but shortly after arriving home, the helicopters arrived. F ...

Eastern Australia Airlines/ Jetstar DHC8

Eastern Australia Airlines/ Jetstar DHC8

I've been away for a few days, but today I got back to Wellington and captured these pictures of one of Eastern Australia Airlines operated Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQM. This is of course operating in NZ on behalf of Jetstar. This aircraft came from headed back to Nelson on Jetstar's new Nelson Wellington sector which started this weekend. Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQM, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines on behalf of Jetstar Bombardier DHC-8-3 ...

Low cloud, high humidity

Low cloud, high humidity

So much for a plan to go flying today. The day dawned and finished with low cloud and high humidity - clearly not conducive to VFR flying. One arrival to emerge from the gloom was the General Dynamics Allison Convair 440 580, ZK-CIE, which is operated by Air Chathams. This parked up on the Eastern Apron. General Dynamics Allison Convair 440 580, ZK-CIE, operated by Air Chathams General Dynamics Allison Convair 440 580, ZK-CIE, operated by Air Cha ...

Air Chathams Convair

Air Chathams Convair

It has been a while, but Saturday saw an Air Chathams General Dynamics Allison Convair 440 580, ZK-CIF parked up outside the Aero Club. I'm not sure how long it had been there [probably not more than a few hours] but it departed that afternoon with a planeload of punters, so I'm guessing on a charter flight somewhere. I still haven't had a look though one of these [apart from one in a Finnish museum a couple of years ago]. must organise that one ...

Welcome, rain.

Welcome, rain.

OK, we needed some rain, although to say "welcome" is perhaps a wee bit over the top. Yesterday [3rd January] was a little breezy but mostly very wet with low cloud, as the following pictures should demonstrate. Even the final picture, where it has cleared up somewhat is still wet. A few hours later it was windier and wetter again -( Two Air NZ operated Airbus A320's Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXD, operated by Air NZ Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXH, operated by ...

Alliance Fokker F50

Alliance Fokker F50

It looks like the first Tauck Tours visit to Wellington for 2016 is underway with the visit of the Alliance Airlines-operated Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO. Clearly the weather has also turned to rubbish again [although only for a few days] with rain pouring down, although there's little wind and it's still quite warm, so high humidity. Urrggghhhh. Anyway, here are the photos. Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO, operated by Alliance Airlines Fokker F27 Mk 50, V ...

The end of another year, but take it easy!

The end of another year, but take it easy!

It's the end of another busy year. and I can't imagine that next year will be any different Today's photo is of the Wellington-based Lifeflight Air Ambulance, a British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-LFT, operated by Air Freight NZ. Why this? Well, unfortunately there have been a lot of air ambulances in and out of Wellington over the past few days. Anyway, here's a picture of ZK-LFW. British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-LFW, operated by Air Freight ...

AC/DC-chartered Comlux Aviation A319 departs

AC/DC-chartered Comlux Aviation A319 departs

Further to yesterday's post, the Airbus A319-115 CJ, 9H-AVK, operated by Comlux Aviation Malta on behalf of AC DC departed for Auckland this afternoon. This would be the first visit of an A319 I have noted at Wellington, although last time AC DC visited, they used an even smaller Airbus, an A318, also from Comlux Aviation Malta Airbus A319-115 CJ, 9H-AVK, operated by Comlux Aviation Malta Airbus A319-115 CJ, 9H-AVK, operated by Comlux Aviation Ma ...

AC/DC fans arrive on mass? :-)

AC/DC fans arrive on mass? :-)

Maybe, maybe not -) Anyway, an arrival this afternoon was this CASA CN-235M-200, 52-IC, operated by the Armee de L'Air [French Air Force]. I understand that this aircraft is based at Noumea. It arrived today and parked on the western apron near the Comlux A319 from the previous post. CASA CN-235M-200, 52-IC, operated by the Armee de L'Air Still, if they are fans, it'd be a cool way to arrive for the concert -P