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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 ...


The last hurrah!

The last hurrah!

Arriving at Wellington today were three Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopters from the RNZAF These helicopters are on their farewell tour of New Zealand. The Iroquois is being replaced by the NH90 after about 50 years of service with the RNZAF. The official RNZAF press release is here. The helicopters arriving into Wellington were NZ3807, NZ3809, NZ3816. Bell UH-1H Iroquois, NZ3807, NZ3809, NZ3816, operated by the RNZAF Bell UH-1H Iroquois, NZ3807, ope ...

NZ 2015 BUDGET NEWS: Free access to Metflight will be returning soon!

In completely unexpected, but very very welcome news from the 2015 budget, recreational pilots will soon have free access to Merservice's excellent Metflight GA product reinstated I had completely missed this [ok, I find the Budget rather boring and I didn't take much notice], but it was pointed out to me today that there is provision in the budget for recreational pilots to have free access to Metservice's excellent Metflight GA product, from 1 ...

Cessna A152

Cessna A152

Today's photo is of a Cessna A152, ZK-NPL, which is operated by Tauranga Aero Club. The "A152" means that it is an aerobatic model. If you look closely at the front of the door, you can see the emergency door release cable. I understand that the aircraft is here on a short visit for some maintenance [and certainly needing something given the state of the nose wheel oleo.]. In other news, I had time for another quick flight today in a Club Cessna ...

Cigna Healthcare Falcon 7X at Wellington

Cigna Healthcare Falcon 7X at Wellington

Today's "pleasant surprise" was a Dassault Falcon 7X, N173CN, which was parked outside of the Execujet hanger after arriving in Wellington [from Jakarta via Auckland] yesterday . The aircraft is registered to Cigna Healthcare, so what it's doing here is anybody's guess Anyway, there are not too many tri-jets operating these days, so it's good to see one now and then. Dassault Falcon 7X, N173CN, operated by Cigna Healthcare Dassault Falcon 7X, N17 ...

Ridge Air, Mount Cook Airline and Jetstar

Ridge Air, Mount Cook Airline and Jetstar

It was somewhat dull and a wee bit breezy to go flying today. but it's looking like tomorrow will be better. Pictures I did get include the following three examples. First up is a Piper PA34-220T, ZK-BJM, which is operated by Ridge Air. Piper PA34-220T, ZK-BJM, operated by Ridge Air Next up is one of Mount Cook Airline Air NZ's older ATR-GIE ATR72-212A aircraft, ZK-MCO. It looks like this aircraft has been registered to Mount Cook since December ...

Prince Harry arriving in Wellington today

Prince Harry arriving in Wellington today

The big event for today was Prince Harry arriving in Wellington from Australia on board an RNZAF operated Boeing 757-2K2, NZ7572. Boeing 757-2K2, NZ7572, operated by the RNZAF Boeing 757-2K2, NZ7572, operated by the RNZAF. Note the flag out the window Welcoming committee for Prince Harry, including the PM and the Mayor Soon after the formalities, the B757 was pulled forward to make room for another RNZAF aircraft, a Lockheed C130H Hercules, NZ700 ...

Wellington Aero Club information and blog

Wellington Aero Club information and blog

Wellington Aero Club has just started putting up more member information and other interesting articles on their [relatively] new blog. This will be a great way to keep in touch with what is happening at the Club and for the Club, it's a much easier and effective way to get information out to members and other interested people. The blog link is www.flywellington.co.nz blog . Wellington Aero Club screenshot - www.flywellington.co.nz blog Of cours ...

Beech B200GT and a couple of Airbus'

A different visitor for today was a Beech B200GT, ZK-VMF, pictured here waiting to depart Wellington. It had arrived about 10 minutes earlier, so it was a very quick stop This aircraft is registered to Tasman Aviation of a Motueka address. This aircraft has only been on the NZ register since August 2014, so is a fairly recent arrival. Beech B200GT, ZK-VMF, operated by Tasman Aviation Beech B200GT, ZK-VMF, operated by Tasman Aviation Next up are a ...

Two more aircraft from yesterday

Two more aircraft from yesterday

In addition to the military aircraft seen at Wellington yesterday, I also managed to get my best pictures yet of Sounds Air's new Pilatus PC12 45, ZK-PLS. As seen here, the aircraft was heading across to Blenheim [Woodbourne aerodrome, NZWB]. For anyone who has not heard, the expansion of Sounds Air continues with the recent announcement that they are picking up the Wellington - Taupo route , in addition to the previously announced Westport - Wel ...

More pictures of military aircraft at Wellington today

After yesterday's post of the RAF, RAAF and Marine Nationale aircraft at Wellington, I turned up today to see two of them still here. The RAAF BBJ had left, but in its place was a Bombardier Challenger 604 [CL-600--2B16], A37-001, operated by the RAAF. In my [not so humble] opinion, this has to be one of the best looking mid-sized business jets out there. feel free to disagree -) After a few hours of prep, and some fairly serious looking security ...