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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 ...


What a weird situation...

I went flying again this afternoon in the Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. I last flew the C172 about a month ago, so I went up for a practice flight, consisting of turns, stalls, a FLWOP followed by some circuits. It was a bit weird though when I took a look at my logbook prior to the flight. Technically I was still current on the C172 at night , but not during the day . This means that, legally, Under the CARs [Civil Aviation Rules] I could take a p ...

Quiet at Wellington for a good reason

Quiet at Wellington for a good reason

The good reason is that almost every one of the Club's aircraft headed off to Masterton for a day out and a bit of practice. Therefore, there was nothing much GA-wise to see. I did get two photos though. The first is a Kawasaki BK117 B-2, ZK-IBK, rescue helicopter which is operated by Skyline Aviation of Hawkes Bay. The second is a British Aerospace Jetstream J32, ZK-VAI, and is registered to Vincent Aviation (in receivership). Kawasaki BK117 B-2 ...

Diamond Twinstars and an A319

Diamond Twinstars and an A319

I was at the aero club for a meeting this evening, and got to photograph a couple of interesting aircraft. The first two are Diamond DA42 Twinstars from CTC Aviation Training, based in Wellington. I believe that both ZK-CTJ and ZK-CTM are here for the night. Diamond DA42 Twinstar, ZK-CTJ, operated by CTC Aviation Training of Hamilton Diamond DA42 Twinstar, ZK-CTM, operated by CTC Aviation Training of Hamilton Last up is a terrible picture of what ...

At the end of a dreary day...

. there is not much to do except to share a couple of pictures and an old war movie. The pictures are of two types which are rapidly disappearing from NZ skies - the Boeing 737-300 and the Raytheon B1900 - which Air NZ are in the process of withdrawing from their fleets. Boeing 737-319, ZK-NGI, operated by Air NZ, but not for much longer Raytheon B1900, ZK-EAR, operated by Eagle Airways Air NZ, but also not for much longer The video is an old one ...

Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight Boeing 787-8 arrives at Wellington

Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight Boeing 787-8 arrives at Wellington

Today's exciting news was the arrival of an Adu Dhabi Amiri Flight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, A6-PFC, into Wellington less than an hour ago. I understand that the aircraft is here in support of the UAE team in a Cricket World Cup game tomorrow. The aircraft arrived direct from Nadi, Fiji. Unfortunately is arrived right on dark, so the photos are not very good at all. These are the best two that I had [and yes, I had to brighten them somewhat]. Unfo ...

RAAF Boeing C17A Globemaster III at Wellington!

RAAF Boeing C17A Globemaster III at Wellington!

Today's cool photo is of a Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF] Boeing C17A Globemaster III, A41-207, parked up at Wellington What a cool machine This aircraft arrived at Wellington earlier today., but left around 5pm-ish for a quick trip to Blenheim Woodbourne and back. Sources indicate that among the passengers was the Hon Gerry Brownlee, who appears to have found yet another way to avoid the airport queues -). but serious, as Minister of Defence, ...

Civil activity at Wellington

Civil activity at Wellington

Just a couple of civil aircraft to show today. First up is an Evektor - Aertechnik Sportstar Plus, ZK-NPT. This aircraft is a Light Sport Aircraft [LSA] and is registered to Pacific Pilot Training of a Nelson address. As cane be seen, it is tied up nicely, which is just as well as the weather was turning rather awful soon afterwards. Speaking of the weather, it was bad enough that a couple of our pilots diverted elsewhere this afternoon. -) Last ...

Military activity at Wellington

Military activity at Wellington

Just a couple of items of note today, with the RNZAF's NHI NH90, NZ3301, still at Wellington this morning. It appears that they went to leave, only for the helicopter to go u s [unserviceable]. This resulted in the helicopter staying until later in the afternoon. With the NH90 still here, it meant a different parking location for the Boeing 757-2K2, NZ7572, much closer to the aero club. The B757 was only here for 30 minutes or so before leaving f ...

Helicopters at Wellington

Helicopters at Wellington

I arrived back in Wellington today after my brief holiday in Whanganui. I only had an hour or so at the aero club, but I did sight a couple of interesting helicopters. The first one is a Nelson-Malrborough rescue helicopter, a Kawasaki BK117 B2, ZK-IMN, registered to Garden City Helicopters of a Christchurch address. The other helicopter is a NATO Helicopter Industries NH90, NZ3301, operated by the RNZAF. This arrived and shut down at the RNZAF A ...

Type rating in a Tomark SD4 Viper!

Type rating in a Tomark SD4 Viper!

I am on holiday at the moment in Whanganui. The main reason is for a family visit, but while here, I have been quite keen to learn to fly Wanganui Aero Club 's [ or click here ] Tomark SD-4 Viper, ZK-EAW. The Viper is a Light Sport Aircraft [LSA] and as such it's a wee bit lighter than other aircraft I have flown with a MAUW of only 600Kgs. The aircraft is powered by a 100Hp Rotax 912 and gets along quite nicely at about 100 knots and a miserly 1 ...