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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 ...


Another good day detached from the ground

Yep, I got to go flying again today, although it almost didn't happen. I was scheduled to take up a couple of passengers today, but with some rubbish weather not moving through as early as expected and it all looking rather non-scenic and potentially a bit rough, I thought it was better to pull the plug on that flight. Instead I spent a fun 48 minutes flying out to the Southern Wairarapa area in the Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, doing a few rate 1 ...

Old tail-cam footage from an Air NZ B737-200 flying into Wellington

I stumbled across the following awesome footage [from 1996] of an Air NZ Boeing 737-200, ZK-NAT, flying a visual approach into Wellington. What you see in the video is the aircraft joining right-hand downwind from just west of Island Bay, continuing over the city then a right turn in to land. Just a pity the current crop of Air NZ aircraft don't have tail [or nose] mounted cameras -) Anyway, enjoy the video

Unusual visitors Unusual visitors

I popped out to the Aero Club today, only to see some unusual visitors to Wellington on the ground and in the air. The biggest surprise is was an Air NZ operated Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCK It has been a long, long time since I have seen a B767 at Wellington. Next up is a Piper PA38-112, ZK-FJR, from Canterbury Aero Club, which was parked in the old engine run-up bay. Next to this was a Cessna 180K, ZK-JCW, from Canterbury Aviation Ltd. The final pict ...

Air New Zealand retires its last Boeing 747

The big aviation news from New Zealand over the past few days is that Air New Zealand has retired the last of its Boeing 747-400's, with the final revenue flight one from San Francisco to Auckland. I wasn't at Auckland to see the arrival of the last flight, a Boeing 747-419, ZK-NBV, although many other sites have some good information, such as this post from MRC Aviation which has a brief history of the type with Air NZ and an old Air NZ promotio ...

What a difference a day makes! What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday was low cloud and drizzle, today was sunshine. Beautiful weather to be flying in I was planning on going for a flight, but as it turned out there was a happy coincidence of my preferred aircraft being wanted for another flight and an offer of a flight in the Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO. Not hard to work out what I did -) So, many thanks to Erich who took me up for a ride After a few circuits, we headed out to the Southern Wairarapa for a look ...

A wee bit wet today A wee bit wet today

I was due to go for a flight today, but with low cloud and drizzle appearing and remaining, there is no way that was going to work. In fact, it's just after 16 00 NZST and the cloud is only just lifting from my house which is a few hundred feet above sea level. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow, although I suspect the weather will still be rubbish. At least on days like today, there are usually still a few good photos to be had. Today was no exception. Per ...

Aerodromes and Airstrips page

After an earlier failed attempt, I have updated and re-enabled my Aerodromes and Airstrips blog page. You can see it at the top of this page or by clicking here . While it is a wee bit sparse at the moment, I hope to keep this updated with a brief introduction to the many aerodromes and strips I have visited from Wellington over the past few years. Some may be familiar to you, several may not. If you want any more information on the places I have ...

A great day to aviate! A great day to aviate!

After not flying since 2 June [ok - I was on holiday for 4 of those weeks], I got back behind the controls of the Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT today. A total of 1.1 hours, starting with some dual circuits followed by some by myself. The weather was good - a gentle breeze, a slight cross wind meant I had to stay alert, but I could still enjoy it. With all of the terrain around Wellington, there were a few lumps and bumps, especially when downwi ...

Vans RV4 at Wellington Vans RV4 at Wellington

I am well and truly back home now. The weather is cold, wet and windy -) and I'm back into photographing some of the aircraft passing through Wellington. Today's aircraft is a Vans RV-4, ZK-RVI. It not only looks good, but it sounds like it flies quick also. just a pity I have no tail-dragger experience. As it turns out, this is also the first RV4 photo I've put up on the blog [as far as I can tell].

London Heathrow to Wellington... the big day London Heathrow to Wellington... the big day

I have been back in Wellington, New Zealand for less than 24 hours now, so it's time for a brief update on the flights -) I left London Heathrow on the evening of Tuesday 19 August and arrived in Wellington mid afternoon Thursday 21 August, having travelled via Abu Dhabi and Sydney. Rides home were London to Adu Dhabi Etihad Airbus A340-600 Adu Dhabi to Sydney Virgin Australia Boeing 777 Sydney to Wellington Air NZ Airbus A320 All of the flights ...