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 ...


A weekday at Wellington Airport

A weekday at Wellington Airport

I have taken Monday - Thursday off work this week, so I went to Wellington airport for an hour or so. I didn't expect to see anything particularly new, and I didn't, but it was a lot quieter than I had expected. If it wasn't for the wind, I suspect that today would have been a great day for some flying with little or no delays. Anyway, it was very windy so I got to see more of the undersides of aircraft than the sides. for those that know Welling ...

Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Kawasaki

Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Kawasaki

First photo is an Air New Zealand operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXE, touching down on runway 34. Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXE, operated by Air NZ Next is a Boeing 737-808, DQ-FJN. This is operated by Fiji Airways on their twice-weekly service to Nadi. Boeing 737-808, DQ-FJN, operated by Fiji Airways The following Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEH, is operated by Air Nelson Air NZ. This is the same aircraft type that Jetstar will introduce onto regional rout ...

Two days, three types

Two days, three types

I've been doing a wee bit of tripping around for work the last few days. yesterday I flew from Napier to Wellington to Christchurch and today, Christchurch back to Wellington. Napier to Wellington was a Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NES, operated by Air Nelson Air NZ. This picture is as it taxied in the gate at Napier [ICAO code NZNR] airport. Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NES, operated by Air Nelson Air NZ Next up was the flight to Christchurch on an Airb ...

Two more from Taupo, including a mystery...

Two more from Taupo, including a mystery...

Here are two more "local" Taupo aircraft from today's brief stop at Taupo. First up is Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL, ZK-SDT, operated by Skydive Taupo. This is the second use of ZK-SDT that I can find. the first being on another PAC750XL, which had an untimely demise in the waters of Lake Taupo. I particularly like the paint job on this one Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL, ZK-SDT, operated by Skydive Taupo Next up is a mysterious Commonwealth CA-25 Winj ...

Kerikeri to Auckland and Taupo to Wellington

Kerikeri to Auckland and Taupo to Wellington

Kerikeri to Auckland was on Monday evening. As with the arrival, this was on an Air Nelson-operated Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEC. Here are two photos of the aircraft arriving at Kerikeri. Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEC, operated by Air Nelson Air NZ Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEC, operated by Air Nelson Air NZ Earlier this evening [Thursday], after a few days of driving down to visit various work locations, I had a flight from Taupo [NZAP] to Welling ...

Moving around...

Moving around...

I have been moving around the countryside for the past few days for work. This included four flights, starting in Wellington, up to Auckland and Kerikeri, back to Auckland and then Taupo to Wellington. This post will cover the first day of flying, the next will cover the 2 and 3 days., I started last Sunday with the Wellington - Auckland - Kerikeri flights. We [my colleague and I] had planned for a 25 minute layout in Auckland, but that turned ou ...

Cessna Centurion and a Pilatus PC12 cockpit

Cessna Centurion and a Pilatus PC12 cockpit

Today's interesting visitor was this Cessna T210R Centurion, which is registered to B B Aviation of a Fielding address. There aren't too many of these aircraft on the NZ register. The last time I saw this particular aircraft was also in Wellington, back in October 2010. Cessna T210R, ZK-TRO, operated by B B Aviation The second photo is a follow-on from yesterday's pictures of Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 45, ZK-PLS. Today I was given permission to h ...

Currency, learning and supreme aeronautical coolness!

Currency, learning and supreme aeronautical coolness!

I went flying today in order to re-attain day currency on the Cessna 172. It was a bit of a weird situation really which goes back to NZ's Civil Aviation Rules [CAR], in particular CAR Part 61.37 (b) (c). Basically, CAR Part 61.37 (b) provides the currency requirements to be able to take passengers by day, and CAR Part 61.37 (c) does the same for night flight. Boiled down this means 3 take off and landings in the type of aircraft by day [or night ...

Today's aircraft

Today's aircraft

Aircraft from today's visit to Wellington airport are a couple of Sounds Air Pilatus PC12 45's, an Airwork Fairchild SA227-CC, an Air NZ Airbus A320 and a Fiji Airways B737. First up are the two currently flying Pilatus PC12 45's, ZK-PLZ and ZK-PLS, which are operated by Sounds Air. They have obviously not had their planned repaint, which will be very welcome when that happens. Sounds Air's third PC12 has been repainted and is now undergoing sche ...

More from the B767 departure

More from the B767 departure

Since publishing my last posts, I've been offered and given permission to publish a video and a couple more photos. Many thanks to Ross P for the photos and to Nick C for the video. The video was taken from the Wellington Aero Club, and the photos show the aircraft climbing over Lyall Bay towards the south. Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCL, operated by Air NZ, climbing over Lyall Bay Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCL, operated by Air NZ, climbing over Lyall Bay