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 ...


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

Air NZ's Boeing 767 into and out of Wellington!

Air NZ's Boeing 767 into and out of Wellington!

Today saw a very unusual visitor into Wellington, in the form of an Air NZ operated Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCL This aircraft came up from Dunedin [after an earlier morning flight from Auckland to Dunedin] carrying Highlanders rugby supporters, arriving about 10 32am. It departed Wellington heading to Auckland about 12 15pm. First up are a couple of photos from the landing. Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCL, operated by Air NZ Boeing 767-319, ZK-NCL, operated by ...

Lighter aircraft in Wellington

Lighter aircraft in Wellington

Today's first post is of a couple of lighter aircraft on the Western Apron at Wellington. First up is a Sounds Air Pilatus PC12 45, ZK-PLS. This was parking up after dropping off a load of passengers on the Eastern Apron. Pilatus PC12 45, ZK-PLS, operated by Sounds Air Second up is a Cessna 172L, ZK-DAT. This aircraft is registered to a Blenheim address and bought over 4 hopeful Highlanders supporters for the big game this evening. Cessna 172L, Z ...

Air NZ Boeing 767 due in Wellington this weekend

Air NZ Boeing 767 due in Wellington this weekend

With the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game this weekend, there is expected to be an increase in flights and passengers through Wellington over the weekend. Apart from an increase in A320, DHC8 and ATR72 flights, there will be a very special Air NZ operated Boeing 767 flight from Dunedin to Wellington This is due to arrive in Wellington on Saturday at 10 35am. I don't yet have a departure date, time or location, although there are, unsurpringsl ...

Bula Fiji Airways!

Bula Fiji Airways!

Fiji Airways have started a twice weekly Nadi-Wellington-Nadi service. These flights are scheduled for Thursday and Sunday afternoons, and last Thursday were the first flights in and out. This afternoon I was at the airport in time to catch the arrival then departure of the second flight. As with the first, Fijian Airways used a Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, in this case B737-808, DQ-FJN. I'm hoping they occasionally slot in the smaller B737-70 ...

Sounds like a sewer pipe dashing :-P

Sounds like a sewer pipe dashing :-P

Four pictures of interest today start with a Sounds Air Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, ZK-SAW. This is the newest Grand Caravan in the Sounds Air fleet and has yet to get the Sounds Air livery applied. Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, ZK-SAW, operated by Sounds Air Next up is an aircraft type which is on the way out. Major changes at Air Freight NZ and Airwork will see their Convairs and Metroliners sold off [or scrapped], to be replaced with a number of ...

Metflight Now Available to Recreational Pilots!

Metflight Now Available to Recreational Pilots!

I have just returned from a CAA AvKiwi seminar, and one of the comments made was that the excellent Metflight GA product is again available to recreational pilots at no charge The website address is metflight.metra.co.nz Logging on for holders of a valid Part 61 licence is by using your Part 61 licence number and the Initial Grant Date [" Issued " date on older style licences] of that licence [printed on the bottom right of the licence]. For Part ...

Start of Fiji Airways' flights between Nadi and Wellington

Start of Fiji Airways' flights between Nadi and Wellington

Last Thursday was the start of Fiji Airways' newly scheduled flights between Wellington and Nadi. At this stage, there are two return flights a week on Thursdays and Sundays, utilising Boeing B737 aircraft. This brings the number of airports Fiji Airways utilise sin NZ to three - Auckland, Christchurch and now Wellington. The first flight was conducted by Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJG, as shown below, awaiting departure of runway 16. Boeing 737-8X2, DQ- ...

Yet another youtube cat video!

This is not my usual type of post. Doing the rounds of the 'net is this rather funny cat video which I'm sure most of you will enjoy. It does highlight some important stuff [like always going a thorough pre-flight that is relevant to your aircraft type], it's great that the cat does not appear to have received anything more than a big surprise, and it's perhaps fortunate for all that it didn't dig its claws in and rip the wing. Anyway, here it is ...