Monday, February 19, 2018

Beech D18S at Wellington

Today's very interesting visitor was this Beech D18S, N43927, which, despite being an US registration and being operated in New Zealand, is registered to a UK address??

Anyway, here are the photos. They were taken on my phone camera, so not great, but ok pictures.

Beech D18S, N43927

Beech D18S, N43927

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Air Chathams and Heliworx

Following on from last week's visit to Whanganui [and much nicer weather than the past few days!], here are photos of three other aircraft.

The first two are from Air Chathams and their scheduled Whanganui to Auckland route. The Convair arrived while I was doing solo circuits on Sunday afternoon and departed a while later.

General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/ 580, ZK-CIF, operated by Air Chathams
Air Chathams SF340A is pictured departing on Tuesday morning. Interestingly, Air Chathams have just received two more SF340's - it'll be interesting to know what work these get put to in the near future.

Saab-Scania SAAB SF340A, ZK-KRA, operated by Air Chathams
The final picture is a Robinson R44 II, ZK-IDO, which is operated by Kapiti Heliworx. Note the Newstalk ZK decals on the side.

Robinson R44 II, ZK-IDO, operated by Kapiti Heliworx

Monday, February 12, 2018


Here are three photos from Sunday afternoon. Like Saturday, there were disruptions for fog, but the flights were arriving and departing by the time I took these [obviously...!].

Can you see the common factor in all of these flights? Can you perhaps explain why? You might need to click on the pictures and look closely.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXF, operated by Air NZ

Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQL, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines/ Jetstar

Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEZ, operated by Air Nelson/ Air NZ

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fog at Wellington

Saturday was one of those particularly foggy days at Wellington. The morning was OK with some Aero Club flying until about 11am, then it all closed down.

What follows are a few photos of what rolled in. Keep in mind that this was not the worst of it with almost every aircraft that tried getting in. later int he day there were all sorts of diversions, including an A320 to Palmerston North.

Airbus A320-232, VH-VGV, operated by Jetstar Airways

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, ZK-SAW, operated by Sounds Air

ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MCX, operated by Mount Cook Airline/ Air NZ

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXB, operated by Air NZ

ZK-OXB a few seconds later!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

WAX at Wellington

If you've followed the news, there has been a fair amount of fog around [Saturday], so very little GA flying from Wellington today.

I did see this Cessna 172M, ZK-WAX parked up alongside some of the Wellington Aero Club fleet. It's a nice paint job. If you look at the background you'll see some fog. I'll have more photos of the fog and related activities up on Sunday.

Cessna 172M, ZK-WAX

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, solo circuits

This video has some of the solo circuits I undertook on 4 February 2018 in Wanganui Aero Club's Piper PA18-90 Super Cub, ZK-BTU.

Having not flown a Super Cub for 12 months, this was preceded by an hour of dual circuits. Although legally current, I think a bit more dual time for some 3-point landings and a bit more crosswind practice might be in order. Still, it was a LOT of fun! :-)

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Piper Super Cubbing at Wanganui Aero Club

Part of of weekend trip to Whanganui involved spending time at the Aero Club. It was a good weekend for it, with a refresher on the Piper Super Cub and the Club having a landing competition for their members.

The last time a flew a Super Cub, it was a PA18A-150, this time it was a PA18-90, ZK-BTU, so a little less power and no flaps, but a lot of fun! Given I hadn't flown a Super Cub for about a year, it started with an hour of dual circuits [surprisingly good fun!] and then 36 minutes of solo circuits. Fun times!

Later in the day, I was asked to air judge the flying component of two members doing circuits in the Super Cub. That was an experience! There's basically no forward visibility from the back seat [how do instructors do that???!] but both pilots were licenced and current, so I was mainly there to record numbers and enjoy the ride!

Anyway, first up are a few pictures of the aircraft. Enjoy!

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA18-90, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club
I hope to have some video up of the refresher circuits in the next few days - it's nothing too exciting, but it was fun!

Anyway, here are a few photos from the competition circuits. If anyone is thinking about judging anything from the back of a PA18, perhaps take a camera - I'm tall, but it was the only way to see the instruments :-)

Seated int he back, judging sheet ready!

The view with no front seater!

The view with a front seater.

Wider angle with an elevated camera

Elevated camera

The view just after takeoff!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Visits to Kapiti and Wanganui Aero Clubs

This past weekend I went up to Whanganui. On the way there I popped into Kapiti Aero Club for a brief "hello", followed by some time at Wanganui Aero Club.

Kapiti Aero Club is based at the airport in Paraparaumu and has a core fleet of 5 Cessna 152's [from memory, 3 aerobats] plus some C172's and  a few other aircraft. The visit was brief,  but I was shown around the site, including into one of their very tidy and well presented C152's.

Here are a couple of pictures from Kapiti Aero Club.

Cessna 152's, ZK-ELS, ZK-JEN and others, operated by Kapiti Aero Club

Cessna A152, ZK-ELS, operated by Kapiti Aero Club

Most of the weekend was spent in Whanganui and I did have a couple of visits out to the Wanganui Aero Club [more on these visits in later posts], but here are the core of the Club's training fleet.

Piper PA38-112, ZK-FRS, operated  by Wanganui Aero Club

Cessna A152, ZK-JDB, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Cessna 172S, ZK-RQA, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Portuguese registered Dassault Falcon 7X!

Today's photos are of a Dassault Falcon 7X, CS-EFG. It appears to be registered to a company called EJME Aircraft Management, of Portugal. It appears that the aircraft uses a single callsign of "Jetman 707G" which is pretty cool :-)

Anyway, here it is departing Wellington for Queenstown earlier today.

Dassault Falcon 7X, CS-EFG, operated by EJME Aircraft Management of Portugal

Dassault Falcon 7X, CS-EFG, operated by EJME Aircraft Management of Portugal

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Wilga!

A chocolate fish to anyone who can pronounce the name of the next aircraft, the PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35!* This aircraft is a Polish design and there have been a few of them on the NZ register over the years [at least 3 at the moment, but I haven't had a good look].

The Wilga is a pretty aircraft [not!] but it is rather awesome! It's got a big motor [as in the Nanchang from what I unerstand] and doesn't take long to get off the ground. I had the chance to go flying as crew for a banner tow [I let the hook out :-)]... a lot of fun!

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the aircraft and the flying around Whanganui! Thanks Nathan for the ride! First up is the outside view of the aircraft. Beautiful!

PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35, ZK-PZM
Next is the overhead panel in the aircraft.

PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35, ZK-PZM, overhead panel

Good to see the recommended towing speed of 115 km/hr [62 knots] is clearly placarded!

PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35, ZK-PZM, towing speed placard
This is the view towards the aero club as we attempted to hook the banner.

The Wilga's panel, with most of the instruments, knobs and dials.

PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35, ZK-PZM, panel

Next up are two scenic pictures of Whanganui. The Durie Hill War Memorial Tower followed by the Bastia Hill Water Tower.

Durie Hill War memorial Tower, Whanganui

Bastia Hill Water Tower, Whanganui

* not really any chocolate fish on offer :-(

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wanganui Aero Club open day

Last weekend I was up in Whanganui. It was Whanganui's annual Vintage Weekend which meant a lot of vintage vehicles including cars trains and [dare I say it] people :-). Ha ha.

The airport was somewhat busier than usual with Air Chathams bringing their awesome Douglas DC3, ZK-AWP, down for scenic flights and on Sunday the aero club had an open day. Of particular fun was riding in the PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35, ZK-PZM, during a banner tow. Fun times!

Here are a few pictures of the open day, with the Wilga pictures following tomorrow :-)

Piper PA18 Cub, ZK-BTU, operated by Wanganui Aero Club

Piper PA22-160 Tri Pacer, ZK-FJD

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-AUZ

AESL Airtourer T6, ZK-LDG

Saab-Scania SAAB SF340A, ZK-KRA, operated by Air Chathams

Saab-Scania SAAB SF340A, ZK-KRA and Douglas DC3C-S1C3G, ZK-AWP, operated by Air Chathams

 Douglas DC3C-S1C3G, ZK-AWP, operated by Air Chathams

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Three landings

This second video from last Sunday's flying has three landings - two at Masterton and one back home at Wellington.

As usual, the aircraft is a Wellington Aero Club operated Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT.

The thing I like about landing at Masterton is that on a hot day [and it was around 30 degrees celsius] are the thermals which make every approach a little more challenging. Combined with a gentle crosswind, it's just a bit more fun!

Anyway, here's the video.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Crossing the Rimutaka Saddle and diverting around a glider

This brief video from last Sunday afternoon is the final part of crossing the Rimutaka Saddle on the way back to Wellington [from Masterton]. Crossing the saddle, we [two of us on board] saw a glider at about out 11 o'clock and higher than us circling beneath a cloud.

We diverted well wide of the glider and the airfield it was operating from. Despite keeping an eye out for it [and making a radio call that was unanswered], we never saw it again, but we were happy onc past the landing strip it operated from.

I suppose it pays to keep an eye out, especially when you don't expect to see anything!

BTW - you won't see the glider in this video - it wasn't that close [there was no collision risk] and it was just out of the video frame.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Sunday's visitors

Here are a couple of visiting aircraft to the Aero Club on Sunday.

First up is a Piper PA28-181, ZK-FQQ, which is operated by Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club.

Piper PA28-181, ZK-FQQ, operated by Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club

The second aircraft is a Diamond DA42, ZK-CTH, which is operated by L3 CTS Airline Acadamy in Hamilton. L3 was formerly known as CTC.

Diamond DA42, ZK-CTH, operated by L3 CTS Airline Acadamy

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound video & the Flying NZ Video Competition!

This year is off with a hiss and a roar. Just four days in and I'm on to my fourth post already!

This video was from my 2 January flight, when I took a trip over to the South Island's Marlborough Sounds. I entered at Tory Channel [following the route of the Cook Strait ferries], then a right turn into Queen Charlotte Sound. Look closely and you'll see a ferry on its way to Picton.

Definitely a lovely place to fly around!

BTW - if you fancy yourself as a bit of a movie producer, and are a member of an Flying NZ affiliated aero club, check out this awesome opportunity on the Flying NZ facebook page! There are a few T's & C's but a prize is worth it! Check out the Flying NZ Video Comp!