Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday in Whanganui

Last weekend I headed up to Whanganui for another lesson in Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN. Being very very new to tailwheel aircraft [I have about 3 hours total now], I've still got a huge amount to learn, but I am having a lot of fun!

Like the last lesson, there were a lot of circuits at a local strip and we finished off with a forced landing/ glide approach from the circuit at Whanganui. Fun time, but oh so much work! :-)

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN

It wasn't all just fun in the air though, with a chance to see Air Chathams bring a General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF into Whanganui in place of their SAAB 340A which picked up a load of people on a charter earlier in the day.

General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/ 580, ZK-CIF, operated by Air Chathams

Perhaps the most exciting visitor though was this Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk26 Replica, ZK-SPT, which is registered to a Whanganui address. The aircraft had just landed after it's first flight in about a year and it looked great, on the ground and in the air! I understand that it's an approximately 90% replica of the original.

Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk 26 Replica, ZK-SPT

Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk 26 Replica, ZK-SPT

Singapore Airlines arrival at Wellington

After missing the original arrival last week, I was able to be at Wellington airport earlier today to capture the arrival of Singapore Airline's Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM.

In case you've been living in a cave recently, Singapore Airlines have started a short haul/ regional flight from Wellington to Canberra [Australia]. This links both capital cities for the first time, and after refuelling continues on to Singapore.

Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM, operated by Singapore Airlines

Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM, operated by Singapore Airlines

Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM, operated by Singapore Airlines

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More photos from Sunday

Here are two more photos from last Sunday. The first is another photo of Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX heading across to the Eastern Apron.

Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX, operated by Sounds Air

Next up is the Air NZ-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, taking off on the wet.

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jets landing in the wet

It has been another rainy day in Wellington, so here are pictures of three aircraft landing in the wet.

First up is a Jetstar Airways-operated Airbus A320-232, VH-VGF.

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

Next up a QANTAS-operated Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQD landing after another trans-Tasman flight.

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQD, operated by QANTAS
Last up is an Air New Zealand-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK. The effect of the thrust reversers is quite evident in this image.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK, operated by Air New Zealand

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sounds Air and Air Chathams

The weather around the country could be best described as a wee it yuk, so no Super Cub training this weekend. Instead here are a couple of pictures from a wet Wellington.

First up is another Sounds Air-operated Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX. This aircraft has fairly recently returned from Australia after being painted.

Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX, operated by Sounds Air

Next up is a General Dynamic Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF, which is operated by Air Chathams.

General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF, operated by Air Chathams

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hard work and lazy feet!

Today was my second training flight in a Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN, up in Whanganui. Today's session was circuits, circuits and more circuits, with an ever-so-slight crosswind.

The flying itself is fun, but I clearly have a huge amount of work to do to get on top of the whole takeoff and landing bit... it seems my feet are very lazy after years of nosewheel-only flying :-( I think the theory is ok, but I need to get the feet moving and the stick in the right place [and preferably in a coordinated fashion!].

I have no photos from today, but for "fun", the following video shows what I am trying to avoid doing! Yes, it's a different aircraft, but the principles are still the same :-(

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Is this the coolest two-seat aircraft ever? Perhaps it is!

I suppose that is something that could be debated for ever and a day, but earlier today I started my first tailwheel rating, on a PA18A-150 Super Cub, and yes, it is pretty awesome!

Today's flight included steep turns, basic and power on staffs, a forced landing, a visit to a local strip and lots of circuits back at Whanganui Airport [NZWU]. the aircraft a former ag aircraft, ZK-BKN. I clearly have a lot to learn, particularly after touchdown :-) Still, I managed to avoid ground looping it and it was a whole heap of fun! :-)

If the weather is good next weekend, I'll be up in Whanganui for some more flying. If not, then the weekend after.

Just one photo after it was put back in the hanger.

Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN

For more information about the Super Cub, check out this Wikipedia link.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Today's random pics

Here are a selection of pictures from today. Nothing particularly flash, although I do like the first picture of the Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIZ, as it was passing through a brightly lit area while most of the rest of the photo is in shadow.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIZ, operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines

Next up is the Westpac Rescue helicopter, a Kawasaki BK117 B2, ZK-HLF, which is operated by Helilink.

Kawasaki BK117 B2, ZK-HLF, operated by Helilink as the Westpac Rescue helicopter
Third up is an Air New Zealand-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJR, just prior to touchdown.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJR, operated by Air NZ
Last up is a Mount Cook Airline-operated ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVD.

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVD, operated by Mount Cook Airline/ Air NZ

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Cessna 182 in the WAC hanger

Today's picture is of a visiting Cessna 182T, ZK-AFT, which is in the Aero Club hanger for a day or two. This is registered to an Auckland address. This aircraft has Garmin G1000 displays.

Cessna 182T, ZK-AFT

Sunday, August 14, 2016

... and sunny today

After yesterday's wind and rain, today was sunny, albeit a little breezy in places. There was a lot of Club flying happening, as well as a visiting Partenavia P68C, ZK-TZZ. This aircraft is operated by Canterbury Aero Club and was visiting for a few hours.

Partenavia P68C, ZK-TZZ, operated by Canterbury Aero Club

Also seen today was this RNZAF-operated Beech B200 Super King Air, NZ7122, here seen taking off.

Beech B200 Super King Air, NZ7122, operated by the RNZAF

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Yes, it is raining hard today...

There's no Aero Club flying at Wellington today... instead there is plenty of low cloud and heavy rain.

Here are a few photos to demonstrate. If you click on the first photo, you'll see how heavy the rain is...

Holding point M5 for runway 16/ 34
There was plenty of standing water on the runway and low cloud in the vicinity, as the following picture shows.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, operated by Air NZ.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, operated by Air NZ.
A few minutes later this ATR72 departed. The pictures do show about how dark it was in the middle of the day.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Royal Australian Air Force Challenger

Last night I went flying... just a few circuits to keep current at night. While waiting for my passenger to turn up, I took this photo of a Royal Australian Air Force-operated Bombardier 604 Challenger. Unfortunately it's not a great photo [I didn't have all my gear].

Aside from that, it was a fantastic night for flying with great visibility, only a little other traffic and very little wind [around a 3 knot northerly for the entire 40-something minutes].

Bombardier Challenger 604 [CL-600-2B16], operated by the RAAF

Monday, August 08, 2016

Something a little different!

Here is something a little different from the usual... an old video of some very old flying [and almost flying] machines! I'm just surprised that some of these even got airborne!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A ride as a passenger today

Today I got to go on a flight from Wellington to Omaka and back as a passenger. The weather was surprisingly good [albeit rather cold!] and despite winds gusting up with 30 knots at Wellington, there were smooth flying conditions everywhere we went.

As I was a passenger, it was a good day to take photos. The aircraft was Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. Thanks to Lawrence for taking me along for the ride!

Anyway, here are some photos from the trip.

Just after takeoff from Wellington

Just after takeoff, looking back to Wellington Airport

Island bay looking north, with a bit of rain

Over Cook Strait, looking north

"White Bluffs" reporting point approaching Omaka aerodrome

Looks like a bit of snow on the hills from the cold of the past few days!

Omaka Aerodrome [NZOM]. Runway 07 goes right to left, middle of the airfield

Final approach to NZOM, runway 07

Gippsland GA8, ZK-KBZ, operated by Wings over Whales of a Kaikoura address

Wellington City looking north as we came back

Wellington City, looking South East as we returned

Looking west towards the sun, rain showers and wind turbines

Another view of Wellington Airport [NZWN] and the Mirimar Peninsula

Looking west again over Wellington City
Many thanks to Lawrence and Jelle for allowing me to come along for the ride!