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!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A brief look at Wellington City

This video is a brief look at Wellington City as I flew overhead on Tuesday afternoon. I was originally cleared for a Sinclair Departure [hence the turn south down Adelaide Road towards Island Bay], but was then re-cleared on a more direct route via the the Karori Sector.

What a lovely day to be flying!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year's Day and nothing much happening at Wellington

Yesterday was a quiet day at Wellington airport. I went out to a good spotting location I haven't been to in a while, an elevated location in the hills behind Strathmore [location "C" on my Spotting Locations map]. Aside from few aircraft movements, the weather has gotten a little worse, with low cloud around.

Anyway, here are three pictures I took.

First up is an Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXG, which is operated by Air NZ.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXG, operated by Air NZ
Next up is an ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVN. This aircraft is operated by Mount Cook Airline [part of the Air NZ group].

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVN, operated by Mount Cook Airline/ Air NZ
Last up is one of the local Flying Trash Cans :-)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year

Another year done and another one started!

I spent a bit of time in Whanganui over the break. No flying [unfortunately, due to the gift of a nasty cold right on Christmas...] but I did get out to Wanganui Aero Club for a couple of hours. This are looking good there with the usual ab-initio training, plus tailwheel, aeros training and more. I'll be heading back for some fun :-)

Anyway, here are a couple of photos from the visit. First up is a privately owned and locally operated Denney Kitfox II, ZK-KIT.

Denney Kitfox II, ZK-KIT
Second up is a Cessna 182Q, ZK-WSJ, which is registered to an Ashburton address. The aircraft appeared to be just passing through for a refuel.

Cessna 182Q, ZK-WSJ4

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Have a great break and see you back in the new year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Last Sunday's flight video

Here is a brief video of a flight last Sunday. The aircraft was a 2005 model Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO. A nice machine!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Turbo Stationair and a PC12

Here are a couple of visitors from Saturday afternoon...

First up is a Cessna TU206F Turbo Stationair, ZK-OAY. This is privately owned and operated.

Cessna TU206F Turbo Stationair, ZK-OAY
Next up is a very flash Pilatus PC12/47E, ZK-TFL. This is operated by Distinction Hotels and is very very flash :-)

Pilatus PC12/47E, ZK-TFL, operated by Distinction Hotels

Saturday, December 16, 2017

An insult to orangutans perhaps, but still...

This is a Boeing 757-236, VH-TCA, which is operated by Tasman Cargo Airlines of a NSW, Australia address.

If you look closely, it has the sub title of "The Flying Orangutan" near the rear, just below and forward of the picture of Jeremy Clarkson. A bit of an insult to one of them perhaps [and not the one pictured]...

Boeing 757-236, VH-TCA, operated by Tasman Cargo Airlines
BTW - it's not the greatest picture, but it was taken on my cellphone, out the window of an A320 as we taxied past... :-)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Two Airbus' and two Boeings

This second-last post from my recent Auckland visit has four large aircraft - two Airbus' and two Boeings. First up the Airbus aircraft.

We start with am Emirates-operated Airbus A380-800. This picture shows quite nicely that there are  thrust reversers on the inboard engines only.

Airbus A380-800, operated by Emirates
Next up is an Airbus A330-223, B-LNF, which is operated by Hongkong Airlines. This is the second time I have seen this aircraft - the first time was back in September 2011, at Chep Lap Kok [Hong Kong airport]. I really like the livery on these aircraft.

Airbus A330-223, B-LNF, operated  by Hongkong Airlines
Now on to the Boeings. This first one is a Korean Air-operated Boeing 747-8I, HL7642. I think this is the first of these large Boeings I have photographed.

Boeing 747-8I, HL7642, operated by Korean Air
Last up is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, operated by Thai Airways International.

Boeing 787-8, operated by Thai Airways International

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bombardier and Boeing

In this next post from the recent Auckland visit are a business jet and an airliner.

The business jet is a Chinese-registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10, B-95959.

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express, B-95959
The second, altogether rather larger, aircraft is a Cathay Pacific Airways-operated Boeing 777-369/ER. The registration is not entirely distinct, but I think it is B-KQO. This was carrying precious cargo in the form of family.

Boeing 777-369/ER, B-KQO, operated by Cathay Pacific Airways

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Samoa Airways at Auckland

Last Tuesday I spent the best part of the day at Auckland Airport [NZAA] while I waited for some people to arrive from overseas. While there of course I took a few photos.

This first one is rather interesting. It's a Samoa Airways branded Boeing 737-86N, but it has an Italian registration for an airline called Neos. What's happening? Well, as I understand it, Samoa Airways is a rebrand of the state owned Polynesian Airlines and this is the first [and I think only] Boeing 737 in their fleet. They have recently started flying from Faleolo International Airport [ICAO code NSFA], near Apia in Samoa to Auckland.

The aircraft is leased from Neos and I believe it is operated by the Italian crew, with Samoa Airways cabin crew... not 100% sure of all that, but I'm sure to be corrected if I am wrong!

Anyway, it's an Italian registered jet operating for a Samoan airline to New Zealand. Different!

Boeing 737-86N, I-NEOS, operated by Neos/ Samoa Airways

BTW - it was a hot day, so there's a bit of heat shimmer in this photo and a number of the upcoming posts in this series.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Dassault Falcon 2000EX

Today's unique visitor to Wellington was this Dassault Falcon 2000EX, D-BIKA. I don't know the details of why it was here but it headed off to the north.

Dassault Falcon 2000EX, D-BIKA

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Alliance Airlines Fokker F27 Mk 50

Here's a picture of the Alliance Airlines-operated Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO, which is flying tourists around the country. It's parked outside the aero club and about to depart.

Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO, operated by Alliance Airlines