Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Virgin Australia

This picture from last Saturday is a Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIO.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIO, operated by Virgin Australia

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ridge Air Piper Seneca

Taken a few days ago were these pictures of a Piper PA34-220T Seneca, ZK-BJM. This aircraft is operated by Ridge Air of a Blenheim address.

Piper PA34-220T Seneca, ZK-BJM, operated by Ridge Air

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First visit to Cloudy Bay aerodrome!

Last Saturday was my first visit to the [relatively] new Cloudy Bay aerodrome [NZCL]. NZCL is located right by the mouth of the Wairau River in Marlborough. The aerodrome is located within the Woodbourne Control Zone [albeit only just!], so a clearance to operate is required, but WB Twr made that easy.

The strip itself is well-formed, around 800 meters long and with plenty of parking off the side if needed. It even has solar-power lighting, although with the power lines and trees around, I'm not sure I would be that keen on night flying from here.

Anyway, here's a quick video of one of my circuits and the first stage of the departure back to Wellington.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

More aircraft from last weekend...

Here are three more aircraft from last weekend. Nothing too different, just 2 Boeings and 1 Airbus.

First up is the Jetconnect [Qantas]-operated Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQG. Jetconnect of course is the Qantas subsidiary which operates most of their trans-Tasman services.

In the background is the new parking building being put up by the airport company. Could be a good photography site, although I don't know whether the airport company will object. probably not - other airports don't seem to mind :-)

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQG, operated by Jetconnect [Qantas]
Next up is a Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIS.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIS, operated by Virgin Australia
Last up is the Air New Zealand-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB. This is now one of Air NZ's older A320's, having been on the register since 28 January 2011 and one of their most recognisable aircraft, since it's in the All Blacks livery. Speaking of All Blacks, pity about the game last Saturday, but I guess there'll be a lot of very happy British and Irish Lions fans still celebrating almost a week later! :_)

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

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Strikemaster 72 at Wellington

Last Sunday saw the arrival of of a BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster, registered ZK-BAC [formerly with the RNZAF as NZ6372]. What a nice machine!

BAC BAC-167, ZK-BAC [ex NZ6372], operated by RNZAF Strikemaster Ltd

Monday, July 03, 2017

Airbus and Boeing

Here are are three pictures from last Saturday at Wellington.

First up is a departing Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIT.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIT, operated by Virgin Australia Airlines
Next up is an Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK, which is operated by Air New Zealand. This aircraft had just arrived from Nadi, Fiji.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK, operated by Air NZ
Lastly, here is another Boeing, a B737-838 model, ZK-ZQE, which is operated by Jetconnect [part of the Qantas group of airlines].

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQE, operated by Jetconnect on behalf of Qantas

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Air Chathams Metroliner at Wellington

An unusual visitor to Wellington today is this Air Chathams-operated Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, which is painted in their really-quite-awesome Whakātane livery applied.

While I say the aircraft is an unusual visitor, many of you will realise that these aircraft used to be very common at Wellington - firstly operated by Air Nelson and then as the Lifeflight Air Ambulance, amongst a host of other freight, passenger and air ambulance operators. The last time I photographed this aircraft was also in Wellington, back in April 2015 and it was a very boring plain white at the time.

I'm assuming that the aircraft is here on a charter related to the rugby match between the British & Irish Lions and the mighty, victorious All Blacks [who says I can't be a little biased??! 😃].

Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, operated by Air Chathams

Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, operated by Air Chathams

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express

Today's interesting visitor is the Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express, VH-CCV, which I understand is operated by Crown Casinos of a Melbourne, Australia address.

As you can see, it's a gloomy day which makes it hard to get good photos, but I do my best!

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More photos from last Sunday

Here are a few more photos from last Sunday. This time they are four Air Nelson / Air NZ aircraft.

First up are the two Air Nelson-operated Bombardier DHC-8-311's, ZK-NEG and ZK-NFI. ZK-NEG is still in the old Air NZ livery which still looks quite nice - I wonder how long until they are all painted in the new livery?

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

Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NFI, operated by Air Nelson/ Air NZ
Next up are two Air NZ-operated Airbus A320-232's, ZK-OXD and ZK-OJR.

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

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

In case you are interested, these photos, and those on the previous post, were all taken from spotting location A [from my spotting locations page].

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spotting on a cold winter's day at Wellington

Today has been a typical cold and breezy winter's day in Wellington. It's back to work tomorrow, so I went out to the airport to see if I could get a few photos.

I did manage to see a couple of interesting aircraft. First up is a Fiji Airways-operated Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJH, awaiting its clearance to line up and depart. Note the decal on the side, promoting the UN Climate Change Conference.

Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJH, operated by Fiji Airways
Next up is another Boeing 737, this time a B737-8FE, VH-YIQ, which is operated by Virgin Australia Airlines.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIQ, operated by Virgin Australia Airlines
Last up, but most impressive of all is a larger Boeing. It is the Singapore Airlines-operated Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRP, arriving from Canberra.

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

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunset from an A320

Last week I went on a brief work trip to Auckland. I flew Air NZ on the way home and the timing was right for a couple of nice sunset pictures, but facing away from the setting sun.

The first image was soon after takeoff and the second shortly before top of descent.

Evening from an Air NZ A320-232

Evening from an Air NZ A320-232
It seems that the departure time was a good one also, as the plane was half empty. I ended up with 3 seats to myself, which meant I was actually able to get almost comfortable :-)


Monday, June 19, 2017

Wellington arrival via the Karori Sector

Returning from last Saturday's trip to D'Urville Island, I was able to get an arrival through the Karori Sector which is to the west of Wellington City.

Coming via the Karori Sector involves flying over the rugged coastline followed by the Makara wind farm, then the city itself before joining [in this case] right-base for runway 16. No better option on a stunning day like last Saturday!

Here's a very brief video, starting as I approach the Ohau VRP [Visual Reporting Point], over the Makara wind farm, then on to the city then to land. Aircraft was Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. Take a look at how smooth the water it - hardly even a ripple!


Saturday's cool visitor

Last Saturday saw a Lancair ES arrive and park up outside the aero club for a few hours.

What a nice machine! the Lancair is an amateur built aircraft and carries 4 people. It looks very fast, and according to Wikipedia, it should be capable of cruising around 180-190 knots! 

ZK-EDZ is registered to a Motueka address, and given I had just come back from my trip to D'Urville Island when it departed, I think they would have been in for a smooth, as well as fast, ride home. Nice paint job also :-)

Lancair Lancair ES, ZK-EDZ

Lancair Lancair ES, ZK-EDZ

Sunday, June 18, 2017

D'Urville Island last Saturday!

This post is of my arrival into D'Urville Island last Saturday.

D'Urville Island is a Department of Conservation-managed island near the north-western "edge" of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of New Zealand's South Island.

It's a fantastic place to visit and around 45 minutes flight from Wellington [in a C172]. The day was awesome, with hardly a breath of wind anywhere, so very smooth flying conditions.

First up are a couple of photos. Probably one of the few times I've put a selfie up on this blog [be grateful I suppose!]. BTW - the clou dint he first photo was the most I saw all day!

Following the images is a video of the arrival.

Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, operated by Wellington Aero Club, at D'Urville Island

Funny looking fella with an aircraft in the background :-)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Flight last Saturday

This brief video is from last Saturday. I took off for a short flight in reasonably good weather, only to return about 40 minutes later with the visibility reduced close to minimums at around 5-6km to the north of the aerodrome [where I was] and a little more to the south. Fun times?!!

Note around the 47 second mark where I pull the map out... I'm not lost, just checking the flight visibility by comparing what I can see vs what I should be able to see :-)

It was certainly a good reminder of how quickly the weather can change.