Not the sort of day to take the uninitiated up for a pleasant scenic!
At this point, I should mention my passenger. Rochelle is a forecaster with the Metservice, has a CPL and made me promise not to say anything mean about her on this site [paranoid, perhaps??? :-)]! So I wont! No need to anyway - it's hard to beat having a decent pilot who also understands the weather really well, sitting next to you on a day like yesterday! :-) Thanks for coming!
With some help from ATC** we were given a higher than normal altitude to depart at and surprisingly missed all of the really big bumps on the way out. There were just a [fairly] gentle series of ups and downs once we headed north from Palliser Bay to Masterton. Masterton itself was a lovely day, with the wind sitting around 5-10 knots, occasionally gusting a little higher.
All in all, a good flight. Arrival at Masterton consisted of a Standard Overhead Rejoin*** procedure [when I say Standard Overhead Rejoin, I realise no one outside of New Zealand will know what that means... oh well!], a passable landing, then parking up for the day.
Anyway, on to the pictures. Here are a series of pictures of the aircraft on the flightline. These are not all of them, and I'll have some more up in later posts, including a large number of aerial shots. I just have to finish sorting through the 190-odd that I've kept!
Top to bottom are:
- Stampe SV.4
- The flightline, DH82a Tiger Month followed by Pfalz DIII, then 3 Fokker Dr. 1 Dreidecker then others
- Fokker Dr. 1 Dreidecker
- Nieuport XI
- Bristol F.2B Fighter
- Sopwith F.1 Camel Scout
- Se5a Scout Experimental
* ATIS - Aerodrome Terminal Information Service
** ATC - Air Traffic Control
*** Standard Overhead Rejoin - [usually] the preferred joining procedure in New Zealand for an unattended/unfamiliar airfield, especially if the circuit in use is not clear [ie, no existing circuit traffic] or there are a large number of aircraft in the circuit.