Monday, August 31, 2009
I also got a photo of the moon this afternoon - click on it for a much bigger version.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The only aircraft that did pop in to the aero club was a Mainland Air Piper PA31-350 Chieftain. ZK-KVW came up on an air ambulance flight from its base at Dunedin airport. Here are a couple of photos of the aircraft while it was parked up for refueling.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Here are two pictures of the Twinstar - one parked up and one after liftoff.
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Aircraft Model
- Aircraft rego
Mostly these detail where the label occurs 3 or more times in the site, although some of the smaller categories are 2 or more occurrences.
Remember that you can also do a text search across the entire site using the search box at the top left of the page.
Monday, August 24, 2009
To that end, I am pleased to announce the arrival of Rodney's World Travels and Other Grandiose Stuff! Not an aeroplane in sight [sorry!], but the intention is to include other sights from around New Zealand and, from time to time, the world.
In short, from time to time, I hope to practice my amateur photography away from the delights of the airfield. I especially want to include pictures of my upcoming trip to England, Slovenia and Austria in September, and we'll see where it goes from there.
Just to avoid any doubt... Rodney's Aviation Ramblings continues to live and will continue to be my main blog, so there won't be any reduction in content here!
It'll take another couple of weeks to get up and running properly, but for now I'd suggest that you take a quick visit, set up your RSS feed and wait for the content to roll on in :-) - then come back here and continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of aviation in New Zealand!
One last thing for my non-New Zealand readers... the images in this post, and many of the images in RWTAOGS come from Wellington - This is my aviation playground - surely it just doesn't get any more beautiful than this!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The food was delicious [as always], and the quiz was a load of fun also. There was only one aviation section which involved providing the name of the airline to match the tail logo. Needless to say we did quite well at that section - unfortunately so did everyone else :-)
I'm pleased to say that Bronnies Team [named after the person who protested last when we were deciding the team name] did not come last - in fact we came TOP [of the bottom three]. Darn! :-)
The night wasn't a total waste however, since the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 19-18 [Rugby Union for the uninitiated] - I look forward to seeing photos of the Prime Minister of Australia [Kevin Rudd] wearing an All Black tie on Monday as "punishment" for his national team losing the game :-)
The flight back was just as scenic and calm as the trip over. What follows is one shot as we departed [showing the Bristol Freighter parked up next to some hangers and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre], one on approach to Wellington and the final one is looking back down the runway as we exited on the western apron where the Wellington Aero Club is located.
All-in-all, a really nice way to spend a couple of hours!
Here they are, top to bottom:
Piper PA28-180, ZK-DFL, registered to Kapiti Aero Club
Cessna 172N, ZK-KAS, also of Kapiti Aero Club
Hughes 369HS, ZK-HER, of Cloudy Bay Helicopters
Nanchang CJ6, ZK-JQS, of Omaka Real Flying Club
Falconar F-12, ZK-DBI, registered at a Rolleston based syndicate
General picture of the flightline back towards the Marlborough Aero Club hanger and clubrooms, including Piper PA38-112, ZK-EIY, registered to a Blenheim based owner
For those that follow this blog, Omaka is the home of the awesome Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre that contains a range of original aircraft along with flying reproductions [not mere replicas!] and memorabilia - including the cross out of Manfred von Richthofen's aircraft [apparently souvenired by some Australian troops after he crashed and died]!! I'll always recommend a visit for anyone who is interested in aviation - it is well worth while!
As you'll see from the photos on the trip over there, the weather was fantastic, and we enjoyed the trip very much. Many thanks to Brian for taking Pete and myself over!
The photos below included a picture of Woodbourne aerodrome, then Omaka [Omaka is contained within the Woodbourne control zone], and Piper PA28R-201 Arrow, ZK-EIF - the aircraft for our flight, and finally, ZK-EIF's instrument panel on-route.
The Seminole is still parked up [as on Sunday] outside the aero club due to a problem with one engine [can't recall, but it might be a starter???]. The C172 departed on Saturday afternoon.
Pictures are three views of the Piper and one of the Cessna.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As a quick reminder, Dave Carroll is a muso whose guitar was damaged by baggage handlers working for United Airlines. When United refused to take responsibility, Dave Carroll took "revenge" by writing a song. This is the second song - I'm not sure if there will be a third.
Anyway, this song has quite a different feel from the first, a little more "bubbly" [that's a technical word :-)]. Enjoy the music video!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The aircraft was ZK-TDJ [Piper PA28-181 Archer], and I managed to get it all done before the weather went bad. Speaking of the weather, it seems to have been better than forecast for the past few days; at least until late afternoon today.
I'm not sure if I'll be flying myself around much in the next 6 - 8 weeks - there's a big overseas holiday coming up, but I'll try and get some photos of aircraft as I trip around :-)
A big "Thankyou" to all of you who have come to visit over the past few years! Thanks to your support, this blog seems to get busier and busier - just the other day, visitor counts for 2009 surpassed the total for the entire 2008 calender year!
The only other news would be a big "Congrats" to a certain aero club instructor who earned his B-Cat instructor rating today. Well done Karl!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
According to some, the second engine is very necessary as they tend to fail regularly :-(. Not sure if that's true, but it's a good story...!
Monday, August 10, 2009
For example, clicking on the labels at the bottom of this post provides searches to all admin posts, and as a test, to all posts referencing the mighty Convair aircraft.
There is also a label cloud on the right-hand-side of the page. This provides a quick reference to every post label that is referenced multiple times [at the time of writing, 6 or more times] on the site. You can instantly look up the most popular posts by airline names, aircraft types and names, and in some cases, aircraft registrations!
Don't forget you can also do a free-text search over the entire site using the search box at the very top-left of the page.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
With good weather, the aero club was busy with the trainer aircraft busy most of the day, along with the Nanchang and a number of other flights. Ok, now to the pictures. Top to bottom are:
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, ZK-MYH, registered to Air2There.com
DHC-8, ZK-NEZ, registered to Air Nelson [part of the Air NZ group]
Nanchang CJ6, ZK-JNA, registered to Wellington Aero Club
Beech BE77 Skipper, ZK-ESC, registered to Wellington Flight Training
Cessna 421C, ZK-MFT, registered to Skyline Aviation of Hastings * see below
Cessna 172N, ZK-ETK, registered to Mainland Air Services
* I've photographed ZK-MFT before, albeit with a completely different paint scheme. Click here to search for this aircraft.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
While guaranteed to have some people scratching their heads ["Why didn't he get something better/ bigger/ smaller/ whatever?"], the purchase was always going to be the best compromise of functionality, quality and money, and I think that I've done OK.
What I've got is a Canon EOS 450D [or click here for quick specs], twin lens kit with 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS lenses. The shop was doing a reasonable deal including a 4Gb SDHC card, camera bag and a couple of other goodies thrown in for free.
I've spent the last couple of days playing with it. The first thing I have learnt is that I have a lot to learn [!!], although even in the past few days I've become accustomed to some of the basic functions.
Today was the first day to have a decent play while pointing the camera at aircraft. I'm very happy with some of the results, although clearly I need to get a bit more comfortable with the general handling and stuff.
Anyway, on to some pictures. Here are eight of the better pictures taken today. These have been severely reduced [they expand to 19% of original size if you click on them]. Top to bottom are:
2 x Air New Zealand, Boeing B737, ZK-NGM
Cessna 172RG, ZK-NPM, registered to a New Plymouth address
Nanchang CJ6, ZK-JNA, registered to Wellington Aero Club
Piper PA28R-201, ZK-EIF, Registered to Wellington Aero Club
3 x Jetstar, Airbus A320, VH-VQD