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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Night currency time!

This video is of a recent night currency flight. It was just over 3 months since my previous night flight, so I took the opportunity for a few dual circuits [the last landing of which is in the video] followed by some solo circuits.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Flight to the southern Wairarapa and crosswind circuits at Wellington

This video is of a flight to the southern Wairarapa area, followed by some crosswind circuits at Wellington.

Still a bit of work to do on the landings, but I'm working on it :-)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Arrival into Auckland International

This video is of the final 17 minutes of my flight into Auckland International [NZAA] on board a China Southern Airlines operated Boeing 787-8, B-2726.

I wouldn't bore anyone with a 17 minute video, so this is just over 2 minutes in total :-)

Monday, May 08, 2017

Strip flying from Port Gore

As promised, here's a quick video of the strip flying fun at Port Gore airstrip!

All the boring bits are removed, likewise a few of the important bits, but most of the fun bits are all in there! :-). Aircraft is Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, and all the flying is dual.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Dual strip flying :-)

Last weekend I had the change to accompany another club pilot and an instructor for some strip flying at D'Urville Island then to Port Gore.

I just observed at D'Urville Island [I've been in there a few times previously] and took the opportunity to get some photos, including of the two other visitors. At Pore Gore we swapped pilots and I got to do some flying, including the trip back to Wellington.

Anyway, here are some photos from to trip through the Marlborough Sounds towards D'Urville Island. A beautiful [actually, perfect] day!

Marlborough Sounds, looking south with Long Island in the centre

Marlborough Sounds

Here are the pictures from D'Urville Island, starting with the initial approach in.

Short final for D'Urville Island airstrip

Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, operated by Wellington Aero Club

And a couple of other visitors.

First up is a Cessna 172D, ZK-BDL. This older aircraft has a 180hp engine in it. Nice! It is based at Paraparaumu Aerodrome.

Cessna 172D, ZK-BDL
Next up is a Cessna A150L, ZK-DPS. This is based at Masterton aerodome.

Cessna A150L, ZK-DPS
Last up is an initial picture of the top of the airstrip at Port Gore. Nice! I have some video, so I hope the next post will have some video of my takeoffs and landings [it might take a couple of days to organise].

Port Gore airstrip

Solent Sky Museum, Southampton

Part of my recent travels included a trip to the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.

The museum is reasonably small although still interesting, with a Supermarine S6, a Supermarine Spitfire and the largest aircraft in the museum, a Short S.25 Sandringham flying boat - the civilian version of the World War 2 Sunderland!

There's plenty more to see, but here are a few of the photos. First up are a number of the Sandringham. As you can see, you can visit the entire aircraft, including the cockpit :-)

Short S.25 Sandringham

Short S.25 Sandringham

Short S.25 Sandringham

Short S.25 Sandringham

Short S.25 Sandringham, the cockpit

Short S.25 Sandringham
Next up are two aircraft by Supermarine. the first is the S.6, which is the type used to win the Schneider Trophy. The museum has some awesome video playing from this event also.

Supermarine S.6

Supermarine S.6
Now we have the resident Spitfire!

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire
In a completely different vein, the following is a Britten-Norman BN1, previously registered G-ALZE. I hear rumour from a staff member that they will have a Islander on the mezzanine floor some stage soon!

Britten-Norman BN1, G-ALZE
Last up is a picture of a jet-powered seaplane, a Saunders Roe SRA1. Ugly, but kinda awesome :-)

Saunders Row SRA1
These are just a few of the aircraft on display. there are a number of fast jets, a couple of cockpits and many others displays. Well worth the visit if you're in the area!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Aircraft from Rotterdam

I'm slowly catching up on pictures and video from my recent trip. This post has some aircraft from Rotterdam The Hague Airport [EHRD] while I waited for my flight back to London. First up, an Airbus A320 from Vueling Airlines.

Airbus A320-216, EC-KDT, operated bu Vueling Airlines
Next up is my ride home. It's a British Airways/ BA Cityflyer-operated Embraer E190-100SR.

Embraer E190-100SR, G-LCYN, operated by BA Cityflyer/ British Airways
Last up are two Boeing 737's from Transavia.

Boeing 737-8EH, PH-GGY, operated by Transavia

Boeing 737-7K2, PH-XRZ, operated by Transavia

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Landing video at Rotterdam The Hague airport

Here is a quick landing video at Rotterdam The Hague airport [EHRD].

As with the previous video, the sound is not great. The landing crunch is fairly accurate though :-)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Takeoff video from London City

Here is my takeoff video from London City airport. Apologies for the audio... oh yeah - I was holding, so it's a bit shaky also. :-)

More from London City!

Yesterday I traveled from London City airport to Rotterdam The Hague (EHRD, Netherlands of course). Again it was a British Airways/ BA Cityflyer flight, this time in an Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE. This is a cool little aircraft, and certainly the smallest turbofan aircraft I've ever flown in.

While waiting for the flight I got a number of photos, including a Dassault Falcon 8X, F-WWQA. This aircraft is the first every 8X built, is owned by the manufacturer and was here on a test flight [I'm guessing to certify for steep approaches?]. The first I saw of it, it was overshooting, followed by a landing a few minutes later. Nice!

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, F-WWQA, operated by Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, F-WWQA, operated by Dassault Aviation
Next up is a Bombardier DHC-8-402, LX-LGF, which is operated by Luxair.

Bombardier DHC-8-402, LX-LGF, operated by Luxair
A type I am very unfamiliar with, and an airline I had not seen before is up next. This is a Donier 328-100, HB-AEO. This is operated by SkyWork Aviation. I have seen a Dornier 328 once before, in 2009 in Salzburg, Austria.

Dornier 328-100, HB-AEO, operated by Skywork Aviation
Cityjet is operating this British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, EI-RJI, which is operated by Cityjet.

British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, EI-RJI, operated by Cityjet
Last up is my ride to Rotterdam, a Bristi Airways/ BA Cityflyer Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE. These are an awesome looking small jet, and reasonably comfortable [although reasonably cramped] for the 45 minute flight.

Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE, operated by British Airways/ BA Cityflyer

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scenic flight around the Isle of Man!

While on the Isle of Man... more specifically in the pub in the hotel I was staying at, I met a few locals including some pilots. A short chat later [more specifically, several hours...:-)] and with an instructor from the flying school there, I was offered a change to go for a flight around the Isle of Man with one of the local pilots!

Awesome! I have driven most of the island the previous day, so a couple of days later I headed out to Ronaldsway Airport for a ride with a local PPL holder. It was, of course, a lot of fun. The aircraft was a Reims/ Cessna F150H, G-UFLY.

Fun times! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. All I'll add is that the Isle of Man is a really nice place, the locals are friendly, and, as always, flying is the best way to see the countryside! BTW - we were airborne just over 35 minutes, so it didn't need to take long either :-)

Contact details are: facebook and website.

Reims/ Cessna F150H, G-UFLY,, operated by Isle of Man Flight Training

Town of Douglas, the largest town on the Isle of Man

Town of Ramsey

Andreas airfield. Used as a glider base - not sure about other GA flying

Jurby airfield - apparently not used as an airfield now

Town of Peel

Town of Port Erin

Calf of Man

Town called Castletown. This is where I stayed. Awesome place!

Short final runway 08 for Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man

Still out of order, but getting there!

Here's another post from London City Airport [EGLC]. It is from my first visit to London City prior to heading off to the Isle of Man.

London City could almost be described as "Embraer City" with a number of operators using Embraer ERJ190 and ERJ170 aircraft [particularly the dominant operator, British Airways]. Having said that, there are also DHC8, SF2000, RJ85 and other types operated here, plus a number of business jets.

Anyway, in this post I have some ERJ190's from Alitalia and British Airways/ Cityflyer and another photo of a Stobart Air/ Flybe ATR72 at Ronaldsway [EGNS]. First up though is a picture of the front entrance to London City airport from the previous evening.

London City Airport front entrance
Next up are a few of the aircraft at London City. First is an Embraer ERJ-190-100LR, EI-RND, which is operated by Alitalia. This is in the Skyteam alliance livery.

Embraer ERJ-190-100LR, EI-RND, operated by Alitalia
Here's a BA Cityflyer [British Airways] operated ERJ-190-100SR, G-LCYO, which is operated by BA Cityflyer [British Airways].

Embraer ERJ190-100SR, G-LCYO, operated by BA Cityflyer [British Airways]
Another Alitalia aircraft, also an Embraer ERJ-190-100STD, EI-RNE.

Embraer ERJ-190-100STD, EI-RNE, operated by Alitalia
The next few photos are of my ride to Ronaldsway in the Isle of Man. I've I've mentioned in previous posts, the aircraft is a Saab 2000, G-CDKA, which is operated by Eastern Airways in British Airways colours.

The aircraft is getting a bit old... several of the exterior windows appeared to be badly scratched. Oh well :-)

Saab 2000, G-CDKA, operated by Eastern Airways

A look out of the aircraft... but notice how scratched up the window is!

Another scenic view - last land before the Isle of Man
One last picture from the Isle of Man - a Stobart Air/ Flybe operated ATR72-500, EI-REL.

ATR-GIE ATR72-500, EI-REL, operated by Stobart Air for Flybe