Saturday, November 18, 2017

All Black ATR72

Here's a picture of the Mount Cook Airline [Air NZ] operated ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVA from earlier today at Wellington.

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVA, operated by Mount Cook Airline [Air NZ]

Thursday, November 16, 2017

GA aircraft at Wellington last Saturday

Here are some GA aircraft seen at Wellington last Saturday.

First up is a Cessna 172S, ZK-NAB, which is operated by Nelson Aviation College.

Cessna 172S, ZK-NAB, operated by Nelson Aviation College
Next up is a Beech B200 Super King Air, ZK-MDC, operated by Air Wanganui, in an air ambulance configuration.

Beech B200 Super King Air, ZK-MDC, operated by Air Wanganui
Last up is a helicopter, in particular a Bell 206L, ZK-HMA. This aircraft is registered to a Manukau [Auckland] address.

Bell 206L, ZK-HMA

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

RAAF Hercules

This post is of an RAAF-operated Lockheed Martin C130J, A97-448, which was briefly at Wellington last Saturday. It was one of at least a couple of C130's that operated through Wellington on Saturday.

Lockheed C130J, A97-448, operated by the RAAF

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bombardier at Wellington

Here is another photo of Bombardier CL600-2B16, N913TK, operated by a company called Christ Holdings in Texas, USA.

This photo was taken just after the aircraft was refueled in preparation for an overseas departure. Vehicles at the Execujet hanger included one clearly labelled as "Customs". It appears that the aircraft has been hidden away in the Execujet hanger since it arrived.

What a nice paint job :-)


Bombardier CL600-2B16, N913TK, operated by Christ Holdings

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Air New Zealand Dreamliner at Wellington

Air New Zealand sent a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Wellington twice today. the aircraft was ZK-NZF and was used to help with increased demand around tonights's All Whites vs Peru football game. Whatever the reason, it is good to see something different around here!

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZF, operated by Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZF, operated by Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZF, operated by Air New Zealand

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Action on the Western Apron

I only spent a few hours at the airport this afternoon and regrettably, I didn't take my good camera.

This was a pity as there was a fair amount happening and phone cameras just don't do so well, especially when you become dependent on a digital zoom rather than optical.

First up is an Airbus A320-232, VH-VFJ. This aircraft is operated by Jetstar Airways. the only reason it is on this side of the airport is that it apparently sucked another aviator [of the furry flying kind] through an engine a few days ago. Scuttlebutt is that this necessitated an engine change which was accomplished while parked inside the Execujet hanger.

This was the first time it had been outside for a few days. Note the chocks are in place. I don't recall it getting noisy, so I'm not sure what checks were being done.

Airbus A320-232, VH-VFJ, operated by Jetstar Airways
Next up is a business jet, namely a Bombardier CL600-2B16, N913TK, operated by a company called Christ Holdings in Texas, USA. It was though that this was bringing the German President to town, but now I am not sure. You'll see why shortly.

Bombardier CL600-2B16, N913TK, operated by Christ Holdings
The third and final western apron visitor was another airliner, in this case a Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIL, which is operated by Virgin Australia Airlines. A common enough visitor, but this was flew in from Sydney to park on the RNZAF military apron, just to the south of the aero club. Shortly after this, a large entourage left, escorted by Police.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIL, operated by Virgin Australia Airlines

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Flight up the Transmission Gully

Last weekend I took a quick trip with another club member, Peter M. The flight was in the club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT.

Part of the flight took us over the roadworks which are part of the new Transmission Gully road. This is covered in the following video.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Weekend visitor

I'm in catch up mode.... last Saturday there was a Cessna R172K, ZK-ELO, to a private owner in Feilding.

Cessna R172K, ZK-ELO

Monday, October 30, 2017

Out and about commercially

Over the past couple of weeks I have had some commercial flights between Auckland and Wellington. Here are a few random photos from those flights.

On one of the flights, there was a lot of cloud over most of the North Island. It's only a phone camera image, but this is one of Mount Taranaki as we headed north.


Next up is an approach into Auckland, looking south east.


The following image is of Clarks Beach, with the southern point of the Manukau Harbour below the aircraft.


Next is an image of the Makara wind farm, looking east towards Wellington city as we got closer to Wellington. It's always a nice day in Wellington 😁!


Lastly, I seemed to get lumped in the back of the plane on these trips. On one flight I was all the way back - row 29, seat A. At least I had no one beside me... It also gave a good view of the rear of the cabin and fast entry and exit with the rear stairs being used on all flights. Ha!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Another Challenger

I arrived at Wellington airport today to see this Swiss registered Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger, HB-IKS. Swiss registered aircraft are very rare in New Zealand, so this was good to see.

Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger, HB-IKS

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Military action at Wellington today

It was a very busy day for military aircraft movements at Wellington today.

Firstly, an RNZAF operated B757-2K2 departed towards Australia, but no photos of this unfortunately.

There were also a couple of NATO Helicopter Industries NH90 helicopter movements. The following are NZ3303 and NZ3304.

NATO Helicopter Industries NH90, NZ3303, operated by the RNZAF

NATO Helicopter Industries NH90, NZ3303, operated by the RNZAF
The other RNZAF-operated aircraft I photographed was this Lockheed C130H Hercules, NZ7004.

Lockheed C130H, NZ7004, operated by the RNZAF
Last up on the military front was this RAAF-operated Canadair CL600-2B16 Challenger 604, A37-003. I'm not sure if this is related to the election, or the deporting of Barnaby Joyce :-)

Canadair CL600-2B16, A37-003 Challenger 604, operated by the RAAF

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More photos from the Kaikoura trip

Here are three more photos from yesterday's trip to Kaikoura.

The first is from east of Kaikoura peninsula, looking northwest towards the township itself and the ranges.

Kaikoura peninsula and township, maintain ranges

Next up are the ranges to the west as we flew north back to Wellington.

Mountain ranges to the west
Last up is a picture of the Bluebridge ferry just a few miles from the Wellington harbour entrance. By this stage we have experienced a bit of turbulence around Wellington's coast line, but I still would prefer to have been in the aircraft than the ferry on this day...

Bluebridge ferry

Monday, October 23, 2017

Trip to Kaikoura!

I've been doing a fair amount of flying recently. There was the BFR a week ago, a bit of additional forced landing training yesterday and, today, I had a trip to Kaikoura [NZKI] with Iain and Poochie [sorry Peter!]. Aircraft for the day was the Club operated Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO. This is a really really nice machine, with 180Hp, GPS, autopilot, various nav instruments and airbags in the front seatbelts. Oh yeah, it goes reasonably fast also.

Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Kaikoura is a lovely place, although that might be something to do with only going there on nice days!

Anyway, I got to fly down and pax back up. The weather in Wellington was "interesting" with the wind gusting from about 20 up to 30 knots and the direction variable. It was particularly lumpy downwind... just a pity I didn't have a video camera operating at the time!

South of Wellington it all smoothed out and was lovely all the way down. Obviously the weather coming back was the exact opposite which made for a lot of work for Peter during the arrival then landing.

Here are a few pictures at and around Kaikoura on the way home.

First up are the scenic photos from around Kaikoura. Take a look at the second and third of these and notice all of the extra land that rose up out of the sea in the big earthquake!

Looking to the west from mid-downwind for runway 05 at Kaikoura

Eastern tip of the Kaikoura peninsula

Kaikoura peninsula looking west
This photo from at the Clarence River Mouth, north of Kaikoura.


I'm not quite sure where this is, but you can clearly see the road and rail. The rail is open., and it is hoped the road to Kaikoura from Blenheim will be reopened by Christmas.


Last up, we are back to Kaikoura with a couple of helicopters.First up is a Eurocoper AS350 BA, ZK-HNX. This helicopter is operated by Kaikoura Helicopters.

Eurocopter AS350 BA, ZK-HNX, operated by Kaikoura Helicopters
Next up is a Hughes 369E, ZK-HMO, operated by Combined Helicopter Services of a Christchurch address.

Hughes 369E, ZK-HMO, operated by Combined Helicopter Services

Jetstar logo jet at Wellington

This picture is of a Jetstar-operated Airbus A320-232, VH-VFU, with a rather distinctive picture on the side.

The image advertises needabreak.com which appears to be associated with a hotel chain.

Airbus A320-232, VH-VFU, operated by Jetstar Airways

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Canadian registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10

A very unusual visitor at Wellington this past few days is this Canadian registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10, C-GNRS, pictured outside the impressive Execujet hanger at Wellington airport. This aircraft is operated by Chartright Air of an Ontario, Canada address.

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, C-GNRS, operated by Chartright Air

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fokker F27 Mk 50 and an all black DHC8

It looks like Alliance Airlines from Australia are back in New Zealand undertaking one of their tours. As usual, the aircraft is a Fokker F27 Mk50, VH-FKO. Here it is departing Wellington this morning.

Fokker F27 Mk50, VH-FKO, operated by Alliance Airlines

Next up is an Air Nelson operated Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEM. This aircraft has recently returned from Australia where it was repainted into this [almost] all black livery. Air NZ now have one of every type they operate in an all black livery except for the B777-200's.

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Aircraft at Christchurch

Here are a couple of aircraft of interest from yesterday's brief trip to Christchurch.

First up [and much anticipated] is an Airbus A380-800, A6-EUK, which is operated by Emirates. The first photos shows how humid the air was with condensation forming on the upper wing surface. Pretty sure that a chap called Bernoulli had something to say about this.

Airbus A380-800, A6-EUK, operated by Emirates

Airbus A380-800, A6-EUK, operated by Emirates

The second aircraft of interest was this all white Boeing 737-8FE, VH-VOR. This aircraft is operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines. Yes, this was at the limit of my lens...

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-VOR, operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines

Flight to Christchurch

Yesterday I had a quick trip to Christchurch for a Flying NZ meeting. It was planned as an 8:05am departure to Christchurch, then a 6:05pm return to Wellington.

The aircraft for the flight to Christchurch was an ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVH, which is operated by Mount Cook Airline [part of the Air NZ group]. The first photo is obviously of the aircraft, the second of the view the entire way to Christchurch :-)

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVH, operated by Mount Cook Airline [Air NZ]

Scenic views :-)
The flight home was a Bombardier DHC8-311. No photos of this, although the view was much the same...

Saturday, October 07, 2017

USAF C17 Globemaster III at Wellington

I took this photo of a Boeing C17A Globemaster III, 08-8202, of the USAF today. It was parked on the RNZAF apron at Wellington airport. It's not a great photos as it was a dull and gloomy morning and I was across at the terminal.

Boeing C17A Globemaster III, 08-8202, operated by the USAF

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tigers on the loose in the Wairarapa

I took a quick flight up to Masterton today to take a look at a De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth and to have a chat with the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society [SVAS] about the possibility of flying this and their De Havilland Canada DHC1 Chipmunk :-) More on that at a later date.

Needless to say, I was very impressed with the Tiger Moth and the Chipmunk. The Chippie is in a hanger undergoing maintenance at the moment, but the Tiger Moth was out in the open on what was occasionally :-) a sunny day. The aircraft itself is registered to a partnership at a  Masterton address but is used by SVAS.

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ANL, operated by Sport and Vintage Aviation Society

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ANL, operated by Sport and Vintage Aviation Society

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth front cockpit

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth rear cockpit

A little bit newer was my transport for the day, a Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO, which is operated by Wellington Aero Club.

Cessna 172S, ZK-CEO, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My new favourite B777 photos!

If you're in New Zealand, unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, you're likely to know that there has been a fuel crises affecting Auckland airport recently. Namely, the fuel line which supplies the airport has been broken. This has severely restricted the amount of fuel airlines have been provided over the last week or so, initially 30% of normal uplift, now 50%, soon to be back to normal.

Among the other impacts of cancellations and diversions for enroute fuel uplifts, this has resulted in a number of unusual Air NZ flights - empty airliners being sent to pick up gas at Wellington!

Today was my first opportunity to capture one, an Air NZ operated Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB. Not only is it an unusual flight, but this is one of the few Air NZ aircraft with the Pacific Wave livery. Nice!

Enjoy the pictures of the aircraft lifting off runway 34, heading back to Auckland.

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ