Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The KAT

Last Sunday afternoon I got to take the Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO, across to Omaka aerodrome for a maintenance check. As it was going to be there for a few days, a ride was organised to bring me back [thanks Malcolm!]. That ride was a Piper PA28-161, ZK-KAT, which is also operated by the Wellington Aero Club.

The ride back was a great opportunity to play with Avplan on my iPad mini, since I don't get to do this as much when I'm actually flying the aircraft. It was good fun and I learned a couple of things, particularly about how the terrain map works [short version: it's pretty good, although I sometimes had the impression the terrain was further away than in real life, not that we ever got that close!].

Anyway, here are a couple of photos from the 16 City Arrival back into Wellington. First up we are approaching the city from the west with the camera pointed south.


Here's the panel of ZK-KAT.

Piper PA28-161, ZK-KAT, the panel
Here's a really nice photo looking south over Mount Victoria to Island Bay and with the Miramar Peninsula and the airport on the left.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

ATR72 on the Western Apron

Just a quick couple of photos today with the arrival of an Air New Zealand ATR-72-600, ZK-MVE, to the Western Apron at Wellington today.

Rumour has it, the aircraft was transporting people subject to Covid19-related quarantine from Auckland to Wellington.

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVE, operated by Air New Zealand
ATR-GIE ATR72-600, ZK-MVE, operated by Air New Zealand

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Nanchang flying

It had been about 5 weeks since I last flew the Nanchang, so with good weather yesterday I took the opportunity to go for a quick flight. I had a spare seat, so rather than waste some perfectly good space, Gareth, one of the Wellington Aero Club students, came for a ride.

After a 34 Ward Departure, we headed to Mana Island, did a few orbits of that, then headed back for a 34 Owhiro Arrival. It wasn't as turbulent on the arrival as I thought it could have been - just a couple of gentle lumps every now and then.

All up, 42 minutes from start to finish.

Many thanks to Gareth who took these really nice photos! I'm quite impressed with how the first one came out as a monochrome image [and yes, I really need a pair of prescription sunglasses].

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO
This next photo is of one of the steep turns near Mana Island. I think that counts as looking into the turn.

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO

This was just before turning onto final approach and is a really nice shot of the rear cockpit. The rear cockpit has most of the instruments and buttons from the front, but is missing a few controls and is laid out quite differently. This photo also shows the weird artificial horizon [AH], which shows the ground on top and the sky underneath. I never did work out why the Russians and Chinese did that.

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO
Last up is a photo from about a 1/2 mile final. For the smart-alecs out there, yes the PAPI shows 4 white lights, but that's normal as I tend to have quite a steep approach in the Nanchang [mainly as I really want to be able to see where I am heading...].

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO

Monday, July 06, 2020

British Aerospace Jetstream 31

Origin Air is back up and running [after Covid19 and preceding that, a loooooong period of other troubles] with their British Aerospace Jetstream 31, ZK-JSH.

I think they have a very nice livery - possibly one of the nicest around New Zealand.

British Aerospace Jetstream J31, ZK-JSH, operated by Origin Air

British Aerospace Jetstream J31, ZK-JSH, operated by Origin Air

For those blog visitors from outside of New Zealand, welcome!

We are very fortunate to have no Covid19-related restrictions in place, aside from isolation/ quarantine for [almost] everyone entering the country and limits on who can arrive [citizens, permanent residents and a few other exceptions].

There are no travel restrictions within New Zealand, no social distancing requirements, no business restrictions. It has been tough, but it seems a lockdown for 7 or so weeks [which was well complied with], followed by gradually loosened restrictions, has worked well so far. It will continue to be tough for some business for a while, but I would suggest, not as tough as the ongoing partial lockdowns in some other nations.

Sorry you are unable to travel here right now, but it's keeping us safe, and as other countries catch up* to us, I'm sure that restrictions on travel will be loosened.

* yes, I'm aware that Taiwan, along with Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa and several other of our Pacific neighbours have done very well also.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

You can always go around!

Here's a good song for those who forget that a go-around is [almost] always* a great option, or for those who get unusually excited about seeing an aircraft carry out this completely normal manoeuvre...

What's better is that this version doesn't have all the rubbish video snippets attached showing poor landings or similar...



* ok, so there are some strips where, due to obstacles or surface slope, a late go-around may not be possible, but most of you are not flying into those...

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lockheed P-3K2 Orion

I had a day off work last Thursday which practically guaranteed that the weather would be awful, which it was 😆.

I did get down to the Aero Club to give the Nanchang CJ6A a bit of a clean, but just before arriving, I saw a Royal New Zealand Air Force [RNZAF] operated Lockheed P-3K2 Orion, NZ4202, taxiing out.

An unusual feature people often asked about is the "spike" sticking out the back of the aircraft. This is a MAD [or Magnetic Anomaly Detector] which is designed to detect magnetic anomalies [its name says it all...], especially submarines that might be lurking around underwater.

Lockheed P-3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF
Lockheed P-3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF
These aircraft will be replaced by four Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft [derived from the Boeing 737 airliner]  over the next few years. The RNZAF's first set of instructors for the type are currently undergoing training in the USA.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Hanger visitors

Just over a week ago, Wellington Aero Club had a number of visitors undercover.

First up was a very nicely presented Cessna 177B Cardinal, ZK-TEC. The Cardinal is a very sleek aircraft and very low to the ground [as in I could see over the wing quite easily and the elevator is about shin height]. You would want to rotate too much on departure or flare too much on landing! It is really nicely presented though. ZK-TEC is registered to Matrinair and normally resident in Feilding. I think it was in the hanger for a single night.

Cessna 177B Cardinal, ZK-TEC, operated by Matrinair of Feilding

Next up was another Cessna, this time a C172S, ZK-JSD, which is registered to Air Hawkes Bay Ltd, of a Hastings address. This aircraft had flown in IFR and was just in for the night.

Cessna 172S, ZK-JSD, operated by Air Hawkes Bay Ltd of Hasting
Last up was perhaps the most interesting aircraft and one that will be here for a few weeks [although not online with the club]. It is a Cessna U206F, ZK-DWX, which has been purchased by a local person. I was particularly interested in the venturi tube on the left side of the fuselage [a venturi tube makes it interesting by itself!]. My understanding is that it will be flown privately and refurbed over time. The paint job looks really nice though as it is!

Cessna U206F, ZK-DWX

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Pilatus PC12/47

Like the last post, this is from early June, where I came across a Sounds Air operated Pilatus PC12/47, ZK-PLB, departing Wellington.

This aircraft clearly shows it's heritage as an ex Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft from Australia. I've had a couple of flights in the PC12 and it's a nice aircraft as a passenger. The pilots appear to like them a lot also.

Pilatus PC12/47, ZK-PLB, operated by Sounds Air

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Airbus A321-271NZ

It has been a while since I posted anything [oops!]. This has been more a lack of posting than a lack of photos, so over the next week or so I'll be catching up.

Early June I took some nice shots of an Air NZ operated Airbus A321-2761NX taxiing and departing Wellington one evening. I'm not sure if I prefer the taxiing picture in the sunlight, or the brightly lit background of the departure shot. I'm sure you'll let me know in the comments!

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNF, operated by Air New Zealand

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNF, operated by Air New Zealand

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A320 at the Bridge St mound

Following on from last week's posts, here's another picture from the Bridge St mound of an Air NZ operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXB, departing on runway 34. It's nice to see a bit more air traffic around, even though it is still very quiet.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXB, operated by Air New Zealand

Lastly, with the reduction in COVID 19-related restrictions, I'm trying to get back into a Tuesday/ Thursday publishing pattern, with photos from the previous week or two. It won't always work out that way 😀 but we'll see how I go!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Cessna 182

Here's that nice Cessna 182T I saw a few days ago, this time departing Wellington on a fantastic autumn day.

This was photographed at the "Bridge St mound" which is a mound of dirt that provides a great view of the runway. It's located on Bridge St [obviously] and is a great place for photographing aircraft, particularly of arrivals onto runway 16.

Cessna 182T, ZK-WYT

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The latest jet on FR24?

Wellington Aero club's latest installation of ADSB has been in one of our Piper PA38-112 Tomahawks, ZK-TAW, which is a good prompt to get updated photos onto Jetphotos, which then appear on Flightradar24.com.

Of course, this also means it appears on FR24 as a medium-sized jet, so probably a chance to get that corrected also 😀

Go for it, plane spotting team!

Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk, ZK-TAW, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Currency flight in a Cessna 172

I hadn't flown a Cessna 172 for just over 3 months, so last Sunday afternoon I had a dual currency flight in Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-EKE.

Fun times! Included was a max performance takeoff from Wellington, some strip flying at Battery Hill, a bit of low flying and a rejoin into Wellington via the East Arrival [from the south east], finishing with a flapless approach. 1.2 hours of fun!

No photos from the flying [I was having too much fun!] but here's one of ZK-EKE in the evening just prior to being put in the hanger.

It was, of course, another perfect day of flying in the Wellington region!

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

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Cessna 182T

Today's picture is this nicely polished Cessna 182T, ZK-WYT, which is registered to a Penrose [Auckland] address.

Cessna 182T, ZK-WYT

Friday, May 15, 2020

I did that aviation thing again!

Apologies for the mug in front of the plane, ruining the shot... but I got to do that aviation thing again today [Saturday], after our Covid 19 restrictions on flying ended last Thursday.

It was great to get up for a few crosswind circuits in the Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO after around two months of not being able to fly. I managed 4 circuits in 0.6 hours, this included a brief hold at one point and a deliberate go around from 500' on one of the approaches [great practice].

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO
Oh yeah - I really do need a haircut.

Also, if anyone makes this the KP banner image, there'll be trouble!!