Sunday, January 29, 2012

More low flying comp practice... constant radius eggs :-) are still going well!

Another day, more weather better than forecast :-) Like yesterday I took the Club's Cessna 172 up for a run through of the low flying manoeuvres for Flying NZ nationals. This time I had Amy and Ben along for the ride and so made sure that I was well above 500' AGL all the time.

It mostly went well. My left turns are quite good, although my right turns need a little more work. In particular my right-hand constant radius turns come our closer to "egg" shaped than round :-(, so a lot more work to do there.

One big plus from the flight was that Ben was videoing the various turns and stuff which will be useful. I'm not going to bore you with all of it, so here's the first two minutes from takeoff. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Low flying competition practice and a video

Today I got to go out and practice the manoeuvres for a Flying NZ nationals low flying competition coming up next month. The weather was not ideal in the area around our low flying zone, so I stayed a bit higher and practiced at another location. This was followed by some circuits. The short story is that I need to do a lot more practice :-)

I'm hoping to record one or two of the practice flights, but I need to get a decent mounting kit for the recorder [it will need to be a suction mount so I can mount it on a window]. If I do get this sorted, I'll be sure to post some video.

In other news, a decent video of landings at Wellington on a wild weather day has been produced and released by Airside TV. This is much better than some other Youtube videos - still one is all Wellington and decent resolution. You can see the Airside TV channel here, or watch the one of the videos below. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Excellent news, more flying and an exotic visitor

There are three topics in this post. First up is some excellent news with the arrival of a Piper PA28-161 Warrior, ZK-MBG to the Club. The current registered owner is still Massey University, but it'll be operated by the Aero Club in about a week. Those of us who have been awaiting a 4 seat Piper for some time will be excited about this, even though I enjoy flying the Club's Cessna 172, ZK-FLT.

Speaking of the Cessna, that's a nice segue into the more flying bit, as I went up for a dual flight in the C172 to practice my low flying. I'm a wee bit rusty [I haven't flown for something like 6-8 weeks], but it was all safe enough. I'll be better next weekend when I go up again.

Lastly for the exotic visitor bit. Arriving today was this Israel Aircraft Industries Gulfstream G200, N533GA. FAA records have this registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, although I'm not sure if this has any relationship to the actual operator. The picture shows it parked outside of the Execujet hanger at Wellington airport.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A wee bit too windy again

Today dawned clear but still far too windy for any flying in the Club's light aircraft, with up to 22 knots of crosswind component. So much for my planned flight. Here's hoping for next weekend!

A number of the photos take today show this. Apologies for the first one - wrong ISO setting on the camera.... Top to bottom are:

Beech 1900D, ZK-EAC, Eagle Airways Ltd [part of the Air NZ group]
Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQD, registered to Jetconnect [part of the Qantas group]
Bombardier DHC-8-311, ZK-NEU, registered to Air Nelson Ltd [part of the Air NZ group]

Saturday, January 14, 2012


After yesterday's wild and windy weather with high winds and low clouds, today dawned substantially clearer. The wind was still too "lumpy" for the light aircraft but the heavier stuff was having much less trouble.

The title of this post pretty much covers the day. KFC for lunch :-), Gulfstream GV-SP, ZK-KFB, registered to Execujet NZ [but think "Peter Jackson"] and a Cessna 172R, ZK-JLY, registered to CTC Aviation parked in the Aero Club hanger.

No pictures of lunch [!], but the two aircraft follow.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Not so nice today....

It is supposed to be mid summer here in New Zealand, but at the moment, it looks a bit like mid winter. OK, the temperature is a bit nicer [around the 15 deg Celsius mark], but it's windy and wet and "broken" (7/8ths) cloud at about 400 feet.

I popped down to the aero club for a short time. No flying of course, but I did get to see some of the Air NZ and Jetstar/ Qantas aircraft doing their thing. What follows are a few photos.

Note the take-off distances. The Jetstar A320 and the white/ blue Air NZ B737 get airborne on runway 16 before holding point Mike 4, so around 800 meters from the threshold. The All Black Air NZ A320 is off between Mike 4 and Mike 5, at around about 900 meters.

Aircraft are:

Airbus A320-232, VH-VGU, registered to Jetstar Airways
Boeing 737-33A, ZK-NGR, registered to Air New Zealand
Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, registered to Air New Zealand

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Air New Plymouth Piper Navajo

Another visitor to Wellington today was this Piper PA31 Navajo, ZK-MJF, registered to New Plymouth Aero Club/ Air New Plymouth, and operated as an air ambulance.

Just the one photo, as I was busy looking at the USAF/ ANG C40C :-)

USAF/ Air National Guard C40C/ B737 at Wellington

I got a bit of a surprise arriving at the aero club today, when I saw a strange white tail sitting on the Air Force apron. Turns out it was a USAF/ Air National Guard C40C [Boeing 737-7CP], registration 02-0201 ready to leave. Nice!

I'm not sure who was on board [various names have been mentioned, but I'm not going to add to the speculation].

Note what appears to be a sensor on the nose and the picture on the winglets.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Chathams Pacific Douglas DC3

Late last year a colleague sent me some photos of the Chathams Pacific Douglas DC3, A3-AWP. I had forgotten about them until now [!], although I guess it's good timing after my previous post about Air Chathams.

Chathams Pacific is Tonga's domestic airline, and is owned by/ part of Air Chathams. Chathams Pacific have a number of aircraft, although the most interesting for me are the Convair and a DC3 [as pictured below]. The DC3 appears to be a fine example... there are even some pictures from the restoration of the Chathams Pacific website! Maybe I should plan a holiday there one day soon... do a bit of sightseeing :-)


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Air Chathams Convair 440/580

A very special visitor today was this General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIE, registered to Air Chathams. This aircraft is on a charter tour of New Zealand and is parked outside of the aero club for a day or so. It is really good to see some of these older aircraft still earning their keep on a daily basis.

As an aside - the weather is [temporarily] back to being great :-)

Monday, January 02, 2012

New year visitors

Finally the weather settled down today, long enough for a few flights at the aero club today [although, unfortunately not for me].

Just a couple of visitors noted, the first being a Cessna 510 Citation Mustang, ZK-PGA, registered to Pacific Jets of Christchurch. The second was a Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk, ZK-EVC, registered to Marlborough Aero Club.