Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dassault Falcon 50 departing Wellington

Today's business jet departure was a Dassault Falcon 50, N115MF. It appears the aircraft ended up in Tauranga later in the day.

What a nice way to travel!

Dassault Falcon 50, N115MF

Dassault Falcon 50, N115MF

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Trans-Tasman Pilatus

Crossing the Tasman from direct from Sydney was a Pilatus PC12/47, VH-YWO. This aircraft is registered to the Royal Flying Doctor Service [RFDS]. With a flight time is 4 hours 40 minutes, it was quite a quick trip for a fairly small turboprop.

It appears that the aircraft has been delivered to Sounds Air.

Pilatus PC12/47, VH-YWO, operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Yet another Bombardier at Wellington

Last Saturday I saw an Australian-registered Air Ambulance parked outside the Execujet hanger at Wellington airport.

The aircraft was a Bombardier CL-600-2B16, VH-URR, which is operated by Lifeflight Australia Ltd of a Brisbane address.

Bombardier Cl-600-2B16, VH-URR, operated by Lifeflight Australia Ltd

Bombardier CL-600-2B16, VH-URR, operated by Lifeflight Australia

Bombardier CL-600-2B16, VH-URR, operated by Lifeflight Australia

Saturday, March 09, 2019

A day for making clouds...

Today was grey, gloomy and damp. There was rain in the morning and it was drizzly the rest of the day, but at least the cloud lifted as the day progressed.

Today's Singapore Airlines movements were much the same as always, although as can be seen below, the air and dew point temperatures were close enough that some cloud was created as the B777 landed and as it powered up to depart.

Click on the images for more detail.

Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRP, operated by Singapore Airlines

Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRP, operated by Singapore Airlines

Friday, March 08, 2019

Another Bombardier at Wellington

Last Sunday at Wellington, about the same time as Eminem was leaving, this Australian registered Bombardier CL-600-2B16, VH-BLM, arrived for a very short visit.

This aircraft has been going back-and-forward between Auckland and Queenstown over the past few days, although today it popped into Wellington for just over an hour from Queenstown before heading back to Auckland. I'm not sure, but it appears to be operated by Execujet. 

Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger, VH-BLM

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Eminem's departure from Wellington

Last Sunday afternoon was the Eminem concert at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. I'm not a fan, but he did arrive and depart on a pretty cool aircraft!

Transport was in a Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000, registered 9H-VJV to VistaJet, as pictured below. These pictures are of the departure from Wellington.

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, 9H-VJV, operated by VistaJet

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, 9H-VJV, operated by VistaJet

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, 9H-VJV, operated by VistaJet

Monday, March 04, 2019

Visit to Westport

Last Saturday I went on the longest flight I've had in recent times. The first stop was at Omaka to drop off a couple of people and to refuel, followed by flying to Westport with a touch-and-go, then back to Wellington, with Andrew, a fellow club member. All in all, it was a fun 3.2 hours of flying.

We were a little rushed, so no time for the niceties of setting up the wing mounted camera or to stop at Westport, but it was still a fun ride! The aircraft was Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-EKE.

I was busy with the flying, so Andrew has kindly sent in some pictures from the flight. As you can see, there's a lot of interesting countryside to see between Omaka and Westport!

Domes reporting point near Omaka aerodrome

Mount Murchison

An example of peneplains

Stockton Mine to the east of Westport

Westport Aerodrome as we joined overhead

On the approach for Westport Aerodrome, runway 22

Westport township

Murchison township. Try and find the 500-meter airstrip in the picture :-)

Lake Rotoroa

Lake Rotoiti