Monday, October 24, 2016

What a SUPER weekend of flying!

I think I should probably call in sick for work tomorrow*. It's a genuine reason - I've had far too much fun to be able to concentrate on work for at least another four days!

This weekend started with another trip up to Whanganui with another flight in the Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN on Saturday morning! This time it was a lot of dual circuits at Whanganui, followed by an offer [which I couldn't refuse] to let me go solo for the first time! Yay! Looks like my feet are starting to work as they are supposed to [well, close at least!].

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN

That was a LOT of fun! I lost count of how many circuits I got in [probably 6 or 7 at least] before Air Chathams turned up in a Convair, which was a great excuse to land, hold short and watch their landing. Once they had landed I did a couple more circuits before calling it a day. WHAT A DAY!

Then, earlier today [Monday morning] was another dual flight to get me used to three-point landings. Again more circuits, followed by another unrefusable [is that a made up word???] to do the same solo. I even managed to cope with the slight crosswind that crept in during the solo circuits.

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN
What an awesome weekend! I'm almost there - I just need a decent session of crosswind landings and to do the paperwork and I'll be all done. Fun times!

Speaking of crosswind landings, here are a couple of pictures of someone else having fun with a decent crosswind.

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN

* No, I'm not a numpty. I WILL be at work tomorrow!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cessna C510 Citation Mustang

Today's photo is from last weekend and is the arrival of a Cessna 510 Citation Mustang, ZK-YDZ. This aircraft is now operated by Skyline Aviation of a Napier address, having had a change of operator to Skyline in late July 2016.

Cessna 510 Citation Mustang, ZK-YDZ, operated by Skyline Aviation

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ticket. Booked.

I've booked my ticket to the RNZAF's 80th anniversary air pageant on 25 February 2017. Hopefully a good show!

I'm not sure if there will be approval to fly in [does anyone know for sure???], but if not, it'll be a very early start to the day! It does look as though they have thought long and hard about parking this time which is good :-)

Details on the RNZAF FB page: 80th Anniversary Air Pageant

See you there?

Can you spot the difference???

Last Sunday afternoon I saw the arrival and departure of the regular Fiji Airways flight from/ to Nadi, Fiji.

This time the flight was operated by their Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJG. Nothing unusual in that, except this time the aircraft has a small addition to the paintwork. I'm not quite sure how long it has been there... but probably not that long.

Take a look at the photo, and if you're not sure, scroll down for the detail.

Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJG, operated by Fiji Airways

Did you spot the change? It's pretty small... - just the addition of a Fijian flag ahead of the forward door :-)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

More of Singapore

Today's post are photos of today's Singapore Airlines arrival at Wellington. You can see that the day itself looks lovely [even the wind wasn't too bad!]. The aircraft used today by Singapore Airlines was a Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM.

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

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

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Traumahawk time

After 5.5 years [!!], I finally got back into a left hand seat of a Piper PA38-112 Tomahawk for a quick dual flight. The flight consisted of a flight out to the southern Wairarapa area, for some stalls, turns, a simulated forced landing then back for a couple of circuits. Throw in a surface breeze gusting up to 30 knots with a bit of crosswind at times, it was a lot of fun and a good workout after so many years of not flying this type.

Technically I need to do a few solo circuits to be considered current, but that can wait for another day [the weather was not flash in the circuit]. Anyway, here's a picture of ZK-TAW after it was parked up in the hanger after the flight.

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

Sunday, October 02, 2016

A quick trip to Kaikoura

I had a quick trip down to Kaikoura airfield today [NZKI] with another club pilot, Lawrence, in our Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. The trip was planned a few days ago, then the weather started looking a wee bit rubbish. It was rubbish this morning, but this afternoon, while a little windy around Wellington, was good enough to fly and very nice everywhere but Wellington. No surprise there!

Anyway, I did the flight down to Kaikoura and Lawrence flew back. The departure from Wellington was a little different, with takeoff on runway 34 into the right-hand circuit, followed by a clearance to "fly overhead the aerodrome at 1500', then the Sinclair sector at 1500' and below". An easy way to get us out of the way and a quick way for us to be on our way. Awesome!

Anyway, the flights down and back were fairly uneventful and I did enjoy doing a couple of extra circuits at Kaikoura when we arrived. I think you'll agree from the photos that it's a beautiful part of the country!
Scenery from on NZKI airfield

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

Lined up and ready to go

Turning crosswind [after takeoff]

Turning left base in the circuit

On approach to NZKI

Kaikoura ranges

Kaikoura township and peninsula

Finally, pictures of a couple of local resident aircraft.

Bell 206B, ZK-HBO, operated by South Pacific Helicopters

Gippsland GA8, ZK-KBZ, operated by Wings over Whales

Friday, September 30, 2016

Something a little different tonight...

Here's something a little different than the usual... this evening I got to watch a guy and a RPAS [drone] doing their thing this evening. The aircraft operator was getting some video of a soon-to-be-demolished building, and yes, in case you're wondering, had a clearance from ATC.

Maximum bonus points if you know where this was :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday in Whanganui

Last weekend I headed up to Whanganui for another lesson in Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN. Being very very new to tailwheel aircraft [I have about 3 hours total now], I've still got a huge amount to learn, but I am having a lot of fun!

Like the last lesson, there were a lot of circuits at a local strip and we finished off with a forced landing/ glide approach from the circuit at Whanganui. Fun time, but oh so much work! :-)

Piper PA18A-150, ZK-BKN

It wasn't all just fun in the air though, with a chance to see Air Chathams bring a General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF into Whanganui in place of their SAAB 340A which picked up a load of people on a charter earlier in the day.

General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/ 580, ZK-CIF, operated by Air Chathams

Perhaps the most exciting visitor though was this Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk26 Replica, ZK-SPT, which is registered to a Whanganui address. The aircraft had just landed after it's first flight in about a year and it looked great, on the ground and in the air! I understand that it's an approximately 90% replica of the original.

Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk 26 Replica, ZK-SPT

Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk 26 Replica, ZK-SPT

Singapore Airlines arrival at Wellington

After missing the original arrival last week, I was able to be at Wellington airport earlier today to capture the arrival of Singapore Airline's Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM.

In case you've been living in a cave recently, Singapore Airlines have started a short haul/ regional flight from Wellington to Canberra [Australia]. This links both capital cities for the first time, and after refuelling continues on to Singapore.

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More photos from Sunday

Here are two more photos from last Sunday. The first is another photo of Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX heading across to the Eastern Apron.

Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX, operated by Sounds Air

Next up is the Air NZ-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, taking off on the wet.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB, operated by Air NZ

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jets landing in the wet

It has been another rainy day in Wellington, so here are pictures of three aircraft landing in the wet.

First up is a Jetstar Airways-operated Airbus A320-232, VH-VGF.

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

Next up a QANTAS-operated Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQD landing after another trans-Tasman flight.

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQD, operated by QANTAS
Last up is an Air New Zealand-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK. The effect of the thrust reversers is quite evident in this image.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sounds Air and Air Chathams

The weather around the country could be best described as a wee it yuk, so no Super Cub training this weekend. Instead here are a couple of pictures from a wet Wellington.

First up is another Sounds Air-operated Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX. This aircraft has fairly recently returned from Australia after being painted.

Pilatus PC12/45, ZK-PLX, operated by Sounds Air

Next up is a General Dynamic Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF, which is operated by Air Chathams.

General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580, ZK-CIF, operated by Air Chathams

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hard work and lazy feet!

Today was my second training flight in a Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub, ZK-BKN, up in Whanganui. Today's session was circuits, circuits and more circuits, with an ever-so-slight crosswind.

The flying itself is fun, but I clearly have a huge amount of work to do to get on top of the whole takeoff and landing bit... it seems my feet are very lazy after years of nosewheel-only flying :-( I think the theory is ok, but I need to get the feet moving and the stick in the right place [and preferably in a coordinated fashion!].

I have no photos from today, but for "fun", the following video shows what I am trying to avoid doing! Yes, it's a different aircraft, but the principles are still the same :-(