Sunday, April 23, 2017

Landing video at Rotterdam The Hague airport

Here is a quick landing video at Rotterdam The Hague airport [EHRD].

As with the previous video, the sound is not great. The landing crunch is fairly accurate though :-)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Takeoff video from London City

Here is my takeoff video from London City airport. Apologies for the audio... oh yeah - I was holding, so it's a bit shaky also. :-)

More from London City!

Yesterday I traveled from London City airport to Rotterdam The Hague (EHRD, Netherlands of course). Again it was a British Airways/ BA Cityflyer flight, this time in an Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE. This is a cool little aircraft, and certainly the smallest turbofan aircraft I've ever flown in.

While waiting for the flight I got a number of photos, including a Dassault Falcon 8X, F-WWQA. This aircraft is the first every 8X built, is owned by the manufacturer and was here on a test flight [I'm guessing to certify for steep approaches?]. The first I saw of it, it was overshooting, followed by a landing a few minutes later. Nice!

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, F-WWQA, operated by Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, F-WWQA, operated by Dassault Aviation
Next up is a Bombardier DHC-8-402, LX-LGF, which is operated by Luxair.

Bombardier DHC-8-402, LX-LGF, operated by Luxair
A type I am very unfamiliar with, and an airline I had not seen before is up next. This is a Donier 328-100, HB-AEO. This is operated by SkyWork Aviation. I have seen a Dornier 328 once before, in 2009 in Salzburg, Austria.

Dornier 328-100, HB-AEO, operated by Skywork Aviation
Cityjet is operating this British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, EI-RJI, which is operated by Cityjet.

British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, EI-RJI, operated by Cityjet
Last up is my ride to Rotterdam, a Bristi Airways/ BA Cityflyer Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE. These are an awesome looking small jet, and reasonably comfortable [although reasonably cramped] for the 45 minute flight.

Embraer ERJ-170-100STD, G-LCYE, operated by British Airways/ BA Cityflyer

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scenic flight around the Isle of Man!

While on the Isle of Man... more specifically in the pub in the hotel I was staying at, I met a few locals including some pilots. A short chat later [more specifically, several hours...:-)] and with an instructor from the flying school there, I was offered a change to go for a flight around the Isle of Man with one of the local pilots!

Awesome! I have driven most of the island the previous day, so a couple of days later I headed out to Ronaldsway Airport for a ride with a local PPL holder. It was, of course, a lot of fun. The aircraft was a Reims/ Cessna F150H, G-UFLY.

Fun times! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. All I'll add is that the Isle of Man is a really nice place, the locals are friendly, and, as always, flying is the best way to see the countryside! BTW - we were airborne just over 35 minutes, so it didn't need to take long either :-)

Contact details are: facebook and website.

Reims/ Cessna F150H, G-UFLY,, operated by Isle of Man Flight Training

Town of Douglas, the largest town on the Isle of Man

Town of Ramsey

Andreas airfield. Used as a glider base - not sure about other GA flying

Jurby airfield - apparently not used as an airfield now

Town of Peel

Town of Port Erin

Calf of Man

Town called Castletown. This is where I stayed. Awesome place!

Short final runway 08 for Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man

Still out of order, but getting there!

Here's another post from London City Airport [EGLC]. It is from my first visit to London City prior to heading off to the Isle of Man.

London City could almost be described as "Embraer City" with a number of operators using Embraer ERJ190 and ERJ170 aircraft [particularly the dominant operator, British Airways]. Having said that, there are also DHC8, SF2000, RJ85 and other types operated here, plus a number of business jets.

Anyway, in this post I have some ERJ190's from Alitalia and British Airways/ Cityflyer and another photo of a Stobart Air/ Flybe ATR72 at Ronaldsway [EGNS]. First up though is a picture of the front entrance to London City airport from the previous evening.

London City Airport front entrance
Next up are a few of the aircraft at London City. First is an Embraer ERJ-190-100LR, EI-RND, which is operated by Alitalia. This is in the Skyteam alliance livery.

Embraer ERJ-190-100LR, EI-RND, operated by Alitalia
Here's a BA Cityflyer [British Airways] operated ERJ-190-100SR, G-LCYO, which is operated by BA Cityflyer [British Airways].

Embraer ERJ190-100SR, G-LCYO, operated by BA Cityflyer [British Airways]
Another Alitalia aircraft, also an Embraer ERJ-190-100STD, EI-RNE.

Embraer ERJ-190-100STD, EI-RNE, operated by Alitalia
The next few photos are of my ride to Ronaldsway in the Isle of Man. I've I've mentioned in previous posts, the aircraft is a Saab 2000, G-CDKA, which is operated by Eastern Airways in British Airways colours.

The aircraft is getting a bit old... several of the exterior windows appeared to be badly scratched. Oh well :-)

Saab 2000, G-CDKA, operated by Eastern Airways

A look out of the aircraft... but notice how scratched up the window is!

Another scenic view - last land before the Isle of Man
One last picture from the Isle of Man - a Stobart Air/ Flybe operated ATR72-500, EI-REL.

ATR-GIE ATR72-500, EI-REL, operated by Stobart Air for Flybe

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More from Isle of Man to London City

Here's the next post from my Ronaldsway [EGNS], Isle of Man to London City airport [EGLC]. This one actually has some pictures from the flight :-)

First up though are three other aircraft on the airfield. First is an Eastern Airways-operated British Aerospace Jetstream 41, G-MAJC.

British Aerospace Jetstream 41, G-MAJC, operated by Eastern Airways
Next up is another British Aerospace model, a Swedish-registered BAe ATP, SE-MHD. This is operated by West Air Sweden.

British Aerospace BAe ATP, SE-MHD, operated by West Air Sweden

Here is another picture of the Stobart Air-operated ATR-GIE ATR72-600, EI-FMK. This had done a return flight from Ireland between the photo in the previous post and this one.

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, EI-FMK, operated by Stobart Air

Next up are a few photos of my ride home. It's a SAAB 2000, G-CDKA, which is operated by Eastern Airways. It's actually quite nice to fly in, albeit quite old and getting worn out. This was the same aircraft as bought me from London City a few days previously.

One small sort-of grip is that despite paying for seating, I have yet to sit in the paid-for seats... the first time I was shifted back towards the rear [looks like centre of gravity issues as more people were in the 3 rows behind me than in the 15 rows in front!]. This second flight I was asked to move to an exit row which was actually quite nice! Much more leg room and the seat still reclined :-)

It seems that British Airways [maybe it's a European thing??] don't like to leave exit rows unoccupied. Hurray for that rule and a plane that was almost two thirds empty! :-)

SAAB 2000, G-CDKA, operated by Eastern Airways on behalf of British Airways

Heaps of leg room!

Important instructions.

The view heading towards London.

This last photo is just a teaser :-) More later!

Reims/ Cessna F150H, G-UFLY, operated by Isle of Man Flight Training

Isle of Man to London City

I'm in the middle of a holiday and here is the first post. These posts will be out of order, but this first one comes from the Isle of Man, as I waited for my ride back to London City.

First up are some pictures from a brief period of spotting before getting to Ronaldsway airport [ICAO code EGNS]. As you'll see, the weather was wet with low cloud, but at least it wasn't windy.

Ronaldsway airport is a reasonable size with a couple of runways, although it is not very busy. Having said that, it is served by a number of airlines, including those shown here.

First up we have the arrival then departure of an Easyjet operated Airbus A319-111, G-EZIP. The first photo was when the weather was as good as it got...

Airbus A319-111, G-EZIP, operated by Easyjet

Airbus A319-111, G-EZIP, operated by Easyjet

Airbus A319-111, G-EZIP, operated by Easyjet, almost in the cloud!

Next up is an ATR-GIE ATR72-500, EI-REL, operated by Stobart Air on behalf of Flybe. Nice paint job!

ATR-GIE ATR72-500, EI-REL, operated by Stobart Air [on behalf of Flybe]

Another Stobart Air aircraft, this time an ATR72-600, EI-FMK. A rather plain paint job this time...

ATR-GIE ATR72-600, EI-FMK, operated by Stobart Air

Last up is my ride home. This is a SAAB 2000, G-CDKA, which is operated by Eastern Airways on behalf of British Airways. More on my rides on this aircraft in a later post.

SAAB 2000, G-CDKA, operated by Eastern Airways on behalf of British Airways

Without giving too much away for future posts, the Isle of Man is a really nice place to visit, including for aviation buffs. More on this later!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Intermission


I will be taking a brief break from posting, but I should be back into action in the next couple of weeks with a range of interesting pictures and, maybe, some video!


Dog in bed clipart courtesy of clipartix.com

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Singapore Airlines arrival

This picture is of the Singapore Airlines arrival at Wellington on Sunday afternoon. The aircraft is Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SQM.

I know it's the smaller version of the B777, but it is the largest aircraft to routinely visit Wellington and it always looks impressive.

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The fleet and a visitor today

Today was tidy-up day at the aero club, so the entire fleet [plus other resident aircraft] were outside for a while. Today's first picture is a [rough] panoramic image of the the usual residents of the hanger.

Panorama of the WAC fleet and other hanger residents

This second picture is a Diamond DA40, ZK-MTK, which is operated by Massey University School of Aviation of Palmerston North.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

I survived the Tron, 2017 edition

For those following the New Zealand weather news recently, you'll know it has been foggy in Wellington the last couple of days. The lack of appropriate navigation technology at Wellington airport has meant the weather played absolutely havoc with airline schedules, with Wellington all but closed for a day and a half.

Time then for a quick, same day return trip to Hamilton starting yesterday.They say timing is everything. I got out OK, but the return trip was stuffed [that's a technical phrase] with my return trip cancelled, and the alternate later trip cancelled also. This meant an unexpected overnight stay in the first class suite at the Cambridge Hotel [actually some relatives... :-)] with the first available flight back to Wellington at 3:50pm today.

Today I arrived early to the airport. after checkin I used one of my complementary Koru lounge passes to get into the lounge. Air NZ's regional Koru lounge is pretty basic, but very comfortable and well laid out [loads of places to charge via wall socket or USB]. In any case, a basic comfy lounge is better than none. Just a pity it cost me one of only two lounge passes. Oh well!

Anyway, here are a couple of photos. They are both Mount Cook Airline [part of Air NZ] ATR-GIE ATR72-600's, ZK-MVH and ZK-MVI. ZK-MVH was my ride home and looked like it had been parked up for a while. ZK-MVI arrived and departed to Christchurch while I was waiting.

ATR-GIE ATR-72-600, ZK-MVH, operated by Mount Cook Airlines/ Air NZ

ATR-GIE ATR-72-600, ZK-MVI, operated by Mount Cook Airlines/ Air NZ

ATR-GIE ATR-72-600, ZK-MVI, operated by Mount Cook Airlines/ Air NZ

On the plus side, Air NZ's communications throughout were absolutely top-notch. Clear comms [txt and via their app] along with options for self-service schedule changes made things easier. Given it was a work trip, having a travel company was also useful when the last flight out on Wednesday was cancelled...

Lesson for next time though - pack a change of clothes, even if only going on a same day trip... then again, I now have new socks and underwear! Ha ha ha

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

High times

Last Sunday I went on a quick trip with Andrew M [another Club pilot], out of Wellington to the south-eastern coast of the North Island then to Masterton. Part of this trip was seeing if we could get a Cessna 172N with two guys and full fuel tanks up to 13,000', which we did. Look at the straight and level bits and you'll see that the ball is even in the middle!

Here's a video of the flight, starting in Wellington and ending in Masterton. I almost got the video insert of the basic six instruments synced with the rest of the action. Almost being the important word :-)


Anyway, Andrew took over the flying in Masterton and flew us back to Wellington... not sure if I'll put up a video on that. I'll have a look at the scenery before deciding.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fokker F50

Yesterday's photo from Wellington airport is this Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO. This aircraft is operated by Alliance Airlines [of Australia] and is on one of their regular tours of New Zealand.

Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO, operated by Alliance Airlines

Friday, March 17, 2017

Republic of Singapore Boeing F15SG Eagles and RAAF McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornets

It has been a couple of weeks, but here is my final post from the RNZAF's 80th Anniversary Tattoo.

First up is a picture of these fast jets, taken from the stairs on the JASDF Boeing KC767.


Next up are the two Boeing F15SG Eagles. These aircraft were on static display for the Saturday.

Boeing F15SG, operated by the RSAF

Boeing F15SG, operated by the RSAF
Next up are three pictures of RAAF-operated McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornets. One of these aircraft provided an air display... awesome!

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF