Sunday, September 24, 2017

My new favourite B777 photos!

If you're in New Zealand, unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, you're likely to know that there has been a fuel crises affecting Auckland airport recently. Namely, the fuel line which supplies the airport has been broken. This has severely restricted the amount of fuel airlines have been provided over the last week or so, initially 30% of normal uplift, now 50%, soon to be back to normal.

Among the other impacts of cancellations and diversions for enroute fuel uplifts, this has resulted in a number of unusual Air NZ flights - empty airliners being sent to pick up gas at Wellington!

Today was my first opportunity to capture one, an Air NZ operated Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB. Not only is it an unusual flight, but this is one of the few Air NZ aircraft with the Pacific Wave livery. Nice!

Enjoy the pictures of the aircraft lifting off runway 34, heading back to Auckland.

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ

Boeing 777-219, ZK-OKB, operated by Air NZ

Fun Flying Day and Competitions at Masterton - 2

Following on from the previous post, here are some pictures of the Kapiti Aero Club-related aircraft. I don't think I got photos of the all, but here's what I got.

Cessna C172F, ZK-CHN, operated by a private owner

Cessna A152, ZK-JEN, operated by Kapiti Aero Club

Cessna A152, ZK-KID, operated by Kapiti Aero Club

Cessna A152, ZK-KID, operated by Kapiti Aero Club

Also, there were a number of local aircraft out flying, including a couple of Tiger Moths! These are operated through the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society and one of them was doing dual flights for our visiting pilots! Unfortunately, having a cold, I didn't go up, but maybe another day!

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ANL

De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ANL

Fun Flying Day and Competitions at Masterton - 1

Over the past few weeks I've been helping to plan a day away from Wellington for some fun flying and a bit of competitions for Wellington and Kapiti aero clubs and some assistance [particularly lunch] from the friendly team at Wairarapa Aero Club. It was decided early on to look at Masterton, as it's close for all of us and it's an uncontrolled aerodrome with wide open spaces. Big ticks all round!

What a day! The weather was better than expected, aircraft arrived in reasonable time [congrats especially to Wellington instructors for herding cats and for getting aircraft there by around 9am!] and everyone was keen and eager. A good safety briefing for all and then we were in to it.

After leaving home early to drive over to Masterton, I spent most of the day on the landing then bombing grids with a few others but, having a cold, better I wasn't flying. In any case, it was a good opportunity to keep an eye on things and to get some photos.

Speaking of photos, here are the photos of the Wellington Aero Club fleet. We took every available aircraft across and they all got well used. Aircraft were:
  • PA38-112, ZK-WAC
  • PA38-112, ZK-JFE
  • PA28-161, ZK-MBG
  • C172N, ZK-FLT
  • CJ6A, ZK-MAO
Piper PA38-112, ZK-WAC, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Nanchang CJ6A, ZK-MAO, operated by Wellington Aero Club

Piper PA28-161, ZK-MBG, operated by Wellington Aero Club

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

Piper PA38-112, ZK-WAC, operated  by Wellington Aero Club

Piper PA38-112, ZK-JFE, operated  by Wellington Aero Club

Piper PA38-112, ZK-JFE, operated  by Wellington Aero Club

The Grid

Friday, September 15, 2017

An all white DHC8 and a Singaporean 777

Last weekend I got my first photos of the plain white livery of Eastern Australia Airlines [think Jetstar in NZ] operated Bombardier DHC8-315Q, VH-SBW.

Bombardier DHC8-315Q, VH-SBW, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar

Bombardier DHC8-315Q, VH-SBW, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar
Next up is the arrival of the Singapore Airlines flight from Canberra. It's a Boeing 777-212/ER, 9V-SRM. I hear rumour [just rumour at this stage mind you, nothing to back it up right now] that the B777 might be replaced by a B787 Dreamliner in the next 12-18 months. If the rumour is true, business users in particular will like this given the aging state of the current fitout.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dassault Falcon 7X

A very unusual visit to Wellington from a few weeks ago was a Dassault Falcon 7X, G-STMT. This aircraft arrived and departed the same day [just a few hours apart]. It is registered/ operated by Tag Aviation UK.

Beautiful!

Dassault Falcon 7X, G-STMT, operated by Tag Aviation UK

Monday, September 11, 2017

Harmon Rocket II

This slightly familiar but still unusual aircraft is a Harmon Rocket II, ZK-RMD. The Harmon Rocket II is an amateur built aircraft and from what I understand of the aircraft [which is very little...] is a modified version of the Vans RV4.

Harmon Rocket II, ZK-RMD

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Current and ex military

It's time for a bit of a catch up after a few weeks of no posting. This post has two aircraft, one which is currently operated by the RNZAF and one which was formerly operated by the RNZAF.

First up is the current aircraft, a Lockheed C130H Hercules, NZ7002, operated by the RNZAF.

Lockheed C130H Hercules, NZ7002, operated by the RNZAF

Next up is the ex-military aircraft, a BAC BAC167 Mk88 Strikemaster, ZK-BAC. This was arriving after a short hop from Whanganui.

BAC BAC167 Mk88 Strikemaster, ZK-BAC, operated by RNZAF Strikemaster Ltd

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Hello Whanganui [again!]

I've finally gotten around to putting together a video from last weekend's flight to Whanganui. It's just a short one, of the overhead rejoin, circuit and landing.

As usual, the aircraft is Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT from Wellington Aero Club. After a quick stop to have a friendly chat with a few of the locals [Wanganui Aero Club really is a friendly place!], it was time to head home. Maybe that's a topic for a future video.

Anyway, enjoy this one!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hello Whanganui!

Last Saturday was the day for a fun flight to Whanganui with another club member, Peter, also known as Poochie :-). The aircraft was WAC's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT.

Weather was OK around Wellington and really nice everywhere north of Wellington. Typical :-)

I don't have photos of the flying to and from Whanganui, but I do have some video which I hope to be able to post in the next week or so. Here's are a few photos from Peter and myself. First up is the Wanganui Aero Club clubrooms, hanger an a couple of local aircraft. The first aircraft, ZK-JQY, is a Maule MXT-7-180 and is registered to a Whanganui address. ZK-EHP is a Cessna A150M and is registered to a Marton address.

Maule MXT-7-180, ZK-JQY and Cessna A150M, ZK-EHP
I should also mention that, as always, we got a friendly welcome from the locals. They are always happy to see visiting aircraft, so do pop in and say hi if you're in the area (landing fees paid on arrival are also a lot cheaper...).

Next up is a BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster Mk88, ZK-BAC. This aircraft spends time in the Wellington Aero Club hanger, but also at Whanganui.

BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster Mk88, ZK-BAC, operated by RNZAF Strikemaster Ltd

The following is a rescue helicopter/ air ambulance. It's an Agusta A109E, ZK-ITR, and although registered to Helilink of an Auckland address is operated out of the Taranaki region. Nice paint job also! :-)

Agusta A109E, ZK-ITR, operated by Helilink of an Auckland address
Peter's and my ride for the day was Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. yes, it's an ugly red spinner, but hopefully that's temporary...

Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT, operated by Wellington Aero Club
Last up are two photos of an AESL Airtourer T6, ZK-LDG, flown by Murray, a local pilot. A couple of quick radio calls and some brief formation was organised. This brings back happy memories form my formation time at Auckland Aero Club many years ago, although it was just some straight and level and one gentle turn. I must get back into this one day!

AESL Airtourer T6, ZK-LDG, registered to a Whanganui address

AESL Airtourer T6, ZK-LDG, registered to a Whanganui address

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More from Fiji Airways and Mount Cook

Pictures today are of the arrival of a Fiji Airways-operated Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJG, followed by a Mount Cook Airline-operated ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MVO.

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

ATR-GIE ATR72-212A, ZK-MVO, operated by Mount Cook Airline/ Air NZ

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Fiji Airways arrival

Just a single picture from this weekend of a Fiji Airways-operated Boeing 737-8X2, DQ-FJH, landing at Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

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

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Visit by the Marine Nationale [French Navy]

Last week we had a visit from the Marine Nationale. The aircraft was a Dassault Falcon 20G Gardian.

Take a look at the second photo, a crew member is waving through the large window near the front [click it for a larger image], and the final photos shows the aircraft just after takeoff - it really is a steep climb!

Dassault Falcon 20G Gardian, operated by the Marine Nationale

Dassault Falcon 20G Gardian, operated by the Marine Nationale

Dassault Falcon 20G Gardian, operated by the Marine Nationale

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Night flight last Sunday

Here's a quick video of a night flight I undertook last Sunday. Unfortunately the GoPro Hero 5 Session doesn't do justice to what I could see [I could see much more than than the video indicates, such as the entire panel and many surface features], but still it was rather dark in places.

Aircraft, as usual, was Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N, ZK-FLT. You'll notice I'm trialing a new standard header and ending for the video... let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Virgin Australia

This picture from last Saturday is a Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIO.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIO, operated by Virgin Australia

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ridge Air Piper Seneca

Taken a few days ago were these pictures of a Piper PA34-220T Seneca, ZK-BJM. This aircraft is operated by Ridge Air of a Blenheim address.

Piper PA34-220T Seneca, ZK-BJM, operated by Ridge Air

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First visit to Cloudy Bay aerodrome!

Last Saturday was my first visit to the [relatively] new Cloudy Bay aerodrome [NZCL]. NZCL is located right by the mouth of the Wairau River in Marlborough. The aerodrome is located within the Woodbourne Control Zone [albeit only just!], so a clearance to operate is required, but WB Twr made that easy.

The strip itself is well-formed, around 800 meters long and with plenty of parking off the side if needed. It even has solar-power lighting, although with the power lines and trees around, I'm not sure I would be that keen on night flying from here.

Anyway, here's a quick video of one of my circuits and the first stage of the departure back to Wellington.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

More aircraft from last weekend...

Here are three more aircraft from last weekend. Nothing too different, just 2 Boeings and 1 Airbus.

First up is the Jetconnect [Qantas]-operated Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQG. Jetconnect of course is the Qantas subsidiary which operates most of their trans-Tasman services.

In the background is the new parking building being put up by the airport company. Could be a good photography site, although I don't know whether the airport company will object. probably not - other airports don't seem to mind :-)

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQG, operated by Jetconnect [Qantas]
Next up is a Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIS.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIS, operated by Virgin Australia
Last up is the Air New Zealand-operated Airbus A320-232, ZK-OAB. This is now one of Air NZ's older A320's, having been on the register since 28 January 2011 and one of their most recognisable aircraft, since it's in the All Blacks livery. Speaking of All Blacks, pity about the game last Saturday, but I guess there'll be a lot of very happy British and Irish Lions fans still celebrating almost a week later! :_)

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

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Strikemaster 72 at Wellington

Last Sunday saw the arrival of of a BAC BAC-167 Strikemaster, registered ZK-BAC [formerly with the RNZAF as NZ6372]. What a nice machine!

BAC BAC-167, ZK-BAC [ex NZ6372], operated by RNZAF Strikemaster Ltd

Monday, July 03, 2017

Airbus and Boeing

Here are are three pictures from last Saturday at Wellington.

First up is a departing Virgin Australia-operated Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIT.

Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIT, operated by Virgin Australia Airlines
Next up is an Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK, which is operated by Air New Zealand. This aircraft had just arrived from Nadi, Fiji.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OJK, operated by Air NZ
Lastly, here is another Boeing, a B737-838 model, ZK-ZQE, which is operated by Jetconnect [part of the Qantas group of airlines].

Boeing 737-838, ZK-ZQE, operated by Jetconnect on behalf of Qantas

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Air Chathams Metroliner at Wellington

An unusual visitor to Wellington today is this Air Chathams-operated Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, which is painted in their really-quite-awesome Whakātane livery applied.

While I say the aircraft is an unusual visitor, many of you will realise that these aircraft used to be very common at Wellington - firstly operated by Air Nelson and then as the Lifeflight Air Ambulance, amongst a host of other freight, passenger and air ambulance operators. The last time I photographed this aircraft was also in Wellington, back in April 2015 and it was a very boring plain white at the time.

I'm assuming that the aircraft is here on a charter related to the rugby match between the British & Irish Lions and the mighty, victorious All Blacks [who says I can't be a little biased??! 😃].

Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, operated by Air Chathams

Fairchild SA227-AC Metroliner, ZK-CIC, operated by Air Chathams

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express

Today's interesting visitor is the Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express, VH-CCV, which I understand is operated by Crown Casinos of a Melbourne, Australia address.

As you can see, it's a gloomy day which makes it hard to get good photos, but I do my best!

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos

Bombardier BD-700-1A10, VH-CCV, operated by Crown Casinos