22 September 2011

Waitemata Harbour Airshow

According to todays AIP suppliments, there will be an RNZAF air display over the Waitemata Harbour between 6pm and 6.30pm on both Saturday 15th and 16th October. This will be followed by another display on the 23rd- Rugby World Cup final day, at the same time.

On all three days, at 8pm, second simular shows are planned overhead Eden Park. Restricted airspace exists untill 8.30pm.

19 September 2011

FL350 over the Southern Alps

The week before I went to Dunedin for $2 return with Air New Zealand Grabaseat, I scored the same deal on flights to Chirstchurch.

I only went for 1 day and 1 night, to catch up with friends and see the earthquake damage, but managed to snap a few iPhone photos on the return flight over the Southern Alps from the lefthand side of the B737 I was flying on. A recent heavy dumping of snow + clear anticyclonic skies = a beautiful view. Well worth the $2 alone!

This final photo, if you can't reconise it already, is Manukau city centre with the Westfield shopping centre on the left and Rainbows End themepark and TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre at the top.

Latest Ardmore Open Day

Ardmore held its annual battle of Britain memorial open day yesterday, which as usual, was touch-and-go as to whether it would go ahead due to notorious spring weather conditions.

I was at work and didn't attend, however Stu from the Wings over Cambridge website has shared this great collection of pics of the aircraft on display. Even more can be seen on thier forum here.

In other very sad aviation news which has made it to the mainstream media, Jimmy Leeward crashed his P-51 racing Mustang into a crowd of spectators at the Reno Air Races on Friday, killing himself and eight others. In depth coverage of the whole chain of events which led to the disaster can be read here.

A day later in Martinsburg, West Virginia, a T-28 Trojan crashed at the aerodrome infront of specatators, also killing the pilot. A graphic report on the incident can be read here.

13 September 2011

Tecnam P2008 Flying

Last Thursday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to fly the new Tecnam P2008 with Tecnam Australsia CEO, Giovanni Nustrini. The purpose for the flight was to test the aircraft out for a review I have since written, which will feature as the cover story in the October issue of the NZ Aviation News.

Below are some photos I took on the day. The C182 (ZK-WKK) in the forth shot was the camera ship for an air to air photography sortie that was compleated later in the afternoon after the initial flight test- and you can just about make out John, our editor, sitting in the open door pointing his camera at us. 

The next six air-to-air photographs below all belong to John King, and copyright for them remains his. You can tell his camera and photography skills are far superior to my own! The very last image of ZK-JAX coming into land at Ardmore was caught by local photographer Colin Hunter.

The P2008 really was a delight to fly, and I look forward to compleating my type rating with Giovanni once my CPL is out the way!

08 September 2011

BAE-146 at Te Anau

NZMO - Te Anau / Manapouri welcomed it's first jet aircraft yesterday. ZK-ECO, the ex Air National BAE-146, now owned by Vincent Aviation flew in from Wellington to test out the multi million dollar runway upgrade which included widening of the strip and the construction of an approach-light system.

Some good coverage can be found on the TV3 website here.

07 September 2011

Mountain Flying Article

Since the 1st July 2011, it has become complusery for both NZ PPL and CPL candidates to have completed a CAA approved Terrain Awareness and Mountain Flying course, which applies to me as a pre CPL student. I've already completed the ground course down at AFS, and am slowing working my way through the lesson syllabus, which I'm also writing a series of articles on the subject of for the NZ Aviation News.

In this month's edition, on the centrefold page 17 (Opposite some awesome snaps from Gavin Conroy), you can find my first piece which focuses on the outline and reasoning of the course. In future editions, I'll be writing more about the experiences of the lessons- typical stories from the sky material that would usually find its way onto my blog. 

I won't give too much away, otherwise they'd be no point shelling out $5.50 for a copy from your local bookstore! [EDIT: The article can now be read online here] However, for those of you interested, here is a GPS track (recorded from my iPhone) of a typical TAWA lesson in the nearby Hunua Ranges:

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Also, keep a lookout in next months issue for my review of the Tecnam P2008, which I'm due to fly later this week. More info on that if the weather plays ball when the time comes!