26 December 2013

More Floatplane Photos

As mentioned in a previous blog post, I've recently been doing some work for the NZ Aviation News with Auckland Seaplanes.

Firstly we flew an air to air flight with the magazine editor for the feature article on the Beaver floatplane in the current December/January summer holiday issue.
Unfortunately our preferred camera ship was unavailable and we had to formate with a slower cruising Piper Cub which made positioning difficult with the photographer. Below are a sample of his snaps which turned out great despite the airspeed issues:

© John King
© John King
© John King
© John King
© John King
I was also able to visit the team on my rostered day off in Auckland last week and took a second flight in the Beaver out to Man O' War Bay at the far eastern end of Waiheke Island. Whilst the other pax deboarded for some wine tasting at the beach front vineyard, I waded out waist deep in the water to grab some promo pictures for the company to use in 2014. I've uploaded a few of my favourite results here, including some aerials from the trip out, which hopefully do the DHC2 and her surroundings justice!

18 December 2013

C-17 visits NZWR

A quick video filmed by one of my workmates when a RAAF C-17 Globemaster thundered into Whangarei out of the blue yesterday. The aircraft had taken off out of Whenuapai, and then visited NZWK, NZWN and NZHN before surprising us in Northand on a training sortie.

Another one of my workmates also managed to get his camera out just in time to capture these great snaps of A41-207 on one of it's low approach and overshoots:

03 December 2013

SIGMET Decoding

As of November 2013, SIGMET advisorys for GA pilots using MetFlight for weather information are now issued solely in latitude and longitude coordinates, replacing the much easier to decode place names reference.

I've found a simple way to visualise the SIGMET coverage area is through Skyvector.com, with world VFR selected as map type. For example, today's "NZZC SIGMET 14 VALID 022306/030306 NZKL- NZZC NEW ZEALAND FIR SEV ICE FCST S OF S3516 E17355 AND N OF S3700 E17448 FL120/230 MOV S 25KT NC=" shows up as this box between Kerikeri and Auckland International:

The CAA have also released this .PDF file of all the WGS-84 coordinate reference points that will be used in the SIGMETs, comprising of airfield locations, NDB/DME's and prominent mountains/capes.