Maybe it was the relentless dull drone of the engines, or the claustrophobic feel of the cabin. Maybe it was the absence of company or even just that my book was not riveting. Whatever it was my one hour flight to escape Palmerston North seemed to take forever. It was so painful. So boring. After … More Why choosing our state of mind is so important.
Far above the ocean, an engine bigger than a large car suddenly disintegrates blasting shrapnel and metal in all directions. The shrapnel punches holes in the world’s largest passenger jet's wing, damages flaps, causes fuel to spew from the plane and degrades 2 of the remaining 3 engines. In quick succession an unprecedented 54 alarms … More And you prepare for the worst. And hope for the best.
Back from Wellington before dark for a change and took this photo of a Beech 1900D on the tarmac at Hamilton Airport.
Flew Air NZ, Hamilton to Christchurch return today. I love flexible flights and Koru club.
For as far as the eye could see low bulbous cloud covered the country and out beyond the sea to the horizon. The sun creeps up to the skyline as the earths revolution enables the break of a new day. The darkness of the night sky fades to blue then to burning bright yellows that … More 189 | 365 In Awe
It is said that man has always looked at the birds and longed to fly. Well, I have a non-current pilots licence and could fly, but don’t. I just dream about it. I was talking about it with a friend on the way home from work, and it reminded me about how I long to … More 184 | 365 Dream of flying?
Now that I have my pilots licence for planes, I have started thinking about how inconvenient they are. A helicopter would be so much better. I could drop into the vacant land next to agóge HQ. It would be great. Well on Friday a Robinson R44 dropped into our neighbours CKL. It encapsulated all of … More Danger alright…
This is classic. Have a watch.
Took the whole family flying for the first time Saturday. We flew from Hamilton to Tauranga, took Mun and Dad for a fly, then flew back. My Son is under 4 so sat with a lap belt on his mums knee. This meant we had 5 people on board (POB) in a four 4 seater … More Family Flying
Hamilton based Alpha Aviation has been put into liquidation this week by it’s Australian Parent (Inventis). They produce the aircraft in which I did most of my flight training and sat my PPL exam. It is disappointing as it leaves the aircraft that the Aero Club and CTC brought effectively unsupported. Another blow to the … More Alpha aviation is put into liquidation
… this one is particularly good. From the Herald yesterday Battered pilot Bob Robertson waits in shock for rescuers to cut him free from his plane after it disintegrated around him. The 34-year-old had a miraculous escape after his 1960s light plane lost power and crashed on to a motorway. Firefighters had to cut Bob … More Any landing you can walk away from is a good one…
Not sure what airport this is but the Air NZ ATR at a foreign airport doesn't mean it is real. Hattip: umami Artist is: Homato
What’s that distant scream I hear? WARNING this post is full of Acronyms. It’s a pilot thing, definitions are below. More screams… After almost 3 years in the making, yesterday I passed my flight exam for my PPL. It was a weird day. Initially I was mean to fly to NPL, so I got up … More Andrew Nicol: Licensed to Fly…
Maori Trust, Ngati Koata has decided to set up a small air charter and freight service. They will lease two 18 seat Jetstream aircraft for the venture (old Origin planes I suspect). The trust is looking for companies that want to use its freight service in the Nelson area. Recently another Nelson man claimed he … More Another Airline! What do they put in the water in Nelson?
Last week I saw video footage at the "Flawless Execution" seminar I attended, of the Blue Angels doing aerobatics in fighter jets at 900km per hour, 45 cm wing tip to wing tip. It was amazing. This week I see in the NZ herald the below picture of the NZ airforce doing aerobatics in their … More Aerobatic NZ airforce style!