28 July 2016

Changing Planes

Stolen from the Air Chathams Facebook page is this pic of Saab 340 ZK-KRA - Here is what Air Chat's wrote... "A sneak peak behind the doors at the Auckland hangar of our new Saab 340 airliner getting a makeover!"
Noted in Ardmore is Sunair's Piper Navajo ZK-JGA minus the Sunair titles
Barrier Air's Piper Chieftain ZK-VIP has returned to Dunedin and registered back to Enfield Holdings Ltd which operates as Mainland Air

27 July 2016

Hello Palmy...

From the Palmerston North Airport Facebook Page ; "Today we welcomed a trial flight, Parcelair's Boeing 737-400 freighter ZK-PAK. The aircraft will be operated into Palmerston North Airport by Freightways and New Zealand Post from early August."

Checking out Christchurch

Checking out Christchurch today was Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 ZK-PLX.
Sounds Air start a Blenheim-Christchurch service next replacing Air New Zealand's service on that route

25 July 2016

Flying in Tonga

Thanks to Peter for more photos from Tonga

The Tongan Defence Force's Beech D18 N500MK at Fua'amotu airport on 21 July 2016 (above) and on 23 July 2016 (below)

REAL Tonga's Saab 340 A3-PUA at Fua'amotu on 23 July 2016
REAL Tonga's Xian MA60 A3-RTA at Fua'amotu on 23 July 2016

Working on the outer islands at present is Heli A1's Aerospatiale Squirrel ZK-IZZ at at Fua'amotu airport on 23 July 2016 

24 July 2016

Plane Spotting on the Isle of Man

Having a red wine before dinner last night the conservation turned to the Isle of Man... So I pulled out my photos of the Isle of Man that I took about 9 years ago... My time at the Isle of Man's Ronaldsway Airport on the 16th of July 2007 would still rate as one of the most interesting regional airliner plane spotting I have ever done... 

 Fairchild SA-227AC Metro III  D-CSAL was being operated by Manx2
My ride to Dublin... Aer Arann's ATR-42 EI-BYO... the air fare... 6 pence + taxes!
Another ATR-42... Air Wales' G-CDFF
Flybe's Embraer ERJ-145EU G-EMBU... Hoping to fly on an ERJ-145 in September!
British Airways' Embraer ERJ-145EP G-ERJB taxis for departure
Operating for EuroManx was Austrian registered De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 OE-HBB
My ride from Blackpool a few days before was Manx2's Czech built and registered Let 410 OK-RDA... what a mission getting to Blackpool - three trains with minimal connection times
VLM's Fokker 50 OO-VLT. I had flown on sister ship OO-VLO a few days before flying into London City airport

23 July 2016

Quiet Tauranga

With sea mist rolling in and out and the sun coming out there was not a lot going on at Tauranga this morning. Kiwi Regional's Saab 340 ZK-KRA arrived from Nelson on 23 July 2016

Cessna 172 ZK-EFA was tied down but going nowhere.

22 July 2016

Passengers through Taupo

Passenger numbers were down in total for Taupo Airport this financial year, but smooth flying is predicted for the future. Figures released in the annual report showed 41,438 passengers head through the airport, down from 44,905 the year before. "There were a combination of factors involved for this," airport manager Mike Groome said. "But on the whole things are on the rise." The decision from Air New Zea-land to stop its Wellington to Taupo service adversely affected passenger numbers, especially as a replace-ment carrier could not begin for six weeks. This meant there was no regular air traffic between Taupo airport and the capital city. This was remedied when Sounds Air picked up the service and began running a smaller, but well subscribed, service. Air New Zealand boosted its flight capacity between Auckland with the addition of a Q300 passenger flight service which can take 50 people at a time. This, coupled with cheaper fares per passenger, has seen the airport become busier this year. Groome said the airport has become busier now and there are plans to increase the baggage hand-ling areas as it has become congested when all flights arrive at once. A temporary scaffold structure has been erected in the interim but plans for permanent structure have been drafted for future approval.  

21 July 2016

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19 July 2016

July pics...

The weather hasn't been great for plane spotting this month and this is keeping aircraft in their hangars... this is what I have seen so far...

Saturday 9 July 2016 was bitterly cold at Tauranga and not a lot was happening... Robinson R22 ZK-HET was doing training
Kiwi Regional's Saab 340 ZK-KRA was running really late after ice closed Dunedin in the morning

Air NZ called in with ATR 72-600s ZK-MVK...

...and ZK-MVO

As sunny as it got but not going anywhere, Cessna 152 ZK-NPD
Over at Hamilton on 13 July 2016 Mitsubishi Mu2 ZK-KOH was doing engine runs
And the latest Pacific Aerospace 750XL getting ready for sale ZK-KDG was photographed on 18 July 2016