Winter Wellington

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It felt like such a long time since I last posted that I was sure I had failed to blog about plenty of visits to Wellington Airport, but on investigation there is only my most recent visit this last week. I was taking some encouraged time off work and decided to head out to see what might turn up. I got quite a decent haul!

I had arrived with a feed around noon and was busy scarfing that down when the noise I had written off as construction noise turned out to be the RNZAF’s Augusta A109, NZ3401. It taxied out from the Air Movements apron like a regular fixed wing and proceeded to take off down RWY16, so at least I had the chance to grab my camera and leap out of the car for a few shots. No chips were harmed!

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RNZAF Agusta A109, NZ3401

Air New Zealand’s Airbus A321neo aircraft are still new enough that I find them novel, so when I spotted on on FlightRadar24 inbound, I relocated to the park alongside the RWY16 threshold for a few shots of ZK-NNE, which I have not previously captured.

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Air New Zealand Airbus A321neo, ZK-NNE

Just as I was getting back into my car from capturing the A321neo, I heard a buzz and briefly saw what turned out to be Pelorus Air’s Cessna U206G StationAir, ZK-ENT. Upon returning to the vicinity of the ExecuJet hangar, it was sitting at the fuel pump.

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Wellington Jet Charters’ Cessna CitationJet CJ2, ZK-XXK, was only registered in January and I had already snapped it in March but it turned up in front of my lens once again. Total payload? One man and his briefcase.

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Wellington Jet Charters Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2, ZK-XXK

The final shot I will include here is another A109, this time a privately operated one, ZK-IAW. It’s a beautiful looking machine in all over white.

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Agusta A109, ZK-IAW

That’ll do for this post. You can see all 21 published photos from the day over on Flickr.

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