Tuesday, 30 May 2023

A Foggy Flight to Whangarei Today

The Rodney Aero Club's Pipistrel Alpha Trainer ZK-JAT needed an Annual Inspection at Whangarei today, and so Brien O'Brien and I took off from Kaipara Flats at 0950 hrs.  The fog was burning off and a call to Whangarei confirmed that the fog was expected to lift there also.  The conditions made for some different air to ground photos:

Pre-flight at Kaipara Flats.  We could see some blue sky up there.

Climb out...

...and turning to head North.

Past Mangawhai.

And follow the coastline of Bream Bay to Marsden Point.  There were still some pretty heavy patches of fog around.

Then up the Whangarei Harbour to find Onerahi just clearing of fog.  The wind was one knot and fog was off the Western end of the runway, so an approach and landing on Runway 24 was in order.  When we got down we heard that Air New Zealand had not long returned to Auckland without being able to land.

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