Airliners from YSSY

viewed from my backyard 🙂

Somedays when the light is nice its enjoyable to hang out in the back yard with tickles, my Piccolo Latte (India Elephant Hills AA Grade roasted by yours truly if you really want to know) and watch the big beasts of the air sail past.
I was also just checking them China Eastern aircraft to make sure they had all their engine cowling bits still attached;) Between China Southern and China Eastern there are alot of flights from these two carriers now, and another interesting player, which by the looks of things is backed by China Southern anyways is Xiamen Airlines. Clearly these dudes opted for the cheap default livery (paint scheme) 'cause it looks like the Boeing showroom demonstrator 🙂
That said, anything that gets more 787's in the air is a good thing in my books, good onya Boeing for striking a blow against the ugly aircraft 😉

now onto my leet segway from Chinese airlines, my recent roast of coffee included a really nice batch from Mt Gaoligong in China and the aforementioned india Elephant Hills AA, these two blended together are awesome and with my new found style of the Piccolo delivery makes any day a good one 🙂

In Album 25/06/2017


I don't always take pictures of planes 🙂 but when the light is nice and you can see a whole bunch of nice planes like AA's 777 and United's 787 lining up for a departure from Sydney (gotta love flightradar24) I can be persuaded to sit out the back and take a few snaps..

exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300 f4 and 1.7TC @ 510mm Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
ISO: 250

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these things seem to be springing from thin air lately 😉 with the hot property market in Sydney its very interesting watch private enterprise move so fast – if only our government worked this quickly on even just 10% of their plans :-/

I like this shot, from bunnings right through to the container terminal, its all there with a smattering of cranes to boot..

Exif love:
5 or 6 images stitched together in a panorama format
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300mm f4 +1.7 TC @ 508mm Aperture: f11 and Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
ISO 800

Big Berther

I feel for all those stuck in Bali as a result of the Volcano ash cloud, especially those poor souls who elected to fly with Jetstar…. and… not have travel insurance,…you will have learnt two very valuable lessons from that trip. 1) do not fly with Jetstar, you will get what you pay for 😉 2) always get travel insurance 🙂

Remember the British Airways flight (9 i think from memory) that flew thru the ash cloud in da middle of the night then everything went awfully quiet, ie all the ponies stopped, yep all four ! they were damn lucky that they could restart one engine and limp to a airfield. Thus, why airlines are sensible about not trying to flight thru these clouds, volcanic ash + plane = scrap aluminum 🙂

I was having a nice stroll in the park when the Singapore Airlines A380 lumbered overhead, a slight mad dash to swap lens and I was in time to get this nice ass view 😉

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 300mm f4 +1.7 TC @ 508mm Aperture: f10 and Shutter Speed: 1/1600s
ISO 320


These are very cool, you can usually only see them in the right conditions (almost raining/high humidity) but always hear them as a aircraft passes overhead.

A quick and dirty gif of some nice vortices coming off the outboard edge of the flaps.

Constant Speed Prop

DSC_5854.jpgInteresting units these… all the more so when ya get to pull them apart, and yes the grease was handy 🙂 This one is a recent MLG failure victim (Chieftian if I remember correctly), quite a nice Hartzell in its working days…dsc_5856.jpg

Propeller construction may consist of an aluminum “clam-shell” hub where the hub captures the blades, or a steel hub “spider” design where the blades are clamped to a hub . The blades may be made from an aluminum forging or from either Kevlar 49® or Carbon based fabrics or unidirectional tapes. The composite blades would additionally incorporate a leading edge erosion sheath to protect the blade from both abrasion (sand) and erosion (water) as well as offer an external conductive for a lightning strike.

The pitch control typically comes from a hydraulic fly-ball governor mounted on the engine. The governor senses whether the engine/propeller is running at the correct RPM and either supplies or maintains oil flow to the propeller, or drains oil to the engine sump. Of course, it is very important that the engine-mounted governor be properly matched to the propeller for proper pitch change command and response. The governor may or may not be supplied by the propeller manufacturer; however, it is necessary to ensure the propeller manufacturer has approved the governor for use with its propeller. In addition to controlling the propeller, this governor typically contains a pump that increases the oil pressure to a higher level than that which the engine supplies to a value sufficient to control the propeller.

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Sleek looking Extra Flugzeugbau Extra 200

Looking for a fasssst plane…. heres one! fully certificated to +/-10g‘sdsc_2813.JPG

S/No. 021

General characteristics

* Crew: one pilot or two in tandem (newer models)
* Capacity: two
* Length: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
* Wingspan: 7.50 m (24 ft 7 in)
* Height: 2.56 m (8 ft 5 in)
* Wing area: 10.4 m² (112 ft²)
* Empty: 540 kg (1,190 lb)
* Loaded: kg ( lb)
* Maximum takeoff: 870 kg (1,914 lb)
* Powerplant: Lycoming AEIO-360-A1E, 150 kW (200 hp)

Check out all the images of this bad boy going together