Monday, 30 May 2016

Europa Aircraft Europas of New Zealand (2)

This next group of Europas complete our Monowheel aircraft fleet (to date).

ZK-TIM2 (c/n 292) is a Classic model that was built by Tim Ward of Christchurch and first registered on 9/3/04.  It suffered an undercarriage collapse at Wigram on 14/6/04 but was repaired.  It is photo'd above at the 2013 Black Sands flyin at Raglan.

ZK-ZEB (c/n 198) is a Classic model that was built by Peter Austin of Whitianga and was first registered on 11/2/08.  It is different in that it is powered by a 3 cylinder Wilksch watercooled diesel engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged.  It is also photo'd at Raglan, at the 2009 Black Sands flyin.

ZK-EPA2 (c/n 355) is a XS model that was started as a project in Christchurch in 1997 and finished by Gavin Lee of Auckland, who first registered the aircraft on 25/9/08.  It has a Rotax 912S engine powering an Airmaster propellor.  It is photo'd above at Ardmore early on in its life, on 27/2/09.

ZK-MEE (c/n 613), an XS model,  was built by Keith G Hickling of Dunedin and was first registered to him on 11/3/09.  It is photo'd above at the 2014 SAANZ flyin at Hastings.

ZK-MOF (c/n 130) has an interesting history in that it has been around the world with its builder and owner.  You can see from the c/n that it is an early Classic model, and it was mostly built in Wellington by John Bampfylde.  I remember from Sport Flying magazines that this aircraft was quite advanced and I understand that it was allocated the registration ZK-PKA, but that was not taken up.  I expected it to be our first Europa to fly, but John transferred to America where the aircraft was registered as N1960J on 29/11/99 to JSW Bampfylde of Wilmington Delaware.  It did fly in America but was cancelled from the US register on 10/9/02 when John took the aircraft with him to Australia where it became VH-JXN from 23/1/03 and later 19-7327 from 23/11/09.  It was cancelled from the Australian register when John returned to New Zealand and it was registered ZK-MOF on 7/3/13.  It is photo'd above in a hangar at Rangiora on 8/2/15 but may not now be there as John has moved to Upper Moutere.
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ZK-OWN (c/n 240) is an example of an aircraft was never officially registered, although as photo'd above it was painted as such at Rangiora on 5/5/10.  It was a Classic model that was built by Dick Owen of Christchurch.  I understand that it had some construction issues and it never flew as ZK-OWN.

In December 2013 it was sold to Wayne Lindebaum of Christchurch.  He remedied the construction issues and registered the aircraft as ZK-SBZ on 26/8/14,  Its first flight was at Rangiora on 20/6/15 in the hands of Mike Small.  The above photo was taken at Rangiora on 10/5/15.

And here it is photo'd arriving at the 2015 Black Sands flyin at Raglan on 7/11/15.

I wouldn't be surprised to see more Europas registered in New Zealand in the future as it is a very capable and fast aircraft.  (And of course we still have several tri-gear Europas to post).  Watch this space.


ZK-KTT at Tauranga today

Seen today undergoing maintenance at Tauranga was the De Havilland DH104 Devon/Dove ZK-KTT (c/n 04324).
This airframe became NZ1808 and was one of thirty Devons used by the RNZAF.
NZ1808 was ferried out from the UK by an RNZAF aircrew and arrived at Wigram on November the 20th 1952. 
As far as I am aware it had a pretty routine military career and was known to have had the radio call sign of ZM-ZKJ.
It was sold by tender to the Northland Districts Aero Club 06-11-1984 after being in storage at Woodbourne from May of 1980.
It was registered as ZK-KTT on 06-11-1984 to Barry Keay, Jim Trewin and J E Taylor of Paparoa. The KTT registration being the surname initials of the three owners. 
It went through several syndicate changes until 02-07-1996 when it was re-registered as ZK-CBK with Chris Bellamy and Barry Keay of Ponsonby. 
During the 1990's it was painted with N Z Warbirds script and is seen below at Glentanner on 14-10-2000
This became the Devon 08 Syndicate from 03-04-2001
It reverted back to its original ZK-KTT registration on 11-04-2002 by which time Chris Timms is a prominent Syndicate member.
Title changed to the NZ Historic Aircraft Trust of Papakura on 16-03-2007 with the aircraft being based at Tauranga from about 2010.
It is seen below today at Tauranga in its late RNZAF colour scheme with is civil ZK-KTT registration on the fin fillet.

ZK-JQK at Fox Glacier

Tanya Salter Anderson has once again provided us with a few nice shots from the 'Coast".
The Pacific Aerospace 750XL ZK-JQK (c/n 118) was captured operating out of the Fox Glacier strip on the 23rd of this month.
 ZK-JQK first flew at Hamilton on 27-04-2005 after having been registered to Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd on 05-04-2005. 
After an ownership change to the Hinton Skydiving Centre of Hinton in North Hants in the UK on 12-05-2005 it headed off to Lord Howe Island on 10-06-2005. It then moved on to Toowoomba and Broome, passing through Cocos Island and ended up in the UK remaining on the ZK register.

 Its spot at Hinton was taken by ZK-KCE in January of 2013 with ZK-JQK ferrying out via Wick in Scotland to Vagar in the Faeroe Islands, then to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the USA where it was noted as being for sale in June 2013 at Davis, California.
 Title changed to Tandem Skydiving (2002) Ltd of Taupo on 05-12-2013 and it duly ferried out from Davis and Santa maria on 10-12-2013, Hilo on the 11th, to Pago Pago and into Hamilton on the 15th.
Finally a pic from Hinton.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Starduster ZK-SDI revisited.

The Stolp Starduster SA100 ZK-SDI (c/n 14) was noted at Rangiora in mid 2007 and gained a mentioned in an earlier post at:-
A new recent comment has prompted this update.
This first photograph above shows it as N73R at Rangiora on 10-05-2007. Its US registration visible at the top of its fin.
Then below we have five views of it out in the sunshine on 21-11-2007.


 In the upper and lower pic the figure '3' of its US registration is still on its fin.


If entered the NZ Civil Aircraft Register on 22-01-2008 as ZK-SDI with Alan Ryde.
Above we see it on 28-05-09 with its SDI markings on its fin.
 And again - but on 29-10-2013.

Alan Ryde sold it to a family friend from 25-06-2015 and it now resides at Fernside Fields - to the West of Rangiora - along with the Cessna A185F ZK-DSO with Greg Ward.
I caught up with it at it new abode on 20-03-2016




For more on this CPO chevron and 'Adorimini'  see :-

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Recent pics at Christchurch International.

A couple of quick whiz's around Christchurch International caught the following.
 At Garden City Helicopters Ltd three of their BK117's were on hand.
Above is the MBB BK117 B2 ZK-HGU5  (c/n 7229) just departing to head out over the city; whilst below the Kawasaki BK117 B2 ZK-HJC3 (c/n 1061) is about to settle onto its trolley.
At rest was the MBB BK117 850D2 ZK-IVB (c/n 7061).
All three of these BK's have featured on these pages previously.
The Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-IIF (c/n 1088) as listed with Collective Support Holdings Ltd of Whakatane is parked out at Pacific Helicopters Ltd and wears its full ZK marks.
This has also featured before.
Outside the ANZES hangar is the new ATR72-212A ZK-MVL (c/n 1328) which arrived on delivery on the 22nd.