Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gliding Shots from the Nelson Lakes from Andy Heap

The links below should lead you to some footage taken by Andy Heap. 

The first one is whilst Andy is driving the Nelson Lakes Gliding Clubs Rolladen- Schneider LS4a ZK-GCX2.
The second is a collection of views of various gliders including ZK-GFM, ZK-GMZ, ZK-GBC, ZK-GCX. ZK-GKW, ZK-GMJ, ZK-GAJ, ZK-GOZ, ZK-GTH, ZK-GID and ZK-GKG
The third clip is taken from the cockpit of the Ka6 ZK-GFM. 
You may spot Andy on the hill at around the 2:00 minute mark.

If you are lucky the three clips will follow on automatically on youtube. 
Failing that  - click on each link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UieX_h8Ka30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSrLjlmEQSM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YghX_2l9YOk


Good habit there Andy of keeping some pressure on the airbrake lever - we don't want them popping wide open in the turbulence when that close to the hill/ridge line now - do we.

Remos G3NZ Mirages of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to come along in 2005 was the Remos G3 Mirage of which we have had two registered.

The Remos G3 was designed in Germany by Lorenz Kreitmeyer and the prototype first flew in 1997.  It is of mainly carbon fibre construction and was built by Remos AG at Pasewalk (which is in the North East of Germany near the Polish border), as a kit or a ready to fly aircraft.  It has a pod and tailboom fuselage for efficient aerodynamics and is one of a group of similar light sport aircraft that appeared from various European countries in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  It has been superceded by the Remos GX which is an essentially similar aircraft.

Specifications (for the newer GX model) are: length 6.48 metres (21 feet 3 inches) and wingspan of 9.30 metres (30 feet 6 inches) with a wing area of 118 square feet.  Empty weight is around 320 Kg (705 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds).  The engine is a Rotax 912ULS of 100 HP which gives a cruise speed of around 107 knots (123 mph), and the stall speed with full flaps is 38 knots (44 mph).

As I said above, we have had two Remos G3NZs (I think the NZ denoted a New Zealand model but I don't know if or how it was different).

Our first Remos G3NZ ZK-REM2 (c/n 0155) was imported by the local agent Ivan Strathern of Hamilton and was first registered to him on 22/3/05.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga, on 5/2/06.  On 12/1/08 it was registered to Ivan Strathern's company Sport Aviation Imports Ltd of Hamilton, and on 21/11/14 ownership changed to John S Wilson of Hamilton who I understand bases the aircraft at Horotiu.

And our second Remos G3NZ ZK-PRH (c/n 228) also lives in the Waikato, being registered to Philip R Hart of Huntly on 13/2/08.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at Parakai on 1/3/09.

A shot of the underside on departure from Parakai showing the pod and boom fuselage.

I don't think we are likely to see any more Remos's in New Zealand as I think they are quite expensive.



Monday, 16 October 2017

New Zealand Connection to 2017 Red Bull Air Race Champion

The final round of the Red Bull Air Race series was held over the weekend of 14 - 15 October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America.  The winner and overall series champion was Yoshi Muroya from Japan.  You can see some great video of the finals at http://airrace.redbull.com/en_US/video/indianapolis-2017-round-8-final-4

Yoshi's plane, Race No #31, is an Edge 540 Version 3 with a cut down canopy, N31YM.

But there is excitement in New Zealand because Yoshi's long time crew chief is Rob Fry who owns several aircraft here and has just sold his Sukhoi Su 29 ZK-SUK to a South Island owner.  

Back in December 2009 Yoshi bought his earlier Edge 540 N19ZE to Rob Fry's North Shore hangar for fettling after the 2009 Red Bull Air Race season, and I was amazed to see it one Saturday up there.  The link to my post at that time is:  http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2009/12/red-bull-air-racer-at-north-shore-no.html.

Congratulations Yoshi and Rob and your team!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Around Auckland

A visit to Ardmore today revealed the Hughes 369FF ZK-HIP wearing HeliNorth titling, while over at the Ardmore Flying School two more of the Cessna 172R fleet have been converted to diesel power, ZK-TAP and ZK-UAT,  joining ZK-TAQ featured earlier on this blog.

Down at Mechanics Bay was the Helilink AS350B2 ZK-HJZ,  which hasnt featured before here.





Heletranz Base at Rosedale Road, North Shore

During the week I was passing the Heletranz heliport at Rosedale Road with the grandson's so it would have been rude not to call in and show them some helicopters (You can see that they enjoyed it!).  There were quite a variety to see, all owned by Heletranz:

The Heletranz hangar has been extended and in in the shape of an L with their offices inside the L.  Above is the new addition with its own separate door.

Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-HRU2 has been owned by Heletranz since 10/4/15.  I think it is the first time it has been posted on the blog.

Also in the hangar was Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBZ4 which was first registered to the company on 31/8/16.

Outside being cleaned was Eurocopter AS 355 F2 Twin Squirrel ZK-HFS4 which has been with the company since 5/8/13 but which is recorded as having a change of paint scheme on 20/9/16.  (What is the story with recorded changes of paint scheme with an aircraft that shows the registration?).

And also outside was their executive Agusta A109S ZK-HBH6.  (That's a lot of ZK-HBHs!).  This was first registered to Heletranz on 20/10/15.

Also in the hangar were Bell 427 ZK-IRP and R 44 Raven II ZK-IHE2, plus a Robinson R 22 that I did not identify.  That is quite a fleet!