Sunday, 19 April 2015

ANZAC Day Service at Rangitata Island 25th April 2015

Rangitata Island Aerodrome
 ANZAC Day Service  

Hi all,

There will be an official RSA ANZAC service held here on the 25th April starting at 2.15pm. 

Everyone is welcome by air or road but it would be appreciated if all aircraft are on the ground by 2pm. 

Tea and coffee will be available for all guests after the service.

Below are some pictures from last years service.

A couple from Ardmore today.

Two shots from Magnaman taken at Ardmore today 19-04-2015.
This was the first time that Magnaman has seen this Cessna T210N Centurion II ZK-ETI (c/n 21063724).
It has been around since December of 1979 and spent its first twenty odd years with Alpine Helicopters and the Alpine Deer Group. 
In January 2001 it went to Jawline Ltd at Palmerston North and then to Graeme Cook of Auckland on 28-04-2004. Current owner is Tranzavia Ltd of Auckland.
The Beech 60 Duke N60TE c/n P361 doesn't look to happy.
An earlier post on this is at :-
I note that its US registration was cancelled on 03-01-2011.
What is its future ?

North Shore Today 19-4-2015

A selection of photos of aircraft from North Shore this afternoon, for Dave (what we should have seen yesterday).

Slingsby Firefly T67M200 ZK-TZX was out flying.  This aircraft was sold to TM Dance of North Shore on 15/8/13 but it is on line with the North Shore Aero Club.  It was built as G-7-125 and the went to Norway as LN-TFE, then to Sweden as SE-LBE before returning to the UK as G-CBHE and being exported to New Zealand and being registered here on 3/4/07.

I am not sure what the engine is but the propellor looks pretty grunty.

Tecnam Astore ZK-AST2  was visiting.

Paul Hopper called in very briefly in his Cli-mate Cli-mate 100 ZK-EZY2 after the Northern Micolight Club's poker run to Dargaville and back which was postponed until today.

Paul told us yesterday that his aircraft is a highly modified Foxcon Terrier that is built from carbon fibre with quite a lot of strengthening incorporated in the build so it is registered as an Amatuer Built Aircraft rather than a microlight..  It has done around 700 hours to date which is pretty good for a homebuilt aircraft.

And finally a tio of Robim R2010Us from the North Shore Aero Club:


ZK-TZL over the sripes and quite high for a landing,

And ZK-TZH also quite high for a landing in the gathering gloom.

Then, because it is Autumn, it rained and I went home.

Cessna 180 ZK-BJB

Cessna 180 ZK-BJB (c/n 31241) joined the NZ Civil Aircraft Register on 18-11-1954 for the NZ agents Rural Aviation Ltd of New Plymouth. Its NZ CofA was granted on 31-01-1955.
Below is an early undated photo from the Ed Coates collection.
This Cessna went to Aircraft Fertilizing (HB) Ltd of Hastings from 20-06-1955.   
That concern was taken over by Rural Aviation two years later with ownership changing back to Rural on 15-11-1957.  
From 09-05-1960 it was with Northern Air Services Ltd of Te Kuiti and then, starting in 1963, passed to a series of private owners.    
Below is another undated photo which comes via the CMM collection showing it in a different colour scheme - still in Ag configuration.
The first of the private owners was Ray Verrity of Te Awamutu from April of 1964.
The photo below is from an unknown source.
It carries the name "R Verrity" just above the venturi
At an unknown date it was listed to Graham Stewart & Co Ltd of Christchurch.
It is seen below outside the Airwork hangar at Christchurch on 02-09-1966.
Then below we see it at Taieri on 15-11-1967.
On 09-10-1968 it was transferred to W R Jackson of Taieri where it is seen below on 31-01-1969.
It was damaged on take off when it caught a boundary fence at Wrights Bush on 20-04-1969.
It was flown to Invercargill and landed on the grass out in front of the Southland Aero Club.
As seen below it was minus an undercarriage leg and the horizontal tailplane was "odd looking".

Below is a closer shot of the tail end.
Following repairs and a re-paint is is seen below at Taieri on 02-11-1970.
By this time it had tail graphics and the name "Patrille" below the cockpit.
M C Paterson of Dunedin features on the ownership papers from 22-03-1974.
and it is seen below on 24-11-1974 at Taieri.
(W R Jackson purchased the new Cessna A185F ZK-DOC in June of 1974 and this became "Patrille II" )
A (Tony) J and B R Mackle of Kaikoura listed it from 15-12-1980 and based it on a strip along Mill Road at the northern end of town.
Below we see it outside the old Canterbury Aero Club premises at Christchurch on 17-07-1986 - in yet another paint scheme.
And at its home strip at Kaikoura on 20-08-1986.

Tony moved up to the Richmond area and I spied it on 11-05-1990 at Nelson.
Interestingly Tony also had the Cessna 180J ZK-DXW from 1991 through to 1994 and the 180B ZK-BMW from 1994 until late 1998.
Below we see it more recently on the Tea Pot Valley strip on 23-02-1999.
It is still with Tony and currently undergoing its Suptemental Inspection Document (SID) inspection

Ravens passing through.

Jean210 reports :-
A couple of Robinson R44 Raven IIs passed through Dargaville on April 16th,
 ZK-HSJ6 (msn 12165), operated by Outback Helicopters of Pongaroa, stopped for fuel en route Dannevirke to Kaitaia. 
The all-white North Shore Helicopters ZK-ICP (msn 13331) made a brief stop on a x-country exercise.