Monday, 25 July 2016

Cessna 172A ZK-WPO

Back on the 10th of July the Wanganui Aero Club held a breakfast ly in at the Flat Hills Strip.
One of the attendees was the Cessna 172A ZK-WPO.
This Cessna 172A was a product of 1960 out of the Cessna plant at Wichita, Kansas and was allocated the US registration of N9832T and the construction number of 47632 on the production line.
This was shipped out to Australia where it became VH-WPC in March of 1960 - the personalised registration of the Whitney Pastoral Co of Carooa, NSW.
They traded up to a Cessna 182 in 1966 and kept their VH-WPC registration - changing the 172 to VH-WPO through Hazair Sales and Services Pty Ltd at Orange in NSW.
It quickly sold to K and M Motors Pty Ltd at Fairy Meadows, NSW but was back with Hazair in 1967 before being on sold to  R J and H M Lynch at Echuca in Victoria in 1968. 
It then had a brief spell with the Civil Flying Service Pty Ltd at Cheltenham Victoria until shifting to Nukarni in WA with G L Brown in 1970.
And we see it below as VH-WPO in November of 1970 - thanks to Geoff Goodhall.
Its last Australian owner was C Brown of Applecross, West Australia from January 1994.
Next thing we know it flys into Auckland from Norfolk Island on 03-06-1994 - Its Australian registration being cancelled on 05-07-1994 and it became ZK-WPO on the following day for A R Miers of Palmerston North.
It is pictured below at Wanaka on 14-04-2006.
It was re-listed to ZK-WPO Ltd (same owner) on 01-09-1999 and then to the Greenhill Partnership of Feilding on 27-05-2015.
A recent ownership change to Jason and Sarah Griffin of Palmerston North took effect from 09-06-2016 and it is seen above on the Flat Hills strip on 10-07-2016 - thanks to Jason.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

RagWing Aircraft of New Zealand (3) - Ragwing Aero Specials

The RagWing Aero Special was Roger Mann's second aircraft design and was designed to be an ultralight look a like of the Pitts Special.  And ultralight it really is with and empty weight of around 276 pounds (126 Kg) and a MAUW of 550 pounds (249 Kg) althought his is increased to 299 Kg under New Zealand microlight regulations.  Engines can range in power from 35 to 65 HP which gives a cruise speed of around 70 mph.  It is also a very small aircraft with a length of 14 feet 8 inches (4.47 metres) and a wingspan of 18 feet (5.49 metres).

We have had two RagWing Aero Specials in New Zealand, both built in the Christchurch area which seems to have been a bit of a hotbed for RagWing aircraft.

ZK-MIK (c/n RWS070) was built by Mike Kindon of Rangiora and was first registered to him on 23/1/96.  It first flew in March 1996.  It was sold to Wayne Affleck of Invercargill on 14/12/96 and then to Bob Syron of Auckland on 1/1/02.  Bob Syron has an airstrip at the Whangarei Heads but kept his aircraft at Dargaville where the above photo was taken in 2002.

ZK-POP (c/n RWS086) was built by Barry H Gurdler and Bevin H Chamberlain of Christchurch and was first registered to them on 23/2/05, with ownership changing to solely Bevin Chamberlain on 27/7/05.  The aircraft started out with a Polikarpov style cowling as photo'd above at Rangiora on 8/5/05.

Unsurprisingly the barn door cowling was abandoned for a more conventional cowling, although it did fly with the Polikarpov cowling.  The above photo is also at Rangiora on 10/5/08.

And again on 26/12/15.  It has a Popeye motif on the tail and its c/n No 0086 on the rear fuselage.  It can also be seen that it has a VW engine.

Finally a shot showing the sunburst scheme on the wings and tailplane (this is an early photo with the Polikarpov cowling).  I believe it is hangared at Rangiora and is for sale.


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Cessna 150H ZK-CXI and ZK-EFC.

The Cessna 150H c/n 15068215 was one of a batch destined for Rex Aviation at Bankstown in 1969. All had US and Australian registrations penciled against then  - but I suspect they were never worn on the aircraft from this group that came to NZ.
This airframe was duly allocated ZK-CXI for Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd on 21-01-1970 and arrived at Auckland by sea on 10-02-1970.
Its first flight was at Ardmore on 04-05-1970 and it was delivered to the Rex Flying School Ltd at Ardmore. It also served at the other branches of this Flying School.
Below we see it at Paraparaumu on a wet 17-01-1971 with 'Paraparaumu' script on its fuselage side.
These were the days of the CAA Calibration  Flight DC-3's, with their Friendships about to arrive, and their Cessna 182's and the Navajo all being based here.
 Below - Also at Paraparaumu but on 21-02-1971.
And below - as seen at Hood Masterton in 1971 from Allan Wooller.
 The Rex Flying School became the Dalhoff and King Flying School Ltd at Ardmore and CXI was listed with them from 24-05-1976.
On 12-11-1976 Wellington Aero Club took it over followed by a move to O M Lund of Wellington at the end of March 1978.
An Allan Wooller pic below shows her at Wellington in 1978.
Winton was its next stop for CXI when it joined the Oreti Air Syndicate from 22-04-1980 which changed to the Smith, Neave, Udy, Vickery and Jones Syndicate from 18-11-1980.
From Mid December of 1982 it was with R F Emslie and D J Lundy of Feilding and Palmerston North.
Below we see it at Fielding on 22-07-1986.
Next in line, from 22-08-1988, the P A Munro and A J O'Rielly Syndicate of Feilding feature until it struck a fence on take off from Apiti on 28-07-1989, with its registration being cancelled on 12-12-1990.
Skyfix Aviation of Masterton sorted it out and it was re-registered to them on 24-05-1991 and then transferred back to Paul Munro of Feilding on 24-07-1991.
It is seen below at Ardmore on 19-03-2000.
Ken Morris and Darryn Morgan of Counties Aviation Ltd of Pukekohe took it over from 29-04-2002 until selling it on to Euroflight International Ltd at Mount Maunganui on 23-01-2006.
Euroflight re-registered it as ZK-EFC2 on 07-02-2006
Mohammad Asaduzzaman of Te Puke became the listed owner from 11-11-2009 and we see it below back on its old hard stand at Tauranga on 22-07-2016 thanks to Grayson Ottaway.
It now carries the script 'Charlie'.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

RagWing Aircraft of New Zealand (2) - Pietenpol EXP

The RagWing Pietenpol was Roger Mann's first aircraft design and first flew in 1994.  It is also known as the RW 1 Ultrapiet.  It is an approximate 75% scale single seat version of the Pietenpol Aircamper that was designed under the US FAR 103 rules for ultralights.

The Pietenpol EXP is 15 feet (4.59 metres) in length and has a wingspan of 25 feet 6 inches (7.77 metres).  Empty weight is around 254 pounds (115 Kg) and MAUW is 550 pounds (249 Kg), although this is raised to 299 Kg in New Zealand.  Engines can range from 25 HP 2 up to 50 HP.  With 35 HP the cruise is around 55 mph so it is a very light and pretty slow microlight.

We have had one RagWing Pietenpol EXP in New Zealand:

ZK-RWA (c/n RW334) was built by Wayne Wilson of Christchurch and was registered to Lilian I Wilson on 19/10/95.  It first flew on 4/7/98.  It was originally powered by a Kawasaki 340 engine but has since been re-powered with a 50 HP Rotax 503.  It is still current and was photo'd above at Rangiora, where it is based,  on 8/1/14.




BK117 ZK-IMX

Registered to Southern Lakes Helicopters of Te Anau in early May this year is this Kawasaki BK117-C1 ZK-IMX. It was imported via Ardmore's Oceania Aviation and arrived as JA6793. A photo of ZK-IMX in its original Japanese scheme can be found HERE.

From Bluebus, JA6793 was built as a B-1 model and registered in Japan November 1996 for the Okayama City Fire Air Corps at Konan with whom it was given the name "Momotoro" who is a popular hero of Japanese folklore - often translated as "Peach Boy". It is the second helicopter in NZ to wear the ZK-IMX marks - the first was adorned by a Schweizer 269C with Ardmore Helicopters between late 2007 and early 2014. 

The helicopter arrived at a local truck painting firm at Washdyke outskirts of Timaru 20 July and appears to have already received some preliminary work.