Tuesday 23 July 2024

Beechcraft Super King Air ZK-APL

 I have waited over two years to capture this King Air. 
It, like myself are Christchurch based and this is my first photograph of it.Beechcraft B350i Super King Air ZK-APL2 c/n FL-415 arrived into Wellington on 28-04-2022.It was registered to Apollo Air Ltd of Christchurch on 10-05-2022.
It was mentioned previously HERE

Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HIA

 Noted today at Christchurch was the Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HIA3 c/n 1299.
This has been listed with the DC Leasing Partnership of Kaikoura since new on 30-06-2022.Originally just plain gray it now has some fine decals which improves its looks.

Nelson today. 23-07-2024

 Bill Mannix did his duty at Nelson Airport today, 23-07-2024, and captured these photographs.A recent addition to the Helicopters Nelson Ltd's line is this factory new 
Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-IHNc/n 1353.
It has the Nelson Helicopters "swirl" and web details, as do company vehicles and hangar. 

From the Massey University School of Aviation at Palmerston North came the Diamond DA 40 Diamond Star ZK-MTI c/n 40.1013.
It was initially listed to the manufacturers Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc of London, Ontario as 
C-FBDG - a well used factory test registration.

A regular visitor from the Motueka Aero Club is the Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk ZK-VBM 
c/n 38-79A0608.
This was originally N2384K in the US from 2000 before importation for John and Lorraine Horrell of Nelson in 2004. It joined the Motueka Aero Club from 18-05-2023.

Monday 22 July 2024

Widgeon ZK-CFA In its Element


For no other reason than it is a spectacular photo, here is Grumman Widgeon ZK-CFA near the top of the Clutha in Central Otago.  This was just after the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.

Sunday 21 July 2024

Beavers and Beavers #1 ZK-BBX -- Update

Recently I posted about Fieldair's first Beaver ZK-AZB and I referenced the post that Dave Paull had done back in September 2010 on ZK-BBX which was Fieldair's second Beaver.  As nearly 14 years has passed since then, I thought I would do and update on ZK-BBX with a very early photo of it and which sadly does not end well:

ZK-BBX (c/n 324) was imported into New Zealand by the De Havilland Aircraft Company of NZ Ltd and was first registered to them on 22/8/52.  Its first flight here was at Rongotai on 7/1/53.  On 24/11/52 it was registered to Fieldair Ltd of Gisborne and it was delivered to Gisborne on 14/1/53.  The above photo of it at Paraparaumu in 1954 is sourced from Don Noble I understand.  It ran off an airstrip at Otoko and overturned on 12/5/55 and was repaired at Rongotai, making a test flight on 1/9/55.  Then it was damaged in a crash landing at Elsthorpe on 13/5/67 but it was repaired again to topdress another day.

It was repainted into the standard blue and white Fieldar colour scheme as seen here at Dannevirke on 2/3/69.

Like all the then survivng Fieldair Beavers it went through the various company reorganisations and resultant colour schemes, to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd of Palmerston North on 18/11/80 and then to Feildair Holdings Ltd, also of Palmerston North on 30/3/84.  Here it is photo'd at Masterton on 8/7/81.

And here at Hamilton on 4/11/77,

And here at Palmerston North on 22/7/86.

On 4/11/88 it was registered to C Rye c/- Duffy Aircraft of Duffy, NSW as VH-IDR3.  Ownership transferred to Western Aerial Cropspraying Pty Ltd of Derrinallum in Victoria on 8/12/89 where the above photo of it was taken.  It was cancelled from the Australian register on 10/9/93 and exported back to New Zealand.

Back in New Zealand it was re-registered as ZK-BBX to James N W (Jim) Frogley of Havelock North on 13/9/93.  It is photo'd here as a sprayer at its Havelock North base on 16/12/93.

It was seen widely around the country, here at the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow on 16/4/96.

And finally, here at the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow on 18/1/13.

Sadly it was badly damaged when it undershot a topdressing airstrip near the Napier/Taupo Road on 28/10/17.  It was sold to Auckland Seaplanes Ltd in a damaged condition on 10/6/18 and cancelled on 20/8/18. However Auckland Seaplanes went into liquidation in 2023.

There is a suggestion that ZK-BBX may be being rebuilt - can anyone provide any further information on this?

Mudrovcich Pearse Replica at Classic Flyers 17-07-2024

The daring but ultimately unsuccessful Richard Pearse Monoplane replica built by Ivan Mudrovcich of Auckland was outside last week at Classic Flyers Museum at Tauranga Airport to whom it has been gifted by Ivan's son Ivan.  It was on show there last week where the engine was started.  There is an article and video of this event in the New Zealand Herald (see HERE ).  

We have posted previously on Ivan Mudrovcich's replica ZK-RPTHERE in 2012 and HERE in 2019).  The last I heard of it, it was attempting to fly at Whitianga but sadly Ivan Mudrovcich took ill, and he later died in 2018.  Despite the best efforts of many volunteers it never flew.  The aircraft was cancelled from the register as withdrawn, on 11/10/18, and has been in storage since. 

Thanks to Neil Williams for the photo.

Friday 19 July 2024

More Information on Beaver ZK-AZB

Following my recent post on the venerable Beaver ZK-AZB, Westland 831 of our sister blog Third Level New Zealand has emailed some more information (from Italy!) on its time with Motiti Island Air:

The (Motiti Island Air) service was particularly aimed at fishermen and divers and supporting a lodge on Motiti Island. It also served the needs of the locals. During the summer of 1986/1987, with the service growing, Island Air Safaris leased De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver ZK-CZL from Fieldair after its rebuild. The lease convinced Island Air Safaris of the need for its own Beaver and after its rebuild Island Air Safaris acquired, initially on a lease, ZK-AZB. It operated its first flight on the Tauranga-Motiti Island-Tauranga run on the 31st of July 1987 and was registered to Motiti Island Air on the 11th of February 1988.

Island Air Safaris' first DHC Beaver ZK-CZL at Tauranga on 1 January 1987

Their own machine, DHC Beaver ZK-AZB at Tauranga on 19 May 1988

The link to the Third Level New Zealand blog post is:  https://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2021/03/island-air-safaris-experience-magic-of.html

I have gone back into my original post and updated it with this information.

Thanks very much Steve!

Thursday 18 July 2024

At Nelson this morning.

 Bill Mannix found six ANZ and three Origin Air aircraft parked at Nelson due to fog and low cloud playing havoc at Auckland and Christchurch International Airports this morning.

Also noted this morning was the MBB BO 105 DBS-4 ZK-IAA2 c/n S814 from the AMH Trust of Nelson.
Its previous history can be seen HERE

Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HND 3

 The Christchurch Helicopters Ltd's Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HND c/n 2073 was noted out in the continuing inclement weather conditions at Christchurch today.
The green strip adds nicely to the colour scheme.
The earlier story on this airframe can be found HERE
Ownership passed to Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd on 21-04-2017.

Guimbal G2 Cabri ZK-IJK 3

Noted at its base at North Shore airfield this morning was John Key's Guimbal G2 Cabri with its personalised registration ZK-IJK3.      This was imported new in August 2023.