Saturday, 30 August 2014

Question time # 172

I thought it was about time to give away another chocky fish.
SO - What have we got here ?
I want the make and model;
 And in case of a flood of correct answers - tell me what you know about the tire pressure ?

Kitfox ZK-EWC

Wayne Cunningham has been looking around for an aircraft for some month.
Some years ago he managed a flight in the Denny Kitfox IV ZK-EWC2 as built by E W Colling of Wanaka.
During his recent search he found hat this aircraft was again for sale. It had been purchased from Wanaka by Ron Roberts of Timaru on 14-03-2009.
It did not do a lot of aviating with Ron and he was convinced to part with it on 20-07-2014.
So it is now with Wayne and is seen above taxying back at Taieri very recently.
Wayne Cunningham photo.

Squirrel spraying trials at Christchurch 1980.

I have been extremely fortunate to have received these three photographs from Rob Pierre . Taken by his father John whilst he was working with Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Christchurch in the 1980's.
  Sometime after October of 1980 Bill Black was the pilot of this spray equipped Squirrel helicopter which was carrying out trials at Christchurch Airport. I believe these were the first occasion that a Squirrel had been put to this use.
 The helicopter involved was the Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecuriel ZK-HQA (c/n 1139).
This was registered to Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Christchurch on 15-01-1980 and first flew in NZ from Timaru on 25-02-1980.
After these initial trials by Airwork and Whirlwide Helicopters it was also evaluated by Wanganui Aero Work.
It also had a short time with Helicopters (NZ) Ltd on lease.
Whilst carrying an under slung burner near Whakatu on 21-02-1981- the helicopter caught fire in the air and was subsequently burnt out on the ground.
 
The first helicopter sprayer in NZ was the Hiller UH12 ZK-HAB back in March 1955.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Harewood trio

Below are three of the helicopters I captured at Christchurch International Airport this afternoon.
 Above is a newcomer to our area. Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HEB2 (c/n 1135) first appeared as F-ODUU with the Heliclub de Tahiti in March of 1990.
After being damaged it came to NZ for some specialist care and became ZK-HEB on 10-12-1990. Since 08-07-2009 it has been with Heli-Hire Ltd of Rotorua until a change on 04-07-2014 to Mark Hattrill of NZHELI Ltd of Christchurch.
Just off maintenance at Heli Maintenance was the Aerospatiale As 350BA Squirrel ZK-HKW4 (c/n 1360). It got an earlier mention at :- http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2008/06/dark-corners.html
Since this earlier post in June 2008 HKW has spent time with South-West Helicopters at Te Anau from 06-04-2009 before returning to Rangiora for Way To Go Heliservices Ltd from 21-06-2009.
Still wearing the distinctive Kaikoura Helicopters colour scheme is the Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HTZ3 (c/n 12261).
They sold it on March 2011 to Darfield Helicopter who re-listed it to Humphreys Mining Ltd on 26-11-2012.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Eagle Flight Training Diamond DA 20-C1 ZK-DAV at Ardmore 23-8-2014

Seeing Blue Bus's post including the Eagle Flying Training Diamond DA 40 ZK-DAE at Christchurch reminded me that I had taken a photo of their smaller DA 20 ZK-DAV at Ardmore last Saturday, so I will post it for a comparason between the DA 20 and the DA 40.

According to the CAA register we have 17 DA 20-C1s in New Zealand - all but three owned by CTC Aviation Training of Hamilton (with Eagle Flight Training owning two and Flight Training Manawatu of Feilding owning one).

And also according to the register we have 14 DA 40s in New Zealand - all but two owned by Massey University School of Aviation of Palmerston North (with Eagle Flight Training owning one and a private owner at Drury owning the other).

I didn't realise how many of these aircraft we had in New Zealand (and we also have 10 twin engined DA 42s).