Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Campbell's 2nd Hand Chopper Sales.

Below we have a line up of three (there were more) of the ZK registered helicopters that were involved in Campbells'  2nd Hand Chopper Sale.
Note that the hard stands and the track in the foreground are made from PSP (perforated steel planking) aka Marston Matting which was used extensively during WWII - especially in the Pacific Islands for airfield construction. 
They are parked out front of the main hostel on Campbell Island. (52.56S  169.14E approx).
As a useless aside - this hostel was manufactured by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and installed for the IGY of 1957/58.
Photo source Here.
For those who enjoy scenic vistas - here we are looking approximately due east down Perseverance Harbour with Lyall Ridge extending from top left to Moubray (Castle) and Point near the Harbour entrance. On the extreme right is Shoal Point.
                      The year is 2001 and this is the Rat Eradication project on Campbell Island.
See more HERE
There are numerous other reports on 'Google'.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Titan Mustang ZK-LSD at Matamata

Outside at Matamata we have our latest Titan Mustang, Mike Adams' ZK-LSD.  It looks great!

I have previously referred to this Rotax 912 powered example in my previous post on Titan T 51 Mustangs of New Zealand - the Rotax Mustangs HERE (scroll to the bottom).

It is painted as 412943 of the USAF from the Korean war but is named Millicent Rhodes.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Cobra Arrow Mk 2s of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand was the Cobra Arrow Mk 2 from Cobra Aviation out of Australia.  The Cobra Arrow was a design of Tom Wickers and was based on the Alvarez Polliwagen.  The Polliwagen was one of the first fibreglass homebuilt aircraft from the 1970s and one of the first to have the flowing curves of gliders.

The Cobra Arrow has a length of 19 feet (5.79 metres) and a wingspan of 28 feet (8.53 metres).  Empty weight is around 620 pounds (280Kg) and MAUW is 1200 pounds (544 Kg).  Construction is from a kit of pre-moulded composite parts.  Engines can be from around 100 HP upwards, and with this power the cruise speed is around 100 mph.

We have had two Cobra Aircraft Arrow Mk 2s in New Zealand:

ZK-JQX (c/n LW7062) was built by Peter D Warner of Waipukurau and it was first registered to him on 24/10/06.  It was powered by a Subaru engine (probably an EA 81) and its first flight was on 3/12/06.  On 28/9/08 ownership changed to Trevor Claughton of Hastings.  He moved to Auckland and I think from the photo that the aircraft is based at Mercer.  It is for sale on Trade Me, where I got the photo from.

And our second Cobra Arrow Mk 2 was ZK-RMJ (c/n 06) which was built by J M (Mike) Jones of Hawera and was first registered to him on 5/12/08.  This had a more powerful Mazda Viper rotary engine of around 165 HP with an Atom prop.  It first flew on 4/3/09 and it is photo'd above at Stratford on 29/9/09.  Mike Jones later moved to Kaitaia where the aircraft was withdrawn and its registration revoked on 24/6/15.  It was noted for sale at Whangarei in APRIL 2017 and I understand that it was sold to an owner in the Invercargill area, so we may see it back in the air again.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Alexandra today - 16-06-2018

Matt Hayes was at Alexandra today - Saturday 16-06-2018 and kindly sent the following photographs.
 Kawasaki BK117 B-2 (850 D2) ZK-HUP2  c/n 1031 of Otago Helicopters Ltd.
This BK appeared on the Japanese register back on 25-04-1989 as JA9942 and joined the NZ register with Wing and Rotor on 18-09-1998. 
It was then listed to the Order of St John Northern Region (SI) Helicopter Trust Board of Christchurch on 14-05-1999 and transferred over to Garden City Helicopters Ltd from 30-03-2000.
It was in Australia for the Olympic Games in 2000 and ferried back from Sydney to Ardmore on 17-12-2000.
It joined Otago Helicopters Ltd on 30-03-2001 - and as you can see is marked as the Otago Regional Rescue helicopter.

 The locally based Aero L29 ZK-JET3 (c/n 294892) of Double X Aviation Ltd was active again.
An earlier post HERE    
 Also on site was the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-MCI2 (c/n 208B1019) of Milford Sound Flights Ltd of Queenstown.
Its arrival in NZ was nicely covered on the MRC blog Here


The stratus lifted for a brief period this afternoon at Christchurch International Airport and I managed a couple of shots before it descended again.
Below we have the ATR-GIE ATR-212A (600) ZK-MCU (c/n 1500) which arrived in from Brisbane yesterday.
 See more on the MRC site at Here.
Awaiting its next nocturnal mission was the Boeing 747SP-21 N747NA (c/n 21441).
See more HERE  and here