Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Movements at Omaka this week.

GMO reports on 'movements' at Omaka this week.
Activities relate to the re-vamping of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre's World War-II hall 

The 'Dangerous Skies' World War-II hall should re-open in early September. 
The 'Knights of the Sky' World War-I hall has remained open throughout.

Leaving the museum display is Bill Reid's magnificent Anson Mk.I ZK-RRA, now at home in her brand new hangar. 
Part.115 adventure flights are now available in this aircraft, creating the incentive to take her out of the museum and closer to the flight line with her very own maintenance space etc. 
A  flight in this stunning restoration would be the ultimate gift or bucket-list item.
More than just a flight, it's a journey back in time.

An eclectic mix of machines take in the sun on a crystal clear Marlborough day today during the re-vamping.
Once the Bf108/Nord 1002 (c/n 285 and as yet unregistered in NZ) has had some 'inspect and repair as necessary' work completed, all of these aircraft will be airworthy and based out of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre WW-II 'Dangerous Skies' display hall.
In the background are the Flug Werk FW 190 A8/N ZK-RFR (c/n 990001) and the Supermarine Spitfire FR MkXIV ZK-XIV (c/n 65-648269). 

Check out the Aviation Heritage Centre site at http://www.omaka.org.nz/

Monday, 19 August 2019


A visit to a very sunny Ardmore today provided much of interest including the Australian Cessna 182P VH-SZC,  which is registered to a Queensland owner

Up from Taupo the colourful Enstrom F480B ZK-HRJ

For sale on the Dennis Thompson lot the Glenorchy Air Cessna 172N ZK-RNX

And re-emerging after being cancelled back in June 2015 as revoked,  the Cirrus SR22 ZK-SSP

Auckland to Wellington back on 13-8-2019

Last week I had to make another trip down to Wellington, so another visit to Auckland International.  On the 380 bus to the airport I saw that Air Chathams "new" ATR 72 was positioned for a photo so with a bit of time to spare I headed off down there.

From the bus, Pionair Australia Pty Ltd's BAe 146-200QC VH-SAZ was parked.  It was filling in for Parcelair while two of their Boeing 737s were undergoing maintenance and has since returned to Australia.

Air Chathams ATR 72-500 ZK-MCO2 was also parked out.

Behind the ATR were a couple of Air Chathams Conviar CV 580s that were being parted out.  They were ZK-CIF2 and ZK-KFH.

Over at the Air New Zealand maintenance base was their ex Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 ZK-OKJ, which is covering for the Dreamliner out of service problems.

And their new Airbus A 320 NEO ZK-NHB (c/n 8803) was also parked.

While at Wellington another new Air New Zealand Airbus A 320 NEO ZK-NHA (c/n 8715) was at an international gate as we taxied in.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

ZK-RGC delivered.

The third Tecnam P92 Echo for the Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club has been delivered.
Tecnam P92 Echo Classic De Luxe UL ZK-RGC (c/n 1601) was shipped into Bluff and assembled at Wanaka.
It joins the Clubs' two other Tecnam P92's ZK-RGA (c/n 1485) and ZK-RGB (c/n 1544) at Rangiora.

Thai Airways Dreamliner at Auckland

My flight to Auckland yesterday arrived just before 10am and this is around the time that several flights from Asia arrive.  My preferred transport from the airport is the 380 bus across to Papatoetoe and the the train to Britomart, and if you sit in a right hand window seat on the bus you get a good view of arriving aircraft on the approach path.  So it was yesterday when Thai Airways B 787-8 Dreamliner HS-TWB was on approach against a nice blue sky.


Friday, 16 August 2019

All Air New Zealand Today 16-8-2019

Although I was flying Jetstar from Wellington to Auckland this morning, there were plenty of Air New Zealand planes along the way.

At Wellington the regional wing of the terminal was all go.

And there were three A 320s on the domestic jet wing.

It seemed as if some of the international A 320s are flying domestically, here is the Star Alliance painted ZK-OJH at the Auckland domestic jet terminal.  And the other two A 320s at Wellington were ZK-OJS and ZK-OJQ.

Over at the international area there was a plethora of Air New Zealand aircraft with the all black Boeing 777-200 ZK-OKH prominent.

Boeing 777-200 ZK-OKF departed, 

As did B 777-200 ZK-OKB.

The well photographed new Airbus A 321 NEO ZK-NNB taxied by.

And down at the Air New Zealand maintenance base their latest A 321 NEO ZK-NNF (c/n 8839) was parked up.

Taupo and Bay of Plenty

Continuing our travels in the Taupo and Bay of Plenty areas we start with Auckland's Advanced Flight EC130T2 ZK-IJV at Taupo awaiting its passengers.  This was reregistered from ZK-IVJ in March 2019.

Receiving attention at Tauranga was East Bay Aviation's  Cessna U206G ZK-JCS up from Whakatane.   This has been repainted to match the company's Cessna 172N ZK-EJY,  with both being used on the company's White Island and Mt Tarawera scenic flights.

Looking less happy at Rotorua was Volcanic Air Safaris' DHC3 Otter ZK-VAS,  presumably in for its winter maintenance.

Back on the 13th at Christchurch

 Departing the Heli Maintenance Ltd's facility at Christchurch International on the 13th was the privately listed MD 500N NOTAR ZK-IEG (c/n LN016).
An earlier post on this airframe can be found HERE

 Meanwhile on the other side of the airfield at GCH Aviation Ltd the official launch of the HEMS H145's was being organised. See more Here.
Up from Taieri was - Above - was the Airbus AS 350 B3 ZK-IOJ2 (c/n 8644).
And - Below - the MBB MBB-BK117 D2 ZK-IWL2 (c/n 7186).
 Parked out was the Britten-Norman BN2A-26 Islander ZK-MCD (c/n 719) as listed with Pacific Island Air Ltd of Fiji.
It is currently listed for sale with the Dennis Thompson International.
With thanks to GCH Ltd for access.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Taupo helicopters and others

A visit to Taupo on a stunning late winter day offered up a number of helicopters that havent appeared on this blog before,  as well as some other interesting aircraft.

First up is the latest addition to the Search & Rescue Services Taupo Greenlea Rescue Helicopter fleet being MBB BK117B-2 ZK-HCX,  which was imported from Germany in 2018.

Robinson R44 sprayer ZK-IAU changed ownership to Heavy Jet Ltd, Auckland in June 2019

Locally based PA46-310P Malibu ZK-ORZ is registered to Escape Aviation,  being imported from Australia in late 2017

And at the Huka Falls helipad was Heli Sika's R44 ZK-HIW,  carrying "Heli Adventure Flights" titling.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

MRC Blog closes.

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