Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A Convair 340/580 ZK-KFH

With just a faint trace of condensation from its propeller tips - General Dynamics Allison Convair 340/580 ZK-KFH (c/n 42) departs Christchurch mid afternoon into a brisk northeasterly wind.
This aircraft has been plugging away in the NZ skies since March of 1997.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Requeim for Fletcher ZK-EFM

This FU24 Fletcher was c/n 210, a model 950, listed with the manufacturer, New Zealand Aerospace Industries Ltd of Hamilton on 29-01-1976.
 By March that year it was on line with Aerial Work (Marlborough) Ltd - with a name change to Aerial Work Ltd on 02-06-1978.
 Two pics from the Allan Wooller collection at taken at Omaka  during August 1978.

 Unknown date and place is Omaka (I think).
It moved to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd of Palmerston North on 18-11-1980 and passed through the Fieldair Holdings Ltd and then the Fieldair Ltd changes.
On the 28-02-1997 Patchett Ag Air Ltd of Blenheim took it over
 followed by Air Services (1979) Ltd of Masterton from 28-07-1999.
A Walter M601D turbine conversion took place with its first flight as such at Hamilton being on 13-07-2001.
It had an undercarriage problem at Masterton on 02-05-2002 followed by another incident at Mauriceville on 12-01-2005.
It joined the Super Air team on 01-11-2007.
Seen at Masterton on 18-03-2010.
It was withdrawn from use in 2011 and its registration was cancelled on 15-07-2014.

Requiem for Fletcher ZK-DUJ

 ZK-DUJ c/n 196, was listed to New Zealand Aerospace Industries Ltd of Hamilton on 17-07-1974 as a FU24-950 and first flew on 24-07-1974 for delivery on 01-08-1974.
Ownership changed officially to Air Services (Wairarapa) Ltd of Masterton on 09-09-1974.
At Masterton August 1974 from the Allan Wooller collection.
November 1975 at Masterton from the CMM collection.
I believe it was damaged at Mauriceville on 23-12-1978.
 At Masterton on 31-08-1979.
At about this stage is was wearing the name "Alan Keate".
AS from 19-08-1980 it was listed with Air Services (1979) Ltd.
Conversion to turbine Walter M601-D was completed with its first flight as such on 15-11-1999 at Hamilton.
Super Air took it over from 01-11-2006.
 As seen at Krippners strip 23-02-2009.
At Masterton on 14-03-2012 from Geoff Lloyd.
It was withdrawn from use in 2013 and cancelled on 15-07-2014.

Requiem for Fletcher ZK-CKA

 ZK-CKA started as a Fletcher FU24 Mk11 with the c/n 100. It had been pencilled in to become ZK-BPW but in the end became ZK-CKA with James Aviation Ltd and gained it CofA on 12-10-1964 having first flown on the 8th. It was transferred to the James Subsidiary Advance Aviation Ltd of Kaitaia on 19-10-1964
It is seen below in the standard James Aviation scheme with Advance Aviation titles on the engine cowl and fin.
Another fine pic from the Allan Wooller collection.
It had a heavy at Maungaturoto on 01-04-1966 - was upgraded to a FU24-950M model on 01-02-1968 and transferred to James Aviation Ltd at Hamilton the same day.
At Hamilton date unknown as sprayer in James markings.
Hamilton date unknown 
Above - Te Kuiti (I think) date and photographer unknown.
From the CMM collection
 Above At Te Kuiti via Jim K. unknown date.
It was withdrawn from use in 1977 but was cranked back into life and listed to John Rika of King Country Air Services on 23-04-1987 and became part of the Super Air team on 28-10-1988.
Conversion to Walter M601D turbine was completed with its first flight as such on 29-12-1999.
Two views at New Plymouth on 21-02-2009 
Landing back at Stratford 29-04-2010 from Nick Furmage. 
It was withdrawn from service during 2010 and its registration was cancelled on 15-07-2014.

Requiem for Fletcher ZK-CCT

This airframe was c/n 102 and began life with the Fletcher Aviation Corporation as a dual control utility aircraft and was registered in the US as N6507C - First flying in June of 1955.
It arrived in NZ and was registered as ZK-CCT on 09-10-1962 to Air Part (NZ) Ltd, obtained its C0fA in February of 1963 and first flew on 06-02-1963 for James Aviation Ltd.
 At Hamilton from the Allan Wooller collection.
It was uprated to the 260hp engine on 08-12-1965 and then to the 300hp version on 10-04-1970.
On 11-08-1970 it was damaged at Tahora and then in August of 1973 it was converted to single control and also to a FU24-950M
 At Palmerston North August 1973 from Allan Wooller.
It was damaged at Ormandville on 23-10-1981 and was transferred to Associated Farmers Aerial Work Ltd at Martinborough from 21-08-1984.
Sold abroad - it ferried from Auckland to Norfolk Island on 09-09-1988 with its NZ registration being cancelled on14-09-1988.
Middlebrook Air Services registered it as VH-HVO on 26-08-1988.
I believe Cropair operated it in the early 90's - until it was returned to NZ for Super Air Ltd and took up its old registration again as ZK-CCT on 21-01-1992.
Its was converted to turbine Walter M601D power and first few in this mode on 12-10-1999.
 Left and right sides at Thames on 15-03-2009.

 Two views taken at Whangamata in Easter 2009 by John H unknown sources sent via Jim K.
 It was withdrawn from use in 2010 and stored outside at Hamilton and finally cancelled on 15-07-2014.

 The photo above of a very weary looking ZK-CCT was taken by Magnaman at Hamilton just a few days ago.
Registration was cancelled on 15-07-2014.