Tuesday, 23 April 2019

New A 22LS Foxbat ZK-JTF at Stratford

The Finer/Hardwick-Smith Syndicate of Eltham's new Aeroprakt A 22LS Foxbat ZK-JTF (c/n 346) was at Stratford on 20 April.

ZK-JTF was first registered on 5/2/19.

But wait!  There is more!  The Finer/Hardwick-Smith Syndicate also owns Foxbat A 22 ZK-FTA (c/n 136) that was first registered back on 29/11/05.  Here they both are at Stratford on 20/4/19.

Thanks for the use of the photos Nick.

Monday, 22 April 2019


 Both the relaxed Friday and the full on Saturday mornings began like this.
Calm and clear with just a hint of frost and/or heavy dew and with the sun pushing the moon above the horizon.

Harvard row - with covers removed and waiting for some heat from the sun to soak up the heavy dew.
And a time for the pre flight checks and last minute adjustments.

Sunday, 21 April 2019


The flow of interesting visitors over Easter to the Pauanui airfield continued with the Cessna U206 ZK-EDI up from Blenheim,  and looking very smart for being 50 years old

And from down the coast came Opotiki Helicopters'  MD500N ZK-IPR

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Polikarpov PO-2 takes flight

Polikarpov PO-2 ZK-POL/2, registered just a few days ago to a Wakefield, Nelson address, took to the skies above Ardmore for the first time yesterday. More photos HERE

Thanks to Agairnz for the photos!

Friday, 19 April 2019


A fine start to the Easter long weekend has brought a steady stream of visitors to the Pauanui airfield including up from Dannevirke the local Flying Club's PA28-140 ZK-EBL,  which was accompanied by PA28-180 ZK-DGL.    After lunch they departed for Great Barrier.

Up from Tauranga the Solo Wings Aviation Pipistrel Alpha ZK-JAT

From the RNZAF Whenuapai Aviation Sports Club the Cessna 172N ZK-JAZ in a smart new paint scheme

And on a Great Barrier charter Sunair's Piper Aztec ZK-PIX

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Kaitaia Aero Club's Cessna C 162 Skycatcher - ZK-KTC

Another aero club 2 seat trainer is the Kaitaia Aero Club's recently imported low time C 162 Skycatcher ZK-KTC (c/n 16200148).  This aircraft is powered by a 100 HP O-200D engine rather than the ubiquitous Rotax 912 and the Kaitaia Aero Club reckons it will be a great trainer for their needs.  It is registered as a LSA.

ZK-KTC was flown across the Tasman from Brisbane via Lord Howe Island, arriving at Kerikeri on 28 December 2018 and being registered here on 8/1/19.  It was first registered in the US as N6028R in September 2011 and then went to Australia as VH-OCM. 

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Hawera Aero Club's Aeroprakt A 32 Vixxen - ZK-VHC

The Hawera Aero Club has had their A 32 Vixxen ZK-VHC on line since late 2017.  It is registered as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) and was delivered in all white.

ZK-VHC at Hawera recently.  It now sports some nice trim.

Monday, 15 April 2019

PA-18S-105 Cub on Floats - ZK-KSS

I had not remembered about this Cub although it has been posted on the blog previously at https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2016/02/zk-kss.html , but this was when it was on wheels.

It has now been advertised for sale at Hangar 247 Global Aircraft Marketing, from where the photos below were obtained.

ZK-KSS on and over Lake Wanaka (I assume).


Sunday, 14 April 2019


A fine autumn weekend on the Coromandel brought a steady stream of visitors to the Pauanui airfield in and amongst the 4 locally based Yak 52s practising their formation aerobatics.

Included were the Auckland based Schweizer 269C-1 ZK-HVK

And North Shore based Corby Starlet U/L  ZK-YGL

Friday, 12 April 2019

New Zealand Breweries Colt Airship ZK-ALE

There has been some discussions over recent years regarding the Colt AS-105 HA Airship ZK-ALE/2 c/n 886 that was imported by New Zealand  Breweries Ltd., Auckland, in 1987.

This was a new aircraft, having been registered in the UK as G-BNCP to the manufacturers, Thunder & Colt Ltd., Oswestry, on 9/1/1987. It first flew on 14/4/1987 and after test flying had been completed the UK registration was cancelled on 15/5/1987, with the NZ registration then being issued on the 19th of the same month.

The Colt was intended to be used as a promotional item for the Breweries products with Lance Hislop being hired to fly it, hence the ZK-ALE registration. New Zealand test flights were carried out in November 1987 and possibly earlier.

I understand that the airship's planned promotional activities were often curtailed by weather-related issues, and the aircraft had only clocked up 64 hours by January 1996.

The airship was eventually sold to M H Painter of Auckland, with the change of ownership being recorded on 10/1/1997. It would appear that it did little if any flying under his ownership, and the registration was cancelled as with drawn on 24/12/1997.

Can anyone add to or elaborate on this airship's activities?

ZK-ALE/1 was a Miles M.11A Whitney Straight c/n 503 ex ZK-AGB and NZ577 that passed through the hands of John Gould on to the Auckland Aero Club in 1946/47. It was destroyed in a crash near Fitzgerald Glade, Mamaku Range, 7Sep53.
There is also a static display R22 at Te Kowhai airfield marked up as 'ZK-ALE' used as a promotional item for the micro-brewery based there.