Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ardmore this day.

Today we get three more pics from Magnaman taken at Ardmore.
Above is the Boeing A75N1 Stearman ZK-PJS (c/n 75-4245) "Yellow 18" from the Stearman 18 Partnership.
It still wears its small US registration of N245TF under its tail-plane.
Here s a closer view of the nose art. "Witchita Gal". A play on Witch and Wichita, Kansas, where PJS was manufactured. Pic by Keith Morris.
 Sonex ZK-JQP2 (c/n 0689) is listed to JQP Ltd.
"Yellow 74" is Nanchang CJ-6 ZK-CVI2 (c/n 3632001) of Trevor Rollinson.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Forgotten Airman.

Pilot Officer Eric Bayly Withell.  
KIA 18-02-1943.
Memorial at Ealing.

Ashburton and Timaru on 27-08-2015

Continuing my sunny sojourn.
Ela Aviacion ELA 07S ZK-CEJ2 (c/n 09061140274) was registered to Richard Fitzpatrick on 21-05-2015 and is ex G-CEJH.
 Geoff White of Aviation and Industrial Distributors Ltd imported this Aerospatiale TB9 Tampico from Australia back in January of 1983. 
It arrived at Auckland on the 15th and became ZK-TGW (c/n 176) on the 19th. 
It was purchased by Alistair Chaffey of Rakaia mid December of 2011. It is currently being titivated at Ashburton.
 Currently listed to Paul Stewart of Christchurch and hangared at Ashburton is the Cirrus Design SR22 "GTS" ZK-VMA (c/n 1618). Ex Australian it first joined the NZ register as ZK-YUG2 on 10-12-2007 with Capital Aviation Ltd at Wellington. It moved south in June of 2013.
 Down at Timaru the 1966 classic Cessna 172G ZK-COL (c/n 54468) was tucked away in its hangar. It has been with R G Sinclair of Air Looms Ltd of Geraldine since July 1997.
 Over in the AVTEK hangar was the NZAI Fletchet FU24-954 ZK-EMY (c/n 279) of Jim Somerville's Cheviot Ag Air Ltd undergoing some serious work.
The Rans S-7 Courier ZK-KEL (c/n 0106426) sits minus is Jabiru 3300 engine.
This was registered to Hamish and Richard Kellahan of Geraldine on 09-09-2011.
Check the earlier posting on this one at :-

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rangitata Island 27-08-2015

Being such a lovely day today I decided to drop into Rangitata Island on spec.
(NZRI on 119.5 and call Russell Brodie on 0272760914 to get the OK to drop in)
 The nice old De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-BRL (c/n DHNZ123) was basking in the sunshine.
Real grass roots flying with Greg Burt blasting away in his Rans S-17 Stinger ZK-EEE2 (c/n 0405051) which is the only one of its type on our register.
 Below we see the East Canterbury Aviation Ltd's Rans S-6ES Coyote II ZK-JHZ (c/n 07961009) just back from an instructional flight.
 The Company's other Rans S-6ES Coyote II is ZK-RHZ (c/n 08031519) is seen below just back from a solo flight.
East Canterbury Aviation Ltd also runs the Rans S-6ES Coyote II tail dragger ZK-JOA2 is c/n 01051632.

 James Leslie from Twizel had his S-6ES Coyote II ZK-KOT (c/n 06081887) down for a touch of maintenance.
 Graham Johnson from over Leeston way dropped in with his Bush Caddy R-80 ZK-LIL (c/n CA 001-117).
And then the Campbell Farms of Fairlie Alpi Aviation Pioneer 200 ZK-LPB (c/n NZ20013) called in. It has just  recently been purchased from Graham Smith of Timaru.

Russel says :-
DON'T FORGET THE SPRING FLY-IN ON 20th SEPTEMBER 2015.
Don't forget - no landing fees at Rangitata Island.
Get a cuppa tea or coffee.
 Visit the loo.
 Browse the small shop.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

ZK-HBS today.

Poppy Tuck was in at Heli Maintenance at Christchurch today with her Glacier Country Helicopters Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS ZK-HBS3 (c/n 6622).
It has been covered before a couple of times.
 Just enter HBS in the search box towards the top left of screen.