Sunday, 25 February 2018

Trikes at Dargaville 24-2-2018

As well as the gyro pilots at the Dargaville Aero Club flyin, three intrepid trike pilots flew over from Whangarei and also scored a free lunch:

Herman Ahrens arrived in his Airborne Windsports Edge X 582L ZK-XHA with full fairings.

Grant Waugh also arrived in his Airborne Windsports Edge X 582 ZK-XAA but with big tyres and sans fairings.

While Carsten Mathieu flew his P & M Aviation Quik GT450 ZK-MAZ2 with a Rotax 912S for extra grunt.  I have posted on Carsten and his trike previously at:

Off home after lunch.

Gyrocopters at Dargaville 24-2-2018

The Dargaville Aero Club had invited gyrocopter pilots to their open day flyin with an offer of a free lunch.  I don't know if that was solely the reason but 10 gyros were on the field, plus one more on a light truck.  Here are most of them:

Magni M 24 Orion ZK-MWR that I understand has recently been purchased by a Northland owner.

Magni agent Leo Levine flew his M 22 Voyager ZK-MGN up from Parakai.

Tony Unwin and Noel Smith flew up from Tauranga - Tony in his tandem Niki Rotor Aviation Kalathea ZK-KTH

 and Noel in his side by side AutoGyro Cavalon ZK-OHF. 

Rusty Russell flying the Dargaville Aero Club's AutoGyro MTO Sport ZK-RDM was kept very busy giving trial flights.

Brian Taylor's North American Rotorworks Pitbull SS ZK-RUN is based at Dargaville.

as is Mark Biddle's Tandem Dominator ZK-RCE2.

 Tony Marsden's Tandem Dominator ZK-RCV was across from Whangarei.

On the back of a light truck and up from Warkworth was Harvey Carran's recently acquired single seat Dominator ZK-RCH2.

A couple of other gyrocopters were on the field:  Rusty Russell's AutoGyro MT03 Eagle ZK-KIW2 and John Wiessing's Magni M 24 Orion ZK-MGI.

Masterton aerobatics gathering at NZMS.

  Our roving reporter Geoff Lloyd called in on Masterton late yesterday afternoon and snapped these pics of aircraft involved with the aerobatic champs being held there this weekend.
 Up from Rangitata Island is the Brodie's AESL Airtourer 150 ZK-DAC (c/n A545).
This began life as an AESL Airtourer 115 but following an incident at Matamata in January 1976 returned to the air with the 150hp engine in 1981.
 Non competing I presume - but the Canterbury Aero Club's Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II ZK-DUY (c/n 28R-7535019) was on site. 
This had been with the Club since new in late 1974.
 The Pitts S-1 Special ZK-EES (c/n AACA/28) was built up by Max Clear in the mid-1970's.
It was rebuilt in 1994 when a 180hp engine was installed and by the look of it - ailerons where added to all four wings.
The Vans RV-3 ZK-WCO (c/n 11504) was an eight month build project by Chris Schadler of Whakatane. 
It has a modified wing for aerobatics and is powered by an O-320 from a dead Cessna - pulled along behind a Brent Thompson modified Omega 79 inch propeller.
It first flew on 11-02-2015.
The Canterbury Aero Club's Robin R2160 ZK-RBN2 is parked beyond.

Dargaville Warbirds Postscript

OK, I have to own up.  Two of the warbirds from my last post were models.  But really good giant scale models.  Here are a couple of other photos of them:

The modellers were from the Base Auckland Model Flying Club who normally fly at Whenuapai, and  they put on a great show.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Warbirds at Dargaville Today 24-2-2018

The Dargaville Aero Club held their postponed flyin today, welcoming gyrocopters and trikes, of which there were plenty and more of later.

However, I was more taken by the warbirds on display:

North American Harvard NZ1065 carried out some approaches and overshoots.

Republic P 47D Thunderbolt 433240 coded IA-N showed a good climb rate.

While Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX EN520 coded FL-A showed off its classic lines.

This is painted to represent Wing Commander Colin Grey's machine from No 81 Squadron at Tunisia in 1943.