Tuesday, 28 March 2017

RAANZ National Fly-in 2017

RAANZ National Fly-in 2017

Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club

Rangiora Airfield

Friday March 31 - Sunday 2 April

Friday 31st March

  • Meet at Rangiora
  • Free flying
  • BBQ Tea-$15
  • Fly to pier and Sumner or Landing comp.
Saturday 1st April
  • Breakfast at clubhouse 7.00am - $10
  • Fly to Oxford for lunch via Forrest field and Rakaia Gorge to Lake Coleridge – Oxford. $10
  • Afternoon general flying and competitions
  • Dinner at RSA Rangiora- self funded
Sunday 2nd April
  • Breakfast at clubhouse. $10
  • Camping at Rangiora with club facilities for use.
  • Up to 20 sleeping places at clubhouse.
  • Motels in Rangiora, only 7 minutes away.
  • Aircraft parking but no hangars are available.
  • We are talking to Council about landing fees and think they will be minimal.
  • Please check NOTAMs as South side of runway 07-025 is closed.

Question Tine # 193. Piper PA-38 ZK-RPM

We have here a photograph of a Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk marked roughly as "RPM" as seen at Ardmore in November of 1995 and comes from the late Bob Kerr collection.
To the best of my knowledge there has never been a Tomahawk registered as ZK-RPM !

The first ZK-RPM was a Cessna 182P Skylane II which was a re-registration of ZK-JBH in February of 1987. It flew offshore on 18-02-1989.

There is a Corby CJ-1 Starlet - as yet uncompleted - at Rangiora which did have hopes of becoming ZK-RPM.

On 14-11-2012 a Cessna U206G - ex ZK-TAM - was re-registered as ZK-RPM2 and is still currently registered as such.

So the question is - What is the identity of this aircraft ?

Its previous US markings are faintly visible under the 'RPM' marks.
These appear to be N24???
The last digit or letter has a rounded base so could well be either :-
0, 6, 8, B, D, G or U.

To my eye the fin and vertical tail plane appear to be from different aircraft.

Any thoughts ?

RANS S 9 Chaos ZK-OUT at Greymouth

I have posted previously on Rans S 9s of New Zealand at http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/rans-s-9-chaoss-of-new-zealand.html  In that post of our four S 9s to date I noted that Evan Grooby imported ZK-OUT from the US in 2007, but at that time I didn't have a photo of it, and then it was damaged in the Greymouth hangar collapse at Easter 2014.

Since that time the aircraft has been rebuilt by Craig Miller of Custom Aviation at Taieri, and Evan Grooby has now kindly sent photos of his aircraft which he says flies well.

ZK-OUT (c/n 0888058) at Greymouth on 13/11/16.  Thanks for the photos Evan.
I thought this would be a good lead-in to the RAANZ flyin to be held at Rangiora over the coming weekend.  I am looking forward to it.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Portuguese Surprise at Ardmore 27-3-17

Bell TH-1L Iroquois CS-HBV msn 6426 seen just after being unloaded from a truck early this afternoon. This helicopter served with the United States Navy until being wfu on 8-6-83. It then became N434RR / N450AH / and N540GH before taking up it's present registration. I wonder who it is destined for here ?

Cessna 172N ZK-EJR at NZKF

On a return trip from Dargaville back on 31/1/17 I called in to Kaipara Flats airfield where the Rodney Aero Club's Cessna 172N ZK-EJR was sitting in the late afternoon sun.

ZK-EJR (c/n 17269035) was first registered in New Zealand on 8/9/77 and remarkably has been owned by the Rodney Aero Club ever since.  It has also not been posted on the NZ Civair blog.