Tuesday, 16 October 2018

2nd Australian arrival departing NZTG

Following on from Richard's previous post of its arrival at Pauanui we have two shots taken today at Tauranga showing the Vans RV-7 VH-JPD (c/n 73044) ready to depart.
 And departing.
VH-JPD was first registered on 03-02-2010 to Peter G Hicks of Durraweit Guim, Victoria.
Photographs from Hairy Mole Rat.
It follows Peter's Just Highlander VH-JPU which flew into Pauanui from Tauranga last Thursday.
See Richards arrival pic  Here

2nd Australian arrival

Further to last Thursday's Blog the 2nd of the two Australian imports, RV7 VH-JPD,  flew into its new Pauanui home this afternoon,  after assembly at Tauranga by Solo Wings.

Canadians at Ardmore 15-10-18

In the Oceania compound at Ardmore early yesterday morning were these two Aerospatiale AS 350 B2's of Canadian Helicopters. C-FHNZ msn 2005 and C-GAHP msn 1350

Monday, 15 October 2018

Top of the South

Passing through Blenheim/Omaka on Saturday I captured the Gippsland GA200C ZK-DPC2 (c/n 200C9831) of Patchett Ag-Air 2015 Ltd which had just parked outside the Marlborough Aero Club hangar following a training flight.
 An earlier post on ZK-DPC can be found Here.
Note the change of markings.
Of interest was the Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2 ZK-GEW2 (c/n 132) as listed with Grant E Wills of Blenheim.
Followers of the N Z gliding scene may recognise this glider as being the original ZK-GLA as registered to Dave Speight of Te Anau on 17-03-1977.  
Ray Lynskey took it over from April 1983 and proceeded to rewrite the NZ gliding record book. 
It was sold onto Martyn Cook of Pukerua Bay in October of 1995.
The above three are well known names in NZ gliding - with Dave Speight selling his Cirrus ZK-GHO to get into ZK- GLA. Ray Lynskey had the Cirrus ZK-GJJ before buying ZK-GLA from Dave- he then moved on to the Ventus cM ZK-GXL followed by the Ventus 2cM ZK-GLA2. Martyn Cook had the Discus B ZK-GXN before ZK-GLA and got the LS8-18 ZK-GZN later.
 It was listed to the Vause Family Trust of Blenheim in September of 2001 and then to Grant Wills who re-registered - using his initials - as ZK-GEW2 on 24-01-2003.
Up at Takaka back on the 7th I spied the Cessna TU206F Turbo Stationair ZK-OAY (c/n TU20602397) as listed with Southbranch Farm Ltd of Christchurch.
A previous mention HERE.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Tigers at Taumarunui - the Tiger Club Spring Flyin

The Tiger Club's Spring Flyin at Taumarunui always kicks off the upcoming "flying event" season.  This year the number of attending aircraft was down due to some pretty awful weather in the few days leading up to the flyin.  However a few hardy pilots in their Tigers did make it plus Jan and Jerry Chisum's DH 60G Gipsy Moth.

The photos are from Jordan Elvy - thanks very much Jordan.

ZK-ADT came from Hastings.

ZK-AON came from Napier.

ZK-BEC came from Auckland.

ZK-BFF came from Tauranga.

ZK-BMY came from Palmerston North.

and ZK-CCQ came from Warkworth.

Taumarunui sure is a photogenic airstrip for lovely photos of lovely aircraft!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Another International NZ Connection - ZK-AGM

David Wise has sent a couple of photos of the lovely DH 83 Fox Moth marked as ZK-AGM (c/n TS2810) taken at the LAA Rally at Sywell on 31/8/18.

Actually, I did not realise that the New Zealand registration is a UK CAA Registration Mark Exemption scheme and the aircraft is actually registered as G-CIPJ (although this has been mentioned on the blog previously).

The aircraft is a long term rebuild of the original ZK-AGM which crashed near Wanaka in April 1963 and was itself a rebuild using parts of Fox Moth ZK-ADH with a new fuselage.

Previous posts on this aircraft can be found HERE (detailing its complete history), and HERE.

Thanks for the photos David.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Arrivals from Australia

Arriving this afternoon at its new home in Pauanui was Just Highlander VH-JPU which has been imported into NZ by Peter Hicks, together with his RV7 VH-JPD.

Peter and his wife have emigrated to NZ and the aircraft were shipped over and assembled by Solo Wings at Tauranga.     The RV7 will fly to Pauanui when assembly is completed.

Another R44

A visitor to Pauanui today was the R44 ZK-HYF which changed ownership in September to Discovery Helicopters, Hamilton  but is flying with HeliCorp titling.

A Couple from Wellington on 28-9-2018

A quick trip to Wellington International a couple of weeks ago produced a couple of out of town visitors:

Piper PA 31 Navajo ZK-LTD (c/n 31-73009180) is registered to Avia Air Charter Ltd of Hamilton.  It was ex VH-JKC and has been registered in New Zealand on 28/4/93.  It is now onto its sixth owner and I do not think it has been posted on the blog previously (but it is not much use searching under LTD!).

In the background is the new Wellington leaning control tower which is now operational.

And outside the Life Flight hangar the Hawkes Bay Kawasaki BK-117-2 Rescue Helicopter ZK-IBK2 (c/n 1053) departed.  It is sponsored by the Lowe Corporation and is operated by Skyline Aviation Ltd of Napier.  The registration is partly obscured by the winch.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Tauranga Robinson R44s

A visit to Tauranga Airport today offered a couple of R44s that havent appeared on this blog site before,  being locally based Aerius Helicopter's ZK-HXY

And registered to McNicholas Aviation, Ohope  ZK-IIA