Wednesday, 22 November 2017

JetRanger ZK-HOD.

Added to our register on 17-08-2017 was this Bell 206B JetRanger III ZK-HOD6 (c/n 3396) for the MacIntyre Family Trust of Tauranga.
Below is what the NZ Aviation News Magazine said about it.
AN2140X this JetRanger was listed to R J Smelley of Fort Worth Texas by October 1981 and then to Udo Haueler of Austin Texas by January 1986. 
In March 1987 it popped up on the Japanese register as JA9475 with Wataru Construction at Kawagoe. 
Above is a pic of it as JA9475 taken on 17-07-2004
After a couple more owners it returned to the States to become N796M on 28-08-2006 for Noevir Aviation Inc at Montvale New Jersey who quickly moved it on to Lady Alice Corporation at Wilmington Delaware as N206LA from 13-10-2006. 
Its final US listing was Juliet Sierra Juliet LLC at Wilmington from 30-05-2012. 
The earlier ZK-HOD’s were a Hughes 269C, followed by four Robinson R22 Beta’s

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Murphy Super Rebel ZK-MSR/2 Test Flight 16-11-2017

The previously posted Murphy Super Rebel ZK-MSR2 was test flown at Tauranga in the late afternoon of 16/11/17:

Ready to go, showing off the 3 bladed propeller.

And lift off!  

Congratulations Ike and thanks for the photos Grayson.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

RNZAF Base Mount Maunganui 16-11-2017

In a Throwback Thursday moment at Tauranga last Thursday Grayson Ottaway captured a couple of RNZAF old timers out sunning themselves:

Warbirds (Flight 2000 Ltd's) "Dakota" NZ3546 and the NZ Historic Aircraft Trust's DH 104 Devon NZ1808 in their Royal New Zealand Air Force colours circa the 1960s with a period International Harvester tractor.  Nice.

For more information on the Dakota see HERE  and for more on the Devon see HERE

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tauranga Tecnams

Richard Currie has already posted about the new, as yet unregistered, Tecnam Sierra Mark II ZK-EVE.  However our Tauranga correspondent the Hairy Mole Rat was also on site yesterday to capture two new Tecnams out in the sun:

ZK-EVE is our first Mark II version of the P2002 Sierra, which was introduced by Tecnam in December 2016.  The most obvious difference is the new canopy which is somewhat similar to the Tecnam Astore.  I understand that it can be powered by the new Rotax 915 engine of 135 HP, but I am not sure of the engine installed in  ZK-EVE.  It is missing its spinner in the above photo.

But also out in the sun was our latest P2008 ZK-TLT (c/n 123), which was registered to the agents, Tecnam Australasia Ltd of Papakura on 2/11/17.  It is also missing its spinner in the above photo.  It is the 13th P2008 to be registered in New Zealand

Hawkes Bay comes to Pauanui

A group of 5 Hawkes Bay flyers arrived at the Pauanui airfield late on Friday afternoon,  stayed the night and departed on a very blustery Saturday morning heading west.

These included the 1959 model Cessna 182B ZK-BHP,   Cherokee 180 ZK-DFL and Cessna 172N SuperHawk ZK-EKG as pictured below.

The other two were Super Cub ZK-BPM and Tomahawk ZK-WAJ.