Saturday, 4 July 2015

Rugby comes to town

With the super important rugby this weekend Air New Zealand added a special flight. Leaving from Auckland via Dunedin to Wellington and then back to Auckland rather emptier! Flight NZ1232 landed in Wellington just after 10.30 this morning and drew quite a large number of eager photographers to capture the moment!




Air New Zealand Boeing 767-319ER, ZK-NCL (MSN 28745)

Friday, 3 July 2015

SG Aviation Storm 300s of New Zealand

The Storm 300 was the next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand when ZK-ULT was first registered in April 1999.

The Storm was designed in Italy and back then kits were manufactured by SG Aviation of Saudabia in the Lazio region (the company is now called StormAviation).  The aircraft is all aluminium with fibreglass mouldings and is of pretty standard low wing configuration.  It can be built with a tri-gear or tailwheel undercarriage, but all of our Storms have been tri-gear models.  Engine power can range between 100 and 125 HP.

Length is 6.55 metres (21 feet 6 inches), wingspan is 7.92 metres (26 feet) and the wing area is 119 square feet.  Empty weight is around 322 Kg (710 pounds) and MAUW is 524 Kg ( 1,155 pounds.  With a Rotax 914 engine of 115 HP cruise is 170 mph.

We have had seven Storm 300 aircraft in New Zealand as follows:

Our First Storm 300 was ZK-ULT ( c/n NZ001) which was registered to Ultra Air Ltd of Waihi Beach (Ron Donaldson and Felice Di Napoli), on 8/4/99.  It was assembled by Heliplane Services at Thames and its first flight was at Thames on 14/4/99.  It was sold to MF Maughan of Hamilton on 10/4/00 and then to Ron Donaldson of Katikati on 4/2/02.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 Black Sands flyin at Raglan.  Most recently it was purchased by the Wairoa (HB) Aero Club on 2/2/10, with whom it is still registered.

Our second Storm 300 came along quickly after ZK-ULT.  It was ZK-VEE (c/n NZ004) which built by Fred Very of Hamilton, and was first registered to him on 3/5/99.  On 15/3/03 it was sold to RJ Byal of Katikati with whom it is still current   It is photo'd above at the 2006 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, alongside ZK-ULT.

ZK-RON2 (c/n NL-002) was the second aircraft built by Ron Longley of Tauranga (following his Squirecraft Cavalier ZK-DYC).  It was first registered on 21/12/00 and was powered by a Jabiru 3300 engine.  It is photo'd above at the 2004 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.  Ron sold the aircraft to KB and MB Johnston of Whakatane on 25/2/06 and they re-registered the aircraft as ZK-KMJ on 10/4/06.  (Can anyone supply a photo of it as ZK-KMJ?).  The Johnston's took the aircraft with them to Australia, cancelling the New Zealand registration on 10/4/07 and  registering it as 19-5024.  Tragically it crashed into bushland near Bundaberg, Queensland, on 6/10/13, killing Karl Johnston.

Then followed a dericho of Storms that I have (somewhat whimsically) posted about previously at

The first of these was ZK-COW2 (c/n NL-001) that was built by Chris and Martin Schadler of Whakatane and registered on 25/9/01.  It was also powered by a Jabiru 3300 engine and is photo'd at the 2004 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.  On 5/1/04 it was sold to The Flying Cow Ltd (Mike Johnson) of Christchurch.  Sadly it has sat derelict at Rangiora for some years but it is still registered.

Next was ZK-WOC (c/n S5-01S-0044) was also built by Chris and Martin Schadler and was first registered to them on 16/3/05.  It is powered by a Rotax 912S engine.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.  On 26/4/07 it was sold to RL Walker of Whitianga with whom it is still registered.

Then came ZK-OCW (c/n S5-01S-0045) which was built by Robert Van Beek of Whakatane and was first registered to him on 26/1/06 and he still owns the aircraft.  It is also powered by a Rotax 912S engine.  It is photo'd above alongside ZK-WOC at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.

And finally ZK-WCO (c/n S5-01S-0043) was also built by Chris and Martin Schadler and was first registered to them on 8/11/07.  It is photo'd above at the 2008 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.  Unfortunately it crashed near Whakatane on 29/9/11 and it was cancelled on 17/4/14.

Chris Schadler has gone on to build a Vans RV 3 which he recently registered as ZK-WCO2.

Pie run Thursday 2nd & Friday 03-07-2015

Passing through Rangiora from Stratford today (03-07-2015) was the Graeme Prankerd Cessna 180B ZK-EEJ (c/n 50557)
It got a mention earlier at :-


Yesterday I spied this roadrunner at gate 16 Christchurch International Airport.
(Trying to get in - not out).
It is none other than the Piper PA-18-150 c/n 18-7709103.
This makes it ex S5-DAM all the way from Slovenia where it was with the Nova Gorica Aero Club and based at Bovec airfield.
 Below is a pic of it with glider tow rope attached at said field taken by Pirih Florijan in 2010.

Canterbury Gliding Clubs latest.

 The Canterbury Gliding Clubs latest addition is this Aerospool Dynamic WT9 Turbo ZK-DYTug c/n DY502/2014 from Drake Aviation. It is seen above at Rangiora today doing Club tow pilot conversion to type.
This replaces their olde Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee ZK-CNG which (among other things) is in need of a rebag, an engine overhaul and tailplane modifications. It is now in the hands of Bruce Drake of Fernside.
Pic below shows the Pawnee ZK-CNG out to pasture at the Canterbury Gliding Clubs field at  Springfield - Russell Flat on 19-10-2013. It  has been with the CGC since 1974.
Its duties being taken over by other leased tow planes.
 A "replacement" was acquired on 16-09-2014 in the shape of the Microlight Class 2 Aeropro EuroFox 3K Microlight Class 2 ZK-TUG2 (c/n 382130). 
This is currently listed for sale.
Pic below was nicked from the Club Facebook page.
Also reasonably new to the CGC (as from 14-04-2015) is the Glasflugel Syandard Libelle ZK-GGK "Shrek" c/n 76.
Pic below was taken at Omarama back on 02-01-2010.


Jean210 sent in these two GA200 photographs some weeks ago and I have been sitting on them until now -awaiting a change to take place.

Gippsland GA200C ZK-RMU is c/n 200C0042 and started its NZ career from 30-10-2010-2000 as ZK-RMW2 with Rural Air Services (1968) Ltd at Feilding. They re-registered it as ZK-RMU on 1 -11-2007.
It was transferred to Murray Hargreaves Ltd at Maungaturoto on 24-11-2009 and was seen above at its base by Jean210 on 09-12-2013.
 Early in June of 2014 ZK-DMC2 arrived on site, and ZK-RMU moved out and was re-listed to Central AgAir Ltd of Oturehua on 30-06-2014
Gippsland GA200 ZK-DMC2 (c/n 2009618) came to NZ in late 1996 and has had its share of operators. 
In June 2014 Ravensdown Aerowork Ltd of Wanganui sent it up to M Hargreaves Ltd at Maungaturoto where it replaced ZK- RMU. 
It is seen above on 04-03-2015 at Dargaville. Another fine Jean 210 shot.
It was returned to Ravensdown Aerowork Ltd from 17-06-2015.
As from 06-05-2015 Fletcher ZK-DEQ was listed with M Hargreaves Ltd of Maungaturoto filling the gap left with  the departure of the GA200 ZK-DMC.
Jean210 sent this pic to us back in February of 2012 of the then Kaitaia Based Fletcher FU24-950 ZK-DEQ (c/n 166) sitting on the Murray Hargreaves (Aerial Work Mid North and Go North) strip on State Highway 12 West of Maungaturoto on 05-02-2012.
This one started life with James Aviation from 28-01-1971. 

It was withdrawn from use on 07-07-1983 and stored, with ownership passing to Fieldair Holdings in May of 1984.
Returned to service in 1995 and transferred to Far North Air Ltd of Kaitaia on 25-07-1997 and then to Far North Air (2004) Ltd of Kaitaia on 10-06-2004.

If you are lucky you may also find the Cessna 172E ZK-FNT and the U206 ZK-JCB on this strip. And nearer Town the 500's ZK-HSC and ZK-INO of Ralph Schultz.