Tuesday, 13 October 2015

More pics of ZK-UCR.

 Some more photos of the Piper Super Cub ZK-UCR - thanks to Andrew Phillpott and Supercub.org.

Some Christchurch fling wings

The same but different.
A look in at Garden City Helicopters found two of their Aerospatiale/Eurocopter AS 350 Squirrel/Ecureuil helicopters on site. 
Above is the AS 350BA ZK-HQT2 (c/n 1729) now in full Garden City colour scheme. 

Below is the AS 350BA ZK-HUG2 (c/n 2038).
It wears smaller 'ZK' marks, floatation gear on its skids and Vanuatu Helicopters script.
Its registration had been transferred from Garden City Helicopters Ltd to Vanuatu Helicopters back on 21-03-2015.

On the other side of the airport at Heli Maintenance we see the Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HXN2 (c/n 2141) from Macsil Deer Farms Ltd of Clearwater, Christchurch.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Aerial Agriculture Addition

Christchurch Helicopters have formed an agricultural unit at Christchurch Airport, with a couple of machines at present. Friday last (9 October) was an auspicious day for B206B ZK-HRS, when it undertook its first spraying job in North Canterbury. This machine (c/n 877) was imported from Japan by John Shivnan's Rotorflite, and first registered on 1 Feb 2000. On 5 Jul 2000, operation transferred to Rick Lucas Helicopters and for the next 14 years it undertook tourist and commercial work out of Wellington and other company bases. With the demise of that company last year, the helicopters were stored at Palmerston North, and ZK-HRS escaped cofinement through the tender process earlier this year. The spray gear came with the helicopter, but it seems unlikely it was ever used in Rick's tenure. The other machine used by the agricultural unit is the recently-delivered AS 350BA ZK-HOQ (c/n 1912) from France, where it operated as F-GDXR.

Black Sands Fly In - Raglan - November 7th and 8th.

The Waikato Thames Valley Chapter of the Sport Aircraft Association of NZ invites all recreational aviators to
Black Sands Fly-In 2015” 
The fly-in Information Pack is now available and can be downloaded HERE
The Black Sands fly-in is organised by the Waikato Thames Valley Chapter of the Sport Aircraft Association. It is open to anyone interested in recreational aircraft, be it custom builts, microlights, gyro copters, gliding, model aircraft, vintage and warbird or factory built GA aircraft (and any others we’ve missed!). The aims of the weekend are pretty simple: 
1. Have fun 
2. Meet other people with similar ideas and interests
3. Promote safe sport flying and encourage good airmanship 
4. Have fun!

On offer are BBQ lunches both days, flying activities, beach landing workshop Saturday afternoon and plenty of fun for families and non-aviators alike. Accommodation is available on site and there are plenty of great dinner options in Raglan. Top it all off with some of New Zealand’s best flying scenery and what more could you want?... 
This year, proceeds from the fly-in are going to support the local Raglan St John Ambulance and Raglan Volunteer fire brigade. They continue to look after us as we use the airfield each year so this year we want to give something back to the community. We hope to be able to provide a new resuscitator for the Ambulance and new flood lights for the Fire Brigade.
Registration cost is $10.00 per person which includes aircraft landing fees (unlimited landings all weekend). Meals are additional and are on a “pay as you go” basis. Children 5 – 15 $5, under 5s Free. Please pay the registration fee upon arrival - you will receive a ticket into the hospitality “HQ” Area. No advance registrations are required this year – but we do recommend arranging your accommodation in advance with the Holiday Park.
Book your accommodation now at
 (please support our hosts) 
Contact Bruce Cooke, 
Mobile: 021 1122364.

Cabri ZK-IFH

Whilst chasing the Spitfire yesterday I did a point and shoot at this Cabri that had just landed at Pacific Helicopters at Christchurch.
On later checking I see that it is the new Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-IFH (c/n 1102) which was listed to Wanaka Helicopters Ltd on 07-10-2015.
So the old saying has some merit - Shoot first and ask question later.