Monday, 23 July 2018

 Captured today, Air New Zealand's short-lease Boeing 777-212 ZK-OKI ex 9V-SVL arriving in Auckland from Honolulu as flight NZ09.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

MX Technologies MX 2(s) of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered here was the all out aerobatic MX Technologies MX 2 ZK-MXT2 (c/n 007) which was imported by Doug Brooker and first registered to him on 27/8/07.  I have posted the specs of this aircraft previously HERE

ZK-MXT2 is photo'd above outside Doug Brooker's hangar at Ardmore on 19/11/08.

After importing his even more all out aerobatic MXS in 2015, he sold the MX 2 to the USA where it has become N303MV.  ZK-MXT2 was cancelled from the New Zealand register on 16/11/15.

Saturday, 21 July 2018


A period of settled weather brought some visitors to the Pauanui airfield, the star being the Provost ZK-JOT which arrived on Friday afternoon, and left Saturday for Tauranga.

The newly reregistered Tauranga Aero Club Cessna 172S ZK-TAI  (formerly ZK-COS) departed in the mist for Tauranga

And from Ardmore the Ardmore Flying School Cessna 172R ZK-TAS,  which is now diesel powered

Unique Westland Bush Plane in New Zealand

The next type of Amateur Built Aircraft to be registered was the Westland Bush Plane which was constructed by Russell Cook of Kaihinu, just North of Hokitika.  It is obviously from Piper Cub stock but I understand that it is a bit bigger than a Cub.  One distinguishing feature is the slightly revised rear window shape with an additional cargo door below that I assume would be for loading longer cargo.

I do not have dimensions or performance data for the aircraft but it is certified for a MAUW of 793 Kg which is the same as a PA 18A-150 Cub.  It was obviously built for use on West Coast river beds with those big tyres.

ZK-WBP (c/n 0017251) was registered to Kaihinu Aviation Ltd of Hokitika on 17/4/07.  It can be seen in the above photo, taken at Omaka on 23/12/11, that it is marked as "Back Country Explorer" on the fin (click on the image to enlarge).

The Westland Bush Plane is another one of the many Cub lookalikes that we have had in New Zealand including Wag Aero Cubys, a back Country Cub, Carbon Cubs, Zlin Savage Cubs. the Classic Adventurer CA 18 and Light Miniature Aircraft Cubs (including a couple of full size LMA 5X-Ws that I will post about soon).

Friday, 20 July 2018


Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-IJB1 (c/n 10267) was registered to the NZ agents - Skysales Aviation (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 03-03-2004 and was transferred over to John Butterfield (the JB in the registration) on 29-04-2004.
 Above we see it outside Heli Maintenance at Christchurch on 25-03-2004.
Below it at Pacific Aircraft on 28-09-2012.
 It was sold to Macsil Deer farms Ltd of Christchurch and re-registered as ZK-HWTon 07-05-2018.
 Above we see it today at Heli Maintenance in its new identity.
Below is a closeup of the graphics on the mast.
Macsil also have the Robinson R22's ZK-HXN2 and ZK-HDX2 listed.