As readers will discover, I endeavour to visit Ardmore as often as I can. Its only a short ride from home so today the opportunity presented itself for a quick visit, netting me two new aircraft to photograph plus the chance for my son and his friend to sit a Grumman Cheetah! Woo hoo! 172RK ZK-MXP, recently imported joining ZK-CXP and ZK-TXP with GA Leasing
Vans RV6A ZK-PRV Registered 11Feb08 to an Ardmore address
Whilst North Shore airfield hosted a helicopter championship event, just next down the road next to the Albany Mega Centre shopping complete local EMT helcopters were on display including BK117 ZK-HLN and AS355 ZK-HDG, along with a Skywork machine, Eurocopter 350B3 ZK-HUU.
Notable was Helilink/Airwork AS355 Twin Squirrel ZK-HDG (Police 2) recently off a major maintenance visit at the operator's Ardmore facility now featuring a new colour scheme. Wayne Grant photos.
Finally spotted outside the Oceania hanger was Greenpeace's Hughes 500D ZK-HOQ. From memory, the machine used to wear titles on the tailboom but if so they've been removed. Cessna 172 N5266J, first noted as such at Ardmore on 09Mar, now sports ZK-JFI however has not yet been placed on the register.
R22 ZK-HJR/3 registered to Heliflite Pacific Privately owned R44 ZK-IRL Skywork's AS355 Twin Squirrel ZK-HZZ/5 North Shore based Provost Mk1 ZK-JOT Recently registered Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-SRG. It, along with Furio ZK-LLG were noted crossing Cook Strait from Paraparaumu heading south beyond Cape Campbell.
As Wayne Grant journeyed north 15Mar he visited Hamilton and at Aeromotive was recently completed Pacific Aerospace 750XL ZK-JDQ/2 c/n 139 in a parachute ship configuration. This is the second use of ZK-JDQ, this first was applied to an Air Freight NZ Convair 580 from March 1994 until December 1996. Wayne Grant photo