Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Omega of the Alphas - Or Is It?

A forlorn sight at Hamilton Airport on 7 November was nearly the whole fleet of the CTC Aviation Alpha R 2160's parked up. They are still registered to CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd but are presumably trapped in the voluntary liquidation of Alpha Aviation which occurred on 23 January 2008. There were 10 CTC aircraft present - ZK-CTQ,R,S,T,V,Xand Y (in the white with blue and yellow trim scheme) as well as Robin R2160's ZK-TZD and ZK-TZM (in the blue and white trim scheme). There were 3 aircraft on one side of the open fronted hangar...

...and 6 on the other side.
Out front was the 10th CTC Alpha, ZK-FXY in a white and green scheme looking as though it is active. This was the original aircraft built by Alpha Aviation and it first flew on 12 April 2006. There were also 3 other Alpha R 2160's on the field - ZK-WCD, ZK-WJH and ZK-WKF owned by the Waikato Aero Club.
On 23 June 2009 Alpha Aviation was sold to Hong Kong based company IXL Ltd who intend to re-start manufacturing planes at the Alpha Aviation factory at Hamilton Airport.

1 comment:

  1. Believe it or not the Robins were far nicer to fly than the Alpha's... especially TZM.