Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Its replacement with Willow Air is the rebuilt Zlin Z-137T ZK-WLT (c/n 0039, ex ZK-VIH) as depicted below at Taieri on 09-11-2010. Its awaits the engine and spray gear from WLO.
Monday, 29 November 2010
I bought this with almost all the woodwork done, from Dennis Niles of New Plymouth as a 15 year labour of love. Unfortunately health issues meant Dennis had to give up the build and put it on Trade/Me. I've always wanted to build an aeroplane as a pilot and an IA. but I'm afflicted with elastic tapemeasure disease. Wise men say, "measure twice and cut once" I can measure 10 times and get different answers each time. I believe its because they are making tape measures out of elastic. Damned Chinese. Anyhoo I needed something with the woodwork nearly done and Dennis's was just perfect. It needs all the things that I know and love to do. It has a zero timed 1600cc VW single port heads, twin carbs (off a 582) mounted on top. I've stuck to basics such as a new distributor, coil, mechanical fuel pump with electric back-up pump. AHA, I hear you say, you'll need electricity. A georgeous little Kubota alternator and a rectifier, belt driven off the back of the crank and a dinky little car battery. May fit an electric starter one day. It has all been sanded and resprayed in White with rescue red empenage and wing ends. I'll post some pickies when I figure out how. So,, Pull finger, Brent and we'll see if it'll make some noise and maybe even aviate.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
|At Timaru 25Nov, Simon Brown photo|
The arrival of ZK-KPH brings the NZ Caravan population to 9 aircraft:
ZK-PDM (Sounds Air)
ZK-PMT (Skydive Tandem, Methven)
ZK-SKB (Air Milford 2000)
ZK-TZR (Sounds Air)
ZK-KPH (Skydive Queenstown)
ZK-MJL (Salt Air)
ZK-MYH (Air 2 There)
ZK-SAA (Sounds Air however on 'sabatical' in Northern Territories and northern Western Australia)
ZK-SRI (Air Safaris)
|Airborne runway 29 at the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow Easter 2006, Mike Condon photo|
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
|Outside the Air NZ Jet Base at Auckland 24Nov, Wayne Grant photo|
Sunday, 21 November 2010
The photos are from the Keith Morris collection unless otherwise noted.
Our 9th D 9 was Robbie Gentry's ZK-FLI (c/n 10 4E), which was registered on 20/2/85. Robbie built ZK-FLI, his 5th homebuilt, at Masterton. It is photo'd here at the same Manawatu AACA Chapter fly-in at Feilding in 1985 as ZK-CTW was (see previous post). ZK-FLI migrated North to J D S Orr of Auckland in 9/87 then to B R Thow of Wellsford in 7/90. Then followed a series of syndicate owners at Blenhiem, and back to G C Southgate of Auckland in 11/98.
It was redesignated as a Class 1 microlight on 20/1/99 and it is photo'd here at Pikes Point in 2000. It is still current with J P C Land of Kaikohe who has owned it since 4/09.
It was then sold to the Te Anau area in December 2012.
Coolangatta, Redcliffe, Byron Bay, Bankstown, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Bendigo, Moorabbin, Parafield, Nullabor, Caiguna, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Bunbury, Jandakot, Warburton and Moree, to name just a few, with the final known flight being on 07Oct when it arrived at Redcliffe from Moree.
It was cancelled from the NZ register on 18Nov as exported so no doubt it will have Australian marks by now.
|at Ardmore 28Jun10, still awaiting final assembly. Mike Condon photo|
Saturday, 20 November 2010
It arrived in the circuit at Ardmore 19Nov and duly landed to be photographed by Colin Hunter.
|Shares the same art as Harvard ZK-WAR (worn on its engine cowl).|
Sunday, 14 November 2010
The photos are from the Keith Morris collection.
The next Jodel D 9 to be completed was John Murrays ZK-DEV (c/n AACA/117/1), which was registered on 22/5/75. John built his D 9 in Christchurch, and first flew it there on 20/12/75. It featured a Corby Starlet type canopy and looked very smart. It is photo'd here at the 1981 AACA fly-in at Pudding Hill, Methven. John sold it to MR Alexander of Blenhiem in 4/82 and it was then sold to PG Alexander of Blenhiem. By 5/84 it had been sold to C A McDonald of Dunedin, and in 1/87 it was sold to Pauline Hogue of Dunedin. It was damaged in a precautionary landing at Tairei on 25/10/87 and it was cancelled from the register on 20/9/89. Pauline Hogue also owned Jodel D 9 ZK-DBS which was also written off after engine failure at Tairei. She didn't seem to have much luck with D 9's!
In Masterton, former motor English cycle racer Trevor Sampson built ZK-EKC (c/n AACA 278) in a very short timeframe, and painted it in this very distinctive colour scheme. ZK-EKC was first registered on 20/9/77 and first flew at Masterton on 23/12/77, flown by Alan Belworthy I think. The photo was taken at Masterton in the early 1980's and the Andy Capp figure on the tail is a nod to Trevor's English ancestry. Trevor sold it to a syndicate of Alan Ruck, Maurice Tull, Kim Twentyman and C D Winterburn in 6/85 but unfortunately it did not last long in Canterbury as it crashed at Swannanoa on 21/9/85. It was cancelled on 5/7/95.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
This helicopter has been kept busy over our winter period working out of the South Island's West Coast glaciers on scenic work and 3 months in Vanuatu.
|At Nelson in 2009, Peter Campbell photo|
Anybody help please ?
Hi, just another query. We had a single-seat Bede BD-6 on our register for a while, VH-PYH c/n 1026 that was regd to its owner builder in Western Australia on 18 January 2002. It was exported at some time to New Zealand. No-one here seems to have caught up with it and was wondering if you have any idea of where it is and what has happened to it.
Seems to be something that no-one has photographed. Regards, Dave Eyre.
Friday, 12 November 2010
|Wild Thing D-MDTT photographed in Germany prior to importation into NZ by its owner/builder Jersey Seipel.|
It became ZK-DTT2 on 15-10-2010.
The above message was received from Jersey this morning.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Last year it was Oscar Stielau's ZK-IOS (See www.nzcivair.blogspot.com/2009/11/innovator-mosquito-xe-zk-ios-at-raglan.html ), and this year it was the agents' ZK-IXE. Both helicopters flew at the fly-ins but only short hops.
ZK-IXE was first registered on 17/4/09 to B E Holland of Dairy Flat (he lives right alongside North Shore Airfield which is handy). The Mosquito XE is an extremely micolight helicopter with a maximum takeoff weight of only 240 Kgs!
This particular aircraft is the first Caravan in NZ to be retro fitted with a 900hp Garrett (Honeywell) TPE331 engine, a significant increase in the available power of the PT6 engine that comes standard on a Caravan producing 650hp. The 'upsized' power of the new engine makes this modified Caravan ideal for parachute operations and it is was registered to Skydive Queenstown on 17Nov as ZK-KPH. http://www.texasturbines.com/ttcaravan/TTcaravan.htm
|On arrival at Timaru under the command of veteran ferry pilot Jim Hazelton|
|Showing off the Caravan's retro fitted engine. Simon Brown photos|
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Also see http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2010/11/even-more-rvs.html
|DH83C Fox Moth ZK-APT carried out a couple of circuits|
|Nelson based Cessna TU206G ZK-EOP|
|A rare machine, a Cessna 207 ZK-MDZ operated by Flight Hauraki|
|Stoddard-Hamilton Glastar ZK-MPO|
|Beech A36 ZK-NAZ conducted a local flight followed by circuits.|
|Fisher Dakota Hawk ZK-SOL|
|Pitts S2S ZK-WIZ|
|A brief stop at Parakai saw Coyote ZK-XLD captured on camera|