Sunday, 14 November 2010

Jodel D 9's of New Zealand (3)

The later 1970's and early 1980's Jodel D 9's.

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.

Also being built in the Wairarapa was Ian Blake's ZK-CVN (c/n AACA 54), which first flew at Masterton on 2/12/81. However, as may be seen by the early AACA number, it was started much earlier by R B Stratton of Tauranga, who first registered it on 6/10/67. It was then sold to W D Power and J R Hobday of Feilding on 20/8/74 who in turn sold it to Ian Blake on 13/12/78. It is photo'd here at Masterton in 12/81. ZK-CVN was damaged while flying to the 1985 AACA fly-in at Queenstown.

The damaged aircraft was sold to Alan and Evan Belworthy and Penny McKay of Masterton in 5/85, who rebuilt it and painted it in this pseudo military colour scheme. This photo was taken at an airstrip alongside the Masterton racecourse in the late 1980's. It was re-designated as a Class 1 microlight on 5/6/98. It is still current and still owned by Alan and Evan Belworthy, and it is hangared on Evan's airstrip at Cust.

The final Jodel D 9 of this bunch is ZK-KMM (c/n AACA 283), which was built by Keith Morris over a period of 10 years at Lower Hutt, Te Aroha and Levin. It was first registered on 23/12/83 and its first flight was at Foxpine on 15/1/84, piloted by Stuart Tantrum. ZK-KMM was built as a Jodel D 9 Plus with a wider fuselage, a raised turtle-deck (so a tall pilot could fit in rather than have his head sticking out), and a taller rudder. It also had a Taylor Monoplane-style undercarriage with round tube and scissors rather than the difficult to make teardrop shaped Jodel undercarriage legs. It was quite light and it flew well with Paul Beauchamp-Legg reckoning it as one of the nicest aircraft he ever flew (and he flew a lot of types). A half share of ZK-KMM was sold to Paul Beauchamp-Legg of Queen Charlotte Sound, and Paul flew it from Omaka across Cook Strait to and from Feilding at least 38 times. It is photographed here at Feilding in 1985 before it was named "Jodie". ZK-KMM was sold to Dick Haggett of Palmerston North in 8/86. In pushing it out of the hangar for sale to Dick Haggett, with the tail lifted up and talking - the rudder struck the top of the hangar door opening and was broken. Jim Fordyce of Feilding re-built the rudder.

ZK-KMM languished in a hangar on Feilding areodrome for quite a few years until purchased by Rex Thompson. Rex tidied the aircraft up, re-did the registration and added a canopy, as shown outside Rex's hangar at Feilding in 1994. Rex re-designated it as a Class 1 microlight on 22/9/98. Rex sold ZK-KMM to Hayden Kappely of Waipukurau in 7/02 and it is still active in the Hawkes Bay area.


  1. For ZK-KMM you say "It was first registered on 23/12/84 and its first flight was at Foxpine on 15/1/84"

    Do you mean "It was first registered on 23/12/83"?

  2. Do you ever stop? And think that the owners of the aircraft may not want their details splashed all over the internet?

  3. Thanks for that flyernzl. The date of registration of ZK-KMM was 23/12/83. I have changed it in the post.

    Anonymous - I am sorry that you are upset. However, one of the purposes of the blog is to record the histories of New Zealand aircraft. I have had feedback from some builders and owners who have been happy to have the deatils published. All the information on builders and owners of the aircraft is/has been published by CAA over the years. I am trying to record the history of the homebuilt aircraft movement in New Zealand in a form that is available to all.

  4. Some people may be happy with you posting details of their aircraft.

    I wouldn't be if it was me though.

  5. What on earth is the problem? As Sir Minty has said, all of the information posted is in the public domain and has been openly published at some time in the past. There's no 'private' information here, and I can't see anything that I would not want others to see if I was an aircraft owner. Hell, the CAA website even lists the owners' home address if you want to look...

  6. "Do you ever stop? And think that the owners of the aircraft may not want their details splashed all over the internet?"

    Please explain your concern. None of what is presented is particularly private. I'm genuinely interested to hear your point of view.