Saturday 10 December 2011

Jodel D.18 ZK-EDR

Russell Woods has built a Jodel D.18 from left over wood from his previous forty years of aircraft construction. These previous projects include the original Jodel D.11 ZK-EDR1 , Isaac Fury ZK-RFC and the Sequoia Falco F.8L ZK-FWA. The latest project has become ZK-EDR2 powered by a historic Continental C.75 engine. It is being test flown by John Goddard. The engine in this aircraft was the one used by Harry Newton in his flight from Belgium to New Zealand (crossing "The Ditch" on 09-10-1947) in the Erco 415 CD Ercoupe which became ZK-AQX. The engine was later used on the Jodel D.119 ZK-CKG and then stored for many years.Below is Jodel D.18 ZK-EDR2 as seen at Christchurch yesterday (09-12-2011). Now there cannot be many microlights working out of Christchurch !

The original Jodel D.11 ZK-EDR was also built by Russell Woods of Christchurch and first flew on 09-04-1975 with ownership passing to Dave McDonald in November of 1990 and then to Bill McWilliam of Masterton (now with T51 ZK-WWM) in April of 1994. It was tidied up by the Bellworthy’s of Cust during 2005 and then sold to Nick Furmage at Stratford mid 2008. It ended its flying career stuck in a hedge at Stratford in October of 2010.
Below we have three views of the original D.18 ZK-EDR.
First shot is at Pudding Hill on 25-01-1981.
 Below. Taken on 22-11-2006 at Loburn Abbey.

Above was taken at Stratford on 19-03-2010.


  1. nick let rusell have the letters edr the original edr is in storage but will fly again in the future she was a very nice plane to fly. to good to just burn.....if he hadnt crashed edr wonder what the reg would have been on the new one

    1. Where is original der now I dad was a friend of Russell’s in early seventy’s we went and looked at it getting built .maybe why I made a life out of flying .Russell Knight