Saturday 14 April 2012

Omarama pickings 08-04-2012

A quick hot chocky break at the Omarama airfield on our way back from Wanaka picked up the following.
The Piper PA18 Cub ZK-BTU (c/n 18-6233) has been listed to Arthur Turner of Christchurch since August last year, but seems to be based here.
Glider Schempp-Hirth Discus CS ZK-GEE2 (c/n 299CS) was a Bruce Drake import for Gavin Wills of Omarama back in November of 2002. It is still operated by Gavin under the Glider Rentals name.
Another Schempp-hirth Discus is the model 2b ZK-GZP (c/n 59). This flew briefly in Germany in 2000 before going to the US in 2001. It was imported into NZ by Sailplane Services of Drury and registered on 29-09-2005. Title changed to Bob Martin of Gore on 20-08-2008.
The Cessna 185A ZK-VKE (c/n 185A-0297) has recently changed hands - from Hugh Bethell of Waikari, to Mike Thomas of Omarama. It replaces Mike's Cessna 180 ZK-CGJ which was damaged in the Upper Dingle on 11-02-2012. An earlier blog on VKE is at
One that we don't see out and about very much is the Eagle 150B ZK-XAB (c/n 032) as registered to the Rodin Trust of Christchurch. It was flown across from Australia in April of 2002. It has about 120 airframe hours now.

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