Saturday, 21 September 2013

First of type. ZK-EMP

ZK-EMP2 (c/n 126) is the first of its type in NZ.
This Acrolite 1C was built by Bernie Johnston at Rangiora from the Canadian plans by Ron Wilson and is getting very close to its first flight.
Power comes from a Hirth 3003E fuel injected motor of 102hp connected to a Powerfin propeller.
As you can see it has metal wings and fabric covered tubular fuselage and fibre cowls.
Pic taken on 12-06-2013 at NZRT.
 
EMP comes from Electro Magnetic Pulse
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Interestingly the first aircraft lined up to be ZK-EMP was Fletcher FU-24 c/n 268.
However it instead became ZK-VAL for Vanair whilst still on the production line.
It later became ZK-UTE and then ZK-CRY2 and is currently listed with Superair.

ZK-EMP was then applied to Fletcher c/n 267 which was exported to Australia to become VH-MYW with Ted McIntosh. It is still current with him - trading as Yassair Pty out of Yass in NSW.
Below is ZK-EMP c/n 267 as seen at Hamilton on 03-09-1979.

 

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