Saturday, 7 September 2013

ZK-DJE update.

Vince Gardner has kindly sent in some pics of recent events involving himself and the Fletcher FU24-950 Walter powered ZK-DJE (c/n 176).
 An earlier posting from Vince can be seen at :-
On this occasion ZK-DJE (as seen below in the early morning) was flown from Fox Glacier :-
for a refuel at Hokitika.
and then on to Nelson for an engine exchange.
Below is a Walter engine as it comes out of its crate.
Did you know that Walter Engines were acquired by GE in 2008 ?
Below - ZK-DJE in the engine test bay at Nelson Airport.
Note the chain to the anchor block.
Then over to Motueka for the annual "Good Vibes".
Above is Walter Fletcher ZK-DJE on the left with the Pacific Aerospace 750XL ZK-SDF (c/n 145) down for the event from Skydive Auckland.
Below from a different angle we have the 750XL ZK-SDF, the locally based Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Porter ZK-XIT2 ( c/n 653 ) [This was previously ZK-JML], and Walter Fletcher ZK-DJE.
Below : On climb out in ZK-DJE from Motueka we have this view across Tasman Bay to Rabbit Island with Nelson City beyond.
"The new engine is running really well, with a noticeable difference in performance".
Below we see Mel Laird, a student, who one day hopes to fly the 750XL.
For some video footage from "Good Vibes 2013: see:-
Above is a view of Fox Glacier over Vince's left shoulder.
And just for a hoot - I have added this photo of ZK-DJE as seen at Wanganui (without the "H") on 02-09-1979. 

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