Friday, 28 November 2014

Omarama, Mount Cook and Pukaki

These first two shots are from Omarama on the 24th.
The Diamond DA40 Diamond Star ZK-MTZ (c/n 40.373) is taxying out after overnighting. This is the Gaddes Brown Syndicate's aircraft that was imported in a damaged condition from the States and following repairs at Drury appeared on our register on 20-09-2011.
Glider Rolladen-Schneider LS6-18W ZK-GZK (c/n 6314) has just been assembled. This was the Glider that Terry Delore used in the 1995 World Gliding Championships at Omarama. It was then registered as OE-UKX. It returned to NZ for Nic Reekie as ZK-GZK from 18-10-2004.
Slightly confusingly its trailer still carries the "KX" markings.
The only action at Mount Cook Airfield was these two Squirrels - Above AS 350 B2 ZK-HYS3 (c/n 2447) of Heli-Works Queenstown Helicopters Ltd 2012 Ltd.
Below is the AS 350 B2 ZK-HGV (c/n 3944) which has been with The Helicopter Line Ltd since 27-09-2013.
Below we see the reincarnation of ZK-ELQ.
It resides in the terminal building at Mount Cook Airport.
The real ZK-ELQ was a Cessna A185F (c/n 18503619) ski plane between November 1978 and September 2000. It returned to the US where it is still active with Tim Turnbull out of Bend Oregon.
The Cessna 185A ZK-CBS (c/n 1850398) has been a ski plane since September of 1962.

 Just winding up at Pukaki yesterday (27-11-20124) was the Aerospatiale AS 350 BA ZK-HRQ (c/n 1311) of The Helicopter Line.
Hiding from the wind in its Pukaki hangar was the PAC 08-600 Cresco ZK-OAL (c/n 039) of Otago Airspread. This has previously operated as ZK-CRE2, ZK-NZO2 and ZK-JPJ.


  1. CBS is about to be reborn as an ag aircraft with a can to be refitted if what I was told at Omaka a couple of weeks ago happens.Will be used to ag rate a couple of earnest spray pilots with an agrating.Reverting back about 50 years.

  2. Am sure I have seen C185.s with a under fuse spray tank.?

  3. Yes many have done that but u need a can to get an ag rating??