Monday, 26 January 2015

A Drury visit on Saturday the 24th #1

Magnaman visited Drury on Saturday the 24th.
A selection of his photographs appear below.
Firstly the power brigade.
 The Piako Gliding Clubs Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee ZK-BZA (c/n 25-2168) was on site. This Pawnee went direct from being assembled and registered to Airwork on 12-11-1962 to Aerial Farming (Holdings) Ltd at Palmerston North after its first flight in NZ on 20-03-1963. On 09-04-1968 it was with the Piako Gliding Club.
The Limbach L2000 powered Hoffman H-36 Dimona ZK-GCB2 (c/n 3537) has a military history.
Grob G109 ZK-GOC (c/n 6145) is from the 109 Syndicate of Auckland. This motor glider came onto the register initially as ZK-BDR with Drake Aviation on 22-12-1982 and became ZK-GOC on delivery to the Club on 13-07-1983.
After bringing the Otago Club to its knees it went to Omarama Enterprises Ltd from 03-07-1986 and then to its current owner on 06-09-1989.
The Slingsby T61C Falke was registered to Slingsby Sailplanes on 07-02-1973.It gained its NZ CofA as ZK-DOI on 18-07-1983 with the Auckland Gliding Club and first flew on the 28th. I believe there were two test pilots. Bryan Cox for the power side and Graham Player for the gliding side.
The engine was the Pieper Stork-Stamo 1500/2.
Ownership passed to Paul Schofield on 18-10-2007 with its registration being revoked on 26-08-2008.
I believe an engine change and upgrade was under way from 2011.
 ZK-PZM (c/n 140542) is a PZL-104 Wilga 35 which spent its first ten years in the UK as G-BJAU and following refurbishment in Poland it became ZK-PZM for Dougal Dallison of Auckland on 11-05-1992. I believe the NZ Police had a play with it before it was delivered down to Norm Davis of Waimate in late January of 1994. Here it picked up the name "Drag N Fly" which it still wears today. From February 2001 it had three Auckland owners followed by the RNZAF Base Auckland Aviation Sports Club from 21-03-2014.
Following refurbishment by Aero Tech at Ardmore it was delivered to Whenuapai on 28-06-2014.
 Peter Robson built this Europa Monowheel XS ZK-RPR (c/n 406). Rotax 912 powered it was registered on 19-05-2003 and sold to Pat Driessen of Auckland on 22-07-2010. Interestingly Pat also has the Europa XS Tri Gear ZK-VMC which he imported in late 2011, and the glider Schempp-Hirth Ventus cT ZK-GOP.
Finally we see the Aeroprakt A-22LS ZK-LFB (c/n 221) of Lite Flight Green NZ Ltd.

1 comment:

  1. RE the Wilga, PZL was the machine leased by the NZ Police (Canterbury District ) in 1992 -93, it flew through the south Island operationally with great results but was canned with a change in Canterbury District commander.