Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sparkling Diamond

Captured today outside the Canterbury Aero Club facility by Tony McFarlin was the Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH DA 62 VH-DNU (c/n 62.027) demonstrator from Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd of Bankstown, Sydney. It arrived in Auckland on 20-07-2017 and is touring the country.
This has the Austro E4P-C engine and MT propellers.
It got a good mention previously on the MRC site Here.
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And it is equally stunning inside as photographed by Matt Hayes on final for Christchurch's 29 today.
It is heading for Wanaka tomorrow.

A sign of the times.




Wednesday, 16 August 2017

ICP Savannahs of New Zealand (1) - Early Models

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand was the ICP Savannah, the first one of which was registered in February 2004.

The Savannah looks rather like the Zenith CH 701 and in fact Chris Heintz considers the Savannah to be an unauthorised copy of the CH 701.  It might have started off pretty similar to the CH 701 but it has been upgraded and developed over the years.  The Savannah was originally developed by ICP srl in Italy and kits have been available since the early 2000s.  The Savannah kit has a good reputation
 and I guess that is why they are still going 17 years later.  There is another model of the Savannah that was produced by Aero Andina in Colombia, and in fact their website claims that they developed the MXP 740 Savannah and appointed ICP as their European agents.

Whatever, the Savannah has been developed by ICP from the original slab sided MXP 740 with leading edge slats which was developed into the VG model with a revised wing profile and vortex generators along the top of the wing which made the aircraft faster in the cruise and with better climb performance and also better fuel economy.  The next development was the Savannah XL in 2009 with new cowls and a 4 inch wider cabin with full door glazing, and finally in 2010 came the Savannah S which is essentially a XL but with a rounded rear fuselage and an option to increase the height of the rudder. We have had all of these versions in New Zealand.

The Savannah in an all metal aircraft with a semi monocoque fuselage and a constant chord wing.  It can be built from a kit or supplied as a completely built up aircraft.  It is most common with a tricycle undercarriage but can be built as a taildragger or on floats.  Most Savannahs are powered by variants of the Rotax 912 but other engines in the 50 to 100 HP range have been used.

The Savannah has a length of 6.60 metres (21 feet 8 inches) and a wingspan of 9.00 metres (29 feet 6 inches) with a wing area of 138.5 square feet.  Empty weight is around 286 Kg (631 pounds) and MAUW is 554 Kg (1,200 pounds) for the earlier models and 560 Kg (1,234 pounds) for the S model.  With a 100 HP engine the cruise is around 95 knots, and the stall speed is around 30 knots

We have had 12 Savannahs in New Zealand to date (all still registered) with more on the way as several kits kits are being built, and we now have a New Zealand agent:  Philip Seale of Westwind Aviation Ltd based at Forest Field in Canterbury.

ZK-DJB2 (c/n 02-08-51-156) was built in the US as N912BM by Wiiliam J Magrini of Haymarket VA and was fist registered to him on 16//3/03.  Its US registration was cancelled on 5/11/03 and it was imported into New Zealand by Barry Clayworth of North Shore and registered to the Clayworth Family Trust on 13/2/04.  On 1/7/04 it was redesignated from an ICP MXP-740 Savannah to an ICP Savannah, so I guess it might have been an Aero Andrina one?  It is photo'd above in a hangar at North Shore on 29/1/05 where you can quite clearly see the slats and the Junkers style flaerons.  I never saw it flying at North Shore during the many years it was based there.

On 11/1/15 ownership changed to MJ (John) McCaul of Christchurch and it photo'd above in his hangar at Rangiora on 8/2/15.  You can clearly see that it now has the newer VG wing with vortex generators.

ZK-SAV (c/n 04-02-51-277) was built from a kit by Neil and Sarah Colliver of Bulls and it was first registered to them on 26/11/04.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga on 5/2/06.

It was sold to the Savannah Syndicate of Ashburton on 9/10/07 and it is photo'd at its base at the 2009 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 6/2/09.  Finally on 28/8/11 ownership transferred to Allan J Jessop of Whangarei, with whom it is still current.

ZK-JMD2 (c/n 04-02-51-278) was built by Edward A Clark of Invercargill and was first registered to him on 26/1/05.  It is also photo'd above at the 2009 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 7/2/09.

ZK-WTR (c/n 04-06-51-299) was built in Australia as an ICP MX-740 Savannah and was registered as 19-4221.  It was imported into New Zealand by Bill Ward of Invercargill and registered to the Bill and Brenda Ward Family Trust on 6/7/06.  Thanks for the photo Bill.

ZK-WLH2 (c/n 05-09-51-420) was built at the ICP factory in Italy and was first exported to Australia.  However it was later shipped on to New Zealand and assembled at Rangiora.  The original wing was damaged in transit and a new VG wing was shipped out from the factory.  It was registered to William Lyall Hopcroft of Balfour on 24/11/06.  Lyall told me that he could cruise at over 100 mph with the spats fitted.  Thanks for the photo Lyall.

It was sold to Peter T Rix of Masterton on 30/9/03 and he re-registered it as ZK-SVH on 9/4/14.  It is photo'd above at the 2017 RAANZ flyin at Rangiora, on 31/3/17, now with larger tyres.

ZK-SAH (c/n 06-07-51-501) was registered to Geoffrey R McGregor of Gisborne and was registered to him on 11/9/07.  I have never seen it and I do not have a record of who took the photo, but it does show really well the vortex generators on the top of the wings.

ZK-JNV3 (c/n 06-10-51-532) was built from a kit by Roger C Fergusson of Turakina, near Wanganui and was first registered to him on 23/6/08.  It has a 100 HP Rotax 912 engine Thanks for the photos Roger.

I will post about our Savannah XL and S models in my next post.

Two from Ardmore 16-8-17


Smart looking Glasair Sportsman 2+2 ZK-SPZ msn 7422 registered to T.J Harrison of RD 2 Wellsford and I believe based at Kaipara Flats seen departing Ardmore this morning.

MBB BO105 CBS-5 ZK-IEI msn S-907 ex JA134Y which was registered to Oceania Aviation Ltd on 4-7-17 seen hovering outside the companies hanger briefly this afternoon. The rego looks very temporary.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

ZK-EZY at Ardmore 15-8-17


Cli-mate Cli-mate 100 ZK-EZY msn CL04001 was soaking up the afternoon sun at Ardmore today. Registered to P.A Hopper of Silverdale this smart looking aircraft has had some tail art added since last featured on this blog.

Cessna 182R ZK-NPC at North Shore 13-8-2017

Also out in the sun at North Shore on Sunday was the locally owned Cessna 182R Skylane II ZK-NPC.  I assume it is based at North Shore but I have never seen it around there and it does not appear to have been posted on the blog before.

So herewith a short history:

The aircraft (c/n 18268096) was built as N9894H in November 1981 and was operated by Transai Inc of Vacaville, CA from March 1982 to September 1984.  It was shipped to Australia in 1985 but was not registered there.  It was then flown across the Tasman via Norfolk Island arriving here on 30/5/85 and made it to New Plymouth where the above photo was taken on 4/6/85.

It was registered ti the New Plymouth Aero Club as ZK-NPC on 10/6/85 as photo'd above on 24/6/85.

It took part in the Singapore to Christchurch air race in March 1987 wearing the race number 21.  It is photo'd above at the finish of the air race in Christchurch on 27/3/87.  Does anyone know how it did?

It is photo'd again at Christchurch on 17/11/92.  It was sold to Network Aviation Ltd of Auckland on 10/10/01 then to Alpine Air Services Ltd of Lawrence on 28/2/02.

Photo'd yet again at Christchurch wearing Alpine titles, on 8/6/02.

Finally it was sold to Arohena Aviation Services Ltd of Auckland on 8/10/02, with whom it is still registered 15 years later.  It is photo'd above at North Shore on 13/8/17 where it can be seen that it hasn't changed much over all those years.


ZK-IGF to the paint shop.

The Garden City Helicopters Ltd's Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-IGF (c/n 4228) was registered on 26-07-2017.
See earlier post Here.
 Above at their facility at Christchurch on 11-08-2017.
And below - as captured today (15-08-2017) by Simon Brown at Washdyke paint shop where it will receive a new paint scheme.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Progressive Aerodyne Searey ZK-FSH at North Shore Today 13-8-2017

On an  unexpectedly nice afternoon I went up to North Shore and came across Craig Vickery's colourful Searey ZK-FSH2, the first time I had seen it outside since it arrived on the airfield.

Craig hosing down his amphibian after returning from breakfast up the coast...

 Spectacular in the sun and with a nice rural background.




ZK-CCC Test flight at Ardmore 13-8-17





Fisher R80 Tiger Moth ZK-CCC  msn TM18 'Phoenix Moth' made its first test flight early this afternoon after a lengthy rebuild and the installation of a new engine. The aircraft is owned by Jon Farmer who can be seen alongside his aircraft post flight. ZK-CCC is one of five of the type on the register.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Classic Fighters 2017 - the Fokker Scourge

Classic Fighters has become famous in recent years by putting up ever increasing numbers of Fokker Dr 1 Triplanes culminating in eight of them at the 2016 airshow.  In 2017 only the seven TVAL replica machines were serviceable and they were joined by the TVAL Fokker D VII replica.

All of the Triplanes are in authentic Jasta 11 colour schemes from April 1918, with red cowlings, wheels and struts with their leader in all red.

Twenty Three wings!

John Lanham flying ZK-FOK, painted as the Red Baron, Rittmiester Manfred von Richthofen's machine 425/17.

Bevan Dewes flying ZK-JOC, painted as the Ltn Werner Steinhauser machine 564/17.

Greg MacDonald flying ZK-FOC, painted as the Ltn Hans Weiss machine 545/17.

Andrew Vincent flying ZK-JOK, painted as the Ltn Richard Wenzel machine 588/17.

John Bargh flying ZK-JOB, painted as the Ltn Eberhardt Mohnicke machine 155/17.

Dave Horrell flying ZK-FOT, painted as the Obltn Lothar Richthofen machine 454/17.

and Paul Hughan flying ZK-JOG, in the colours of an unknown Jasta 11 pilot.

followed by Scott McKenzie in Fokker D VII replica ZK-FOD painted as 7871/18.


A visitor from Whakatane at Ardmore 11-8-17

Caught Cessna 172N,  ZK-EJY msn 17269393 operated by East Bay Aviation Ltd of Whakatane departing Ardmore late afternoon yesterday. I don't think this aircraft has been blogged here before.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tauranga


A visit to Tauranga usually produces something of interest and today was no exception.   Gyrocopters were to the fore and included our only Aero Sport Kahu ZK-RCP from Auckland and Cavalon ZK-ZGG from Hamilton.  

Also present was the locally based R44 ZK-HDV,  as well as Brantly B2B ZK-INK,  which has rarely been seen outside.  It was sold to a Wellington owner in January but still remains at Tauranga.

Lastly from Gisborne was Tecnam P2002 ZK-SCD,  which hasnt featured on this blog before.