Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Falcomposite Furios of New Zealand

The FalcomposIte Furio is a New Zealand designed aircraft that draws its inspiration from the Stelio Frati designed Falco, and you can get a comparison of the two aircraft at: FURIO - BY FALCOMPOSITE OUT OF FALCO

The Furio was designed by Lapo Ancillotti and brothers Lapo and Giovanni Nustrini.  The model LN 27RG has a retractable undercarriage and another version with a fixed undercarriage was envisioned but I am not sure if this has progressed.  The design drew on New Zealand's expertise in hi-tech boat design and the kit was simplified to less than 30 carbon fibre structural components.  The use of moulded carbon fibre produces stunning aerodynamic lines which also leads to great performance.  Dimensions are:  length 6.8 metres (22 feet 4 inches), wingspan 8.02 metres (26 feet 4 inches) and a wing area of 102 square feet.  Its empty weight is around 620 Kg (1,366 pounds) and MAUW is 1,250 Kg (2,756 pounds) but this is reduced for aerobatics.  The Furio is designed to be powered by engines up to 300 HP, and with a 180 HP IO-360 it can cruise at around 200 mph and the climb is around 2,000 feet per minute.

There was a project by an English company to build a Furio with two elecrtic motors of 300 HP and twin counter-rotating propellors but again I don't think this has progressed very far.

We have had four Furios completed in New Zealand to date, and one has flown in America.  It was expected that more kits would be sold but the 2008 Global Financial Crisis got in the way.

ZK-LLG (c/n 001) (for Lapo, Lapo and Giovanni) was first registered on 14/12/07 to Falcomposite Ltd of Auckland, with whom it is still current.  It first flew at Ardmore on 6/2/08 and it is photo'd above at the 2008 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga, on 6/2/08.  It flew the Tasman to exhibit at the 2009 Avalon Airshow, and later that year was displayed at Oshkosh.

 A neat touch is the name Furio embedded in the finish of the wing.

The second Furio to fly was ZK-NJS2 (c/n 002) which was registered to Neil John Sutherland of Dunedin on 5/6/08.  Neil built his aircraft in the Falcomposite hangar at Ardmore and its first flight was on 30/7/10.  It is fitted with a 210HP IO-390 engine and as befitting an "Italian" thoroughbred it is finished in Ferrari red.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at North Shore airfield on 26/2/11.

And it is photo'd above at the 2014 SAANZ flyin at Bridge Pa airfield on 7/3/14, with a smaller registration on the tail.

The next Furio to fly was ZK-WBW2 (c/n 003) for Woody A Rouse of Queenstown, and it was registered on 10/10/11.  It was mostly built by Bill Barber (of Barber Snark fame).  It is photo'd above at the 2014 Wings Over Wanaka airshow on 18/4/141.

And the final Furio to fly here (for now) is ZK-PPK (c/n 007) which was registered to Peter P Kreiger of Waitoa on 28/4/17.  It was also built at Ardmore over an extended period of time and first flew in early 2018.  It was caught above at its home airfield of Waharoa by Richard Currie on 10/8/18.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

2nd Australian arrival departing NZTG

Following on from Richard's previous post of its arrival at Pauanui we have two shots taken today at Tauranga showing the Vans RV-7 VH-JPD (c/n 73044) ready to depart.
 And departing.
VH-JPD was first registered on 03-02-2010 to Peter G Hicks of Durraweit Guim, Victoria.
Photographs from Hairy Mole Rat.
It follows Peter's Just Highlander VH-JPU which flew into Pauanui from Tauranga last Thursday.
See Richards arrival pic  Here

2nd Australian arrival

Further to last Thursday's Blog the 2nd of the two Australian imports, RV7 VH-JPD,  flew into its new Pauanui home this afternoon,  after assembly at Tauranga by Solo Wings.

Canadians at Ardmore 15-10-18

In the Oceania compound at Ardmore early yesterday morning were these two Aerospatiale AS 350 B2's of Canadian Helicopters. C-FHNZ msn 2005 and C-GAHP msn 1350

Monday, 15 October 2018

Top of the South

Passing through Blenheim/Omaka on Saturday I captured the Gippsland GA200C ZK-DPC2 (c/n 200C9831) of Patchett Ag-Air 2015 Ltd which had just parked outside the Marlborough Aero Club hangar following a training flight.
 An earlier post on ZK-DPC can be found Here.
Note the change of markings.
Of interest was the Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2 ZK-GEW2 (c/n 132) as listed with Grant E Wills of Blenheim.
Followers of the N Z gliding scene may recognise this glider as being the original ZK-GLA as registered to Dave Speight of Te Anau on 17-03-1977.  
Ray Lynskey took it over from April 1983 and proceeded to rewrite the NZ gliding record book. 
It was sold onto Martyn Cook of Pukerua Bay in October of 1995.
The above three are well known names in NZ gliding - with Dave Speight selling his Cirrus ZK-GHO to get into ZK- GLA. Ray Lynskey had the Cirrus ZK-GJJ before buying ZK-GLA from Dave- he then moved on to the Ventus cM ZK-GXL followed by the Ventus 2cM ZK-GLA2. Martyn Cook had the Discus B ZK-GXN before ZK-GLA and got the LS8-18 ZK-GZN later.
 It was listed to the Vause Family Trust of Blenheim in September of 2001 and then to Grant Wills who re-registered - using his initials - as ZK-GEW2 on 24-01-2003.
Up at Takaka back on the 7th I spied the Cessna TU206F Turbo Stationair ZK-OAY (c/n TU20602397) as listed with Southbranch Farm Ltd of Christchurch.
A previous mention HERE.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Tigers at Taumarunui - the Tiger Club Spring Flyin

The Tiger Club's Spring Flyin at Taumarunui always kicks off the upcoming "flying event" season.  This year the number of attending aircraft was down due to some pretty awful weather in the few days leading up to the flyin.  However a few hardy pilots in their Tigers did make it plus Jan and Jerry Chisum's DH 60G Gipsy Moth.

The photos are from Jordan Elvy - thanks very much Jordan.

ZK-ADT came from Hastings.

ZK-AON came from Napier.

ZK-BEC came from Auckland.

ZK-BFF came from Tauranga.

ZK-BMY came from Palmerston North.

and ZK-CCQ came from Warkworth.

Taumarunui sure is a photogenic airstrip for lovely photos of lovely aircraft!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Another International NZ Connection - ZK-AGM

David Wise has sent a couple of photos of the lovely DH 83 Fox Moth marked as ZK-AGM (c/n TS2810) taken at the LAA Rally at Sywell on 31/8/18.

Actually, I did not realise that the New Zealand registration is a UK CAA Registration Mark Exemption scheme and the aircraft is actually registered as G-CIPJ (although this has been mentioned on the blog previously).

The aircraft is a long term rebuild of the original ZK-AGM which crashed near Wanaka in April 1963 and was itself a rebuild using parts of Fox Moth ZK-ADH with a new fuselage.

Previous posts on this aircraft can be found HERE (detailing its complete history), and HERE.

Thanks for the photos David.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Arrivals from Australia

Arriving this afternoon at its new home in Pauanui was Just Highlander VH-JPU which has been imported into NZ by Peter Hicks, together with his RV7 VH-JPD.

Peter and his wife have emigrated to NZ and the aircraft were shipped over and assembled by Solo Wings at Tauranga.     The RV7 will fly to Pauanui when assembly is completed.

Another R44

A visitor to Pauanui today was the R44 ZK-HYF which changed ownership in September to Discovery Helicopters, Hamilton  but is flying with HeliCorp titling.

A Couple from Wellington on 28-9-2018

A quick trip to Wellington International a couple of weeks ago produced a couple of out of town visitors:

Piper PA 31 Navajo ZK-LTD (c/n 31-73009180) is registered to Avia Air Charter Ltd of Hamilton.  It was ex VH-JKC and has been registered in New Zealand on 28/4/93.  It is now onto its sixth owner and I do not think it has been posted on the blog previously (but it is not much use searching under LTD!).

In the background is the new Wellington leaning control tower which is now operational.

And outside the Life Flight hangar the Hawkes Bay Kawasaki BK-117-2 Rescue Helicopter ZK-IBK2 (c/n 1053) departed.  It is sponsored by the Lowe Corporation and is operated by Skyline Aviation Ltd of Napier.  The registration is partly obscured by the winch.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Tauranga Robinson R44s

A visit to Tauranga Airport today offered a couple of R44s that havent appeared on this blog site before,  being locally based Aerius Helicopter's ZK-HXY

And registered to McNicholas Aviation, Ohope  ZK-IIA

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Air Auckland

Ardmore based Cessna 172N ZK-MDV visited the Pauanui airfield today and was noted for the first time wearing its new "Air Auckland" titling.

Air New Zealand NEO at Wellington 27-9-2018

Actually it was Air Nelson's Bombadier DHC-8 ZK-NEO, still in blue.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Cessna 680 Sovereign ZK-RXD at Napier Yesterday 7-10-2018

On a trip down to Hawkes Bay over the weekend the only aircraft I was able to photo was Skyline Aviation's new Cessna 680 Sovereign ZK-RXD outside their hangar at Napier.

ZK-RXD (c/n 680-0250) was first registered here on 22/5/18 and is ex VH-VPL/N680JG/N52315.  It has not been posted on the blog previously.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Wessex's moved to Classic Flyers Museum Tauranga

Caribou kindly sent me this late evening photo of the three Westland Wessex helicopters after their delivery to Classic Flyers Museum at Tauranga Airport on Wednesday 19-09-2018.
See the article from the Sun Live newspaper re the delivery of the five Wessex helicopters to Classic Flyers at Tauranga Airport Here
Don't believe everything that you read !

I believe that five HC2 models arrived in 2004 for Helilogging.
S/n XR511 with c/n WA136
                  XR588 with c/n WA121 (Heart)
                  XS675 with c/n WA194 (Spade)
                        XT680 with c/n WA548 (Diamond)
                XV730 with c/nWA625 (Club)

Can anyone confirm this list please ?

We have had at least seven additional airframes - three of which made it onto our civil aircraft register.

Saturday, 6 October 2018


A fine spring day brought a number of interesting visitors to the Pauanui airfield including the Aztec ZK-DGT up from Tauranga.   Visits from twins are not that common to the airfield.

From further airfield came the Foxcon Terrier ZK-NRS visiting from Whakatane

And a Beech A36 not often seen is the Auckland based ZK-VRR which did a number of touch and goes in the morning

Motueka the last few days.

I have spent the last few days lurking about in the Motueka area and have managed to get these pics.
At Argus Aviation I found the Bell 206B JetRanger ZK-HWM (c/n 819) of Coast to Coast Helicopters Tasman Ltd.
 The De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 ZK-SBV is c/n 763 is now listed to Zodie Investments Ltd of Karamea. It has been on the register since 05-06-2018.
Check out the earlier posts on this HERE.
And way for a quick test flight is the McDonnell Douglas 500N NOTAR ZK-IML (c/n LN077) of Wyndon Aviation Ltd since 08-02-2018.
On the other side of the field:-
Just one of a heap of Cessna's from the Nelson Aviation College based at Motueka was the 172S Skyhawk SP ZK-NAB3 (c/n 172S8220). It has been on line since 27-06-2011.
No visit to Motueka would be complete without another shot of the Pilatus PC-6 B2-H4 Turbo Porter ZK-XIT (c/n 653) from Skydive Able Tasman Ltd. 
This was first registered in NZ on 14-03-2006.
This has been mentioned many time previously Here.

Friday, 5 October 2018

HIP/HOP revisited

Helisika Helicopters have recently acquired a second Eurocopter AS350 Squirrel to join ZK-HOP and have registered the "new" addition ZK-HIP. These markings were most recently worn by a Hughes 369FF also operated by Helisika but exported to the USA in recent months. 

The new ZK-HIP has been in the country since 2012 and was registered ZK-IJO with Faram Helicopters. 

The three registrations above have all featured numerous times on the blog. Simply enter the registration in the "search the blog" box at the top right of the blog's front page. 

ZK-HIP at Ardmore 03 October 2018. 

ZK-HOP at Ardmore 04 October 2018. 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Masterton on 29-9-2018

As well as The Vintage Aviator machines, there were also several other interesting aircraft around Hood Aerodrome.  I really enjoy hanging around an airfield for a good chunk of time on a nice day as usually something interesting shows up.  And so it was at Masterton last Saturday:

Craig Stobbs pushed his spectacular Glasair III ZK-UAE (c/n 25-4749) out for a photo in the sun.  Craig told me that he built quite a bit of his Glasair in Dubai when he was flying for Emirates, hence the registration.  Craig also told me he follows the blog, so Hi Craig!

Craig has also recently rebuilt Piper PA 25-235 Pawnee ZK-SUG and finished it in this nice colour scheme.  It was employed towing gliders during the afternoon.

Glasflugel H 201B Standard Libelle ZK-GHF has been around the New Zealand soaring scene since December 1970!

while Schempp-Hirth Discus-2cT ZK-GXM is a much more modern glider having been first registered in December 2006.

The local Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club's Tecnam P 2002JF Sierra ZK-WRA was out doing circuits.

Sky Sports (NZ) Ltd's Cessna 185A ZK-CBY was also doing familiarisation circuits.  It is usually used for parachute dropping.  It has been around since 1962!

Also from the 60s is Bill Dittmer's Gardan Minicab ZK-CXB.

Later in the afternoon Josh Flynn had his EAA Acrosport II ZK-FLY2 out of its hangar.

The local Super Air Cresco is ZK-JOF while ZK-LTQ is hangared in the SVAS hangar.

And Andrew Cuttance popped in for a while in the Rural Aerial Co-operative's Air Tractor AT-402B ZK-JHG.