Tuesday, 20 October 2020

First Scheduled Air Chathams ATR flight to Chatham Islands today.

The first scheduled ATR flight from Christchurch to the Chatham Islands took place today. 20-10-2020.

ZK-MCO 2 (c/n 628) joined Air Chathams Ltd on 04-02-2019 after just over nineteen years with Mount Cook airlines Ltd.
Photo above taken at Christchurch International just prior to noon today.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Some helicopters

Travelling around the Bay of Plenty and Taupo areas a couple of helicopters were noted that havent been blogged on this site before being Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HIT3 on a training flight in Whakatane.  This was imported from the US in 1996 and acquired by a Te Puke owner in September 2020.

Caught just before it departed Taupo was Rotor Work's sole Bell 206L-3 LongRanger ZK-HPC3.  This was imported from South Korea in 2019.

An early morning revisit to Taupo revealed Lakeview Helicopters' Bell UH-1H ZK-ILV which arrived from Australia in early 2019.


Sunday, 18 October 2020

Tiger Club Flyin at Taumarunui

The annual Tiger Club flyin at Taumarunui is always looked forward to as the first flyin of the flying season.  This year the weather played ball and there was a very good turnout of Tigers and other interesting aircraft:

There was a good turnout of DH biplanes as shown in this photo showing 10 Tigers, a Gipsy Moth and a Thuxton Jackaroo (you can click to enlarge)

Clevedon Aviation's Tiger Moth ZK-BEN was back in action after suffering an engine problem in the North Cape to Bluff rally.

And Robert McNair's Tiger ZK-AUD always looks spectacular

Jan White's DH 60G Gipsy Moth ZK-ADT is a frequent attendee at Tiger Club events.

While attending its first Tiger Club Taumarunui rally was John Pheasant's Thruxton Jackaroo ZK-PHZ.

Thanks for the photos Simon and Jordan.


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Airborne Edge X582 ZK-SJR Trike at Kaipara Flats 17-10-2020

I could not make it down to the Tiger Club rally at Taumarunui, but I did make it out to Kaipara Flats for a time this morning, and I heard an inbound radio call from the Airborne Edge Trike ZK-SJR so I moseyed on down to Runway 25 to catch its arrival:

ZK-SJR has recently changed ownership to Erwin Weber of Warkworth, and he is in the back sear with Grant Waugh doing the flying.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Eagle XTS 150 B ZK-EGL

This Eagle 150B was first noted as VH-NZL (c/n 019) with Eagle Aircraft Pty of Freemantle, West Australia on 20th October 1998.

It was ferried from Perth to Auckland, reaching Ardmore on 20th December 1998. 

Its Australian registration was then cancelled on 12th May 1999 for it to become ZK-EGL2 on the 19th of May 1999 with Dennis Thompson International Ltd at Ardmore. 

It has been with DTI ever since and has been advertised for sale for some considerable time with a total of 430 airframe hours.

Photograph above of it as ZK-EGL was taken at Ardmore by Rodney Maas on the 25th June 2006.

Its NZ registration was cancelled on 6th October this year.

It was photographed at Auckland International wearing its new Australian markings of VH-KKU on the 11th October 2020 by Alex Parker.

 It was re-registered back in Australia as VH-KKUon the 9th of October to Laszlo Torok of Currumbin, Queensland and is to be operated by Stuart Caling of Loganholme, Queensland.

Vans RV 8 ZK-EYT at North Shore 9-10-2020

I called into North Shore a week ago on Friday for some Avgas.  The weather was a bit blustery but the locally based Vans RV 8 ZK-EYT was pushed outside:

After start up Paul Carran taxied out past the cows

and took off

for some practice aerobatics over the field, getting ready for the North Island Akrofest at Mercer over the weekend.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Hiller ZK-HAB

Noted at Rangiora on 06-10-2020 was the Hiller (Tri-Plex) UH-12B ZK-HAB3 c/n 737 as listed with Robbie Orr of Swannanoa.
Earlier posts on this helicopter can be found on this link.


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Cessna 172 ZK-TOR at Kaipara Flats Today 14-10-2020

 An unusual visitor at Kaipara Flats airfield this afternoon was this Cessna 172H ZK-TOR (c/n 17255598):

It has been owned by C J Grylls of Matamata since 1/5/19.  I was told that is used to be a floatplane and I guess that was in the USA or Canada where it was N67CQ/ C-FUQP and N3797R.

It was nice flying weather at Kaipara Flats this afternoon.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Vans RV 7 ZK-RVS/3 at Mercer

The New Zealand Aerobatic Club held their re-scheduled North Island Akro Fest at Mercer over the weekend of 10/11 October.  Mark Pattenden was there and this photo of his caught my eye - thanks for the use of the photo Mark.

ZK-RVS3 (c/n 71371) was imported from Australia in mid 2020 where it was registered VH-BZV,  After some work at Aero Pacific at Ardmore it was registered to Peter Whyte of Auckland on 17/9/20.

This is the third use of the registration ZK-RVS, and all have been Vans Aircraft models:

The first was Gary Spicer's RV 4 which was damaged in and accident and cancelled.

Which freed up the registration for Malcolm Belcher's RV 12, which was re-registered as ZK-OAC3 thus freeing up the registration for Peter Whyte's RV 7.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sonex Tri Gear ZK-VWS First Flight at Matamata 20-9-2020

Following my previous post on the recently registered Sonex Tri Gear ZK-VWS (see: http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-sonex-tri-gear-zk-vws-at-matamata.html ) it made its first flight here on 20 September, flown by Rainer Kunnemeyer:

The photo is from the Matamata Aero Club Facebook page.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

ZK-LTW at work

A nice pic of the PAC Cresco 08-600 ZK-LTW3 (c/n 019) at work near Wakefield back on 02-10-2020 thanks to Andy Heap

Earlier mention of this airframe can be seen on this link.


Friday, 9 October 2020


Less than favourable weather of late has limited recent visitors to Pauanui airfield but amongst those that did venture in was the Helipod equipped R44 Raven II ZK-INC which has been with Auckland based Coptahire since June 2017.

And not often seen the Cessna 182P Skylane II ZK-LEO which arrived in NZ back in 1995 from Australia and was initially ZK-JMP2 before becoming LEO in 2000.  It was acquired by an Auckland owner in March 2020.


Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Around the Waikato Region

A visit to Hamilton Airport revealed our only Cessna T303 ZK-EXA recently refurbished by Oceania Aviation and now being readied for departure to Australia.  This was originally imported new in 1982 and is currently registered to an Auckland private owner.

Receiving attention at Aero Maintenance was the Andy Stevenson Aviation PAC 750XL/ Falco 3000XL ZK-KEO

Over at Thames airfield a surprise was the veteran 1975 L-13 Blanik glider ZK-GIT which was cancelled back in September 2013 as withdrawn from use.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020


A visit to a busy Ardmore today revealed a number of helicopters and aircraft of interest including R44 Raven I ZK-IWO which was a brand new example registered to a Coromandel private owner in March 2020.

At Oceania Aviation was a 2019 model Bell 505 N194BG which is still current on the US register with the manufacturer Bell Textron.

Not previously blogged is the 1979 model Piper PA28-161 Warrior II ZK-FRL which was imported from the USA in 1988 and transferred to an Auckland owner in June 2020

For sale at Dennis Thompson was another of the 12 former RNZAF CT/4E Airtrainers registered back in 2015,  ZK-PTJ, which hasnt been blogged before on this site

And added to the Ardmore Flying School fleet recently is the former L3 Aviation Cessna 172S ZK-ZAQ


Long Lost Jodel D 9 at Rangitata Island

Jodel D 9 ZK-CTW was New Zealand's first example, built by Max Murray of Geraldine and first flying at Timaru way back on 2 December 1969.  We have had 12 Jodel D 9s registered here and by the 50th Anniversary celebrations we were down to 6 examples left flying.

However Ross Brodie rescued ZK-CTW from the Wairarapa and after a refurbishment at Rangitata Island he re-registered it on 9/9/20.

And on 20/10/20 Ross took ZK-CTW into the air again after a gap of 24 years.  The photos are screen shots from the day.

Congratulations Ross.  A great addition to our Jodel D 9 fleet (I'm not biased!).

Sunday, 4 October 2020

More on ZK-BEW

 Following up on Sir Minty's post on the reappearance of this Tiger Moth, here is a photo of it at Hastings in March 1956 from the Neville Drake collection.
At that time it was on line at the Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club.

A Few More from North Shore Yesterday 3-10-2020

It was such a lovely day at North Shore yesterday that there were lots of aircraft movements.  Here are a few that interested me:

North Shore based Nanchang ZK-CVI2 about to touch down.

Te Kowhai based Zenith CH 200 ZK-ZEN calmly taxied out and took off.

And it was the first time I have seen the local Vans RV 9A ZK-VNS outside for a photo.

By my count there are now twelve Vans aircraft of various models based at North Shore.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Vans RV 7 ZK-LDM at North Shore Today 3-10-2020

I travelled down to North Shore airfield today to catch up with Lloyd Morris and his stunning new Vans RV 7 ZK-LDM (c/n 69740) :

Lloyd has made a great job of his RV 7 and he has spent a lot of time on the colour scheme - the photos don't really do justice to the deep blue metallic flake paint, and those chequers took a huge amount of effort.  It looked amazing in the sunlight and against the nice green rural backdrop. 

The first flight was 2 weeks ago, on 19/9/20, in the hands of David Wilkinson.

Congratulations Lloyd.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Originair Jetstream ZK-JSK/2 at Palmerston North 1-10-2020

Tim Gorman was on the spot yesterday to catch the new Originair Jetstream 32 ZK-JSK2 performing test flights from Feildair Engineering, and then leaving on its delivery flight to Nelson:

ZK-JSK2 (c/n 986) was flown into New Zealand as TF-ORG from Iceland and was registered to Originair of Nelson on 20/8/20.  It has now been painted in the full Originair colours.  Coincidentally the first ZK-JSK was also a BAe Jetstream but it was the larger 41 model.

Thanks for the photo Tim.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Long Lost Tiger Moth ZK-BEW at Kaipara Flats Yesterday 30-9-2020

What are the chances of going out to Kaipara Flats airfield at 4 30 yesterday afternoon (on another matter) and finding a newly arrived Tiger Moth that I have never seen before?  But that is just what happened!

ZK-BEW (c/n 84471) was first registered here way back in April 1954 and previous to that it was T7302 in the RAF and then G-ANGJ with Muir and Adie Ltd at Croydon.  It was registered in New Zealand to the Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club and its C of A was issued on 7/5/54.  It was damaged in 1959 and was repaired using parts from ZK-BFJ, and then it crashed at Pukehou on 27/4/63 and was damaged in the resultant fire.  It was rebuilt over a long period at Temple Martins in Hastings being re-registered on 21/1/00 to the Irish Air Transport Company at Hastings (Gary Martin, Jan White, Neil Lawrence and Rangi Soloman). It was damaged at Hastings on 20/7/00 and was presumably rebuilt again, and was registered to the Irish Air Transport Company at Kerikeri on 13/10/11.

It was flown down from Kerikeri yesterday by Gary Yardley and today 1/10/20 he is flying it down to Masterton with stops at Matamata, Centennial Park in Taupo and Hastings.  It is a lovely day for it.  It is going to be on line at Masterton with the Sport and Vintage Aviation Society.  In the above photo Gary is chatting to Jim Schmidt and you can see Jim's own Tiger in his hangar in the background.
It is registered to the Irish Air Transport Company of Te Kauwhata and their logo is on the cowling.

I understand that it has been closed away in a hangar at Kerikeri for a long time, and that it only has around 60 hours on the clock since a major rebuild at Hastings quite a few years ago.

Although the weather would have been OK for picketing out, such a special machine needed to be hangared so Gary taxied ZK-BEW around to Bruce Lynch's big new hangar.

What a lovely sight!

where it joined Bruce's own Tiger ZK-ASM that is hangared there.

And to complete the trio of Tigers, Jim Schmidt's Tiger ZK-CCQ was resting in his hangar in the late afternoon sun.