Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Cessna T210N ZK-ETP

Pauanui based Cessna T210N Centurion II ZK-ETP has now emerged in a smart new paint scheme.  Originally imported new back in 1981 it has been with its current owners, Doug & Zoe Batten,  since 2018.


Tuesday, 26 October 2021


Bill Mannix captured the scene at the GCH Aviation Rescue Helicopter Base at Nelson Airport his morning.

Nearest on the left is the Beechcraft C90A King Air ZK-FDN2 with the Kawasaki  BK117 B2 ZK-IMN and the  Aerospatiale AS 350 BA Squirrel ZK-HQT2 partially hidden by the Beechcraft B200C Super King Air ZK-FDR2 which was up from Christchurch on a patient transfer.

A piece of Nelson Airport history is about to be demolished.
This large number 3 hangar was built for the RNZAF and completed in July of 1941.
A new Crash Fire facility is to take its place.

Cessna A185F ZK-TWZ

Cessna A185F ZK-TWZ (c/n 18502289) was registered in New Zealand on 17/12/20.  This is what NZ Aviation News said about it at the time: 

Cessna 185’s are still a popular import with the latest listing being ZK-TWZ for Simon Williamson of Glenbrook Station (2010) Ltd out of Omarama. This is an A185F Skywagon model built as N3395S back in 1983 for delivery to the General Conference Corporation of Washington, DC. It was then listed to Merrill Nelson of Singapore in 1977 and then went on down to Australia to become VH-AIA3 from 16 January 1989 with Angus Von Douglas at Mareeba, Queensland. From 20 June 2013 it was with Kieran Brown of Buderim, Queensland and lastly to Glenbrook Station (2010) Ltd from 8 June 2020 and was operated by Steven Death of East Albury, NSW. It was ferried across – flying the Lord Howe Island to Christchurch leg on 13 November 2020. It replaces the older Cessna 185C ZK-SMW (Simon’s initials) as used by Simon since 2003.

Tim Gorman photo'd it about to depart Palmerston North yesterday 25/10/21.

Thanks for the photo Tim.

Monday, 25 October 2021

Heading for home.

 The Auster J1 Autocrat ZK-ASL c/n 2150 escorted the four Tiger Moths from Pukaki to Omarama and then to Rangitata Island on Saturday the 23rd.
It departed for its home base at Forest Field later on Saturday.

Below is a view over the nose  - on track for home.

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Rangitata Island landings.

 The four De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moths made it into Rangitata Island yesterday afternoon from Methven, Pukaka and Omarama accompanied by their support crew in ZK-OPM and several other DH aficionados in Auster ZK-ASL, Minicab ZK-RJK and Vans RV3 ZK-WHO.





                                                 The Rangitata Island based Tiger Moth ZK-BRL.

Saturday, 23 October 2021


A return visit to Rangiora today was rewarded with the ICP Savannah S ZK-SVK outside for a quick wash.    This was registered in January 2021 to a Rangiora owner.


Friday, 22 October 2021

Some Canterbury Robinsons

A stunning Canterbury day brought out some Robinson helicopters that have had little or no coverage on this blog, starting with R22 Beta ZK-HCF2 at Christchurch.   This was imported new in 1990 and has been with its current Greymouth owner since November 2020.

Doing training flights at Rangiora was R22 Beta II ZK-HOZ3.  This was imported from the US in 2004 and was acquired by its current owner,  Macsil Deer Farms of Christchurch just this month.

Also at Rangiora was R44 II ZK-IJT of Hurunui Helicopters, Amberley.   This was imported new in 2003 as ZK-IMP,  and has been with its current owner since June 2019.


Thursday, 21 October 2021

Oamaru and beyond

A visit to Oamaru Airport today found a quiet NZ Airline Academy but outside was the latest addition to their otherwise all Tecnam fleet,  Cessna A152 Aerobat ZK-TXT.   This was imported from Australia in late 2020.

Up the road at the Helicopters South Canterbury base at Waitohi was AS350BA ZK-HMG3 which was acquired this month from Prosser Heli Ag of Fairlie.    It was imported from the US back in 2015.


Tuesday Tecnam Trio at Kaipara Flats

Being a nice day for flying, John Crone called from North Shore on Tuesday to say that he would come up to Kaipara Flats for an afternoon coffee and also that Ian Anderson and Francois Buys would fly up from Parakai.  So I went out to the airfield and put the jug on.

As I have been posting the histories of all of our Tecnam aircraft recently, I thought I would grab a photo of all the three Tecnams - Ian's Mk II Sierra ZK-EVE, John's Sierra RG ZK-TZS and the West Auckland Airport Company's Echo ZK-CDL2 flown by Francois.  We had a very pleasant socially distanced coffee, it was good to see you guys.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Rangiora surprises today.

 A very nice addition to the Rangiora based aircraft fleet is the ex Omaka based Trevor Collins Fairchild 24 C8C ZK-ABE3 c/n 2605.
This arrived in from the States in late 2007 and following a lengthy major rebuild flew from Omaka on 01-05-2017.
It arrived from Omaka on the 10th.

Also dropping in was the Auster J4 Archer ZK-AXC c/n 2080 as listed with Byron Kelly from up Springs Junction way.
See previous posts here

The Fairchild is of 1934 vintage whilst the Auster is from 1946.