Sunday, 18 November 2018

Ardmore today 18-11-2018 by Magnaman

Magnaman was at Ardmore today for the NZ Warbirds Centenary of Armistice Day open day.
 The Bell Aircobra P39Q 42-20341 has reached an advanced stage of its rebuild.
In the 'office' below.
Check out the MRC Blog for more on this one Here
 There was more to be seen on the field than just warbirds -
 Over at Oceania was the Bell 429 Global Ranger ZK-HUU (c/n 57246) as listed with Bell 429 Operator Ltd with a Cottesloe, Western Australia address.
See earlier mentions Here  and  HERE.
 Visiting was the Fly Synthesis Storch S ZK-JES (c/n 374A-430) which has been with The Storch Syndicate of Whitianga since September last year.
 Unidentified by Magnaman was this fuselage.
Can I suggest a Polikarpov PO-2 ?
 The Progressive Aerodyne Sea Rey ZK-SRY (c/n 1Mk-230) of Roger Coleclough of Whangaparoa was on field.
Also several earlier mentions Here
Another star attraction for the day was the Avspecs Ltd's De Havilland DH98 Mosquito FB.VI  ZK-BCV.  

NZ Warbirds at Ardmore Centenary of the Armistice Open Day 18-11-2018

The NZ Warbirds at Ardmore held an excellent commemoration of the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice today (actually it is one week after the centenary but that was just as well because the weather would have cancelled the event one week ago).  The weather held out and there was very little wind which allowed their fleet of WW 1 aircraft to fly their displays - the first time I had seen any of them flying.

 TVAL built Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF) BE 2e-1 ZK-VCM.

Classic Wings/JEM Aviation finished Fokker Dr 1 Triplane replica ZK-FKD2.

And Frank Parker's "new" American built Bristol Scout Model D replica ZK-BTL2 with an 80 HP Le Rhone rotary engine.  It looked and sounded great and I love the smell of castor oil!.

Two from Friday at Christchurch

Tony McFarlin has sent in these two shots taken at Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd's facility at Christchurch International on Friday the 16th.
John Butterfield recently acquired Bell 505 Jet Ranger X ZK-IJB2 (c/n 65087) on the ground at Christchurch Helicopters.
An earlier mention Here
Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HND3 (c/n 2073) is seen in the Companies new colour scheme.
 It has been covered previously Here

Woodbourne Fly-in this morning.

The Marlborough Aero Club had a very successful breakfast fly-in at the Woodbourne control tower this morning 18-11-2018.
 The Flyingbusdriver has kindly sent us these images of some of the attendees.



Bristol Scout D Replica ZK-BTL at Ardmore 18-11-18





ZK-BTL was displayed for the first time today in front of the public by owner Frank Parker, looks and sounds fantastic.

Bristol Scout D Replica at Ardmore 14-11-18










This beautiful aircraft was registered to well known warbird pilot Frank Parker as ZK-BTL msn 5554 on 13-11-18 and is seen here outside the warbirds hanger and then starting and flying for the first time with Frank at the controls on the evening of 14-11-18.. It is ex N5565

Bell P-39Q Airacobra at Ardmore 18-11-1







The Bell P-39Q Airacobra being restored by Pioneer Aero at Ardmore is today making it's first public appearance as one of the static stars at the NZ Warbirds Open Day. This aircraft which is ex Soviet Airforce is being restored to represent 220341 of the United States Army Air Corp. The aircraft is superb.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Lower North Is

Recent travels around the lower North Is offered quite a number of interesting aircraft including at Masterton the Wellington Aero Club's Cessna 172N ZK-EKE in the Club's smart new colours.  


Also Masterton based Ravensdown AeroWork Cresco ZK-LTK



Up at Pahiatua at the Rural Aerial Co-operative airstrip was their latest Air Tractor AT402B ZK-RUR which was imported from the US back in Nvember 2017



And at Feilding wearing the local Flying Club titling Storch S  ZK-SAQ with a 'For Sale' note in the window


Friday, 16 November 2018

ZK-BCV runs both engines and taxies at Ardmore 16-11-18






De Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito FB.VI,  ZK-BCV msn PZ474 ran both engines and taxied for the first time this evening at Ardmore.



Air West Coast C205 in Dunedin

Cessna 205 ZK-COY (c/n 205-0570) of Air West Coast was in temporary storage in the Mainland Air hangar at Dunedin airport while its prop got maintenance at Flightline nextdoor. ZK-VIP, one of Mainland Air's two Piper Chieftains is leased from Air West Coast as well. Interestingly, the airline is owned by Gloriavale.