Saturday, 1 October 2022

DH 115 Vampire NZ5711 Arrives at NZ Warbirds, Ardmore

 In another recent gifting the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has gifted a 2 seat DH 115 Vampire T 11 to The NZ Warbirds at Ardmore:

The photo from NZ Warbirds shows the Vampire NZ5711 arriving at Ardmore yesterday 30/9/22.  It is marked as 206 because after service with the RNZAF it was used as an instructional airframe INST206.  It will be displayed alongside Warbirds increasing collection of ex RNZAF collection.

DH 100 Vampire NZ5765 Arriving at Mandeville

Recently the Air Force Museum of New Zealand gifted a single seat DH 100 Vampire to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust:

The photo from the Croydon Aircraft Company shows the Vampire NZ5765 being unloaded at Mandeville on 28/9/22.  The Vampire will make a great addition to the Mandeville collection of De Havilland aircraft. 

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Alf Crowe - Other Flying Machines

As with Ron Hintz who also built a his own helicopter, Alf Crowe also built other flying machines.  The first that I know of was the Bensen B 8M gyrocopter ZK-HBV (c/n PRA /83/2) that was re-registered to A H B (Alf) Crowe of Feilding on 11/5/67.  It crashed at Feilding on 24/3/68.  It was presumably rebuilt and re-registered as ZK-RAC on 5/9/74 and it was cancelled as Withdrawn from Use on 30/4/82.

Next up was the Mead Primary glider ZK-GHE (c/n 86) that was registered to Alf Crowe on 18/12/72.  I photo'd it in action at Feilding in the 1970s with Alf Crowe standing by the near wingtip.  I think it was operated by the local ATC Squadron of which Alf was a leader.  It went to Hastings for a time where it was operated by the Hastings ATC Squadron, but it ended up being vandalised at Paraparaumu later on in the 1970s.  It was cancelled on 29/1/92.

And here is Alf flying ZK-GHE under ground tow.

Then Alf Crowe built this Vancraft Lightning gyrocopter ZK-RAC2 (c/n NZRA/70) which was registered on 1/7/91.  I often saw Alf flying this machine around Feilding when I was living there in the early 1990s.  It was damaged when it hit a hedge near Feilding on 8/5/94 and it was cancelled as Withdrawn from Use on 27/11/02.

Around Auckland

An interesting visitor to AKL International noted today was the Belgium registered Beech 200C Super KingAir OO-ASL.    This is a 1982 model which has spent most of its life in Europe and left there on September 20 for its flight to NZ via Asia and Australia,  arriving on September 27.   It is  here to support the WRC Rally.

Meantime over at Ardmore was Coromandel based Force Aviation's latest EC130T2 ZK-IEC4,  which was imported new in 2021.


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Navajo Chieftain RP-C8186

 Noted today by Scott Cowley departing Hamilton for Ardmore was the Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain RP-C8186.

This is ex ZK-NSP c/n 32-7552069 which was cancelled from the NZ register today 28-09-2022.

                                                                                                                            A Scott Cowley photo.

ZK-NSP was previously mentioned here :-

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Homebuilt Helicopters of New Zealand - the Alf Crowe Helicopter

Alf Crowe was a well known aviation identity around Feilding, and in the late 1980s/early 1990s he built a homebuilt helicopter:

Sadly I do not know anything about this helicopter except that it was unregistered.  I took the photo in the early 1990s and that is Alf Crowe sitting just inside his narrow rotorcraft hangar at Feilding aerodrome.  Although I was right there I never asked Alf anything about his helicopter which I regret.  It looks to be well made. 

Can anyone else shed any light on this helicopter?

More Waikato helicopters

A windy day kept most of the Rotor Work fleet in the Waikato grounded today and visiting 3 of their bases the following were noted starting with R44 ZK-HFV5 at their main Kihikihi base.  This was imported new back in 2004 briefly as ZK-HKV3, then ZK-HKP3 before becoming HFV upon acquisition by Rotor Work in 2014.

Further down the road near Te Kuiti was R44 ZK-IWH which has recently acquired a smart new paint scheme.  This was imported new in 2004 and acquired by Rotor Work in 2017.

And inland at Kopaki was the company's sole AS350B2 sprayer ZK-HAN2.   This was imported from the US in 2013 and acquired by the company in 2014.


Monday, 26 September 2022

Superchamp ZK-MMJ with Supersized Tyres!


Also seen at the Hawera Aero Club's flyin yesterday was Mark Miller's Superchamp ZK-MMJ which now is fitted with supersized tyres.  That is a pretty impressive looking machine!

Thanks for the photo Simon

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Cessna 170B ZK-JCG/3 at Hawera Today 25-9-2022

The Hawera Aero Club held a lunch flyin today, and around 70 visiting aircraft turned up along with Jordan Elvy and Simon Hills.  Most of the aircraft have been covered on the blog previously but one that stood out for me was Brad Raven's Cessna 170B ZK-JCG3 which is based at the Norfolk Road airstrip near Inglewood:

ZK-JCG3 (c/n 20357) was built as N2205D, then it emigrated to Australia where is was VH-YAR and VH-WRT4.  It arrived at Ardmore in August 2019 for Jim Gemmell of Whitianga and ownership transferred to Brad Raven on 13/1/22.  It has now acquired a period Cessna scheme and really looks the part!  Brad Raven also owns another Cessna 170 - the 170B ZK-OCC.

Thanks for the photo Jordan.

Friday, 23 September 2022

More fabulous models for sale in Geraldine.

 Last November I passed through Geraldine and posted some photos of some magnificent metal models noted in the McAtamney Gallery and Design Store in Talbot Street, Geraldine (main street).

On Tuesday last I spotted some more of these detailed metal models in the Gallery window.

I am uncertain what scale these are but, in the photo, above you can see Carolyn's hand holding the tail of the Mustang.

I would guess that the smaller Spitfire and Mustang would be about 1/72nd scale.

A better view of the Mustang with the Spitfire and two different sized Concords beyond.

This DC-3 photo was taken through the Gallery window.

If you want to know more give Carolyn a tingle on 027 3053000.