Thursday, 5 August 2021

Pitts S 2A ZK-PTO - I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know

I was interested to see an amazing photo posted on Facebook recently by Gerard Morris.  Gerard posted that the photo was taken during a pilots practice day at Wanaka about a month before Wings Over Wanaka in 1994.  It shows the Alpine Fighter Collections Grumman TBM-3E Avenger ZK -TBM, Zero/Harvard replica ZK-ZRO, Curtis P 40K Kittyhawk ZK-PXL, and DHC-1 Chipmunk ZK-MUH, with the bonus of their Spitfire XVI ZK-XVI flying down the runway in the background: 

But the aircraft that caught my eye was the black, red, and gold Pitts with the last registration letter of O.  It had to be ZK-PTO but I had never seen a photo of it in that scheme before. 

So I asked Gerard and he kindly sent me another photo taken to the left of the original photo showing the DH 83 Fox Moth ZK-AEK with the Vought F4U Corsair ZK-FUI with a more complete shot of ZK-PTO.  Thanks very much for the photos Gerard.

So I asked Blue Bus and he thought he had photos of it, and he came up with these.  First up the Pitts as it arrived at West Melton having previously been VH-WEB, taken on 25/9/92.
Also at West Melton on 28/10/92, but now with its registration ZK-PTO applied.

Next, at Wanaka on 4/3/94 with Biplane Adventures titles.

And again at Wanaka on 1/11/97, repainted in the scheme I had previously known about.  Tragically it was lost in an accident at Wanaka on 15/12/00, killing pilot Tom Middleton and his passenger.

I have previously posted about ZK-PTO as part of my Pitts S 2s of New Zealand series at:

Monday, 2 August 2021

Also at Tauranga Today - Agcat ZK-RTA

The Hairy Mole Rat was also at Tauranga airport this morning and caught the locally owned Grumman G 164A Ag Cat ZK-RTA2 in action:

Is this aircraft still used for tourist flights?

Thanks for the nice photo HMR.

Rotorua and onto Tauranga

Noted at Rotorua Airport this morning was Bell 206B ZK-HTX2.  Formerly part of the High Country Helicopters fleet at Riversdale this has been operating in the North Island for the last couple of months.  It was imported from Japan in 2011, initially as ZK-HAY2,  becoming HTX2 in 2012.

A visitor to Tauranga was the Vans RV10 ZK-RMA which was imported from the UK in 2020 and is registered to a Wellington owner.

Featuring a new smart colour scheme is Murupara based Rans S6ES ZK-TWL.   This was initially registered back in 2007 and has been with its current owner since 2015.


Sunday, 1 August 2021

Matamata and onto Taupo

Heading down to Taupo on a stunning winter Sunday a stopover at Matamata airfield was rewarded by the former Australian Sonex ZK-VWS.   This was registered back in October 2019 to a Putaruru owner.

Locally based Airfarm Fu24-950M ZK-CRF has now acquired blue wingtips.  Originally built in 1966 this has been with the company since 2008.

One of 2 SZD50-3 Puchacz in the Piako Gliding Club fleet is ZK-GEO2.   Imported in 1991 this has been with the Club since 2016.

Down at Taupo the 1957 vintage PA18-150 Super Cub ZK-CIA3 was doing circuits.   Imported from the US in 2017 this was originally on amphibious floats at North Shore airfield before being sold to Taupo based Venture Aviation in 2020.

And part of the Heli Sika fleet is Hughes 369E ZK-HWB3 which has been with the company since importation from the US in 2001.


Saturday, 31 July 2021

HB & EC AC southern invasion

 The Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club/ Air Hawkes Bay squadron arrived into Christchurch yesterday afternoon. After spending the night they headed for Timaru and the Mackenzie Basin today.

Tony McFarlin has provided the following photographs taken at the tie downs near the Canterbury Aero Club facility this morning.In the above photo the Cirrus ZK-FMN from Auckland and Fielding yesterday, and the local Cessna P210N ZK-SCH are strays.

And below the Cessna 172 ZK-NAC  on the left of shot is also a stray having arrived in from Rangiora on the 29th to carrying out some night flying on the 30th.

Above is the Air Hawkes Bay Ltd's Cessna 152 ZK-TOC c/n 15281623. 
Been with the Club since May last year.

ZK-TOE - also a Cessna 152 is c/n 15283097.

ZK-NPK is another of their Cessna 152's. C/n 15284361.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP ZK-JSD2 c/n 172S10260 joined the Club in January 2013.
ZK-JMR c/n 17210639 is also a Cessna 172S. Been with the Club since 2009.

Three Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk's tagged along.
ZK-JVC is c/n 38-79A0320 has been Hastings based since November of 2012.

ZK-EIR is c/n 38-790219 and has been based at Hastings since about August 2015.
This was operated as ZK-KVA between 1989 and 1998 as ZK-KVA.

ZK-FTQ the older of the three with a c/n of 38-78A0764 which joined the HB & EC AC in mid 1989 and being re-listed to Air Hawkes Bay Ltd in mid-2002.

Parked out at Christchurch

 Noted parked  out on the western grass at Christchurch yesterday (30-07-2021) was the Cessna P210N Centurion ZK-SCH (c/n P21000718) which has been listed with the Scenic Circle Hotels Ltd/Scenic Hotel Group Ltd since it was registered in NZ on 13-04-2004.This 210 has been hangared for many years in a private hangar on the other side of the airport along with its hangar mate the Cessna 182P ZK-EKK (c/n 18263492). 

Earl Hagaman listed this back in June of 1989 after purchasing it from Peter Bowmar of Waikaia. 
It was registered to the Scenic Hotel Group Ltd of Christchurch on 31-07-2018 and has been tied down on the western grass since about April. It wears the 'Hagaman Enterprises' script on the door.
Both were mentioned in a previous post here - 

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

I remember when - ZK-HUZ

The Hughes 369D ZK-HUZ c/n 1280429D was built as N58349 before being shuffled of to Canada to become C-GKHT in June 1979.
It was imported into NZ and registered to Peter Bradley of Murupara on 01-05-1985.
It is known to have been used by the New Zealand America Cup Syndicate at Freemantle in 1986-1987.
It was transferred to the company name of Lakeland Helicopters (1989) Ltd of Rotorua on 28-01-2000 and then to Lakeland Aviation (2006) Ltd of Taupo on 10-03-2009.
In the above photograph from Graeme Stratton we see it delivering shingle to the Ketetahi Track on the northern slopes of Mount Tongariro.
ZK-HUZ was sold to Eastland Heli Services Ltd of Gisborne from 05-02-2015. 
Eastland also operated the Robinson R44 Raven ZK-IAY2.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Hastings Dawn Flyin This Morning 25-07-2021

The Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club hosted the latest central region dawn flyin at Bridge Pa aerodrome this morning.  The weather was great and around 60 aircraft attended as did photographers Jordan Elvy and Mark Pattenden.  Among the aircraft of interest to me included the following: 

A new one that hasn't appeared on the blog before was ICP Savannah S ZK-MRD (c/n 119-07-54-0685) which was registered to R P Drew of Hastings on 12/4/21.

And an old one (it was first registered in New Zealand in February 1977), that hasn't appeared on the blog before was the Grumman AA 5A Cheetah ZK-DLI (c/n AA5A-0206) that was registered to ITL Aviation of Palmerston North on 25/3/21.  This is not the first Grumman aircraft to be owned by them!

Up from Masterton was the Wairarapa Aero Club's Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-DOY2.

Returning to its birthplace was the unique Cliff Johnstone built Alpi Aviation Jay Hawk ZK-CWJ2 which is now owned by W A M Liepnik of Palmerston North.

And over from Taupo was the Venture Aviation Ltd owned DHC 2 Beaver ZK-FPZ.  Nice!

Thanks for the photos Jordan and Mark.

Friday, 23 July 2021

Final Air Chathams Scheduled Passenger Convair 580 Flights Today 23-7-2021

Air Chathams flew the final scheduled passenger flights of the Convair 580 today, from Wellington to the Chatham Islands and return, operated by ZK-CIB

ZK-CIB3 leaving Wellington today

And arriving at Wellington back on 29/5/19.

The interesting history of this aircraft can be found at:

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Vans RV 7 ZK-JPT3 at Ardmore

A newly imported Vans RV 7 has been sitting in the Taildraggers hangar at Ardmore for several weeks, and it appeared on the New Zealand register yesterday 21/7/21:

ZK-JPT3 (c/n 71810) was registered to J P Theron of Auckland and it has been imported from South Africa.  It was first registered in South Africa in 2007 as ZU-EOF to Theron and Co Administration of Plettenberg Bay, West of Capetown.

This makes a total of 17 RV 7s registered in New Zealand (plus 13 RV 7As).

Thanks for the photo Richard.