Monday, 21 September 2020

A couple from the South Is

Receiving attention at Heliflite Ardmore today was Robinson R22 Beta II ZK-HLX which is registered to an Alexandra owner.   This was imported new in 2008.

A surprise late afternoon arrival at Pauanui was the unique Dunedin based Corby Kestrel CM2 ZK-SJM,  first registered back in 2007.   It stayed only briefly and then departed with Mercer based Cessna 152 ZK-ETZ heading north.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

A couple from Rangiora - Sunday

 A  quick flit through Rangiora this afternoon picked up a few strays.

The Reims-Cessna F337F Super Skymaster ZK-SVY (c/n 0045) popped in for a visit. 
Landpro has just purchased the Piper PA-31 Navajo ZK-JGA which is currently being fitted out for aerial survey work and will replace ZK-SVY- which is for sale.
See the earlier post of ZK-SVY -
Another out of towner was the Cessna 172K ZK-PAM (c/n 17258484) of Air Rangitata Ltd.

And a swap over.
The Ravensdown Aerowork Pacific Aerospace Cresco ZK-LTV c/n 015) up from Waimate and continuing north to Whanganui with replacement ZK-LTB (c/n 022)
heading south.

Bantam B 22S ZK-DTC/2 at Te Kowhai Today 20-9-20

Te Kowhai was very quiet when I called through at lunchtime today.  There was only one aircraft parked out:

Bantams are synonymous with Te Kowhai so it was nice to see a very nice example out in the sun.  Micro Aviation Bantam B 22S ZK-DTC2 (c/n 06-0288) has been owned by V A Stark of Hamilton since 3/7/20, and I saw on Facebook that it is for sale.  It has not featured on the blog previously.

Around Waitomo - a Bristol in the Bush

A weekend visit to No 2 grandson who is working on a farm near Otorohanga produced an interesting find just down the road from where his farm is:

The Bristol B 170 Freighter is ex NZ5906 which was retired at Whenuapai in March 1977 and was sold to R S Dwen of Ardmore in August 1978.  It remained derelict at Ardmore until it was transported to Waihi Beach airfield in September 1994.  After a stint at the airfield, first as a restaurant and then as the clubrooms for the Waihi Aero Club, it was moved again in December 2001 to the Woodlyn Park Motels which is near the Waitomo Caves where it is used as two motel units and is slowly disappearing behind the encroaching bush.

An unexpected sighting that I would have missed were it not for No 2 grandson.

Around Auckland

A visit to Auckland International this morning revealed Barrier Air's 1st Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-SDB now repainted in the company's fleet colours.  This was imported back in 2015 from the US.

Also Airwork Flight Operations' Boeing 737-400F freighter ZK-TLJ with "Toll" titling,  this was imported from the US back in 2015.

Over at Ardmore Oceania Aviation has imported 2 former Mercy Flight Western New York MBB BK117A-4 medevac helicopters,  N587TJ c/n 7047 and N584TJ c/n 7138

HeliSika Agriculture's AS350B3 sprayer ZK-HIP5 arrived back from a job.  This was originally ZK-IJO imported new in 2012 and reregistered HIP in 2018.

And the Central Otago Flying Club's Cessna R172K Hawk XP appropriately ZK-XPD which was imported from Australia back in 1993 and acquired by the Club in July 2020.


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Timaru last Saturday 12th

A belated report from Timaru for last Saturday the 12th.
John Brown's Rans S-7 Courier ZK-JRB2 (c/n 0904377) on the move.
First registered on 19-10-2009

A very recent arrival from up North is the Cessna 177B Cardinal ZK-DWU (c/n 17702117) which was transferred over to Ashvegas Flyers on 09-09-2020.

And dropping in was the Supermarine Aircraft Spitfire Mk26B Replica ZK-MEB (c/n 72) of Hayden Cowan.
With Nanchang ZK-CAJ beyond.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Jetrangers and others at Hamilton

Amongst all the activity at Hamilton Airport today was a trio of Jetrangers comprising local privately owned 206B ZK-HBG5 which was imported from the US in 2009.

Up from New Plymouth the Tarata Helicopters 206B ZK-HUS which has been with the company since 2007, having been imported from the US in 1984

And also from New Plymouth the Precision Helicopters 206B ZK-IRC2 which was imported from the UK in 2015

At the Air Ambulance base the Mitsubishi Mu2B-30 ZK-KOH lost all its colours to enable a full corrosion check and is now all white.

Over the other side at the Heliport the Waikato Rescue helicopter is now Kawasaki BK117B-2 ZK-IIX in a very smart silver fern scheme.   This was imported from Papua New Guinea in late 2018

And visiting from Gisborne was Andy Stevenson Aviation's PT6A powered 2004 model Piper PA46-500TP Malibu Meridian ZK-UTE3,  which was imported from Australia in late 2019


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Takaka Dawn Flyin from Above

Jordan Elvy flew across to the Golden Bay Flying Club's Takaka Dawn Flyin in Cessna 172M ZK-DRP from Paraparaumu.  They were one of the last to arrive and Jordan took this photo of the gathered aircraft:

I counted 29 aircraft shoehorned in, and with ZK-DRP that makes 30 visiting aircraft.  It is just as well they didn't have any more turn up!

Monday, 14 September 2020

Another Cessna 172 Taildragger - ZK-BQG

Coincidently following on from Blue Bus's post on the Cessna 172 taildragger ZK-BSU, another example was at the Golden Bay Flying Club's Dawn Raid at Takaka over the weekend:

ZK-BQG (c/n 28480) is Ray Patchett's machine, from Blenheim.  Like ZK-BSU it has had a long career in New Zealand starting from its registration on 1/5/56.  I think it is also worth a more in depth profile in the near future - come in Blue Bus!

Thanks to Jordan Elvy who took the photo and pointed out that this aircraft has not featured on the blog previously.

A Couple of Pioneers from Takaka

The Golden Bay Flying Club held a Dawn Flyin at Takaka on Saturday 12 September with a good turnout.  There were a couple of Pioneer aircraft there that were newly repainted or re-registered:

Pioneer 200 ZK-PKT2 (c/n SN97) has been repainted in a more modern Pioneer scheme.  It has been with the Global Campers Business Trust of Christchurch since November 2014. 

And Pioneer 300 ZK-KPD2 (c/n 296) has been re-registered from ZK-RJV for Kevin Dore of Christchurch.  His earlier Pioneer 200 ZK-KPD has been re-registered as ZK-SML2 since March 2020.  It has also been repainted with blue trim, although I guess the trim is a stick on decal?

Thanks for the photos Jordan.