Wednesday 17 April 2024

Look Back at the 2024 RAANZ Flyin at Hokitika

Over the weekend prior to Warbirds Over Wanaka the re-scheduled 2024 RAANZ flyin took place at Hokitika.  It was a low key affair and I have not been able to find anyone who took photos, but Wally Pendray flew down from Whitianga and he took some video of the flyin from which I took the following screenshots:

In this view you can see Wally Pendray's Pelican ZK-MAL2 from Whitianga, Craig Buist's SeaRey ZK-WET3 from Dunedin, Willy Morton's A 32 Vixxen ZK-VLW from Kawakawa and Neil and Sarah Colliver's Vans RV 10 ZK-RVT from Feilding.  Then in the front are Lyall Hopgood's new Bristell ZK-WLH3 with what I reckon is Nigel Forrester's Bristell taildragger ZK-TDN behind, both from Central Otago, and further along is Paul Godfrey's Kitfox IV ZK-JFA over from Rangiora.  Can anyone who was there supply a photo of ZK-TDN?

The Wesport owned B22 Bantam ZK-PUB has not been posted on the blog previously so was nice to see.

Some of the locals assembled a first generation Scout mirolight, here about to slide the wing cover onto the spar.  It had a registration of ZK-EYR but it is not currently registered, having been withdrawn and cancelled in August 1995.

Rodger Ward flew his Cri Cri ZK-LBW after no doubt trailering it across to Hokitika,  and in the background you can see the Zenith CH601 XL ZK-MAM down from Whakatane, then Greg Van der Hulst's Jabiru J200 ZK-CPA2 from Rangiora and a couple of the Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club's Tecnam Echos ZK-RGA2 and ZK-RGE, and the Zenith CH601 XL taildragger ZK-ONO which was over from Kirwee.

Parked near the hangars were Dave Kenny's locally based Jodel D9 ZK-FRK, Bristell ZK-EAC3 from Waihi Beach, the now Hokitika based Corby Starlet ZK-TNT and the Greymouth owned Rans S 6ES Coyote II ZK-TNA.  In the hangar is the venerable Ercoupe ZK-AQX.

Thanks for your video Wally.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

A visit to Springfield Estate by CMM

 Roving reporter CMM called in to the Springfield Estate on Sunday the 14th and captured the following aircraft.
ZK-SAT, c/n 402B-0990, is an Air Tractor AT-402B built at Olny, Texas, and test flown as N1010Y before shipping to New Zealand for assembly at Kairanga. It was registered on 05-12-1995 to Don Hart who trades as Skyfarmers Ltd out of the Springfield Estate near Methven.
The original Pratt & Whitney PT6A-15AG engine was replaced with a -34 engine and ownership transferred to Skyfarmers Aviation Ltd on 01-07-2013.

The Cessna 180K Skywagon ZK-DBA2 c/n 18053022 as listed with Skyfarmers Ltd of Methven.
More on ZK-DBS can be seen here  HERE

Fletcher FU24-950M ZK-BII c/n 36 was first registered back on 28-10-1955 and joined Don Hart - trading as Skyfarmers from 04-06-1991.
It spent its early years at the top of the North Island with Northern Aviation and Advanced Aviation before coming under the James Aviation name from February 1968. Between late 1968 and late 1969 it was in West Australia as VH-EOR until returning to NZ with Farmers Aerial Top Dressing of Invercargill (a subsidiary of James). From mid 1971 to mid 1974 it was listed as VP-PAV and operated in Honiara. 
Williams Aerial Work of Mt Maunganui listed it from July 1984 followed by Super Air of Hamilton from October 1988.
It still carries the small letter ' i ' between the 'B' and the first 'L' on its registration markings.

The other side of ZK-SAT following a wash down.

A special thanks to Duncan Hart for the chat and conducted tour.

Monday 15 April 2024

A brief Rangiora stop over on Sunday.

              Locally based JMB Aircraft VL-3E-1 UL ZK-JMB2 c/n 252 returns from a local flight.

Hugo dropped in with the P J Fitzsimmons Ltd's Alpi Aviation Pioneer 300 RS Hawk ZK-MEK c/n 209. A recent acquisition to replace their on sold SOCATA Ralleye 235E ZK-FIT2.

           Out for a Sunday flight was the LightFlight Ltd's Tomark Aero Viper SD-4 ZK-SWV c/n 035.

All have been previously mentioned.

Saturday 13 April 2024

Dargaville Aero Club Open Day Today 13-4-2024

The Dargaville Aero Club held an open day at the airfield today.  I had hoped to fly up but unfortunately the remains of the recent storm resulted in pretty high winds.  However several of us Rodney Aero Club members drove up to say Hi and partake of some nice food and coffee.  They put on a good event.

There were several aircraft tied down that were of interest to me:

Alan Nelson had his Rotax 912 powered Titan Mustang ZK-LSD there having flown in the previous day.  Alan has made some changes to the colour scheme to suit his taste.

Another scale Mustang replica (although more in spirit than in form) was Derek Taylor's Horn TH-1 ZK-TLH which he had flown across from its base at Mata earlier in the week.

Here is a view of the aircraft on display including the Wittman Tailwind ZK-RET that is now based at Dargaville with a Waimamaku owner.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Another New Aircraft at Warbirds Over Wanaka

Although the emphasis at Warbirds Over Wanaka is rightly on the warbirds, there is also various trade displays of aircraft and aviation products.  One such display was by JMB Aircraft New Zealand.  They had their Rotax 912 demonstrator ZK-JMB2 on display as well as their latest Rotax 915 engined example:

The JMB VL-3TE-915 UL ZK-AJW2 (c/n 549) was registered to York Holdings Ltd of New Plymouth on 12/3/24.  It is the fourth VL3-915 model to be registered here with the others being ZK-VLT. ZK-ECO3 and ZK-TVL2.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

From our roving reporter CMM

 CMM has been in the Wanaka area for some time and snapped the following photos.
This fine photograph of a 44-gallon drum is nicely enhanced by the Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 c/n 768 ZK-SLC2 which was added to the Southern Lakes Aviation Ltd.'s fleet on 31-08-2023.
Initially built as an H2 model as HB-FGP with Pilatus Flugzeugwerke at Stans in Switzerland in October 1976. It was delivered to Kasat-Royal Thai Agricultural Division the following month to become 1314 for use in the spraying role. Converted to a B2-H4 earlier this century it was relisted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives in June of 2002 and then to the Royal Air Sports Association Thailand in August 2020. 
It was uncrated at Heli Support NZ Ltd at Wanaka on 11-12-2023.

This Cessna 185A c/n 1850410 was allocated the US registration N1610Z in 1962, but instead became CF-OLE followed by C-FOLE in 12-1982. Cancelled on 19-11-2010 it became VH-YYQ on 13-12-2010 and VH-COW4 on 17-04-2020. It was noted flying from Bankstown to Port Macquarie on 12-11-2023 and Lord Howe to Norfolk on the 13th and then to West Melton.
More details on this when or if it joins the NZ register.

Eurocopter AS 350 B2 ZK-HCW4 c/n 4805 is still listed with Advanced Flight Ltd of Auckland but noted at Wanaka.

Eurocopter AS 350 B2 ZK-HRV3 c/n 2777 was built in 1993 and joined The Helicopter Line Ltd in January of 2014.

The seldom seen Rans S-7 Courier ZK-MYJ c/n 1001312 of Nic Kagan was found by CMM at Loburn. It has been mentioned previously on this LINK.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Pitts Model 12 Back at North Shore on 7-4-2024

On calling in at North Shore for Avgas last Sunday afternoon I was surprised to see John Eaton's lovely Pitts Model 12 ZK-PTS2 taxy in past me.

I don't know if this was from a local flight or from further afield.  I also don't know why it was back at North Shore but it has been advertised for sale for some time.

It is still a very impressive machine!

Falcon 50 N37WX at Nelson

 Dassault Falcon 50 EX N37WX c/n 309 arrived at Nelson early afternoon today 09-04-2024.
Captured here by Bill Mannix.
It has been noted in NZ since at least 2020.
It started life as N903SB with Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation o\from 26-01-2001 and was taken over by SBC Communications Inc of San Antonia, Texas from 07-06-2001.
Absorbed by Falcon Leasing of South Florida it appears to have become N37WX from 11-02-2009 with Fair Wind Air Charter. (WX being an abbreviation for 'weather'.
From 01-06-2020 it was relisted to Delaware Trust Co Trustee of Wilmington, Delaware - and it was about this time that it first appeared in NZ.

Monday 8 April 2024

Some helicopters at Ardmore

A visit to Ardmore this morning was rewarded with a lot of helicopter activity starting with the Christchurch Helicopters' EC120B ZK-HPM5.   This was originally imported from South Africa in 2007 as ZK-IFR2 and from 2017 operated as part of the South Pacific Helicopters' fleet at Kaikoura.  It underwent a refurbishment and was reregistered as ZK-HPM in August 2023.

The AS350BB ZK-IHY was originally imported by Airwork from Papua New Guinea in late 2018 and after refurbishment added to the Helilink fleet.  In 2023 it spent 8 months in Western Australia based at Jandakot as VH-8HW with Rotorwest,  returning to NZ later that year.   It now carries both the parent company,  Salus Aviation,  and Helilink scripting.

Outside Oceania Aviation was another AS350BB, ZK-HOM3,  which was originally imported from the US in 2018 for Alpine Helicopters.   It passed onto an Alexandra owner in late 2021.

And outside Heliflite was an as yet unidentified Leonardo AW119 Koala,  which if registered here will add to our otherwise sole current 119 registrant,  Queenstown based ZK-ISR.


Removing the Wanaka dust.

 At Rangiora yesterday.
Owen washing the Wanaka dust from his magnificent Grumman G44A Widgeon ZK-CFA c/n 1439.

See some previous mentions of ZK-CFA  HERE