Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Cessna 172S ZK-NAY

Noted at Ardmore this week was the former Nelson Aviation College Cessna 172S ZK-NAY2,  now minus all the College's scripting and emblem.   It was imported from Australia in 2019.


Saturday, 14 May 2022

A couple of Vans RV7s

Amongst the visitors to Pauanui this morning before the rain set in were a couple of Vans RV7s,  being our latest RV7 registrant up from Tauranga,  RV7A ZK-MEL3 which was imported from the US earlier this year.

And the tailwheel RV7 ZK-WOS2 which was imported from Australia in 2019 for a Napier owner,  moving onto its current Whitianga owner in late 2021.

 The RV7 is our most popular Vans model with 31 currently registered.

Bombardier Global Express N372BC

 Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express N372BC c/n 9413 has been noted parked at Hamilton and Auckland and more recently at Nelson Airport next to the Crash Fire unit since 23-04-2022.

Photo at Nelson from Bill Mannix.It started life as C-GGFJ, then to M-GLOB and G-GLOB and then to N372BC with Air BC in October of 2021.

It then disappeared into the books of the Bank of Utah from 25-10-2021 and appears to be blocked from the 'flight radar' platforms.

Question time.

 A photograph taken by Des Smith alongside State Highway 2 near Napier back on the 12th shows the Fairchild Hiller FH1100 ZK-HKN c/n 158 which has been with Sowersby Engineering Ltd since July of 1993.
No problems with that !
The question is :-

Can anyone identify the red helicopter on the left of the photo ?

Rangiora on Friday the 13th.

A beautiful still cool morning at Rangiora had Don Payne out in his recently restored Pterodactyl Ascender ZK-EZC c/n MAANZ/087.
Don has an airstrip on his property within the Christchurch Control Zone and has fitted ZK-EZC with a VHF radio and a ADSB.

Also out and about was the Zenair CH701 SP ZK-ZMX c/n 7-9741 of Jamie Bertie.

And parked out to allow others to exit the hangar was the Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-TIA c/n 7-4514 of Chris Anderson.

Ravensdown Aerowork had their Company 'hack' Cessna A185E ZK-LJG c/n 185-1009 down from Whanganui with a team working on their Cresco in the background. 
In an earlier lifetime this was ZK-COH, a ski plane with The Mount Cook Group.

And another shot of the CRAC Tecnam Echo MkII P92 ZK-RGE c/n 1657.

Friday, 13 May 2022

And Another Jet

I had to make a trip down to Ardmore today for an replacement Dzus fastener for my Jodel's cowling.  Thanks to Warren Denholm for rummaging around a box of fasteners to come up with one that was suitable.  As always there was interesting aircraft restoration going on inside Avspecs, and outside was the CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre A94-922:

This aircraft was associated with Jerry Yagen and I wonder if it is going to have some work done on it?  (In the background is a quite different single seat aircraft).

A couple of new Tecnams and a Jet

A brief visit to Tauranga Airport today found our latest 2 Tecnam imports being P2008JCs ZK-TBT2 and ZK-TCT on assembly for Oamaru based NZ Airline Academy.

They are destined to replace P2008s ZK-DDY2 and ZK-LBI, which are both for sale on Trade Me.

Outside Classic Flyers was the Cessna A37B ZK-JTL which has been registered to Jet Trainers Ltd, Ardmore since 1992.


Thursday, 12 May 2022

Something Really Different at Kaipara Flats Today 12-5-2022

After several years of inactivity in hangars at Kaipara Flats airfield, Kevin Mills' Aero Gare Sea Hawk ZK-SEA completed a new Annual Inspection today and it was outside running and checking out a new prop that produced better static RPMs.

It was a spectacular day for flying in the North today, so after the Annual was signed off in the late afternoon Kevin took it out for a flight in perfect conditions and lovely late afternoon sun:

Annual completed.

After a thorough pre-flight inspection Kevin taxied out.

and into the very low late afternoon sun.

After a couple of high speed taxy runs he was off!

Climb out with the undercarriage up.

A very distinctive silhouette.

Looking good on approach.

And in for a nice landing.  Kevin flew several circuits and the Sea Hawk looked real good!

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Lockheed L-12A Electra Junior VH-HID

 Lockheed L-12A Electra Junior VH-HID c/n 1262 departed Wangaratta for Taree and Lord Howe Island on 08-05-2022.
It did the Lord Howe to Norfolk Island and Auckland run yesterday and carried on to Timaru and Wanaka today to its new owner.

All photographs from Simon Brown at Timaru today.

Pretty neat for an eighty three year old.

Monday, 9 May 2022

Wanganui on 8-5-2022

Jordan Elvy visited Wanganui airport on Sunday and found a couple of interesting aircraft in the aero club hangar:

Jonathan Mauchline has recently been restoring this first generation microlight Skycraft Scout Mk III ZK-RWW (c/n HAR 1998), and as can be seen it is nearly ready for test flying.

Actually it was re-registered by CAA today, 9/5/22, having been previously withdrawn from use at Wanganui in September 2001.  I like the motorcycle fuel tank!

And another interesting aircraft in the hangar was the Alpi Pioneer 200 ZK-WHC which I haven't seen since early 2004.  After being owned in the Wairarapa for many years, ownership transferred to a Wanganui owner on 10/8/21 and now has Whanganui in small letters on the fin fillet.

Thanks for the photos Jordan.