Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hawera on 22-4-2018

Up the road from Wanganui, Hawera was also also in the sun.  The Hawera Aero Club operates on Sundays so their aircraft were outside.

Cessna A152 Aerobat ZK-UNB (c/n A1520920) has not been posted on the blog before.  It is ex VH-UNB and has been owned by the Hawera Aero Club since 21/6/95.

and the club's Cessna 172N ZK-EOS (c/n 17272633) is another long time Hawera Aero Club aircraft, having been on line with them since 1980.

The club's other aircraft, Aeroprakt A-32 Vixxen ZK-VHC was out flying in the local area.
However the star of the show was Brett Emeny's North American T 28C Trojan ZK-JGS which was visiting from New Plymouth.  I arrived just as it was taxying out.

then it clattered into the air and did some manoeuvres overhead.

New Zealand Aviation

Another of the 6 Australian Cessna 172Rs imported by Aeromotive last year has been converted to diesel power and added to the NZ Aviation fleet at Matamata as ZK-NUU.    Fellow 172R import ZK-NUC was noted overflying Pauanui this week and is also  diesel powered,  possibly Hamilton based.

Still running on avgas with NZ Aviation is 172M ZK-YAH

Also part of the NZ Aviation fleet, 172M ZK-NPA, is diesel powered

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Nostalgic Fletcher FU 24-950 ZK-EGK at Wanganui 22-4-2018

I was delighted to see a Fletcher in the old Wanganui Aerowork scheme when I was at Wanganui.  Although now owned by Ravensdown Aerowork Ltd (from 4/9/12) I think it is great that they have kept in its original colour scheme.  I understand that it is dual control and is used for pilot training.

ZK-EGK (c/n 233) is the Fletcher in question.  The old scheme is a much more detailed scheme than the new Ravensdown scheme which is no doubt simpler to apply and keep looking tidy.  However it sure brings back a lot of memories.

Wanganui on 22-4-2018

I headed back North from Wellington on Sunday 22 April on a lovely day.  First stop was Wanganui which was much more accessible than last time I called in, and quite a few aircraft were out in the sun.

The NZICPA (New Zealand International Commercial Pilot's Academy) Partenavia P 68B ZK-MYF (ex ZK-ERA) taxied down to the refuelling pumps before some flying training.

 Wanganui Aero Club's Piper PA 38-112 Tomahawk ZK-FRS.

and their Cessna  172S ZK-RQA.

Cessna A152 ZK-JDB is registered to the North Taranaki Aero Club at Inglewood (Norfolk Road) but I understand it is on loan to the Wanganui Aero Club.

 A visitor was Piper PA 28-181 Archer II ZK-ENV which is registered to a Timaru owner.

Also recently purchased by the Wanganui Aero Club is Piper PA 18-95 ZK-BTU.  It has been with them since 28/9/17.

In the crammed aero club hangar was Maule MXT 7-180 ZK-JQY which is registered to Wanganui Sea and Air Charters Ltd (John Luff).  In the foreground is Kitfox ZK-KIT and in the back of the hangar were a couple of Pitts - S 1D ZK-PEG and S 2A ZK-JAG2 and the Glasair TD ZK-JDL .

Air Chathams DC 3 ZK-AWP has been parked at Wanganui for some time, with a pretty nice background for a photo.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Another Dreamliner Laid Up

Another visit to Auckland International last week as I traveled to Wellington, and another Air New Zealand Dreamliner laid up at their engineering base sans its Rolls Royce Trents.

A somewhat cluttered shot of ZK-NZE2 taken from the 380 airporter bus on 18 April.