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:
Thursday, 5 August 2021
Monday, 2 August 2021
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
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
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.
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).
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.
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Sunday, 25 July 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:
2 which is now owned by W A M Liepnik of Palmerston North.
Friday, 23 July 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
Thursday, 22 July 2021
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 21/7/21:3 (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.