Monday, 6 February 2023

2022 Blog Header Photos

I thought I might start a tradition of posting the previous years blog header photos on Waitangi Day to illustrate the variety of civil aviation across New Zealand, so herewith is the 2022 set:

Thanks to all the photographers who captured the great images.

Sunday, 5 February 2023

Vans RV 8 ZK-ATE/2 at North Shore Today 5-2-2023

The weather in the North has not been condusive to aerial activities for what seems like a long time, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the Vans RV 8 ZK-ATE2 parked outside the North Shore Aero Club's clubrooms in the sun this afternoon.  It was the first time I had seen it with its latest registration:

Under its previous identity of ZK-PDN it was sold to the SGM Syndicate of Whangarei on 25/6/21 before being re-registered as ZK-ATE2 on 7/10/21.

And here it is as ZK-PDN at the 2019 Black Sands flyin at Raglan (the last under the trees) on 9/11/19.

Friday, 3 February 2023

Omaka 02-02-2023

On a warm up day (only 30 degrees today) prior to the Healthy Bastards weekend I snapped the following at Omaka.
The Cessna 210-5A ZK-VAV c/n 205-0570 as listed with the Leslie Hills Station outside the Marlborough Aero Club hangar.

Inside the Club house is this Bristol Freighter awaiting your kind donations.

In the Cessna 180/185 line up was Rob Fry's Cessna 180A ZK-FRY c/n 32914.

Westland Air Charters Cessna U206F Stationair ZK-CBT2 c/n U20603325 on the tie downs.

The Cessna 172S ZK-ZAN c/n 172S10101 is down from the Tauranga Aro Club.

Edendale Crank Up

 CMM spent last weekend at the Edendale Crank Up.
This is an annual gathering organised by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club and supported by the local businesses.
Of immediate interests to us was the joyriding MD 600N ZK-HVW3 c/n RN065 of Southland Helicopters Ltd.

Then there was the caravan of one of the sponsors.

Another of the sponsors is Scobies Transport Ltd and it just so happens that at the nearby township of Wyndham Graham Scobie hangars his Cessna U206A ZK-DIB c/n U206-0598 which has been in his care since July of 1978.

CMM managed to sleuth this out.

Also based in this hangar is David Scobie's Rans S-6ES ZK-JLE c/n 0496973.

Thursday, 2 February 2023

EC130T2 ZK-HJW (6)

Recently added to the EagleFlight Technics fleet and noted at Ardmore today was the brand new EC130T2 ZK-HJW6.    This replaces their previous EC130T2 ZK-HJW5 which was reregistered ZK-INX back in September 2022.

The company registered another new EC130T2 as ZK-HIJ5 yesterday and now has 7 EC130s in their fleet, including ZK-IGM which lives in Europe on the superyacht 'Aquanda'.


Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Pitts S-1SS ZK-LOL

Richard Hood has been building his Pitts S-1SS in his Ardmore hangar for quite a few years and has recently registered it.  The Pitts S-1SS has symmetrical airfoils and features 4 ailerons from the Super Stinker model that Curtis Pitts developed for competition aerobatics which give an impressive roll rate and good centering forces without the need for aileron spades.

ZK-LOL (c/n 2068) was registered to R B Hood on 3/11/22.  It's first flight was on 19 December 2022 at Ardmore.  Richard has since relocated his Pitts to Whitianga where Gavin Magill took these photos. 

It looks really nice in its swoopy orange and black scheme that is also applied on the wings.

Thanks for the photos Gavin.

Grumman Widgeon ZK-CFA flashback

 From John Poletti I have received this lovely family photograph taken on Stewart Island.

John writes -
Great to see ZK-CFA looking so good in your recent blog post (link below). 
You may be interested in the attached image of CFA, with the Ranger engines, taken on Stewart Island around 1966. In the photo are my parents, younger siblings and the pilot, Johnny Hasset. 
The location I think was Mason Bay.
Cheers, John Poletti

To save me re-gurgitating the history of ZK-CFA :-

Take a look at these links.

And when you get a couple of minutes to spare have a read of the following link which covers all of the NZ Grumman Boats. :-

Note : there are several more interesting links within this post.

There are also several photos of ZK-CFA available with a GOOGLE search.

Photo above from George Phillips taken in the 70's.

ZK-CFA at Te Anau 1963 or 1964 from Tom Smellie.

Final pic at Oriental Bay, Wellington August 1963.

Monday, 30 January 2023

Autogyro Commiserations

The New Zealand Autogyro Association flyin was rained out over the weekend by the tropical rainmaker that has battered areas of the North Island.  However here is a look back at a couple of autogyros at Tauranga in sunnier days:

ZK-RBP was a Wind Rider Gyro that was registered in December 1991 and was cancelled as withdrawn from use in September 1999.

And this Australian Skyhook autogyro was also on the field.  It never appeared on the New Zealand civil register.  

The photos were taken at the 1992 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.  Can anyone add any information in these two interesting rotorcraft?

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Homebuilt and Sport Helicopters of New Zealand - Dynali H3 EasyFlyer

Continuing on with our series on homebuilt and sport helicopters of New Zealand, we come to the latest type to be registered here to date, the Dynali H3 EasyFlyer, one of which was registered here in May 2018.

The Dynali EasyFlyer (now known as the Sport) is built in Belgium and is available as a kitset or as a fully built up helicopter.  It has a two seat side by side layout with a bubble canopy that tilts forward for access and its main structure is of welded stainless steel tube.  It can be powered by Rotax 912 or 914 engines with the 914 providing a higher MAUW.  Its specifications are:  rotor diameter 7.14 metres (23 feet 5 inches), empty weight around 285 Kg (628 pounds) and with the Rotax 914 the MAUW in New Zealand is 598 Kg (1,318 pounds).  The cruise speed is around 70 knots.

We have so far had only one Dynali EasyFlyer registered here:

ZK-HHQ3 (c/n H3-61-1740) was registered to Karaka Helicopters Ltd of Papakura on 28/5/18.  It is photo'd above at Ardmore on 17/7/18 and it can be seen from the head colour that it is fitted with a Rotax 914.

Thanks for the photo Wayne.

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Christchurch this day 28-01-2023

 A very busy day at Christchurch International today with some military visitors and a heap of diversions from Auckland International.
Tucked in behind the big boys was the Southern Districts Health Beech B200 Super King Air ZK-SDH2 c/n BB-1643 from Dunedin as operated by Skyline Aviation.

Heading out for take-off for Auckland was the Boeing 777-319ER ZK-OKP c/n 39041. 

Parked outside the ANZES hangar was the Boeing 777-319ER ZK-OKO c/n 8407 and the Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZF c/n 34335. 
To the right are the remnants of the ATR ZK-MCB c/n 598 which carried out its last revenue flight on 22-01-2020.

Two from South Pacific Helicopters dropped in briefly to drop off passengers before returning to Kaikoura.
Above is their Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBE4 c/n 3541 -
And below is the Aerospatiale AS 350 BA ZK-IOP c/n 1299 now with South Pacific Helicopters titles.

Also on hand a couple of Boeing KC-135R's from the US Air Force.
Above we have 63-8879 c/n 18727 from 6 ARW. 
In the background is the China Airlines Airbus A350-941 B-18910 c/n 151.
Below we have 57-1483 c/n 17554.
Alas I am not in a position to tell you what these two are up to !