Friday 30 May 2008
Thursday 29 May 2008
Shot at Ardmore on 27 May was SA 315B Lama ZK-IRA, formerly operated by Gisborne Helicopters. It is about to be exported again.
At Heliflite, the R44's were again prolific, including this new machine ZK-ISA. Also present were ZK-IWH and IXP.
Up at North Shore was taildragger A152 ZK-MDO c/n A1520974, first registered on 28 January this year to MDR Aviation.
And finally, our sole EC145 ZK-IGT at North Shore c/n 9110. It betrays it's origins by being officially described as a BK117 C-2.
Photo below, taken today, shows Alistair Mclean pushing it back into the hangar.
The recently arrived MD520N NOTAR N9096R , c/n LN106 , became ZK-HCZ/5 on 08-05-2008 with Skysales and is for a local Christchurch owner.
All three photos taken at Skysales Aviation's Christchurch base.
Wednesday 28 May 2008
He has also sorted out the Green Zlin Z-37T at Taieri.
In talking with Bill O'Connor (Flying Ag Co) Greybeard learnt that he was planning on acquiring this aircraft
On 22-04-2008 a Zlin Z-37T with c/n 008 was listed as ZK-BOC to Flying Ag Company of Alexandra.
I was talking with Mark Paterson of Southair yesterday and he confirmed that the green monster is indeed c/n 008 and that Bill had acquired it to add to his collection of Zlins at Alexandra.
There is apparently one minor hitch at this time - no log books to advise the airframe hours. The Z-37 is only certified for 3000 hours.
So we continue to watch and wait.
This aircraft was originally registered as OK-RJB in the Czech Republic; it moved over to Hungary to become HA-MGY before returning to OK-RJB.
Not too sure of its NZ moves, but I know that early in its time at Taieri it had hopes of becoming ZK-KRB for Keith Baillie. This never happened and it has remained at Taieri ever since.
Pic taken in Aug 2005.
I also gleened from Mark at Southair that an English gentleman - who has come to NZ from Australia - has imported a Bell 47 and a Pitts Special. The Bell is currently flying in its foreign marks at Wanaka and the Pitts is coming together at Taieri.
By the way, the C150C ZK-CCL parked up at Ardmore is c/n 15059742 ex ZK-CCK. Since ZK-CCK had since been reallocated, Arthur took the next one available in sequence. Simple really.
Monday 26 May 2008
Sunday 25 May 2008
Withdrawn from service about six years ago; these Douglas A4 Skyhawks of the RNZAF have been in storage in one of Safeair's hangars at Woodbourne. A recent need for hangar space for the C130 upgrades has meant these aircraft have been "spraylat" covered and placed in open storage.
Bombardier DHC-8-311 ZK-NEH , c/n 623 , at Nelson on 20-05-08.
Saturday 24 May 2008
This aircraft arrived in NZ As N6764D back on 14-09-2007 and has spent much of its time up until now being worked on at Avtek in Timaru.
Tuesday 6 May 2008
At Wigram the Vans RV-4 ZK-SIM/2 , c/n 2826 , had just returned from a run to determine fuel flow rate. This machine was built in the US as N493DC and imported into NZ and registered here on 11-08-2005 to A T Sim. It is now with E D Langston.
Noted at Skysales was the MD520 NOTAR , c/n LN-106 , N9096R.
It also carried the "CZ" letters.
No photos permitted but a couple of reasonable shots appear on