A note and some pics from Malcolm Belcher of Havelock North about his Tekweld Aeropup ZK-MDB c/n 2024 which was first registered on 02-07-2008. It is a first of type in NZ.
The Aeropup is an Australian kit which has taken about 1200 hours to build. Started in August of 2007. The fuselage is fabric covered over tube,and the wings are ply ribs set on two aluminium spars with an aluminium leading edge. The undercarriage is fairly standard tail dragger.
It is a two seater, side by side with dual controls.
First flight was on July 3rd by Jerry Chisum and to date it has done 7.5 hours with no problems.
Motor is a Rotax 912UL of 80hp running a 68 x 48 wooden Sweetapple propeller.
Malcolm has been gliding in NZ since 1973 after learning to Fly in the UK in 1972 and has owned several gliders including ZK-GEH, GJS, GIA and GHF.
Next project - maybe a Sonex.
The registration is of course Malcolms initials. The original ZK-MDB was a Cessna A185F Skywagon skiplane with Mount Cook Group/Tourism Holdings.