Friday 31 October 2008
I believe it to be Kim Hollows of Fiordland Helicopters H369D ZK-HJO2 , c/n 107-0204D.
These aren't getting any younger. Cranked out in 1978 it spent ten years as N8699F before drifting down to Australia to become VH-AJZ.
Jo Faram of Gisborne picked it up as ZK-HJO on 16-02-1996, followed by a period with Miller Helicopters near Thames from June of 97. It was listed to Fiordland Helicopters on 14-04-00.
Thursday 30 October 2008
Wednesday 29 October 2008
I took the opportunity to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at the Hermitage to track down the Auster ZK-BDX. The photo above shows it suspended in the foyer of the Alpine Centre. Pic taken through the glass doors. The round object is actually a large light suspended forward of and below the aircraft.
ZK-BDX is an Auster J1B Aiglet with the c/n 3122. Built as G-ANGV and exported through W S Shackleton in the UK to the NZ agents Bristol Aeroplane Co (NZ) Ltd. It became ZK-BDX on 18-03-1954 and received its C of A on 29-09-1954 with Mount Cook & Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd. It carried out its first landing on the Tasman Glacier on 22-09-1955. It, along with the Auster J1B ZK-BDL, were the Company ski plane trial aircraft. On 24-08-1959 ownership changed to the well known gliding man of the time, Bruce Gillies of Oamaru. It joined the North Otago Aero Club in april of 1961 followed by time with the North Otago Gliding Club, R B Johnson of Springfield and then back to Mount Cook Airlines abount 1974. it was withdrawn from use after its C of A expired and was displayed (suspended from the ceiling) in the Queenstown Motor Museum mid 1983. Its registration was cancelled on 21-06-1991. It then moved to the Queenstown Airport domestic terminal ceiling in 2001 and last year ended up at the hermitage.
Tuesday 28 October 2008
Monday 27 October 2008
Referred to early on during its construction as Kermit by the bystanders - The name has stuck and is now worn on its rudder.
Sunday 26 October 2008
Robinson R22 Alpha ZK-HRN c/n 0475 went to Helispray South on 02-07-05 and changed to Helipark Ltd on 23-10-06.
Another Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HUV3 c/n 2722, is also operated from here but was away working during my visit.
Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HVI2 c/n 10185 is under lease to them from Bluewater Helicopters of Picton.
Note the Blue bus in the background of both pics.
Peter Taylor of Te Anau became the registered owner from 01-08-96. It was ground looped on take off at Alexandra on 12-03-2004 damaging the right wing and destroying the right undercarriage and fuselage attachment point.
Ownership transferred to John David Cranstoun of Kirwee on 23-05-06 who withdrew the aircraft and cancelled the registration on 13-07-07.
Paddy McDonnell returns to the scene and rebuilt the aircraft and replaced the Rotax with a Jabiru 2200 engine and reregistered it on 07-02-08.
The above pic was taken at Ashburton on 23-10-08 showing the paintwork nearing completion.
Saturday 25 October 2008
Thursday 16 October 2008
Tuesday 7 October 2008
Sunday 5 October 2008
Sit around in the Omarama sun and listen to the tall stories, & maybe tell one or two.
The PZL-Krosno KR-03A Puchatek ZK-GOV c/n 03-06 appeared here for M Grundy of Mt Eden on 15-10-91 and went to the Auckland Gliding Club on 27-08-92. In May of 1974 it was listed to the Sky Sailplane Syndicate before going to Paul Schofield from 31-10-07. Above pic at Drury on 18-03-2000.
ZK-GOD however is a completely different animal. Referred to as a "Clockwork Mouse" this Slingsby T61C Falke arrived from Slingsby's in a damaged condition mid 1973. It is a motor glider (which to my eye, lacks in radiant beauty) powered by a Pieper Stork-Stamo 1500 engine (Is that another word for VW ?). C of A status was gained on 18-07-1973 and it was registered in the powered aircraft section of the register as ZK-DOI. Pic shows it as such at Drury on28-08-1985. It went to the Auckland branch of the Air Cadet League of NZ (Inc) and was reregistered in the glider section of the NZ civil register as ZK-GOD on 13-03-1993. Ownership title changed to Auckland ATC Gliding School on 27-04-1994 with Paul Schofield appearing on 18-10-07.
Revoked often just means that paperwork is not up to date. So we may see these two back on the listings some time.
Top pic has it with Bill Black at Te Anau on 15-02-1996.
Botton view is at Queenstown on 12-10-2000.
Saturday 4 October 2008
As ZK-HBP it was operated by Caithness Agriculture Ltd with a Culverden address, but was often seen at Maddison Road strip of Wyndon Aviation (South of CHCH). Pic above taken there on 21-01-2005.
Graham John Pender of "Ardmore" near Methven was the listed owner from 06-03-06.
It was being moved to shelter during the recent heavy snowfall on 7-06-08 when it had a heavy landing. It was cancelled on 15-09-08.
Grotty pic above shows it t Nelson on 14-12-06.