Saturday 29 November 2008

Robinsons at Christchurch Friday 28th

A quick lunchtime visitation to the Western side of Christchurch Airport found these Robinson helicopters.
Above is ZK-HMW2 c/n 2555 on the Helipro pad. This was a new import by Wing & Rotor & registered on 05-12-1995 for delivery to Marlborough Helicopters (listed to them on 10-12-96). It then went to the New Plymouth Aero Club from July 2000 until going to Helirange Helicopters of Ohope in September 2001. By May 2003 it was with Karamea Helicopters and November 2006 had it with Karamea Country Freight of Westport. On 03-09-2008 it was registered to CHL Investments of Christchurch.
In the Skysales hangar (above) two recently unpacked R44 Raven II's await purchasers. No registration requested at this stage. C/n's are 12463 ans 12466 (clearly visible on the end of the rotor blade crates). By the time you read this, two new R22's should have joined them.

And as mentioned in an earlier blog the R44 c/n 0630 has indeed become ZK-HAB2. It was registered to Maruia Springs Thermal resort on 19-11-2008. Given its US airworthiness certificate on 16-07-1999 as N7114A it was cancelled on 18-06-08 for export to NZ, whilst under the ownership of Kevin Farmer of Lodan, Ohio. Hard to see in this cramped hangar shot is the "Maruia Springs" stylised script on the fuselage side.

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