Sunday 3 May 2009

Oamaru and Timaru.

Spotted at Timaru today was this Bushby Midget Mustang 1A ZK-MFE , c/n M-1-2036 , as built up by Mark Elworthy (Initials as registration). This O-320 powered aircraft cruises at 170kts. This was a prize winner at the recent Sport Aviation fly i at Ashburton.
A visitor from down south noted at Timaru on Saturday at completion of maintenance was this Airtractor AT-502B ZK-MAA , c/n 502B-2579 , of Mackenzie Aviation. Just taxying out for test circuits.
A recent arrival at Timaru is this Rotax 582 powered Denny Kitfox IV ZK-EWC2 , c/n 1640 , built by Ernest Colling of Wanaka. It is now with Ron Roberts.
The main attraction at Oamaru these days is the resident Fletcher FU24-550GT Crusader ZK-DDX , c/n 160 . It started life as a FU24-950 working with Cookson Airspread. It was withdrawn from use in December 1986 and cancelled in December of 1990. Flight Care at Napier rebuilt and registered it on 21-12-2005 with an extended fuselage, fin fillet and P&W PT6A-15AG engine. It first flew in this configuration on 07-06-2006 and was registered to Wanganui Aero Work (2004) Ltd on 02-01-07. It has been Oamaru based for some months now (first spied there mid October) and was listed to Aerial Sowing Ltd on 02-02-09.

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