Saturday 26 December 2009

Wet visit to Mount Cook

Rain, thunder, lightning and gale force winds produced a very lean collection at the Aoraki Mount Cook Skiplanes base on 09-12-2009. There was nothing outside at all. I did manage to get the above grotty pic of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 ZK-IHW (c/n 2816) in the Aoraki Mount Cook Skiplanes scheme. This is operated in conjunction with Heliworks of Queenstown. A second AS350 is availabe for the busier periods.

One snip of info is that the Company hack Cessna 180C ZK-BYJ (c/n 50908) is soon to start up from Alex Millers airstrip at Waiho near Franz Josef in a parachute dropping role. Pilot will be Gary Craig.
The pic of ZK-BYJ below was taken at the Pukaki/Twizel strip on 20-01-06. It is equiped with special tracking receivers. From memory they were tracking tagged Kiwi's (of the Apteryx - not the Homo Sapien variety).

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