Sunday 31 January 2010
AMY was returning this afternoon from its joyriding flights from Darfield.
Matt also supplied a pic of ZK-DQN taken at Darfield which I have added to the appropriate blog below.
Today I also caught up with ZK-DQN at West Melton as it landed back from a mission to Darfield.
This new venture is a partnership between Chris Johnston and Paul Dalley with Paul being the Vanuatu based pilot and Chris managing the Company from NZ. Chris will also be the relief pilot as required.
The aircraft is due to head north on Tuesday towards Whangarei where it is due to receive its export C of A on February the 8th. This will be followed by a ferry flight to Vanuatu.
Saturday 30 January 2010
This aircraft built in the UK was first registered as G-AJIX on 21-05-1947.
It was sold and exported in October of 1951, going to Australia to become VH-AQN2 from 17-01-1952.
It was re-registered as VH-AQO2 on 02-12-1953 and finally became VH-SAD on 05-07-1955.
I would be most interested in hearing from you if you can advise me of the current location and status of this aircraft.
For reason fairly obvious - I cannot provide a photograph.
Worth a chocolate fish I reckon.
Friday 29 January 2010
An ex Japanese import in 2004 by Rotor Flite N.Z. Ltd of Auckland it has served with Salt Air of Paihia ; Elite Helicopters at Tauranga ; Bay Heliwork of Hastings and Alabaster Helicopters of Taihape with a recent lease to Helicopter Operations Ltd of Tirau.
Worth a look.
Thursday 28 January 2010
This is actually the fuselage of Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante ZK-REV. This particular Bandit went to Australia in 1980 as a new aircraft, serving with Airlines of Tasmania, East Coast Commuter Airlines, Skywest Airlines and Lloyd Aviation as VH-KIR before a sojourn in PNG as P2-NAL with Nationair 1986-93.
Arriving in NZ on 9Oct1993 with 17769hrs on the clock it became ZK-REV with Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd., Wellington 27Oct1993 and was flown in Tranzair colours on regional Ansett NZ routes as seen here at Rongotai in 1994.
A few years later the Tranzair colours had been replaced by a more definite Ansett presence, as seen at Whangarei in 1996.
Ownership was transferred to Tasman Pacific Airlines of NZ Ltd., Christchurch 18Aug2000 and the registration was cancelled the same day. The aircraft was dismantled at Wellington with reusable spare parts reclaimed for shipment to Singapore. The fuselage went to Massey University at Palmerston North where is saw little use before passing eventually to Dr Baldwin, at Milson in 2008. Currently in use as a lunchroom/recreation area there are plans to utilize it as a hypoxia training unit.
PZL-Swidnik PW-5 "Smyk" ZK-GWN c/n 17.03.004 was registered to the Wellington Gliding Club on 28-03-1995. Cancelled on 06-01-2010 as exported. Pic at Paraparaumu on 02-12-2007.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Thanks to Anon, we now know the original G-ADDD was owned by the Prince of Wales from mid 1935 and absorbed into the newly-created Kings Flight in July 1936. It was replaced by an Airspeed Envoy in 1937 and bought by Western Airways in Nov 1938 before moving to the RAF.
This particular airframe is c/n 6782 ex NR683, G-AHXW and N683DH restored as "G-ADDD".
Cessna 172N ZK-MDV is registered to MDR Aviation who are operating as www.flighthauraki.co.nz, the titles of which this aircraft now wears.
Tuesday 26 January 2010
ZK-SFK (c/n 236) was first registered in New Zealand on 7/10/03. It has been operated by Southflight Aviation then Wings Over Whales at Kaikoura but is now owned by Commercial Helicopters Ltd of Taumaranui. It is operated by Fly My Sky which flys daily to Great Barrier Island. ZK-SFK is ex VH-CPG/OO-GVS (Belgium) and G-51-236.
Next is ZK-PIZ (c/n 2012) which is operated by Great Barrier Airlines but is owned by the Fly My Sky people, Commercial Helicopters Ltd of Taumaranui. It wa first registered in New Zealand on 5/12/95 and is ex N2132M/JA5261/N406JA and G-BEXB. It wears the old Mountain Air colours.
Next in line was ZK-PIY (c/n 344) in Fly My Sky colours, also owned by Commercial Helicopters Ltd of Taumaranui. This is ex JA5218/G-BBOY and was first registered in New Zealand on 12/11/96.
And the final North Islander parked up at Mangere was ZK-FVD (c/n 316) in the current Great Barrier Airlines colour scheme. This is owned by Great Barrier Airlines and was first registered on 5/12/89. It has had a long overseas history as it is ex G-BJWN/4X-AYL (Israel)/SX-BFG (Greece)/4X-AYL/SX-BFC/4X-AYL and G-BALO.
And finally a little sister of the North Islanders was parked up, in the form of Partenavia P 68B (c/n 086), first registered in New Zealand way back in 1/84 and owned by Great Barrier Airlines. It is ex A6-ALO (United Arab Emirates) and G-BEJX.
I can only conclude that there is an awful lot of flying going on between Auckland and Great Barrier Island!
Saturday 23 January 2010
The story goes back to an earlier registration: ZK-SBI, a Steelworks Skyboard which was registered as a Class 1 microlight to Skyboard International Ltd of Temuka on 22/2/05. I never took much notice of this but I found the above photo of it on the Skyboard website: http://www.skyboard.co.nz/ It turns out to be "a one person glider that offers a highly manoeuverable alternative to skydiving" that was manufactured by Steelworks Engineering of Temuka which is owned by Bob Harris. There is a link to a Youtube video of it testing and test flying on the website and also at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_XMg9non9o and it turns out to be a 2.3 metre long capsule with extendable wings that weighs 24 Kg and can glide for about 10 minutes when dropped from a helicopter or aircraft from 12,000 feet, travelling at up to 300 kph. This has apparently been very successful.
So this leads onto the Skyboard Coba K's which are a development of the Steelworks Skyboard that has been developed in close association with Canterbury University and are bigger and better. Here is an artists impression of ZK-SBX, also from the Skyboard website which still looks like a glider to me, so maybe the artists impression should be of ZK-SBW. And then my mind boggles to think of what an aeroplane version would look like! The Skyboard website mentions a "Quantum Leap Coming Soon!"
I guess these aircraft have been a challenge to CAA as to what to register them as they must be pushing the bounds of what an aircraft is! Otherwise why would ZK-SBI be a Class 1 microlight? (surely the wing loading must be more than a microlight?), and then why is ZK-SBW registered as a glider but not with a G registration?
Can anyone out there add any more information to this story?
Photo above taken at Skysales on 15-01-2010.
On the road from Dunedin to Queenstown and between the settlements of Beaumont and Ettrick, Helicopters Otago Jetranger's ZK-HWK and ZK-HWN were both on the job.
Wanaka's Aspiring Helicopters had Hughes 500E parked at Queenstown.
Well then. Sprinkle me with bread crumbs and bake me for 40 minutes. ZK-CKE has cracked it again - first shot. Well done.
Below is a counter weight, which would have been the second clue.
It is indeed the hub of a Hamilton Standard propeller.
Friday 22 January 2010
Thursday 21 January 2010
Above is ZK-RMF which was built by Andrew Fairhall near Blenhiem, photographed at Omaka. Andrew has since gone on to build the Andrew John Fairhall Special ZK-JBF (which is a modified Pietenpol). ZK-RMF was registered on 9/3/04 and is currently owned by G Thomas of Blenhiem.
Wednesday 20 January 2010
I am working on photos of New Zealand's LM 1 population and will post these later.
Top pic shows its new owner Laurie Prouting assisting with the re-assembly at Skysales on 05-01-10.
Pic below taken late today (20-01-10) shows Laurie departing with his new toy.