Monday 20 December 2010

A couple more Cessna 185 movements

ZK-CMV at the Rangiora pumps on 15-12-2010
Cessna 185B ZK-CMV2 has has a long and distinguished career in PNG and Australia before flying across the Ditch in April of1993 for Airflight South at Taieri for ultimate delivery to J G & M  M Stewart of St Heliers. In 2005 it became a Texas Skyways conversion - this involes (from memory) the installation of a Continental IO-540 and a three bladed Hartzell propeller, plus wing tips. An ownership change in February last year saw it move from Kim McKay to Paul and Kate Macdonald and the Tilmac FamilyTrusts of Christchurch. More recently it has spent some time helping out at Fox Glacier.
ZK-MDC with weight in its skis. Tasman Glacier 28-06-2007. Driver is Alex Miller.
Photo stolen from Andy Heap.
Replacing CMV at Fox is the Cessna A185F ZK-MDC , c/n A185F-04372 , which until its recent change to private ownership, has been with Aoraki Mount Cook Ski Planes. This aircraft previously operated as ZK-MCU - but that is another story.


  1. Dude, last time I checked Continental don't make an IO-540. Lycoming do though...

    Texas Skyways do kits for Continental O-520 and O-550 conversions (carbureted).

    Are you sure CMV has the conversion? The Tx Skyways ones usually involve a change to the exhaust system and that one looks like a stock O-470 to me.

  2. Yo there Fox.

    My memory was a little out - but not to bad for an olde falla.

    It does have an injected Continental IO-550 (not the 540 I raved on about)spinnig a Hartzell Buccaneer prop.