Friday 28 January 2011

Non Cessna's at Masterton

I heard a strong rumour that there where aircraft on the Masterton airfield that where not Cessna 180 or 185's last weekend
I did managed to track a couple down.
Glaser-Dirks DG400 ZK-GVA was airframe number 54 and was imported for Paul Schofield,  Roger Sparks and Richard Le Pine and registered on 30-01-1984. It went to Richard Le Pine in February of 1986 and remained in the family until November of 1999 when it was listed to the Barton, Buchanan and Johnson Syndicate at Masterton. Since Christmas of 2007 it has been under the GVA Syndicate. (I am guessing that include Stu Barton and Craig Stobbs +?)
A surprise arrival was the Lancashire Prospector EP9 ZK-PWZ , c/n 42 , which Hallett Griffin of Kairanga Aviation flew over instead of bringing his Beaver. This aircraft arrived in NZ in June of 2002 and retains the last three letters of its Pommie registration (G-APWZ) as its Kiwi registration. Below is an information panel as seen on the left hand door.
Found in the visiting aircraft park was this AESL Airtourer T6 ZK-CPG2 , c/n A552 , currently listed with Astral Investments of Manakau. It started life with the RNZAF as NZ1762 in mid 1970, joined the NZ civil register in March of 1993 as ZK-JBZ with the Bay of Islands Aero Club at Kerikeri. From late August of 1995 it was with the RNZAF Auckland Aviation Sports Club at Whenuapai. It was damaged in 1999 and the remains went to Colin P Grounsell who rebuilt it to become ZK-CPG on 29-01-2004.

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