Thursday, 31 March 2011
Here we are at Blue Lake on the West Branch of the Sabine River which flows north into Lake Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
ZK-HXX3 is Hughes 369D c/n 30-0675D. It has been around for a while. Created on March of 1980 it worked in Oz as VH-KSY until imported into NZ for Airwest Helicopters of Reefton as ZK-HSW from 06-04-1984. Nelson Helicopters/Jet Heli Ltd took it on from 20-12-1999 and changed its registration to ZK-HXX3 on 04-02-2000. It was listed to Work Helicopters (NZ) Ltd on 10-08-2001 and then to its current operator Helicopter Charter Karamea 2006 Ltd on 12-09-2007.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
ZK-ITR was outside the Heliflite hanger at Ardmore today, all photos Mike Condon
|ZK-ITR when it was the Koala.|
Photo below shows her at Masterton on 21-01-2011 in quasi RNZAF markings.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
First listed on 21-12-1983; it had an incident at Woodbury and was cancelled on 16-11-2007.
Both seen at Rangiora on 25-03-2011.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
On 15 March 2011 the NZ CAA actioned a name change from Highland Air to AJ Wallace, Andrew being the owner of Highland Air.
Does this transaction indicate the aircraft has been located?
Friday, 25 March 2011
According to another website, the A109 arrived at the Ports of Auckland around 8 March and it has since arrived via container at Ardmore where it was noted being worked on today (24 March) in company with the A119. The A109 has the same markings as the A119 minus any words.
It is expected the A109 will be ready for delivery to New Plymouth sometime during April.
The arrival of ZK-ITR/2 will be only the third of type to grace our skies. The first was Rossmond Holdings ZK-HXI from 11 August 1987 until 19 September 1989 and the second was to Helitaxi Ltd ZK-HBC from 11 December 1987 until 08 August 1990. ZK-HBC was used by Air NZ to provide transport between the Auckland CBD and Auckland Airport.
The RNZAF have taken delivery of its first A109 LUH at Ohakea so we look forward to seeing it sometime.
|RNZAF official photo|
|ZK-ITP with ZK-ITR/2 (not yet taken up) in the hanger, Ardmore 24 March 2011|
Thursday, 24 March 2011
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-AZY , c/n 83557 , seen at Taieri in early 1967.
This Tiger came to NZ post WW11 after serving with the RAF as T5845 and then as G-AMFW on the UK civil register. It was registered in NZ on 07-08-1952 to
Later in 1967 (12th of November I think) it overturned at Taieri and was cancelled on 19-09-1968.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
The hangar carries the logo of The Old Stick and Rudder Company and at the front were their Corsair ZK-COR and Kittyhawk ZK-RMH, plus a yellow and black Stampe biplane.
Then there were another 11 Vintage Aviator aircraft inside including the Avro 504K ZK-ACU which was restored by Stuart Tantrum at Blenhiem, and has a Le Rhone rotary engine. This aircraft is an original machine.
The other aircraft were often difficult to photograph as they were quite tightly parked, but what a selection! These aircraft were: the third SE 5A ZK-SEO, the Nieuport XI replica ZK-NIM, an original Bristol F 2b Fighter ZK-BRI which features a 14.2 litre! Rolls Royce Falcon engine, the Sopwith Triplane replica ZK-SOP and the Sopwith Camel replica ZK-JNU (which also has a rotary engine), the Curtis Helldiver static replica which was built by Peter Jackson to use in the filming of King Kong ( the list goes on!). In the corner was another amazing machine - the FE 2B ZK-FEE with its 50 foot wingspan and original Beardsmore pusher engine, and the the BE 2F ZK-BFR which is another original machine.
This aircraft was the project of Picton resident John Evans. It first flew from Omaka on 13-02-2004. It was sold to the Logan Family trust of Auckland on 27-11-2010.
The photo above was taken at Ashburton on 04-02-2007.
Below is the mention this aircraft received in the NZ Aviation News Magazine at the time of its registration in December 2003.
The fourth design by George Pereira is naturally enough designated the GP-4. John Evan’s of Picton is nearing the completion of this high performance, low wing, basically all wood two seater. Built entirely from the plans, using a materials only kit from Wick’s Aircraft Supply. Construction began in November 1999. The retractable, tricycle undercarriage uses an electro-hydraulic system. Engine of choice is the Subaru SVX six cylinder 3.3 litre obtained from a damaged vehicle. All excess weight and components have been removed from this engine with it driving through a Sub4 reduction gearbox. It has dual electrical systems including two alternators and batteries working through a Link ElectroSystems engine management system. Total weight of thispowerplant (minus exhaust and fluids comes to 395 pounds, about 100 more than a Lycoming IO-360 set up. It is fitted with an electrically operated, MT four bladed propeller. Instruments include a Blue Mountain Avionics Efis/One, which incorporates all the flight and engine instrumentation in one unit, including GPS, Altitude encoder, G meter, data recorder and autopilot. (check out www.bluemountainavionics.com). After three years and over 5000 man hours the aircraft has come together at Omaka. It has taken up John’s initials for its registration of ZK-JPE. A very detailed series of articles on the building of this aircraft has been running in the Sport Aircraft Association NZ magazine.
Both pics by Andy Heap.
Three in Hagley Park and the 402 overhead the City.
2 , c/n 1020 , has continued to work from Garden City Helicopters base whilst their ZK-HJC appears to be down for heavy maintenance.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Below is 172N ZK-VCM , c/n 73209. An import from the States in early 1997 and listed to Intergold Investments of Auckland on 07-02-1997 and then to the Auckland Flying School on 18-04-1997. It then went to Southflight Aviation Ltd of Christchurch on 06-11-1998. It moved to Kaikoura permanently for Wings Over Whales Ltd on 16-11-1960, with a name change to Wings Over Whales Kaikoura Ltd from 13-03-2007.
It was on the ground taxying at Wellington Airport on 21-11-2007 when it was overturned by the wind.
I spied it in the old CAA hangar at Wellington on 30-01-2007. It was cancelled as destroyed on 25-02-2011. Obvious in this photo are the damage to the nose wheel spat the propeller spinner, the propeller itself, the broken front screen, damage around the top door hinge, bottom hinge and above the lower strut attachment, behind and below the strut, bent strut giving some degrees on anhedral and the fin and rudder are somewhat shortened. And that is just on this side.
Friday, 18 March 2011
Here is one of the formations that were flying around for most of the afternoon. After each flight the pilots returned for a debriefing as none of the aircraft have radios so the formations must be controlled by hand signals. Surely this must be a unique sight worldwide.
Out the front of the hangar, you could have been forgiven for thinking you were at a German WW 1 aerodrome, with this line up of 5 German fighters. From the nearest Fokker Triplane they are Triplanes ZK-FOT, ZK-JOG, ZK-FOC and ZK-JOK, and Pfalz D III ZK-FLZ.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
In fact the oldest microlight at Masterton was the Kolb Twinstar II ZK-FVK, which was flown all the way from Christchurch. ZK-FVK was built by A McLean of Palmerston North and was first registered on 14/11/89. It has had 9 subsequent owners and is now owned by B W Thompson of Christchurch. It still looks exactly like it did when it first flew.
I remember ZK-FVK being built and completed at Feilding Aerodrome when I lived in Feilding in the late 1980's. There was another Kolb Twinstar built in the Manawatu area at the same time, being ZK-FVF which was later re-registered as ZK-JML and as such was involved in a fatal accident at Foxpine.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
I think the oldest type of microlight there was this Viper Aircraft Falcon XP ZK-JGL which was first registered in New Zealand on 15/2/96. (Later it turned out to be the second oldest microlight there). It is owned by A J McCracken of Upper Hutt and is the only one of its type still registered. I think there may have been other Falcon XP's on the register, and also some single seat Falcon UL's.
This project was begun by Bevan Chamberlain close to nine years ago. It was picked up by Graeme Main about eighteen months ago and has advanced quickly since then. Here it is having fuel flow test done on its Rotax 912S engine. The propeller is a threee bladed adjustable Woodcomp.
In the background is the VW powered D.18 ZK-JPK2.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Two new aircraft were there, and coincidentally they were both green. The first, photo'd above was the local Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club's new Rans S-6ES Coyote ZK-ABE, which was first registered on 13/1/11.And the other new green aircraft was the Manawatu Microlight Club's X Air Hanuman ZK-MMC which was recently completed by the club, and registered to them on 6/8/10.
It is expected the 737 will become ZK-FXT but it is unconfirmed where it will be based.
More posts here on the aircraft:
|Wayne Grant photo|
Congratulations Bruce on a job well done - enjoy!
|Noel Jones photo|
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk ZK-ARL , c/n 61 , of Jack Hanlon.
The bracket forward of the tailwheel was to hold a camera.
It has had some well know owners following its import via De Havilland Aircraft of NZ in about mid 1949.
Wellington Aero Club had it first, followed by Peter Collins, Bill Coulter, Athol Brown, Bill Telford,Waldron & Walters, Jack Hanlon, Ernie Thompson and Ian Reynolds; Sue Naylor; Sonia Read and Peter Reid; and currently Jim Chapman.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
On 07-11-1997 its certificate was transferred to Fernando Zayas of Loveland, Colorado. (with Bob Freeman as a sleeping partner). Its US registration was cancelled on the 3rd of March for it to become ZK-LZR (Laser) on the 9th; still with Fred Zayas.
Photo taken at Rangiora 07-03-2011. I will try and get a better angle tomorrow.