Friday, 8 April 2011

Mojave ZK-WTH

Spotted on the Christchurch Western grass near the Canterbury Aero Club this afternooon (08-04-2011) was the Piper PA-31P-350 Mojave ZK-WTH , c/n 31(-8414003 , of Air Wanganui Commuter Ltd.
This aircraft is not long off major maintenance at Palmerston North.
The Mojave uses the Piper Cheyenne 1 pressurised fuselage, the wings from the PA-31-353 Chieftain 11 and Chieftain tail. The engines are Lycoming TIO-540's of 350hp.
This is a 1983 model which came to NZ on Anzac Day of 1987 for registration to Wanganui Aero Work Ltd on 03-06-1987. WTH I believe stands for Warnock Trawlers Harding. It was are-listed to Air Wanganui Commuter on 15-06-1989.


  1. Nice.

    One point to add though - the Mojave has souped up geared engines which are rated at 425 hp per side.

    Nightmare to maintain apparently, very highly stressed for a piston powerplant.

  2. No Gearing
    Just direct drive 350 hp.
    Easy to maintain.