I had just cause to drop into Christchurch International late this morning.
Just in time to catch the USAF, New York Air Guard, LC130H-LM 83-0491 (c/n 385-5010) departing runway 29 for points South.
In the Heli Maintenance hangar was the Helicopters South Canterbury Ltd's Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HHZ3 (c/n 10343).
This was a Skysales Aviation (NZ) Ltd import in 2004 for Central Canterbury Helicopters of Ashburton. It moved down to Timaru in December of 2012.
Nearest is c/n 1003, ex PH-WTW (and ZK-HVZ5 pending). To the left is c/n 1024 ZK-ICS (ex ZK-HCS4) with ZK-IZD (c/n 1044) behind.
Watch this spot tomorrow !
Resting in the sunshine was the ATR-GIE ATR 72-212A ZK-MVC (c/n 1084). This has been on line with Mount Cook Airlines since 23-05-2013.
Above we have a Boeing Going - The 3K2 ZK-NGK (c/n 26316) minus vertical tailplane and engines. Check out our brother blog at :- http://mrcaviation.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/another-retirement.html
Three tails !
However Alpha R2160 ZK-VCF (c/n 160A-07013 and previously ZK-CTV2) returned to the field.
QANTAS Spirit of Australia - "Charles Upham" of Jetconnect Ltd had the Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH at hangar No1.
Alas there was no sign of the -7EG N705JM out in the daylight today.