Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Western grass at Christchurch.

I did a quick wiz around the Christchurch Airport western grass late this afternoon and got these three.
Nothing new - but these are better than nothing.
 Cessna 172H Superhawk ZK-FCW2 (c/n 17254983) is currently listed to Plains Investments Ltd of Ashburton.
ZK-FCW is a rebuild of the old 172H ZK-CSY which was damaged at Farewell Spit in early 1995.
It was re-built by Advanced Aero Engineering at Kairanga, which included the installation of a 180hp engine. It was re-registered as ZK-FCW on 09-02-1996.
 The Aerospatiale AS350 BA Squirrel ZK-HKW4 (c/n 1360) of Way To Go Helicopters Ltd of Rangiora was in at Heli Maintenance getting a check over.
It was busy yesterday fire fighting at Pines Beach.
Possibly our last sighting of the MD 500N NOTAR ZK-IGA (c/ LN078) at Heli Maintenance as it is being prepared for export to Australia. But never mind - there are two more NOTARs inbound.
Comment and pic below added 07-01-2015.
As the comment below mentions "the s/n is actually stamped as LN0078.
Pic below was taken on 19-09-2014 showing same.


  1. ZK FCW a Superhawk .?Is this aircraft not a standard C172 ?>

  2. Yo there Allan.
    It has got 180hp up front.
    I have amended the text to include this.

  3. thanks Dav. Curious isn.t Kairanga where Hallet Griffin is based .

  4. IGA's data plate has LN0078 for some obscure reason.

  5. serial number........

  6. Yep. Kairanga is what my notes say - and who am I to argue with that ?.

    Confirm that Anon - I photographed the plate back in September. "Stamp stutterer maybe"

    C/n, S/N, MSN, Airframe number - I could go on.

  7. Yes, Advanced Aero Engineering started out leasing the hangar at Hallet Griffin's at Kairanga, before later shifting to Masterton.