Sunday 20 September 2015

Rangitata Island Spring fly in

In weather that wasn't all that brilliant the Spring Fly In at Rangitata Island went ahead. Cold overcast conditions with aircraft arriving from Cheviot in the North and Taieri in the South and all places in between. A total of 27 aircraft.
A great day for a hot sausage sizzle and a coffee.
Allan Bowman has sent in these photos taken today.
Up from Taieri was the Craig Mitchel Cessna 177B Cardinal ZK-DFV (c/n 17701662) which was originally a New Plymouth Aero Club aircraft from 1972.
Parked beyond is the Cessna 172RG Cutlass II ZK-JCL (c/n 177RG0732) from Timaru.
ZK-DMR is a recent re-registration of Pat Driessen's ZK-RPR (c/n 406) to the DMR Partnership of Timaru.
A Rangitata Island resident is this 80% scale Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D-VII Replica ZK-FKR2 (c/n NZ101) as built by Paddy McDonnell for Greg Burt.
 First flown at Ashburton by Evan Belworthy on 06-05-2012.
This Murphy Rebel ZK-FMR2 (c/n 565R) as built by Laurence Farmer of Oamaru - a project started in early 1997 and first flying  on 13-03-2004 - but now with D T Davies of Fairlie.
Something a little different is this Rotorway Exec 162F ZK-IGH2 (c/n 6632) as listed to Jet Exec NZ Ltd of Timaru.
This Rans S-7S Courier ZK-JWK (c/n 0411556) was built by John W Keenan at Timaru. I believe John has headed back to Malta and has sold what was named "Miss Margaret" to Richard Johnson of Timaru in July.
Sid McAuley of Timaru has just taken over this Cessna 182T Skylane ZK-KBL2 (c/n 18281825) from its previous Oamaru owners. Syd also has the Cessna 172S ZK-SID (probably for sale now !).
Jeremy Talbot's Rans S-12 Airaile ZK-KII (c/n 1093446) popped in.
And three locals - Rans S-6-ES Coyote ZK-RHZ (c/n 08031519). Rans S-6-ES Coyote T/D ZK-JOA2 (c/n 01051632) and the DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-BRL (c/n DHNZ123).

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