Monday 16 November 2015

At Cromwell Racecourse on 14th and 15th November 2015

A very active weekend at the nearby motor racing circuit produced the following aircraft at the Cromwell Racecourse.
 De Havilland DH-1A1 ZK-ARL (c/n 61) is with Jim Chapman of West Melton.
Below is a brief history of this aircraft.
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk ZK-ARL (c/n 61) is a Canadian built civil example. It was first listed with the De Havilland Aircraft Company of NZ on 27-04-1949 and gained its NZ CofA on 31-08-1949 having been listed to the Wellington Aero Club on 11-07-1949. It went into private ownership in October 1954 and some eight owners later was damaged in February 1983  at Orewa. Its damaged airframe moved South to West Melton, being noted there in August of 1989. After repairs it was listed to Jim Chapman on 21-03-1990, with whom it remains.
An interesting first of type was noted on the field.
 The MD Helicopters 600N ZK-IHI (c/n RN047) is listed to Heliview Taranaki Ltd of Cromwell and is hangared here.
 Over from Queenstown was the Cessna 180D ZK-PKM (c/n 50966) of Sunrise Balloon Adventures Ltd of Queenstown.
See earlier post at :-
 Geoff Rogers of Dunedin had his Alpi Pioneer 300 ZK-RJV (c/n 296)  on site.
ZK-TSM is c/n 32678 and is a model 180A belonging to the Parks Family Trust of Tapanui.

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