Wednesday 29 March 2017

Foxcon Terriers of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand was the Foxcon Terrier 200, the first of which was registered here in December 2002.  It was manufactured as a kit which was built by Foxcon Aviation and Research Pty Ltd of Mackay in Queensland.  Construction is from vacuum moulded composite materials and the standard engine is a Subaru EA 81 conversion driving the propeller through a reduction box.  The Terrier 200 is of high wing strut braced tri-gear configuration with 2 side by side seats and it can be built as a camper model which has fold down seats that allow for room to sleep in the fuselage.  The company first produced the Terrier 100 model in the late 1990s, and a 4 seater Terrier 400 model has been under development but has not appeared yet.

The Terrier 200's length is  6.1 metres (20 feet), its wingspan is 8.7 metres (28 feet 7 inches).  Empty weight is around 340 Kg (750 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1200 pounds) although this is increased to 600 Kg for an LSA.  With the EA 81 engine cruise is around 200 km/hr (108 knots) depending on the engine, and the stall speed is around 70 km/hr (38 knots).

We have had seven Foxcon Terrier 200s registered in New Zealand, plus a modified example.

First up was ZK-PCF (c/n NZ2001) which was registered to Peter C Flood of Ruawai on 9/12/02.  It is photo's above at te Kowhai on 12/3/05 and is still current with the same owner.

ZK-WMH (c/n 2002) was registered to William M Hunter of Hamilton on 17/3/03 and it is photo'd above at a flyin at Te Kowhai in December 2003.  On 4/2/08 it was sold to Michael J Van Bennekom of Rotorua.  It is currently listed for sale on Trade Me.

ZK-NRS (c/n 2003) was registered to Brent A Smith of Hikurangi on 14/8/03.  It was sold to kevin Richards of Westport on25/10/07 and later had a forced landing at Landcorp Cape on 17/1/08.  It was then sold to Robert S Power of Whakatane on 13/12/08, in whose ownership it is photo's above at the 2009 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, on 7/11/09.

ZK-MEG (c/n NZ2005) was registered to Graeme R Addison of Opotiki on 13/10/03 and it is also photo'd at the 2009 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, on 7/11/09.  On 1/7/11 it was sold to Tomino Cacciamani of Havelock in the South Island.

Tomino Cacciamani re-registered the aircraft as ZK-UTC on 14/7/11. and it photo'd above as such at Omaka.  It then went to the Zenair Microlight Syndicate of Motueka on 13/4/14 but it did not last long at Motueka as it suffered a forced landing when it lost engine power on approach to Motueka airfield on 2/6/14 and came down in an orchard with substantial damage. it is still registered so maybe it is being rebuilt?

ZK-SOD (c/n NZ2004) was registered to Anthony Kevin Matthews of Warkworth on 6/12/04.  It is photo'd above at Te Kowhai on 12/3/05 where it can be seen that it is named " SOD off".  On 10/2/10 it was sold South, to John R Plunkett of Winton and then it was sold North again, to Glen M Pyle of Hamilton, on 17/9/14.

ZK-JPY (c/n 031101) was registered to Recreational Aviation Ltd of Gisborne on 7/3/05 and has been based at Opotiki where it suffered a nosewheel collapse on 7/5/05.  However it was repaired as in this recent photo from David Mclaurin.  I understand that is also for sale.

ZK-EEN2 (c/n 010501) was registered to Ian C and G Belfield of Whangamata on 5/3/10.  It is based at Thames where the above photo was taken.  Thanks to Ian Belfield for the photo.

Our last "Terrier" in this list was modified when it was built by Paul Hopper by incorporating carbon fibre for extra strength.  However this put it out of the Class 2 Microlight category and it as registered as an Amateur Built Aeroplane.  ZK-EZY2 (c/n CL04001) is a Cli-mate Cli-mate 100 and was first registered to the Paul Hopper/Rex Swenson Partnership of North Shore on 21/7/04.  On 1/3/06 ownership transferred to Paul Hopper and he is very active in the aircraft around the Northern Microlight Club activities in the Auckland and Northland regions.  ZK-EZY2 is photo'd above at the 2011 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, on 12/11/11.

1 comment:

  1. Where can we get the original photographs?