Thursday 15 June 2017

Aerospool WT 9 Dynamics of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand was the Aerospool Dynamic, in January 2004.

The Aerospool WT 9 Dynamic was among the first of the European composite sport aircraft to use carbon fibre sandwich construction technology similar to gliders, and this results in pleasing compound curves and a very smooth finish.  It first appeared in 2001 and is manufactured by Aerospool spol. s.r.o. of Prievidza in Slovakia.  The aircraft is supplied ready to fly from the factory as a microlight or LSA and more than 500 have been built to date.  It is of 2 seat side by side low wing configuration with either a fixed or retractable tricycle undercarriage and it can be powered by Rotax 912 or turbo 914 engines.  A recent development of the airframe is the four seat WT 10 Advantic.

Specifications for the WT 9 Dynamic are:  length 6.40 metres (21 feet), wingspan 9.00 metres (29 feet 6 inches) and the wing area is 111 square feet.  Empty weight of the microlight version is around 264 Kg (582 pounds) and MAUW in New Zealand is 544 Kg (1,200 pound).  With a 100 HP Rotax 912 the cruise speed is around 250 km/hr (155 mph) and the stall speed is around 65 km/hr (40 mph).

We have had nine Dynamics in New Zealand to date, all imported by Drake Aviation Ltd who are the Australasian agents for the aircraft.

Bruce Drake of Drake Aviation imported his first Dynamic in 2003 and registered it a ZK-DYN(amic) on 24/1/04.  Its c/n is DY038/2003 and it was registered as OM-AERO by the factory.  It is photo'd above very early on in its life at the 2004 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga.

It's wings were later upgraded with increased fuel capacity fuel tanks and winglets as seen here at the 2009 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 7/2/09.

On 7/5/10 Drake Aviation re-registered the aircraft as ZK-ZOW (to allow for the registration of ZK-DYN2) and it was sold to JML Dillon of Picton on 20/12/10.  And on 23/12/14 it was sold to the MJ and KG Blomfield Family Trust of Otautau.  It is photo'd above at the recent RAANZ flyin at Rangiora, on 31/3/17.

ZK-EWW (c/n DY057/2004) was registered to Kevin J Slattery of Kerikeri on 26/8/04.  It is photo'd above at the 2005 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, on 12/3/05.

In 2008 it was returned to the factory where new generation wings were fitted that incorporated 125 litre fuel tanks and winglets, as seen in this photo taken at Paul Hopper's airstrip at Silverdale just prior to the 2009 Northern Microlight Club's Poker Run, on 28/3/09.  On 2/8/16 it was sold to the EWW Partnership of Picton (and Kevin Slattery then bought Dynamic ZK-FUZ).

ZK-DYZ (c/n DY146/2006) was imported by Drake Aviation and was registered to them on 31/10/06.  As can be seen it is a fixed gear model.  It is photo'd above at the 2009 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 7/2/09.  It was used as a demonstrator and on 11/4/11 ownership transferred to the Marlborough Aero Club.

ZK-MLC (c/n DY145/2006) was registered to Graeme and Judy Milne of Cambridge on 8/11/06 and it is still owned by them.  It is another fixed gear model and it is photo'd above at a flyin at Parakai on 19/2/11.

ZK-FUZ (c/n DY314/2009) was registered to Bridget and David Jones of Picton on 8/10/09. It is photo'd above at Fernside Field on 13/10/09.  On 2/8 16 ownership changed to Kevin J Slattery, now of Rangiora.

Kevin Slattery re-registered the aircraft as ZK-DYK2 on 9/8/16 and it is photo'd above as such at the 2017 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 5/2/17.

ZK-DYN2 (c/n DY375/2010) was registered to Drake Aviation on 6/7/10 and it is still registered to them.  It is photo'd above in their hangar at Fernside Field, near Rangiora, on 10/10/14.

ZK-DVM (c/n DY408/2011) was registered to Stephen J and Phoebe Field of Cheviot on 20/6/11.  It is photo'd above at Rangiora on 25/7/15.

ZK-DYT (c/n DY502/2014) is a fixed gear Rotax 914 turbo engined example that is badged as a Dynamic Turbo Tow.  It was registered to Drake Aviation Ltd on 24/4/14 and it is photo'd above at Fernside Field on 10/10/14.  It is configured for glider towing and you can see the towhook below the tail.  On 9/6/15 ownership changed to the Canterbury Gliding Club and it now tows gliders from their base at Springfield.

ZK-DYA2 (c/n 546/2015) was registered to Drake Aviation on 1/12/15 and is also a fixed gear Turbo Tow model.  It is photo'd above at the Aerospool base at Prievidza on 22/9/15 before being shipped to New Zealand.  Thanks very much to Bruce Drake for the photo.

With the success of the Dynamic in New Zealand to date, I think it is likely that we will see more of them in the future.  They are a very nice aircraft.

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