Monday 4 December 2017

Westport pickings.

Bluebus is on the prowl and popped into Westport Airfield yesterday afternoon (03-12-2017)
At the terminal building was the Pilatus PC-12/45 ZK-PLV (c/n 400). 
This was the 300th PC-12 built and was rolled out as HB-FQR3 by Pilatus Flugzeugwerke Ag at Stans in Switzerland and registered to them on 23-04-2001. 
It became VH-VWO on 01-11-2001 with the RFDS Western Operation at Jandakot, West Australia.
(RFDS being the old Royal Flying Doctor Service).
It flew into Auckland from Sydney in full Sounds Air colours on 20-11-2016 and became ZK-PLV on 18-02-2017.
It was the fifth PC-12 for Sounds Air Travel and Tourism Ltd.
Some more pics of her can be seen on our Third Level Airline blog  HERE.
In another cornier of the airfield you will find Brizz working away on one of his projects.
Alas he has leaned over to the very dark side and spends more time on his car restoration projects - as can be seen by the Spitfire parked beyond his Challenger ZK-LIW - alas it is a Triumph Spitfire but a tidy item all the same.
Quad City Challenger II ZK-LIW is c/n CH2-0490-0527/MAANZ451and first showed itself on our register on 22-08-1990 with Charlie Two Syndicate (Lilian I Wilson and B J Curtiss) of Christchurch until sold to Mike Kindon of Rangiora from 25-12-1996. Next in line was A and C King of Christchurch from 11-03-1998 until it returned to Mike Kindon on 30-04-1999.
 Mike's property at Fernside was named 'Slingsby' a well known aeronautical name from the past.
I think the next owners were Brian Coad and Brian Munns of Glentui from 29-06-2001 followed by Alfred Holland (Holland Suzuki) of Christchurch in 2002 and Richard Moore from 22-08-2005.
Mike Kindon became the owner for the third time when he relisted it from 28-09-2015 and had it with him at Alexandra until selling it to make way for other projects on 14-07-2017 to Allan Brizzell of Westport.
Allan has since added a reshaped nose cone and replaced the pull start with an electric unit.

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