Not what I would call the prettiest helicopter on the block - but this is the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X ZK-IJX (c/n 66050) which was registered to Tutituki Bay Farms Ltd of Auckland on 13-03-2018.
This is the second on our register after ZK-IRX.
From an earlier blog post we note that this project was started by Glen Morgan. It featured a spring steel undercarriage and a 2 litre Cortina motor.
The partially built project was sold to Donald Palmer of Kaiapoi and was first registered to him on 6/5/05. It first flew in December 2005 piloted by Evan Belworthy. It was sold to J Coleman of Christchurch on 21/1/07.
ZK-JQN then came full circle by being purchased by the original builder, Glen Morgan of Greymouth.
It was re-engined with a Toyota Hilux motor and fitted with wheel brakes and a tail wheel.
It is currently based in Dunedin - Still with Glen Morgan.
Below we see the motor fit and the neat cowling.
George and Kathy Hudson of Ardleigh Farm Ltd near Geraldine imported this Cub Crafters CC11-160UL ZK-KUB (c/n CC11-00318) from Australia and registered it here on 19-07-2016.
See earlier post here
(Their Rans was sold in October 2017 to M A Bichan down near Balclutha).
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