Saturday 12 May 2018

Southern items.

Wiltshire Spotter recently toured our Country and has placed a selection of photographs on his Flicker album.
Below are just four shots from this site.
 De Havilland DHC-1A2 Chipmunk ZK-DHC2 (c/n 42) is one of sevens Canadian built example to come to NZ.  
It is also one of the five imported from India.
As VT-CVU I believe it was one of forty three delivered to the Director of Civil Aviation for use by airline pilots schools and flying clubs.
It has been with Bill Sutherland of Waikaia for some years and has undergone a major rebuild at Mandeville and wears the distinctive Canadian blown canopy.
As you can see it is marked to represent the Canadian Air Force serial 18042 (which is c/n 180-218 and still current in the States as N260DC).
It is seen above at Mandeville on 26-03-2018.
Also seen at Mandeville was the Micro Aviation Bantam B22UL ZK-NLD (c/n 08-0323).
The 'UL' refers to the UL260i four stroke, 97hp, direct drive engine.
This was first listed to Micro Aviation NZ Ltd of Hamilton on 17-10-2011.
It moved to Mandeville along with other assets of the old Micro Aviation NZ Ltd - first flew there on 02-02-203 and was registered to the new company Micro Aviation NZ 2012 Ltd of Mandeville on 17-09-2013.
See the earlier post on this aircraft Here.
 Still undergoing 'due process' at Pukaki (Twizel) is the Cessna 180K Skywagon ZK-EMK2 (c/n 18053047) as registered to Guy Norris of Brunei back on 28-04-2017.
A 1979 model that began as N2733K followed by N75C in late 1987.
By late 1997 it was with Scott Olson initially at Billings, Montana.
Its US registration was cancelled on 10-04-2017 at which time it had accrued around 10770 airframe hours.
As you can see  it still carries its old N75CD marks.
A careful look just forward of these rego marks you will note the outline of an elongated cargo door.
Just dropped into Gore - thanks to the Squirrel in the background on 26-03-2018 was the NZ Aerospace FU24-950 ZK-WLN (c/n 185) of Phoenix Aviation Ltd.
This airframe was built as ZK-DMO and registered to Air Parts (NZ) Ltd of Hamilton on 08-05-1973 and first flew on 28-10-1973.
Central Aviation Co Ltd became the first operator followed by Central Airspread Ltd in 1987 and then Central Airspread (1991) Ltd from 1992. 
Oamaru Airspread Ltd took it on in February of 1994 and then Southair Ltd in 1999 followed by Willow Air (NZ) Ltd in January of 2001.
It went back up to Hamilton for conversion to Walter M601-D-11NZ turbine power and first flew in this form on 24-10-2002.
It spent a few months with Otago Airspread in 2011 then returned to Willow Air (NZ) Ltd until it was damaged at Gore on 05-11-2012.
Ownership changed to Phoenix Aviation Ltd of Gore on 15-01-2013.

For more photographs by Wiltshire Spotter click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. some really good photos ,well worth a look