Monday, 29 October 2018

Evektor Aircraft of New Zealand

The first type of new sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand in 2008 was the Evektor Aerotechnik SportStar Plus, the first of which was registered on 20/2/08.

Evektor Aerotechnik is a Czech aircraft manufacturer based in Kunovice in the Czech Republic.  They are quite a diverse manufacturer producing electric aircraft and a 14 seat twin turboprop airliner, and most recently have been producing components for the next generation L 39NG jet aircraft.  The SportStar was the first LSA to be certified in the USA and it has been developed over the years.  It is of all metal construction partly bonded and partly rivetted.  Its specifications are:  length 5.98 metres (17 feet 8 inches) and wingspan is 8.65 metres (28 feet 5 inches), empty weight is around 308 Kg (668 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds) for a Class 2 microlight in New Zealand, or it can be registered as a LSA with a 600 Kg MAUW.  Powere comes from a Rotax 912 and with a 912ULS of 100 HP cruise speed is around 110 knots while the stall speed is around 40 knots.

We have had three Evektor aircraft in New Zealand, two SportStars and one later model Harmony.

 ZK-MAC2 (c/n 20071103) is a SportStar Plus that was first registered to Aeroflight Aviation Ltd of Christchurch (Colin Marshall) on 20/2/08.  It spent some time with the Canterbury Aero Club for 6 months from 18/9/08 in a trial for microlight training, and later was owned by the Ashburton Aviation Pioneers of Kaiapoi for 2 months from 14/5/10, returning to Aeroflight Aviation.  It is photo'd above at Wigram on 20/9/08.

Ownership changed to Nelson Pilot Training Ltd of Stoke on 31/7/10 and it was re-designated as a LSA on 21/3/11.  Nelson Pilot Training changed their name to Pacific Pilot Training Ltd on 23/7/13 and ZK-MAC2 is still current with them as a training aircraft.  The above photo was taken at nelson on 7/11/16.

ZK-NPT (c/n 20070920) is also a SportStar Plus model that started life as N920LS for Terry S Bloom of Johnson City TN on 16/7/08.  It was cancelled from the US register on 12/12/11 and exported to New Zealand.  It was registered as a LSA as ZK-NPT on 31/1/12 to Nelson Pilot Training Ltd and as with ZK-MAC2 ownership transferred to Pacific Pilot Training Ltd on 23/7/13.  It is photo'd above at Nelson on 7/11/16.

ZK-CGM3 (c/n 20111415) is an Evektor Harmony which is a development of the SportStar.  It is a LSA and was first registered to the local agents Aeroflight Aviation Ltd of Cust (Colin Marshall) on 16/2/12.  It is photo'd above on assembly at Rangiora on 20/1/12.

It is still owned by Aeroflight Aviation Ltd but is now based in Blenhiem.  It is photo'd above at the 2015 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 7/2/15.

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