Late last year a new Sonex was registered to a Putaruru owner but I had not seen a photo of it until Gavin Magill posted one he took at Matamata back on 19/9/20:
Sunday, 27 September 2020
The Quad City Challenger II ZK-JCX (c/n CH2-0593-0976/MAANZ/493) was first registered to the Manawatu Microlight Club (Inc) of Feilding on 09-09-1993.
The Huntley Cole Syndicate also of Feilding took it over from 01-07-2000 followed by Ray Eden of Waimate from 01-03-2003.
Photo above taken at Feilding on 28-01-2003.
Malcolm Pooke, initially of Montalto acquired it from mid-March of 2008, with a move to Oxford in September 2011.
Saturday, 26 September 2020
This is of 1969 vintage and was ferried into Auckland by Jim Hazelton on 18-06-2008 to become ZK-PMC2 with Helicopter Services Support Ltd of Taupo from 22-07-2008.
Ownership was transferred to John Funnell on 22-02-2016 and to present owner John Arends of Pahiatua on 14-01-2020.
I got up quite early this morning to catch up with David Wilkinson 7 am at North Shore and to see his new One Design ZK-EZG2 in action. David test flew his aircraft back on 4 September but I was otherwise busy that day. He told me that he now has 11 hours up.
Unfortunately there was quite heavy fog which kept him on the ground until after 9 am.
Friday, 25 September 2020
I spent a very pleasant day at Kaipara Flats airfield today, repainting my Jodel D 9 rudder and catching up on a couple of minor maintenance jobs. It is great when you hang around an airfield for a chunk of time that lots of interesting people drop in for a chat. One visitor was Dan Gaddum who was up from Tauranga in his very nice alphabetic Cessna A185F ZK-JKL2 :2 (c/n 18504340) is ex N9360N and was first registered here on 14/9/06 to JK and LM Holdings of Taihape. It has been owned by Dan since 24/3/18.
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Last Sunday was a beautiful day over the North Island at least, and there were lots of aircraft out in the sun at many locations. Tim Gorman was at Paraparaumu and photo'd this:2 (c/n 91391) was registered to a Wellington owner back on 18/3/16. It has been elusive to catch and I believe it has not yet flown.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
There are still many Micro Aviation Bantam microlights flying in New Zealand, in fact so many that they seem to blur in my mind. Another one that has not featured on the blog before is the Jabiru powered B 22J ZK-TJK2:2 (c/n 0149) was peviously ZK-MRB and was re-registered in April 2002. It was recently registered to J A Mauchline of Wanganui, on 3/8/20.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
And departing last evening was the Corby Kestrel ZK-SJM as recorded in yesterday's Blog.
Monday, 21 September 2020
Tim Gorman was at Wellington International recently and caught Life Flight's Jetstream 32 ZK-LFW in its new colours:
A surprise late afternoon arrival at Pauanui was the unique Dunedin based Corby Kestrel CM2 ZK-SJM, first registered back in 2007. It stayed only briefly and then departed with Mercer based Cessna 152 ZK-ETZ heading north.
Sunday, 20 September 2020
A quick flit through Rangiora this afternoon picked up a few strays.
Te Kowhai was very quiet when I called through at lunchtime today. There was only one aircraft parked out:2 (c/n 06-0288) has been owned by V A Stark of Hamilton since 3/7/20, and I saw on Facebook that it is for sale. It has not featured on the blog previously.
A weekend visit to No 2 grandson who is working on a farm near Otorohanga produced an interesting find just down the road from where his farm is:
Also Airwork Flight Operations' Boeing 737-400F freighter ZK-TLJ with "Toll" titling, this was imported from the US back in 2015.
Over at Ardmore Oceania Aviation has imported 2 former Mercy Flight Western New York MBB BK117A-4 medevac helicopters, N587TJ c/n 7047 and N584TJ c/n 7138
HeliSika Agriculture's AS350B3 sprayer ZK-HIP5 arrived back from a job. This was originally ZK-IJO imported new in 2012 and reregistered HIP in 2018.
And the Central Otago Flying Club's Cessna R172K Hawk XP appropriately ZK-XPD which was imported from Australia back in 1993 and acquired by the Club in July 2020.
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Up from New Plymouth the Tarata Helicopters 206B ZK-HUS which has been with the company since 2007, having been imported from the US in 1984
And also from New Plymouth the Precision Helicopters 206B ZK-IRC2 which was imported from the UK in 2015
At the Air Ambulance base the Mitsubishi Mu2B-30 ZK-KOH lost all its colours to enable a full corrosion check and is now all white.
Over the other side at the Heliport the Waikato Rescue helicopter is now Kawasaki BK117B-2 ZK-IIX in a very smart silver fern scheme. This was imported from Papua New Guinea in late 2018
And visiting from Gisborne was Andy Stevenson Aviation's PT6A powered 2004 model Piper PA46-500TP Malibu Meridian ZK-UTE3, which was imported from Australia in late 2019
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Jordan Elvy flew across to the Golden Bay Flying Club's Takaka Dawn Flyin in Cessna 172M ZK-DRP from Paraparaumu. They were one of the last to arrive and Jordan took this photo of the gathered aircraft:
Monday, 14 September 2020
Coincidently following on from Blue Bus's post on the Cessna 172 taildragger ZK-BSU, another example was at the Golden Bay Flying Club's Dawn Raid at Takaka over the weekend:
The Golden Bay Flying Club held a Dawn Flyin at Takaka on Saturday 12 September with a good turnout. There were a couple of Pioneer aircraft there that were newly repainted or re-registered:
2 (c/n 296) has been re-registered from ZK-RJV for Kevin Dore of Christchurch. His earlier Pioneer 200 ZK-KPD has been re-registered as ZK-SML2 since March 2020. It has also been repainted with blue trim, although I guess the trim is a stick on decal?
Sunday, 13 September 2020
A memorial to Sir Keith Park was unveiled at Thames aerodrome today with celebrations that included the NZ Warbirds Bristol Fighter replica ZK-PRK, marked in the colours of an example that he flew in WW 1, flying into the aerodrome and the Spitfire Tr 9 ZK-WDQ performing above Thames. Sir Keith Park was born in Thames in 1892.