I had a NE(O)w experience on my trip to and from Christchurch flying powered by geared turbofans.
Monday 30 November 2020
Back to Nelson the Kaikoura Aero Club's GA8 Airvan ZK-EHS2 had arrived, now with larger "Air Kaikoura" titling
And onto Omaka where Westland Air Charter's Cessna U206F ZK-CBT2 has swapped its floats for wheels. This was imported from the US in late 2017.
Local Omaka resident is PA28-161 Archer II ZK-MBH now carrying "Heff Air" titling together with Playboy bunny emblem
Sunday 29 November 2020
Also changed is Airwork's Boeing 737-300F freighter ZK-TLE which has lost all its "Toll Holdings" titling.
Up at North Shore airfield was the former Skydive Wanaka Cessna 208B Caravan ZK-ROK which changed ownership to locally based Orbit Helicopters in November. This was imported from the US in October 2016 initially as ZK-RUL, being reregistered ROK in July 2020.
The Airwork Flight Operations Boeing 737-36E ZK-FXJ2 (c/n 25264) was noted yesterday at Christchurch International parked in what I still refer to as the 'Deep Freeze Apron'.
Thursday 26 November 2020
From the Graeme Stratton collection we have three photographs of the Cessna 185D Skywagon ZK-CHS (c/n 1850793) operating out of Preservation Inlet, Fiordland, near the very southwestern tip of the South Island in January 1974. The pilot being Peter Matich.
Tuesday 24 November 2020
Back in May 2020 a couple of Aerospatiale AS 330 Puma helicopters N814AR and N815AR were imported into New Zealand through the Ports of Auckland and then trucked to Gisborne. I have not heard much about them but they have both recently been flown to Palmerston North for work to be carried out at Fieldair. I understand that they will be used for logging work.
Monday 23 November 2020
While a lot of focus in the sport aircraft scene was on Te Kowhai on the weekend before last, it was lovely weather elsewhere including Waipukurau where Ron Day took the photo:
Sunday 22 November 2020
Over from its Maungatautari base was Eurofox 3K ZK-LKL which was first registered in August 2019.
Also up from Tauranga was the Europa Tri Gear ZK-NWM first registered back in July 2002 after import from the USA. It was acquired by its current owner in July 2018.
Above is ZK-IZD c/n 1044 which has been listed to Tim and Anna Hutchinson of Double Hill Station in the Upper Rakia since October of 2018.
Saturday 21 November 2020
It is the flyin season and the Northern Aviators Club held a successful Pancake Breakfast at Kaipara Flats airfield this morning. There were a couple of first time visiting aircraft but mostly it was just a nice laid back time of catching up with friends, and again the pancakes were yum - thanks Erwin! and the bacon was pretty good too - thanks Sandy!
Thursday 19 November 2020
One of the aircraft I had hoped to see at Te Kowhai last Saturday was Don Gray's Super STOL XL ZK-DJG2. However I was disappointed.2 is powered by an 180 HP UL 520i engine.
Wednesday 18 November 2020
My final offering from Black Sands 2020 is the very different looking Cessna 185B ZK-CMW22 on 03-07-2002.
It is owned by CMC Investments Ltd of Pokeno, and recently it was repainted in its original Costa Rican military colour scheme (as a registered colour scheme). Different!
Tuesday 17 November 2020
Outside at Oceania Aviation was the Airbus Helicopters EC120B ZK-HII5 which was imported by the company from Australia in April 2020
At the same location was Auckland based MBB Bo105CBS-4 ZK-HZL2, now sporting a raging bull emblem.
And departing for a local flight the vintage Percival Proctor I ZK-DPP which is currently for sale via Dennis Thompson International for 300,000 pounds.
Over at Auckland International at the Air Centre One jet base was GCH Aviation Jet Operations' Canadair CL600-2B16 ZK-JCJ, which arrived from the US at the beginning of 2020.
Monday 16 November 2020
Among the many arrivals at Te Kowhai on Saturday was this nice looking Cub which could have come straight out of the box:
I have not been to every Black Sands flyin but I have had a stab at the sport aircraft that I reckon were attending their first Black Sands:
Sunday 15 November 2020
Back in the day I always looked forwards to Black Sands as there usually were new Vans aircraft attending. In recent years Black Sands has had a bad run with the weather but the 2020 flyin at Te Kowhai was back to the great weather. So I thought I would post about the new Vans aircraft that I reckon were attending their first Black Sands flyin: