Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Monday, 27 September 2021
A poser for our readers. I got this photo from the internet and it was taken in Christchurch:
Sunday, 26 September 2021
P 2002 Sierras kept arriving at Ardmore during 2004, with a total of six registered during the year. In registration date order they were:
2. This was to make the ZK-MEL registration available for his new RV 7A ZK-MEL2. It is photo'd above on a lovely day at Taumarunui on 5/2/17.
2 (c/n 009) to Skylease Ltd of Auckland on 20/12/04. On 17/3/06 ownership transferred to Auckland Flight Training Ltd of Ardmore. On 15/12/11 ownership transferred to Giovanni Nustrini of Auckland and the on 19/12/12 to Keiko and James Walker of Rotorua. It was re-designated as a P 2002-JF UL on 21/12/12. The next owner was R F Donaldson of Matamata from 16/2/18 and most recently ownership has transferred on 15/3/21 to B J Yorke of Wyndham in the deep South. It is photo'd at Ardmore early on in its life.
Friday, 24 September 2021
Following on from the low wing P 96 Golf, the all metal Tecnam P 2002 Sierra was designed by Tecnam in 2002 and was introduced at Aero Friedrichshafen 2003. It was designed to comply with the European microlight regulations as well as the American Light Sport Aircraft regulations. It proved to be very successful and by 2005 it made up 70% of the output from Tecnam.
The P 2002 Sierra was a development of the P 96 Golf but it had a new tapered laminar flow wing which produced a slightly improved cruise speed with the same 100 HP Rotax engine. It was heavier than the Golf but it has the same 544 Kg MAUW as a Class 2 microlight in New Zealand (and it can be registered as a LSA with a 600 Kg MAUW). The Sierra also became available with retractable undercarriage and is still produced as the updated Sierra Mk II with a new canopy and as the P 2002 JF with the old style canopy which is a certificated version (and which has been purchased by the Argentinian and Greek Air Forces).
The specifications for the original model Sierra were: length 6.6 metres (21 feet 7 inches). wingspan 9 metres (29 feet 6 inches) and the wing area was 124 square feet. The empty weight is quoted as around 330 Kg (730 pounds) and the MAUW for a Class 2 microlight in New Zealand is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds). With a 100 HP Rotax the cruise speed is around 120 knots, and the stall with full flaps is quoted at 41 knots. From the specs I have seen the Mk II Sierra is heavier than the original model at 380 Kg but it can be operated at a MAUW of 620 Kg in some overseas countries.
We have had twenty nine P 2002 Sierras of various models registered in New Zealand to date. The first couple are detailed below in the order of their dates of registration:
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Moving onto the Heli Ag base at Maraekakaho their 2 AS350B were in residence being ZK-ICR and ZK-IRE. The latter has been owned by the company since importation from Australia in 2019, while ICR was acquired in March 2021, having been imported from the US in 2015.
Operating from the Heli Ag base was Christchurch Helicopters' EC120B ZK-HTV2 fulfilling a survey contract in the North Is. This was imported from Australia in 2002.
And a return visit to Hastings airfield showed Hughes 369E ZK-IDV2 now more complete, details as per yesterday's blog below.
Here are the last five of the twenty three Tecnam Golfs that we have had registered in New Zealand:
2 (c/n 237) was quite short lived in New Zealand. It was registered to Steve and Keiko Chiba-Walker of Rotorua on 9/7/07 and it was cancelled as exported on 4/6/08 (but I do not have a record of where it was exported to - can anyone help with this?). It is photo'd above in a hangar at Ardmore, and I guess it is in 2007 as it looks quite new.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Among our twenty three P 96 Golfs several have gone to Australia, but one that was different was ZK-TMG which flew across the Tasman to Australia.
Monday, 20 September 2021
As I mentioned in my previous post, there were ten P 96 Golfs registered in New Zealand during 2002 (as well as four P 92 Echos) so Tecnam NZ were very busy at Ardmore. Here are the remaining P 96 Golfs from 2002 in the order of their registration:
3 (still with the same c/n of 227), to A Franklin of Tauranga, this time with a truly different colour scheme. It quickly went to Tecnam Hire Ltd of Waihi Beach on 28/3/11. It is photo'd above about to depart from the 2011 Black Sands flyin at Raglan, on 12/11/11, I suspect flown by Jean-Jacques Deschamps and Dave Evans. On 28/3/14 ownership changed to the DDJ Syndicate of Waihi Beach.
Sunday, 19 September 2021
2002 bought a flood of Tecnam Golfs into New Zealand, with a total of ten registered during the year. The first four were:
2 (c/n 213) was registered to J G Hodge of Christchurch on 29/7/02. It spent some time based at North Shore where the above photo was taken on 12/3/16. He owned it for 18 years before it was sold to the West Auckland Airport Company of Helensville on 31/1/20, and they re-registered it as ZK-ECL2 on 17/3/20.
Saturday, 18 September 2021
An air-to-air view of Marty Cantlon's Wacos in on their formation flight to and from Whitianga today:
Friday, 17 September 2021
There was a good number of deliveries of Tecnam Golfs here in 2001 with 6 Golfs registered. They are as follows in order of their registrations:
2 on 24/5/19, and it then went to G D Ellery of Taupo on 2/6/19. It is photo'd above arriving at the 2019 Tiger Club flyin at Taumarunui on 20/10/19.