A lovely afternoon for a flight today saw me heading out to Kaipara Flats airfield to a big surprise of two Innovator XE Mosquito helicopters on the field:
Thursday 29 April 2021
Tuesday 27 April 2021
Monday 26 April 2021
Back in the air again after a long time hangared at Hastings is the Gardan GY 80-150 Horizon ZK-CFT:
Sunday 25 April 2021
Two photos of Cessna 510 Mustang N2WG msn 510-0459 taken at Ardmore on 22-4-21. This 2015 model Mustang arrived into Auckland from Sydney on 19-4-21 at the end of it's delivery flight from the States and proceeded to Ardmore later the same day. It is being operated by Brookby Quarries Ltd who also operated Bell 505 ZK-HTI
Saturday 24 April 2021
Visiting from Kaikoura was R44 II ZK-IJM. It was acquired by Muzzle Farming Ltd in 2016, being originally imported new in 2008.
And registered to Lumsden based Ryan Farms Ltd is Cessna A185F ZK-DMX2. Acquired by the company in 2018 it was originally imported from the US in 2007.
On Wednesday 21 April Red Arrows Ltd of Auckland registered a Folland Gnat in New Zealand. It is a rare occurrence for a new ex-military type to be registered here and it will be great to see it in our skies!
Friday 23 April 2021
Up the road at Oamaru a large proportion of the HeliVentures fleet was in residence including Schweizer 269C ZK-IED2 which was imported from Switzerland in late 2020.
Also added to their fleet in 2020 was MD520N ZK-IEN, this being originally imported from Canada in 2013.
Thursday 22 April 2021
Zac Yates was at Masterton on 26-02-2021 to capture these photographs of the Sikorsky EH-60A Black Hawk (Pickering) ZK-HKU3 (c/n 70-1132) as operated by Kahu NZ Ltd of Whakatane.
Below is what the NZ Aviation News Magazine said about it after it was registered in NZ on 13-01-2020.
"In January 1972 the U S Army initiated a request for proposals for the Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) as a replacement for the Bell UH-1 Iroquois. At the same time the Army initiated the development of a ‘common turbine’ engine for its helicopters which would become the General Electric T700. One major requirement was that it must be able to be carried in the Lockheed C130 Hercules. Boeing-Vertol submitted their YUH-61A whilst Sikorsky submitted three prototypes of their S-70 design which the Army designated as the YUH-60A in March of 1976. The Sikorsky was selected and the first deliveries of what became the UH-60A Black Hawk were made in October 1978. A large number of variants have been built with over 4000 units produced to date. Kahu NZ Ltd of Whakatane has sourced an EH-60A model from the States for heavy lifting duties. This airframe was allocated the US military serial of 86-24572 and is known to have served from 1987 with the U.S.Army. It was noted at the Corpus Christi Army Depot at Corpus Christi, Texas in May of 1991 following storm damage the previous month at Fort Head in Texas. By August 2000 it was with the U.S. Army Aviation Centre at Fort Rucker, Alabama. It then spent time with their Warfighting Centre and then the Centre of Excellence – still at Fort Rucker. By 11 May 2018 it had just over 7900 airframe hours and was sent to Science & Engineering Service LLC at Huntsville the following month for the removal of military equipment and made ready for civil disposal. Interestingly it still retains much of its military fitments, including the cold exhaust diffusers, which may well be removed to improve performance. It entered the US civil register as N160PA with Pickering aviation Inc of Corinth, Texas on 29 August 2018 for civil conversion. Purchased by Kahu NZ Ltd it was shipped to NZ on the Cap Capricorn ex Long Beach, California and reached the Ports of Auckland and then Ardmore on 12 June 2019. It flew on its US registration until certified as ZK-HKU3 on 13 January. Its first flight as such should take place at Whakatane as we go to press. The first ZK-HKU was a Hiller UH-12E followed by an Aerospatiale AS 350 D as ZK-HKU2."
I noted from Facebook that the NZ Warbirds Albatros D Va replica ZK-ARS2 was made its first flight at Ardmore recently, flown by Frank Parker:
Wednesday 21 April 2021
A visit to Rangitata Island on the 18th found the Rans S-7 Courier ZK-SRB (c/n 0904375) of East Canterbury Aviation Ltd in the late afternoon sunshine.
First registered on 11-2-2020 with the registration of SRB being the initials of Struan Ross Brodie.
On Monday the 19th I poked around at Ashburton and found the Piper PA-22-150 Caribbean/Pacer ZK-PCR (c/n 22-6716). Of 1959 vintage it has spent time in The USA, UK and Australia before joining our register on 14-02-2017. Its first visit to NZ all the way from West Australia was in July of 2014 as VH-BRG3.
At Timaru on the 18th I found these aircraft of interest.
The Cessna A185E Skywagon ZK-WXY (c/n 185-1335) ferried in from Australia in August of 2019 for NSK Farming Ltd over in the Hakataramea Valley. A first sighting for me and the blog.
As mentioned in a recent posting the South Canterbury Aero Club took delivery of two Alpha R2160's from the Canterbury Aero Club late last year. Below we see ZK-VCF (c/n 160A-07013). The South Canterbury Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk ZK-JHO has now gone to the Canterbury aero Club.
Recently re-listed to the Otago Aero Club's fleet on was the Cessna 152 ZK-EKM (c/n 15280954).
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Monday 19 April 2021
Saturday 17 April 2021
A long way from home at Kaipara Flats today was the Central Hawkes Bay Aero Club's Cessna 172P ZK-FGJ : (The weather wasn't as good as it looks but was OK for a bit of engine maintenance)
Thursday 15 April 2021
Also acquiring a new paint scheme is Wanaka Helicopters' AS350B2 ZK-HFF4 which has been with the company since 2017
A new arrival in early 2020 for a local private owner was AS350BA ZK-HDB8, being imported from Australia
Up the Matukituki Valley at the Aspiring Helicopters' base was their latest Squirrel acquisition, AS350B3 ZK-HGR2, which was imported from Malaysia in 2019.