In addition to all the other activity at Ardmore last Thursday, there was quite a lot of rescue helicopter activity, all BK 117 B-2s, with the first three all being owned by Search and Rescue Services Ltd of Taupo:
Monday 31 May 2021
Sunday 30 May 2021
Being such a lovely afternoon at Ardmore last Thursday there were lots of aircraft out and about:
While I was enjoying the afternoon at Ardmore a Pitts Special arrived overhead in the circuit. I did not at first recognise it but as it landed I saw it was Robert McNair's lovely looking ZK-RMR:
Saturday 29 May 2021
I was interested to see what was going on at Avspecs now that the Spitfire has gone.
I had not managed to make it down to Ardmore for quite some time so I was looking forward to spending an afternoon there on a lovely day last Thursday. I was not disappointed.
Friday 28 May 2021
Carrying on to Auckland Airport (less of the International) to do a drop off, I had a quick squizz around but nothing new. I did however manage these couple of photos:
With a bit of pre-planning I was on the spot for the first flight of Dave Campbell-Morrison's new RV 12 ZK-SCM (c/n 120905) at North Shore airfield yesterday:
Thursday 27 May 2021
A group departure back home followed with the Waco and Stinson featured below.
Wednesday 26 May 2021
A routine pilgrimage up into the hills in the Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HDL3 (c/n2981) as based just out of Tekapo.
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Newly registered Cessna T206H ZK-MMG2 (c/n T20608291) was out in the sun at Tauranga today and the Hairy Mole Rat was there to get a nice photo:2 was registered in New Zealand on 14/5/21, to the Brenick Eynon Trust Partnership of Te Puke. It was previously registered N3532U.
Monday 24 May 2021
Down from its Kaikoura base was Just Aircraft Highlander ZK-JKO2 which was first registered in 2015 and has been with its current owner since 2018.
Now in a stunning new paint scheme is Zenair Zenith CH200 ZK-NEN which was originally registered back in 1980 and has been with its Christchurch owner since 2019.
And for something different the Air Creation ARV trike ZK-TNG2 which was registered back in 2010 and has been with its Rangiora owner since 2017.
Sunday 23 May 2021
Yesterday the 22nd of May 2021 marked the 75th Anniversary of the first flight of the De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk from Downsview in Toronto, Canada, and the occasion was marked with a small gathering of Chipmunks at Hood Aerodrome at Masterton. The Chipmunk is reckoned to be the poor mans Spitfire and it has lovely DH lines that still look great today.2 of F T Koenders from Palmerston North and ZK-PTN2 marked up as WB568 of the Wairarapa Flying Tigers, also from Masterton.
Saturday 22 May 2021
EC120B ZK-HHT6 is now on its fourth ZK registration being originally imported new back in 2008 as ZK-IFE. It moved onto HJW4 in 2015, HBC5 in 2017 and then HHT6 in March this year.
AS350BA ZK-HFZ2 has been with the company since the beginning of 2019 and has now acquired large company titling on the boom.
Thursday 20 May 2021
Granddaughter shuttling duties last Sunday put me at Silverdale and close to North Shore airfield for some more Avgas. It was quite busy on a nice Sunday afternoon:
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Another of the ex RNZAF CT4E Airtrainers has been sold to Australia, following ZK-PTB which became VH-CNZ, ZK-PTG which became VH-ETV and ZK-PTI which became VH-PTX:
Monday 17 May 2021
While registered to a Christchurch owner since arrival in late 2020 the new Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HNN4 seems to have spent most of its time based in Auckland, mostly at the Heletranz Albany facility.
Tim Gorman was at Feilding aerodrome yesterday and was on the spot to catch the unique to New Zealand Falconar F 11 ZK-KEA out aviating:https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2012/12/flaconar-jodels-of-new-zealand-f-11-and.html