The next P 92 model to appear was the retractable gear P 92 2000 RG which had a redesigned fuselage to house the retractable gear and shorter wings to better cope with the higher speeds. The wings have a different type of flap and the wingspan was 8.7 metres (28 feet 8 inches). The cruise speed is quoted as 124 knots which is more than 15 knots above fixed gear P 92s. This model is no longer available but we have had two of them registered in New Zealand:
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
The Auster J5F Aiglet Trainer with the constructor number 3106 was built in the UK in June of 1953 and imported into New Zealand by the Bristol Aeroplane Co (NZ) Ltd of Wellington and gained it certificate of airworthiness as ZK-BCK on 07-10-1953 for delivery to the Canterbury Aero Club at Christchurch.
The Club began receiving Piper Cubs from October 1956, ZK-BNL, followed by ZK-BJG, ZK-BNJ and then ZK-BNO by early 1961 and ZK-BYW in 1962.
It then was listed to G R Bell and W J Hepburn of Whakatane and carried the "SMIRNOFF IS THE VODKA" at this time.
And then with C W Welsh at Timaru from 30-05-1977.
It appears to have been damaged at Stratford on 10-10-1981 and was on sold to C G Hill and I L Cameron of New Plymouth by December that year.
Granville Jones, Peter R Andrew and Paul R Faulkner of Wairoa took it on from 16-08-1982 followed by a move down to Palmerston north to D J Lundy and R F Emslie from 24-06-1985.
Tim J and D G Graham of Christchurch took it over from 19-04-1990 with it being cancelled from the register on 28-01-1991 for a rebuild. It was registered back with the Graham's on 08-09-1995.
Then we see the Vincent Family of Lismore -inland from Ashburton - take control of it from 15-10-1998
Murray Vincent acquired the Auster J5 ZK-AXJ in May of 1999 and the engine from ZK-BCK was eventually transferred to it.
The dismantled ZK-BCK at Ashburton on 9-01-2014 just prior to sale.ZK-BCK was noted dismantled and sans engine at Ashburton in early 2014 and was sold as a restoration project to Shannon Surridge of Nelson in May of 2014.
Monday, 30 August 2021
The next few Tecnam P 92s to be registered were three P 92S Echo models. This model had a remodelled fuselage with extra cabin windows and a smoother top fuselage line. This was an early version of the later P 92 Echo Super but I understand it could be fitted with 80 HP or 100 HP Rotax engines.2 (c/n 465) was registered to Giovanni Nustrini of Auckland on 26/7/00 and then on 26/7/01 it went the the Northern Recreational Flying Club of Dargaville. They had it until 11/12/08 when it went back to the agents Tercnam NZ Ltd of Papakura. Then on 26/2/09 ownership transferred to EKO Aviation Ltd of Taupo with whom it is still current. It is photo'd above at the 2001 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton when it was very new.
2 (c/n 520) was registered to the Coromandel Flying Club on 16/12/00 and it is still current with them nearly 21 years later. It is photo'd above on approach to Pauanui on 30/1/16.
2 flew on with Horton Industries Ltd until 3/4/09 when ownership transferred to Kevin Taylor Enterprises Ltd of Helensville. It is photo'd above at Parakai on 1/3/09. On 17/5/11 it went South to Dean Waller and Roy Waddingham of Lincoln and more recently of Christchurch with whom it is still current.
Sunday, 29 August 2021
The Tecnam P 92 series of aircraft first appeared in 1993 when the first aircraft appeared with Rotax 912 engines. The P 92 was designed by Luigi Pascale and built by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam which was the company that Luigi and his brother Giovanni formed in 1986. They had previously been involved in the formation and running of Partenavia before it was taken over by the Italian Government, and who also used the P prefix for their models such as the P 68 twin. Tecnam has produced over 7,500 aircraft to date which is pretty impressive.
The Tecnam P 92 is an all metal side by side strut braced high wing tri-gear aircraft in the microlight category that despite its small size has more shoulder room than a Cessna 150/152. The prototype first flew in 1993. It has evolved a lot over the ensuing years to include retractable gear and tailwheel models, and the most recent iteration has a carbon fibre fuselage.
The specs for the various P 92 models will differ in their wingspans and the Rotax engine fitted, but here are the specs for the P 92-J model: length 6.4 metres (21 feet), wingspan 9.3 metres (30 feet 6 inches), empty weight 304 Kg (670 pounds), MAUW 550 Kg (1,213 pounds). And with a 100 HP Rotax the cruise speed is around 110 knots, while the stall speed is around 38 knots with flaps extended.
Our first three P 92s were the original models which had a rather angular looking fuselage with square corners in the lower fuse.5 on 15/2/01, still owned by Giovanni Nustrini. On 10/4/02 it transferred to 24-3699 on the Australian microlight register.
2, and on 1/4/06 ownership transferred to Michael Benstrum of Dargaville (hence the registration MIC). On 17/3/10 ownership changed to C R Chalmers and J T Elliot of Mosgiel and it is photo'd above at the 2010 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton on 5/2/11. It was cancelled from the New Zealand register on 21/3/11 and was exported to Australia where it became 24-7810 on the Australian microlight register.
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Noted as cancelled from the CAA register on 25/8/21 was Rotor Force NZ Ltd's MD 902 NOTAR helicopter ZK-IOT (c/n 900-00120). This has not been posted on the blog previously so I thought I would track down some photos of it as it is a spectacular looking machine. Joe Faram of Rotor Force has sent these great photos:
Monday, 23 August 2021
When Wellington Airport was opened on 25 October 1959. I was 11 at the time and the new airport had been built in front of my eyes as we lived in Melrose looking over Lyall Bay. What a great time for a young boy, first to be enthralled by all the earthmoving equipment and then to transfer on to aeroplanes! Of course all of the aircraft at the opening pageant were new to me as I had only previously seen Solent and Sunderland flying boats flying by on approach to Evans Bay.
These photos from Tony Smith were taken on the practice day before the airshow:
Saturday, 21 August 2021
When airshows could go ahead as planned (and in great weather as a bonus). A case in point was the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow held at Hood aerodrome (in happier days for these 2 aircraft), on 17 and 18 January 2009:
Late yesterday afternoon the Classic Fighters Airshow trustees held a Zoom meeting and confirmed that they had no choice but to shut the event down due to the ongoing Covid 19 uncertainty going forward.
Frustratingly, this is the second time that they have been forced to shut down Classic Fighters 2021 and understandably they say they are gutted beyond words. We can only sympathise with them and recognise all the hard work that has been put in by many people to get CF 2021 up and flying. Thanks for all your efforts.
So we all look forward to Classic Fighters 2023 where maybe the one upside is that several more heritage aircraft will call Omaka home by then.
In the meantime we can reflect with what might have been with the Fox Moth:
Friday, 20 August 2021
Thursday, 19 August 2021
When I was living in Feilding in the 1980s I remember catching up with Jim Fordyce at the local Manawatu chapter meetings of the AACA. Jim was an experienced homebuilder who had built and flown his Taylor Monoplane ZK-CQE and Jodel D 11 ZK-ECU. And at several chapter meetings at his house we got to see his latest project which was building two Hovey Delta Hawks in parallel. I was impressed with Jim's workmanship and I thought the planes looked great, They were both registered, as ZK-FSM and ZK-FSN, on 12/12/88 and were like identical peas in a pod:
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
One of the more recent additions to our register is the Cessna 185A Skywagon ZK-DXG2 c/n 185-0503 as listed to Skywagons Ltd of Twizel.
Aaron Murphy captured (below) it in its NZ marks at Pukaki on 11-07-2021.
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Two Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters have recently been assembled at Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd's facility at Christchurch International Airport.
Both arrived from France in the same container with ZK-HWA3 being c/n 1280 which was registered to Christchurch Helicopters on 13-08-2021 and first flew yesterday the 16th.
Grob G102 ZK-GNH which was imported new in 1983 and has been with the Club since 2008.
And Grob G103 ZK-GMZ which was imported new in 1982 and has also been with the Club since 2008.
Five privately owned Nelson gliders were also active comprising the Slingsby T51 ZK-GDW which was originally registered back in 1964.
Rolladen Schneider LS8a ZK-GGP3 which was imported from Sweden in 1999.
LAK 17B ZK-GGS which was imported from the US in late 2019.
Schempp Hirth Nimbus 2 ZK-GKU which was imported new in 1976.
And Schempp Hirth Discus B ZK-GTH which was imported from Germany in 1997.