Friday 17 September 2021

Tecnam P 96 Golfs of New Zealand (2) - 2001 Aircraft

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:

Our second Tecnam Golf was ZK-WNG (c/n 145) was registered to Giovanni Nustrini of Papakura on 23/2/01, and it toured the country as a demonstrator.  Ownership changed to Ocean Flight Holdings c/- Tecnam Ltd of Papakura on 1/5/02 and then to Ardmore Aviation Services Ltd, also of Papakura on 1/12/03.  It then went to Tauranga with Proflight (Tauranga Flight Training) on 5/9/05 and to the Kaitaia Aero Club on 7/7/08.  Next it went to owners in the South Island:  P B Shepherd of Christchurch on 1/4/12, T E Ross of Dunedin on 21/12/14 and finally to Q K McDonald of Mosgiel on 12/11/17.  It is photo'd above at Rangiora on 6/9/13.

The demonstration of ZK-WNG around the country led to the registration of five more golfs in late 2001, the first of which was ZK-OGX (c/n 176) which was registered to R D and C B Bayley of Te Awamutu on 27/11/01, and it is still owned by them 20 years later.  It is photo'd above at the 2013 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 9/2/13.

A good place to catch up with Tecnams over the years has been the Black Sands flyins at Raglan.  The next Golf to be registered was at the 2014 flyin on 8/11/14.  ZK-PPG (c/n 178) was registered to K J Slattery of Kerikeri, also on 27/11/01.  Ownership transferred to G L Smith of Auckland on 5/8/04 and to D C Trust of Mt Maunganui on 10/7/15.  Most recently it has gone, on 12/4/18, to H V Ryan of Waharoa and it is currently used for flight training at Matamata.

ZK-DMT2 (c/n 177) was first registered on 28/12/01 to D H Ellis of the Bay of Islands and then on /02 to D H Ellis and P Swoffer of Kerikeri on 26/2/02.  After a time with the Hedgehope Forest Trust of Dunedin it went to L C Renwick of Auckland on 27/6/06.  It is photo'd above taking off at Ardmore on 22/9/08.

It was re-registered to S E Reid of Ohaupo as ZK-SAM3 on 21/10/08, (being the second ZK-SAM that Stu Reid has had and he has now gone on to own Bristell NG 5 ZK-SAM4).  It is photo'd above at Pauanui on 9/6/17.

As Stu Reid took delivery of his new Bristell his Golf was re-registered as ZK-ELG2 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.

ZK-TEK (c/n 169) was registered to Colin Alexander of Tauranga on 21/12/01 and it was operated by Solo Wings as shown in the above photo taken at the 2002 SAANZ flyin at Matamata.  On 25/1/06 ownership changed to the Tauranga Tecnam Syndicate of Te Puke.

ZK-LTG (c/n 184) was registered to L R (Larry) Timpany of Invercargill, also on 21/12/01.  Larry later moved to Waitati just North of Dunedin and he still owns and flies his Golf 20 years later.  Thanks very much for the photo Larry, as your aircraft doesn't seem to have been photographed much over the years.

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