The New Zealand Warbirds has recently posted photos of Russell Jenkins' spectacularly rebuilt and re-finished Stearman A75N1 ZK-RJS2 (c/n 75-647) at Ardmore after it was test flown last Wednesday (27/10/21 I think) by Frank Parker.
Sunday, 31 October 2021
Thursday, 28 October 2021
I have previously posted about our Tecnam P 2008s back in August 2019 when there were seventeen examples that were registered here.
Links to my previous posts are: https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2019/08/tecnam-p-2008s-of-new-zealand-1.html and: https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2019/08/tecnam-p-2008s-of-new-zealand-2.html
Those posts are mainly up to date but ZK-MSA went to the Gore Aero Club on 15/8/20 and ZK-ZZD went to A J Caldwell of Edendale on 19/11/20. In the second post I mentioned a new Tecnam agent at that time, and things have since moved on with the new New Zealand Tecnam agent being Neil Ross of FlyTecnam NZ (www.flytecnam.nz ), based at Gore. Neil has bought in several new Tecnam models and more are coming.
In the meantime the number of P 2008s that have been registered here has risen to twenty one aircraft and three of them have been re-registered (and there is another one that will be registered soon). All of the recent P 2008s to have been registered the New Zealand Airline Academy Ltd at Oamaru, who now have eight of them on line. The most recent six have been P 2008JC models which are registered as GA aircraft with a MAUW of 650 Kg, and they are detailed here:2 (c/n 069) was originally registered to John Nicholl's of Maunganui on 13/3/13. It was registered to the NZ Airline Academy on 26/6/18. It is photo'd above at Rangiora on 2/5/19.2 as photo'd above at Rangiora on 28/6/19. 3 (c/n 1146) on 15/7/19 (having re-registered their earlier P 2008 ZK-MBN2 as ZK-LBI as above). It is photo'd above at Tauranga prior to delivery, on 24/7/19.
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Cessna A185F ZK-TWZ (c/n 18502289) was registered in New Zealand on 17/12/20. This is what NZ Aviation News said about it at the time:
Cessna 185’s are still a popular import with the latest listing being ZK-TWZ for Simon Williamson of Glenbrook Station (2010) Ltd out of Omarama. This is an A185F Skywagon model built as N3395S back in 1983 for delivery to the General Conference Corporation of Washington, DC. It was then listed to Merrill Nelson of Singapore in 1977 and then went on down to Australia to become VH-AIA3 from 16 January 1989 with Angus Von Douglas at Mareeba, Queensland. From 20 June 2013 it was with Kieran Brown of Buderim, Queensland and lastly to Glenbrook Station (2010) Ltd from 8 June 2020 and was operated by Steven Death of East Albury, NSW. It was ferried across – flying the Lord Howe Island to Christchurch leg on 13 November 2020. It replaces the older Cessna 185C ZK-SMW (Simon’s initials) as used by Simon since 2003.
Monday, 25 October 2021
It departed for its home base at Forest Field later on Saturday.
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Friday, 22 October 2021
Doing training flights at Rangiora was R22 Beta II ZK-HOZ3. This was imported from the US in 2004 and was acquired by its current owner, Macsil Deer Farms of Christchurch just this month.
Also at Rangiora was R44 II ZK-IJT of Hurunui Helicopters, Amberley. This was imported new in 2003 as ZK-IMP, and has been with its current owner since June 2019.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Up the road at the Helicopters South Canterbury base at Waitohi was AS350BA ZK-HMG3 which was acquired this month from Prosser Heli Ag of Fairlie. It was imported from the US back in 2015.
Being a nice day for flying, John Crone called from North Shore on Tuesday to say that he would come up to Kaipara Flats for an afternoon coffee and also that Ian Anderson and Francois Buys would fly up from Parakai. So I went out to the airfield and put the jug on.2 flown by Francois. We had a very pleasant socially distanced coffee, it was good to see you guys.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
See previous posts here https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/search?q=axc
The Fairchild is of 1934 vintage whilst the Auster is from 1946.
And receiving attention at Tailwind was Hughes 369HS ZK-HBY3 owned by the nearby Mt Burke Station. This was originally imported from the US in 1994 as ZK-HMJ2, then ZK-HJD3 before becoming HBY.
The answer to the recent Question Time is PYKA EGRET
And the chocolate fish should go to Alex Hewson who was involved in the NZ portion of the project.
There were two airframes involved in NZ which were certified for operations under the Civil Aviation Rules Part 102 covering UAV operations.
The NZ operation was classed as successful although somewhat curtailed by Covid.
This airframe has been donated to the Museum.
A further five Tecnam Bravos were imported during 2006 and 2007. In order of their dates of registration they were:
2 (c/n 051) was registered on 3/4/06 o Diamond Plant and Equipment Ltd of Kaiapoi. On 18/11/06 it went to Minaret Enterprises Ltd of Wanaka and then on 22/6/07 back to Diamond Plant and Equipment Ltd. On 26/7/09 ownership changes to M A Green of Timaru and then on 19/4/11 it went to the Glassford Partnership of Oxford. It is photo'd above at the 2007 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 4/2/07. Most recently ownership has changed to D L Ainslie of Arrowtown, on 26/11/19.