I was delighted to find out the NZ Warbird's Miles M 38 Messenger IIC ZK-CMM2 was flying up to Kaipara Flats airfield this morning, so I popped out for some Jodel maintenance until I heard the Blackburn Cirrus engine approaching (sounds a bit like a Tiger Moth) then I went out to catch its arrival, flown by Graeme Wood:
Monday, 31 January 2022
Down at the Taupo SAR base was the Hamilton Airport based BK117B-2 ZK-HHJ3 which is now in full Westpac colours, and was imported from Australia in 2018.
Sunday, 30 January 2022
With the cancellation of the Tauranga Airshow there have been 8 Yak52s resident over the weekend at Pauanui providing regular aerobatic displays. Today they were joined by the Yak 55M ZK-YKV up from Tauranga. This was imported from the US in 2008.
Somehow not blogged here before despite being in NZ since 1974 is the Piper PA28R-200 Cherokee Arrow ZK-DUS, also up from Tauranga. It has been with its current owner since 2002.
At Masterton the Stoddard-Hamilton Glastar ZK-CIM2 has been converted from tailwheel to nosewheel configuration. This was registered back in 2018 and has been with its current Masterton owner since March 2021.
And at Hastings the amphibious floatplane Cessna A185F ZK-DWW has acquired a symbol on its tail. This was originally a Mt Cook skiplane imported new in 1986 as ZK-MCU, becomng ZK-MDC in 1999 and then ZK-DWW in 2012.
Saturday, 29 January 2022
Hangared was Bell 206B ZK-HPK3 which was very recently returned to their fleet. This was originally imported from Japan in 2001 as ZK-HBD3, becoming HPK in 2002.
The company has also recently acquired the Dannevirke Outback Helicopters' operation and opened a sub base at that airfield with Bell 206B ZK-IBP3.
Friday, 28 January 2022
Arriving back from a job was Hughes 369E ZK-INZ which was imported from Japan in 2005 and has been with the company since 2007.
Out in the backblocks at Te Parae on the eastern side of Masterton is the Wairarapa Helicopters base. Their AS350B & 369D were out working but hangared was Hughes 269C ZK-HXS2. This was imported from Japan in 2000 and has been with the company since 2012.