Following on from Tony McFarlin's visit to Paraparaumu airport as detailed in an earlier post, Tim Gorman (who is based nearby) recently photo'd another visiting Cessna trainer, this time a C 150H, ZK-DTQ (c/n 15068147):
Monday 28 February 2022
Also at Argus was Mid West Helicopters latest fleet addition, the ex Salt Air Bell 206L-4 ZK-IIV. This was originally imported from Brazil in 2017.
Further down SH1 at Taihape Mid West Helicopters base 3 helicopters at the airfield, AS350B2 ZK-IDI, a Hughes 500 and the Schweizer 269C ZK-HFD4. This was imported by the company from Belgium in late 2021.
Tony McFarlin called in to Paraparaumu on 20-02-2022 and caught these two long time Kapiti Aero Club Members.
Saturday 26 February 2022
This is becoming a yearly post as I have posted on the 2020 and 2021 flyins at Mata. Leo Johns' airstrip offers nice photography opportunities, so here are some of this year's attending aircraft:
Thursday 24 February 2022
Another delivery flight was carried out by Rusty Russell recently, this time from North to South:
Wednesday 23 February 2022
As I was at Hamilton airport last Saturday, I went around to the old Pacific Aerospace area to see what was there:2.
Tuesday 22 February 2022
I travelled across to Hamilton airport last Saturday from Ngahinapouri where we were staying. It was a short drive. There wasn't much action but I did manage to photo Super Air's Air Tractor AT-502B ZK-MAE which was configured as a sprayer:
Super Air's first Air Tractor was ZK-MAA which was ex MacKenzie Aviation in the South Island (hence the registration I assume). But I have no idea why ZK-MAE was registered as such, and now why all the Super Air Air Tractors are registered ZK-SX.. Does anyone know?
Monday 21 February 2022
With the hopper fitted its first flight in NZ was on 01-09-1954 and it went out on agricultural duties.
Ownership passed to Southern Scenic Air Services Ltd at Queenstown Ltd on 02-09-1957.
The following day it was listed to Aviation Contracts Ltd of Invercargill and then to Skeggs Fisheries Ltd of Dunedin on 04-09-1969.
The remains went into storage and were noted in the hands of J M and B N Coulter of Auckland in November 1982.
Now we need to look at the Cessna 182 ZK-BRI.
Photo above at Tauranga by Des White.
Its registration being cancelled on 12-02-1991 as pending rebuild.
Now back to ZK-CZW.
As mentioned above - Bruce Coulter of Auckland was listed with the remains in November 1982.
If I recall correctly Bruce was a founding shareholder in Gulf Aeronautics and that after the completion of the Hawker Sea Fury ZK-SFR certification they took on the rebuild of ZK-BFT/ZK-CZW as started by Bruce Coulter.
This was rebuilt from the Manufacturers Plate up using parts of the original ZK-CZW/ZK-BFT and also major parts from the damaged Cessna 182 ZK-BRI
Many of the part numbers being the same across all three models.
Also having a significant input on the rebuild was Wal Denholm and James Ross with Bruce Cooke working on painting preparation and final assembly. .
A float kit was also installed during the rebuild.
About this time the CAA were tidying up their paperwork on the rebuilt aircraft c/n plates with the "R" prefix or suffix indicating rebuilds - many of which had been given a new registration after their rebuild. Many of these aircraft were reverted back to the original allocated registration.
Because it was rebuilt around the original manufacturers plate of ZK-BFT this rebuild was re registered as such on 13-11-1991 with Academy Aviation.
Date unknown, but early 1990's.
It was damaged on a farm strip near Taumarunui on 24-01-2016 and its registration was cancelled on 28-04-2016.
It also has the small 'Capt Frank' on the pilots door. (presumably for Frank Pullen of Meringa Farms)
Sunday 20 February 2022
A quick stop at Te Kowhai this morning saw a couple of sport aircraft out: