Captured yesterday at Tauranga by Hairy Mole Rat was this Tecnam which had been marked in Italy as "RGA".
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
After the demonstration of Oskar Stielau's interesting electric Mosquito at Parakai last Saturday, I headed on down the road to Waimauku following Tim Pike to his impressive workshop that contained some other interesting helicopters:3 (c/n 018) is a tethered single seat helicopter trainer powered by a Rotax 912, that was designed in Argentina by Augusto Cicare. It was registered here on 20/12/16 and it is the only one of its type in the country. It is currently for sale on Trade Me.
Monday, 28 March 2022
And over at Oceania Aviation the former Gisborne Helicopters' Hughes 369D ZK-IKL has completed its refurbishment and it is now for sale on the Oceania website. It was originally imported from the US back in 2007.
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Yesterday I drove on from North Shore to Parakai where the Northern Aviators Club had arranged with Oskar Stielau for a demonstration of his electric Mosquito Air helicopter ZK-IAB2. There were about 25 interested observers from as far away as Whangarei and Whitianga, and Oskar gave a great presentation about his electric helicopter which is probably the only example in the world.
Saturday, 26 March 2022
John Gray's Chilton DW.1 ZK-CHT2 c/n NZDW1A/04 was first flown by Evan Belworthy from Rangiora late last week.
It was out again today and was taxied around to a Sport Aircraft Association hangar gathering.
This project has been mentioned several times previously.
I was passing through North Shore airfield today, where there was not much activity due to quite a strong cross wind. However there was a stray Piper Tomahawk that has not appeared on the blog previously:
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
A couple of weeks ago I was at North Shore airfield and photo'd two Cherokees that have recently had a change of ownership and that have not been posted on the blog previously:
Monday, 21 March 2022
Sunday, 20 March 2022
Yesterday I travelled up to Maungaturoto with Ray Deerness to meet with Murray Hargreaves and see his "new" 400 HP Fletcher ZK-MUT:
Saturday, 19 March 2022
Up from New Plymouth showing its smart new paint scheme was the 1970 model Piper PA32-300 Cherokee Six ZK-PDX. Originally imported as ZK-DBC this became PDX in 1999 and has been with its current owner since late 2020.
Friday, 18 March 2022
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
It was damaged near Eyrewell on 05-12-2013 and rebuilt and reregistered as ZK-ICS2 and was flying again by March of 2015.
It joined its current operator from 01-09-2020.
Visiting from Tauranga was the R44 Raven II ZK-IMF which was imported new in 2005 and has been with Aspiring Aviation since 2014.
Amongst all the glider activity at Matamata for the week long MSC competitions was the Magni M24C gyrocopter ZK-RHW which was imported in 2015 and has been with its Te Aroha owner since late 2021.
And lastly at Airbus Helicopters Ardmore another new H145 D3 has arrived for assembly believed to be our 3rd example of the 5 bladed version to be registered as ZK-IJL2 to Airlift NZ. The first two were Advanced Flight's ZK-ITF4 and Helicopters Otago ZK-ICU2.
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Boeing 737-75T (WL) Business Jet N883LS c/n 29142 (and line number 167 if you are interested) arrived into Christchurch from Melbourne this afternoon.
This first flew on 9-12-1998 becoming N700WH on 29-12-1998, N737WH on 16-12-1999 and N260DV on 22-02-2013.
On the Canterbury Aero Club side of the airfield the Cessna 172 ZK-FJB c/n 65126 of U-Fly New Zealand Ltd from Wanaka was parked but departed for points south mid afternoon.
Down at the Rotor Work maintenance base at Kihikihi was Bell 206B sprayer ZK-HWR3 which was imported from Japan back in 2004, and has been with the company since 2012.
Further down the road at another Rotor Work base at Kopaki was Hughes 269C ZK-HOO2 which was imported from the US in 1993, and has been with the company since 1995.
Receiving attention at Argus Aviation at Taupo was Mid West Helicopters MD500N ZK-HZG3 which was imported from Australia in 2008, and has been with the company since 2018.
And lastly on the Rotor & Wing ramp at Taupo was the Robinson R66 ZK-IXT which was imported new in 2014 and acquired by its current owner, SCN Helicopters of Porirua, in May 2021.
Monday, 14 March 2022
As I was preparing to leave Dargaville on Saturday, one of the Helinorth spraying helicopters arrived so I took a long shot of it:
Sunday, 13 March 2022
Another new aircraft for me at lunch at Dargaville yesterday was Duane Keenan's Alpi Pioneer 300 ZK-DMK2: