Another "new" aircraft captured by the Hairy Mole Rat at Tauranga yesterday was the newly rebuilt Cessna A152 Aerobat ZK-TAA (c/n 0972):
Friday, 29 April 2022
Thursday, 28 April 2022
The Hairy Mole Rat was at Tauranga today and caught this image of Martin (E) Lobb's newest Vans RV 7A ZK-MEL3 (c/n 71018):3 is ex N386RV and is Martin Lobb's third MEL after his previous RV 7A (see HERE ) which has gone on to become ZK-SWT2 with Solo Wings under rebuild, and his Tecnam Sierra (see HERE ) which has gone on to become ZK-CCV2.
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade Fund Raiser
Wheels and Wings – Sunday 1st of May 2022
Gates open at 8.30am
Charlie Draper is hosting this fundraiser again at Kimberly Road, Darfield.
It is a chance to show the public your aircraft and talk to people about being a pilot.
There will be Cars, Planes, Motor Bikes, Food and Drink and much more.
Charlie says that any one who wants to fly-in on the Saturday will be looked after and he will get you into Darfield for accommodation.
This is not and AOPA NZ run event but we want to let you know it is on so you can support Charlie and this community fundraiser.
Register here and contact the organiseres
Operational Information from the Organisers
The active airstrip is moved to the eastern side of the paddock about 50m out from the road
The strip is 470m long. Look for a displaced 50m threshold on the southern end marked by cones.
All circuits towards the hills
119.2 will be monitored
Please contact Graeme or Charlie for a briefing
Charlie Draper - 027 433 2628 – General and Aircraft Inquiries
Graeme Piper – 027 604 1824 – Aircraft Inquiries
Arriving into Christchurch just after 1pm this afternoon was the Sikorsky S-92A ZK-HEV c/n 92-0211 as registered to Advanced Flight Ltd and operated on behalf of Rocket Lab.
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Following from my post on other interesting aircraft at Omaka last Sunday, Aaron Murphy has sent a photo of the nice looking DH 82A Tiger Moth ZK-APP showing its registration:
Monday, 25 April 2022
I have posted about the ex John Smith Mosquito running its engines at Omaka yesterday, and it generated a lot of interest. However there were also a lot of other interesting aircraft outside for the occasion. Jordan Elvy was there and has sent the following photos of what I reckon were some of the most interesting: Thanks Jordan.
2 and it has the names Ian and Noel beneath the cockpits. Jordan told me that this was the best angle he could get of the Tiger due to how it was parked, so he couldn't get the registration showing.
The 1974 model Beech C23 Sundowner ZK-DVH which has been registered to its Ngatea owner since 2017. This is one of 3 C23s currently on the NZ register.
And up from Tauranga the Cessna 180J Skywagon ZK-RAD3 with Hamilton based Cirrus SR22 ZK-FER2 in the background.
Sunday, 24 April 2022
It was a big day at Omaka today with the main attraction being the ex John Smith Mosquito marked as TE 910/EG-D outside and running its engines. Proceeds from the day will go towards keeping the Mosquito maintained.
C/n 462C was built in 2010 and popped up on the US register as N104LT on 08-02-2011 with Orlando Sandford Aircraft Inc of Sandford, Flodida.
From 05-03-2012 it was listed with Jetstream Digital Inc at Longwood, Florida.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
As it was a nice flying day today (but a bit windy for my Jodel Bébé), and seeing as I was out at Kaipara Flats airfield, it was a no-brainer to hop up to Dargaville for their inaugural post Covid catered lunch. So I got my headphones and hopped into the right hand seat of the Rodney Aero Club's Pipistrel Alpha with Craig Powell:
And the lunch was up to the usual high standard! Thanks to the cooks and helpers.
Friday, 22 April 2022
Wednesday, 20 April 2022
The Hairy Mole Rat was down at Carterton last week for the Wairarapa Balloon Festival and after some delays the balloons got into the air in a lovely blue sky. As balloons are ZK registered they are part of New Zealand civil aviation but we don't often feature them on the NZ Civair blog. One balloon was a different and I didn't know there were single pilot balloons, but here is one:
Monday, 18 April 2022
Brian Taylor wheeled out his North American Rotorwerks Pitbull SS gyrocopter ZK-RUN at Dargaville last Saturday 16 April, and Rusty Russell took it for a flight:
Sunday, 17 April 2022
Some of the said aircraft enthusiasts still travelled to Wanaka over the weekend anyway, one of whom was Mark Pattenden, who photo'd this Alpi Pioneer 300 that has not appeared on the blog previously:2 (c/n 5010) was registered to the J C Templeman Syndicate of Wanaka on 14/10/20. It was imported from Australia where it was registered 24-8362.
Saturday, 16 April 2022
Great weather across most of the country this Easter weekend has proved bitter sweet for many aircraft enthusiasts who had planned to be at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2022. Sadly it was cancelled back in January for the second time in a row (even though the country is now in Orange which means the crowds would not have been limited). I thought this photo would provide a poignant reminder of what might have been:
And making its first noted visit here is the brand new Tecnam P92 Echo Mk II ZK-EAD2 which is registered to Gyrate NZ of Tauranga.
Friday, 15 April 2022
And Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-IHX which was imported new in 2006 and has been with its current Auckland owner since 2018.
Monday, 11 April 2022
Photo'd by Simon Hills at a AOPA flyin at Otaki on Sunday 10/4/22 was the Cessna U206F ZK-DWX in a Whitiki Ngati Porou colour scheme:
Sunday, 10 April 2022
Another trip down to Ngahinapouri yesterday, for a significant birthday celebration (not mine) saw me have a bit of time for a side trip to Te Kowhai which is only 20 km up the road. There were a couple of aircraft out that have not been blogged very often (but the more interesting stuff was in one of the hangars):
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Friday, 8 April 2022
Cessna A185F Skywagon II ZK-DWW c/n 18504372 was on the tie downs at Christchurch International Airport late this morning..
And at AKL International the Airwork (NZ) Boeing 737-351 freighter ZK-TLE was outside, now painted all white. This was reregistered in Austria in January 2021 as OE-IFE, and returned to the NZ register in March 2022.
Thursday, 7 April 2022
I was only out at Kaipara Flats airfield for a short time this afternoon but it coincided with the Eurocopter EC130T2 ZK-IBH2 practicing autorotation landings, which made for a spectacular display: