Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Monday, 30 May 2022
I had not seen a photo of this Savannah previously, after it had been built by its original Wanganui owner, but recently it has had a change of ownership and is now based at the Waihi Beach airstrip and where it was photo'd recently by John Anderson:
Sunday, 29 May 2022
The 2nd usage of the registation ZK-DPF on a Cessna 185, the current example is an A185E model imported from the US in 2018 by its Christchurch owner, being registered after refurbishment in 2021.
One of 3 Cessna 180's imported from Uruguay back in 2006 180C ZK-KRD has taken longer to get back in the air, being registered to its Otorohanga owner in 2021. The other ex Uruguay 180's are ZK-MDL and ZK-WGT.
The former Mt Cook skiplane A185F ZK-MCR was originally imported new in 1985 and has been completely refurbished for its current Mercer based owner.
And a 180 that despite being around since 1959 has somehow missed being blogged here is ZK-BMS which was ex USA used import and has been with its current Queenstown owner since 2000.
Friday, 27 May 2022
Over at Omaka for the Cessna 180/185 fly-in was Schweizer 269C-1 ZK-HMC2 which was imported new back in 2007, and is currently owned by Waikaia Plains Station which is east of Lumsden.
The Hairy Mole Rat also caught the latest two Tecnam P 2008 JCs outside in the sun at Tauranga, and these are from Solo Wings:
Thursday, 26 May 2022
As the nice weekend High builds in, it was time for Solo Wings to push out some sport aircraft that they have been working on (actually I am not sure this is an aircraft worked on by Solo Wings):
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Over at Wanaka, Alpine Helicopters had most of their fleet outside including Hughes 369D ZK-HOT8. This was originally imported from the US back in 1985 as ZK-HUW moving onto HOT in December 2020 upon acquisition by Alpine.
Further up the road at Pukaki airfield the Oamaru based HeliVentures have a sub base with MD520N ZK-IET2 in residence. This was originally imported from Canada as ZK-HEN3 in 2011, moving onto IET in 2018. IET has recently been repainted in the company's fleet colours.
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Over at AKL International was the latest addition to the Airwork Flight Operations freighter fleet, Boeing 737-4Y0 ZK-FXM2. Built back in 1992 for THY Turkish Airlines it was converted to a freighter in 2013 and was operated in Europe until being purchased by Airwork. It arrived on its delivery flight from Brisbane on 8 April.
At the HeleTranz base in Albany was the latest addition to the company's fleet, AS350B3 ZK-HYZ4. This was imported from the UK and registered just this month.
And a surprise outside at North Shore airfield was the Bell OH-58A Kiowa ZK-HPW3 which last appeared on this blog some 10 years ago. It is registered to an Auckland owner and was imported from the US back in 1997.
Monday, 23 May 2022
As we have a great photo of John Luff's Venom ZK-VNM3 as our header photo at present, I thought I would delve into why this is the third use of the registration ZK-VNM.
In fact all of the ZK-VNMs have been DH 112 Venoms that were built for the Swiss Air Force, as follows:
2 (c/n 448) was a Mk 4 model that was built in 1957 and served with the Swiss Air Force as J-1799. After being withdrawn it was registered as G-BLIC to Aces High Ltd of Duxford, UK on 13/7/84. After a year its UK registration was cancelled 7/6/85 after which it went to the US as N502DM for Consolidated Aviation Enterprises of East Middleburg, Vermont on 13/6/85. It was operated by Warplanes Inc and after several more US owners its US registration was cancelled on 8/11/92 for export to New Zealand. It was registered here as ZK-VNM2 to Rural Aviation (1963) Ltd of Auckland (Qwilton Biel) on 17/12/92. Its first flight in New Zealand was on 23/1/93 at Ardmore after which it spent many years parked in the back of the Rural Aviation hangar at Ardmore until it was restored to flight in 2010 . On 18/1/10 ownership transferred to Wanganui Sea and Air Charters (2006) Ltd (John Luff) and it underwent refurbishment at Ardmore for most of 2010, culminating in another test flight on 23/10/10. It is photo'd above while test flying out of Ardmore in October 2010 courtesy of MRC Aviation, thanks Mike. Sadly it did not last long after this as it was damaged on landing for the 2011 Wings Over Wairarapa airshow at Masterton on 21/1/11. It was cancelled on 31/8/11 and it went to Brett Emeny, but is now on display at the Classic Fighters Museum at Tauranga Airport.
3 (c/n 840) is a FB 50 model that was manufactured by the Federal Aircraft Factory at Emmen in Switzerland in 1956 (one of 250 Venoms they built under license) and it was taken on strength by the Swiss Air Force as J-1630. After being retired in the mid 1980s it underwent a 4 year restoration by Halos AG at lausanne before entering the Swiss civil register as HB-RVA and test flying at Altenrhein on 22/6/88. On 6/8/02 ownership changed to Pegus AG and it was operated by the Swiss Flying Museum until its cancellation from the Swiss civil register on 24/11/11. It was noted at Ardmore in March 2012 and on 10/10/12 it was registered to Wanganui Sea and Air Charters (2006) Ltd, still John Luff. Its first flight in New Zealand was on 11/11/12 at Ardmore and since then it has been based at Wanganui and been displayed widely at airshows around New Zealand. It is photo'd above at Ardmore on 23/8/12 and as can be seen it is painted in the same colours as the first ZK-VNM, that of WE 434, a Venom that was leased from the RAF Far East Air Force and operated by 14 Squadron RNZAF in Malaysia in the 1950s. Thanks again for the photo Mike.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
Following Blue Bus's post on the Zephyr Airworks Mule ZK-UZA, I realised that we had not covered its stable mate ZK-UZB in a blog post (we did feature it as a heading photo but you can't search for that). So herewith ZK-UZB:
Friday, 20 May 2022
First listed as N302XZ to Kitty Hawk Corporation of Mountain View, California from 02-08-2017.
It came to NZ and became ZK-UZA with Zephyr Airworks LLC of Wellington on 03-10-2017, with a change to Wisk New Zealand LLC from 12-10-2020.
It was withdrawn and cancelled on 13-04-2021.
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Saturday, 14 May 2022
And the tailwheel RV7 ZK-WOS2 which was imported from Australia in 2019 for a Napier owner, moving onto its current Whitianga owner in late 2021.
The RV7 is our most popular Vans model with 31 currently registered.
Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express N372BC c/n 9413 has been noted parked at Hamilton and Auckland and more recently at Nelson Airport next to the Crash Fire unit since 23-04-2022.
It then disappeared into the books of the Bank of Utah from 25-10-2021 and appears to be blocked from the 'flight radar' platforms.
Can anyone identify the red helicopter on the left of the photo ?
Friday, 13 May 2022
I had to make a trip down to Ardmore today for an replacement Dzus fastener for my Jodel's cowling. Thanks to Warren Denholm for rummaging around a box of fasteners to come up with one that was suitable. As always there was interesting aircraft restoration going on inside Avspecs, and outside was the CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre A94-922:
Outside Classic Flyers was the Cessna A37B ZK-JTL which has been registered to Jet Trainers Ltd, Ardmore since 1992.
Thursday, 12 May 2022
After several years of inactivity in hangars at Kaipara Flats airfield, Kevin Mills' Aero Gare Sea Hawk ZK-SEA completed a new Annual Inspection today and it was outside running and checking out a new prop that produced better static RPMs.
It was a spectacular day for flying in the North today, so after the Annual was signed off in the late afternoon Kevin took it out for a flight in perfect conditions and lovely late afternoon sun: