Back in 1995 a Beech D 17S Staggerwing was imported into New Zealand and registered ZK-AMU, a suitably period registration that had not been allocated originally having been reserved in the flying boat series of registrations. It flew in New Zealand until 2009 when it was cancelled from the register and exported to Australia, where it became VH-WEE. I see that it has not been posted about on the blog, so that is something that we will need to address.
Sunday, 31 July 2022
The Rans S 21 Outbound is the latest design by Randy Schlitter of Rans Designs (formerly Rans Inc). It is a departure for Rans as the aircraft is of all aluminium construction. It was introduced at the EAA Airventure in 2016 but the prototype did not fly until 17 December 2017.
The S 21 is a high wing aircraft that can be built with tri-gear or as a taildragger. It can be powered by a range of engines from the 100 HP Rotax 912 up to the 180 HP Continental X-340 Titan, which puts it into the Amateur Built Aircraft category in New Zealand. Its dimensions are: span 8.5 metres (28 feet) with a wing area of 141 square feet, length 6.82 metres (22 feet 5 inches). With the Titan engine the empty weigh is around 447 Kg (985 pounds) and the MAUW in NZ is 816 Kg (1800 pounds). Again with the Titan engine the cruise is around 155 mph (135 knots) and the stall with full flaps is quoted as 40 mph (35 knots).
Our first S 21 was registered in New Zealand back in December 2020 and we will see more of them as there are 5 more kits in the country, and the build time is quoted by Rans as 500 to 700 hours.2 (c/n 10190065) was built at Wanaka by long time ag pilot Don (L) Hart of Methven, and it was first registered to him on 22/12/20. It is photo'd above during its first engine runs at Wanaka on 29/11/21, and has since successfully flown off its test hours It has the 180 HP Titan engine installed and I reckon it will make a great back country aircraft for New Zealand conditions.
Friday, 29 July 2022
Up at Ardmore on the CG Aviation ramp was the SA330J Puma N815AR being one of 2 imported into Gisborne back in May 2020 for heli logging work. Its companion, N814AR, has been sharing a hangar at Mercer airfield with the RocketLab Sikorsky S92A ZK-HEV for some months now.
Inside CG Aviation's hangar requiring maintenance was the RNZ Navy Kaman SH2G Seasprite NZ3613.
And outside Heliflite was the wingless former Greymouth based Cessna P210N Centurion ZK-VIR. This was imported from the US back in 2009 and sold to Motueka based Argus Aviation in December 2021.
Thursday, 28 July 2022
As the EAA Airventure flying is now underway at Oshkosh, I thought I would post some New Zealand connections. Of course there are lots of New Zealanders attending the flyin.
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
To encourage flyers around the country who are ground bound by awful weather, here are a couple of photos from as recently as last Sunday 24 July, of a trip that the Rangitata Island guys flew to Mesopotamia Station:
Sunday, 24 July 2022
The Golden Bay Dawn Raid was held at Takaka yesterday in good weather conditions from the look of it. Jordan Elvy flew over in the Kapiti Districts Aero Club's C 182R ZK-NML and counted 37 visiting aircraft. Among those were these couple that were a bit different.
Saturday, 23 July 2022
After seeing the Hairy Mole Rat's Wairarapa Balloon Festival photos I had a look at their Facebook page where there were photos of a few of the other balloons that there were there:
Friday, 22 July 2022
Not a civil aircraft but I am sure it will be of interest to NZ Civair blog readers. Boeing has rolled out the first of the RNZAF's new P-8A Poseidon aircraft from their paint shop in Renton, Washington today:
And up the road at AKL International was Airwork's Boeing 737-484 ZK-TLL which although imported from the US back in 2016 has not featured on this blog before. It carries the Australian company Toll Holdings' logos.
Thursday, 21 July 2022
The final lot of great Wairarapa Balloon Festival photos from the Hairy Mole Rat:
It wasn't much of a day for flying in Auckland today, but I did catch these 2 helicopters on the ground:5 was outside in the sun at Mechanics Bay. It is registered to EagleFlight Technics Ltd of Auckland. I like the look of the glass curtain wall and roof of the Mikano Restaurant in the back of the shot.
4 in the same location with Helilink titles on the hangar, when the Westpac Rescue helicopters were based there.
Wednesday, 20 July 2022
Back over Easter Weekend in April 2022 the Hairy Mole Rat attended the Wairarapa Balloon Festival and here are a look back at some of his photos:
Tuesday, 19 July 2022
Jordan Elvy visited Feilding airfield last Sunday and photo'd the older model Savannah VG ZK-SVG outside for engine runs:
Monday, 18 July 2022
Of 1991 vintage it arrived in NZ thanks to Airwork (NZ) Ltd in December of 2014.
In February 2015 it was with Garden City Helicopters Ltd at Christchurch.
This was transferred from Fly My Sky to Golden Bay Air on 19-07-2021 and arrived at Nelson on delivery from Ardmore on 16-08-2021.
Below are two earlier blog post links.
Saturday, 16 July 2022
After a week of wet weather I managed to get out to Omaha Flats airfield this morning to check out what I had seen from the air last Sunday, being 2 Auster aircraft:
Friday, 15 July 2022
SAVANNAH SOUTH ISLAND SAFARI
We are proposing a South Island Safari leading up to the Savannah Fly in at Forest Field on Saturday 20 August.
Obviously it will be subject to weather and interest.
Tuesday 16 August - Rangiora to Balclutha 204nm
Wednesday 17 August - Balclutha / Stewart Island / Te Anau 163nm
Thursday 18 August- Te Anau / Haast 116nm
Friday 19 August - Haast / Rangiora 147nm
Distances are indicative of straight line only and does not indicate actual route or include strips and airfields enroute.
I am happy to arrange accommodation, 3 nights – Balclutha - Te Anau and Haast, Also will arrange landing permission where required and access to fuel at overnight points.
There are some great locations to visit - and weather permitting Ryans Creek and Masons Bay Stewart Island.
There is an option weather permitting of getting into Milford Sound and some strips on our way into Haast
If you are interested please register by email or text :
027 359 5849
Ideas, questions or any feedback is welcome.
If you are looking for a passenger please let me know and I should be able to hook you up.
805 Downs Road
Forest Field Aerodrome
Mobile : 027 359 5849
Home / Office +64-3 310 2677
Thursday, 14 July 2022
Returned from its bush fire fighting duties in Australia is Kahu Helicopters' Sikorsky EH60A ZK-HKU which has retained the yellow highlights added while across the Tasman.
Wednesday, 13 July 2022
With a break in the inclement meteorological conditions a quick visit to Christchurch International Airport found the following.Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 ZK-XXK c/n 525A0411 as listed with Wellington Jet Charters Trust of Wellington was parked on the Western hard after arriving last Wednesday the 6th.
Note the tail of 'Sofie' N747NA in the background.
In the same hangar is Enstrom 280C ZK-IAM2 which was imported from Sweden in 2020.