And the CG Aviation Sikorsky S-76C ZK-ICG2 now carries its new Volta Aviation script which is also now prominent on its hangar.
Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Tuesday, 30 August 2022
Sunday, 28 August 2022
Until joining James at Timaru it had spent all of its life in the upper North Island.
It then sat in its hangar for two and a half years until Deane Philip completed the project up to its present state of excellence.
This was imported from the US in October 2020.
ZK-TNG the Air Creation ARV Tanarg 912.
ZK-DGR the Airborne XTS-912-B with its Arrow wing with Airborne wing tips.
ZK-LOW the Airborne Windsports Redback 503.
ZK-MWN the Solar Wings Pegasus XL-Q.
ZK-TQW the Solar Wings Pegasus XL-R.
With another row of trikes to the right.
Thursday, 25 August 2022
As seen on Sunday on TV 1, the Otago Aero Club's new Vans RV 12 ZK-OPT took to the air for the first time at Taieri recently.
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
Monday, 22 August 2022
Back in May 2022 a new type of Class 2 microlight aircraft was registered in New Zealand, being the JMB VL 3 from JMB Aircraft s.r.o of Chochen in the Czech Republic. The JMB VL 3 was originally manufactured by Aveko in the Czech Republic, but the design was taken over by JMB Aircraft in 2012 who had 6 employees and produced 2 aircraft that year. Since then the company has grown to have more than 160 employees and produces around 60 aircraft per year.
The VL 3 is a standard low wing tractor retractable tri-gear aircraft made from composites but its main point of difference is how fast it is. The latest models fitted with the Rotax 915 engine of 142 HP have an incredible cruise speed of 370 km/hr at 18,000 feet which equates to 200 knots! (while the Rotax 912 powered aircraft cruises at 280 km/hr or 150 knots).
The specifications for the VL 3 are: length 6.24 metres, wingspan 8.44 metres and the wing area is 9.77 square metres. Its empty weight is 310 Kg with the Rotax 912 and 360 kg with the Rotax 915 and both models have a MAUW of 600 Kg. The eye popping speed of the VL 3 is detailed above but in addition the 915 engined model can climb at 2,000 feet per minute (while the 912 engined model climbs at 1300 feet per minute). The stall speed is quoted as 42 knots.
A turbine version of the VL 3 was introduced at Aero Friedrichshafen 2022.
We have had one JMB VL 3 registered in New Zealand to date but more are on the way, with the next one, a Rotax 915 engined example for an Auckland owner.2 (c/n 252) is a VL 3E-1 UL model powered by a 100 HP Rotax 912 ULS engine, that was registered to the local agents JMB NZ Ltd of Amberly on 13/5/22. It is a used example being from Greece where it was registered SX-UBN.
Sunday, 21 August 2022
Wayne Richmond of Stratford registered his SPA Panther ZK-PWR back on /17/11/21, and after meticulous finishing he test flew it from Stratford aerodrome one week ago, on 14/8/22. Wayne is a long time aircraft builder having built the Hovey Delta Bird ZK-JAU, the Rans S 10 ZK-SWJ and his Monnett Sonerai 2L ZK-SNW among others. And he has another Panther in the works.
HERE is what we posted about the SPA Panther when the first one, Mark Dean's ZK-PMD, was registered.
Wayne has sent some photos of his newest aircraft:
Saturday, 20 August 2022
Friday, 19 August 2022
Inflite are currently basing 3 AS350B at Mt Cook being ZK-IEQ, ZK-IEY and ZK-HJZ4. The last of these was imported from the US in 2016 and has now lost its "Inflite" titling.
Supporting the heli skiing operation The Helicopter Line brought in its 2 Glentanner based AS350B2 ZK-HSM3 and ZK-ICD. The latter was imported from Switzerland in 2012.
I have been aware of John Scott's Vampire that he has been assembling at North Shore over the last several years, but I have not had the opportunity to photograph it completed until I spied its hangar open back on 3 August and John was happy for me to take photos:
Thursday, 18 August 2022
A desperation shot of Air Chathams' "new" ATR 72-212 ZK-MCU parked out with an eclectic mix of other Air Chathams aircraft at Auckland International last week:
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Operated until recently by Tekapo based MacKenzie Helicopters the AS350B2 ZK-HDL3 has now been returned to The Helicopter Line. This was originally imported in 2004 from Malaysia.
Wanaka Helicopters' Hughes 369E ZK-HAC4 has been with the company since September 2020, being originally imported from the US in 2014 as ZK-HGF7.
And stored at Wanaka for several years is Cessna 208 ZK-SKB which came outside for engine runs today. Its repaint into the Air Milford colours hasnt featured on this blog and it was originally imported in 2005 from Australia.
Monday, 15 August 2022
Sharing a hangar with the recently imported Lockheed 12A Electra VH-HID (to become ZK-LHE) is the Stoddard Hamilton SH2 Glasair RG ZK-LHX which was completed by its Wanaka owner in 2015.
Calling in briefly was Fox Franz Heli Services Hughes 369D ZK-HDZ2 which was imported from PNG in 1990 and acquired by the company in 2016.
Also stopping in briefly was AS350B3 ZK-IDQ which has now lost its High Country Helicopters titling. This was imported new in 1999 as ZK-IPV2, becoming IDQ in 2014.
Sunday, 14 August 2022
The Piper PA46-500TP Malibu Meridian is a Pratt & Whitney PT6A turbo prop version of the piston engine powered PA-46-350P Malibu / Malibu Mirage
C/n 4697215 was listed to Piper Aircraft Inc of Vero Beach, Florida on August 12, 2005 as
N31146 N31145. This was transferred to Osadzinski Management LLC of Atherton, California on September 15. 2005 and then hidden in the book of Wells Fargo Bank Northwest Trustee at Salt Lake City, Utah from April 30, 2009.
Cancelled from the US register on September 16, 2013 it appeared on the German civil register on November 27, 2013 as D-FHEI with IFR Instrumenten Flugschule Reichelsheim, Augsburg.
Next I know is that it ferried from Honiara to Noumea on November 9, 2021 and from Norfolk Island to Auckland the following day.
It was registered as ZK-THG on December 6 2021 to HG Group Ltd of Masterton.
On a fabulous blue sky winters day Jordan Elvy popped over to Masterton today and found lots of aviation activity. Here is a selection of some of the sport aircraft that were out aviating:
2 was out and about. You can see it in its taildragger configuration HERE
2 out flying. Although still registered to John Eaton of North Shore, it has been recently out flying with other aerobatic pilots at Omaka and Rangitata Island. I suspect that Bevan Dewes might have been involved with it being at Masterton.
Visiting from Taieri was Otago Airspread's Piper PA28-181 Archer II ZK-FWS which has now been repainted in the company's fleet colours. This was imported from the US in 1990 and acquired by the company in 2018.
And calling into the Alpine Helicopters' facility was Southern Lakes Helicopters' AS350B2 ZK-HMD4 which was imported from the US in 2001 and acquired by the company in 2020.
Saturday, 13 August 2022
In a bit of exquisite timing I drove back from Moa Point and saw that the locally based BAC Strikemaster was outside the Wellington Aero Club hangar: