As with Ron Hintz who also built a his own helicopter, Alf Crowe also built other flying machines. The first that I know of was the Bensen B 8M gyrocopter ZK-HBV (c/n PRA /83/2) that was re-registered to A H B (Alf) Crowe of Feilding on 11/5/67. It crashed at Feilding on 24/3/68. It was presumably rebuilt and re-registered as ZK-RAC on 5/9/74 and it was cancelled as Withdrawn from Use on 30/4/82.
Thursday, 29 September 2022
Meantime over at Ardmore was Coromandel based Force Aviation's latest EC130T2 ZK-IEC4, which was imported new in 2021.
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Noted today by Scott Cowley departing Hamilton for Ardmore was the Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain RP-C8186.
This is ex ZK-NSP c/n 32-7552069 which was cancelled from the NZ register today 28-09-2022.
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Alf Crowe was a well known aviation identity around Feilding, and in the late 1980s/early 1990s he built a homebuilt helicopter:
Can anyone else shed any light on this helicopter?
Further down the road near Te Kuiti was R44 ZK-IWH which has recently acquired a smart new paint scheme. This was imported new in 2004 and acquired by Rotor Work in 2017.
And inland at Kopaki was the company's sole AS350B2 sprayer ZK-HAN2. This was imported from the US in 2013 and acquired by the company in 2014.
Monday, 26 September 2022
Sunday, 25 September 2022
The Hawera Aero Club held a lunch flyin today, and around 70 visiting aircraft turned up along with Jordan Elvy and Simon Hills. Most of the aircraft have been covered on the blog previously but one that stood out for me was Brad Raven's Cessna 170B ZK-JCG3 which is based at the Norfolk Road airstrip near Inglewood:3 (c/n 20357) was built as N2205D, then it emigrated to Australia where is was VH-YAR and VH-WRT4. It arrived at Ardmore in August 2019 for Jim Gemmell of Whitianga and ownership transferred to Brad Raven on 13/1/22. It has now acquired a period Cessna scheme and really looks the part! Brad Raven also owns another Cessna 170 - the 170B ZK-OCC.
Friday, 23 September 2022
Last November I passed through Geraldine and posted some photos of some magnificent metal models noted in the McAtamney Gallery and Design Store in Talbot Street, Geraldine (main street).
On Tuesday last I spotted some more of these detailed metal models in the Gallery window.
I am uncertain what scale these are but, in the photo, above you can see Carolyn's hand holding the tail of the Mustang.
I would guess that the smaller Spitfire and Mustang would be about 1/72nd scale.
After completing its wartime service C-47B-45-DK NZ3556 had been allotted to NAC as ZK-AOK. However, with the airline being busy in set-up mode, the allocation at that time was postponed. In mid-1947 the aircraft took up the registration ZK-APK and was flown to Melbourne for conversion to civilian DC-3D standards.
Named Poaka it was one of the NAC aircraft used on the Pacific regional services.
In the 1950s, ZK-APK was painted up in the classic NAC colour scheme and operated on internal services.
ZK-APK was one of the four DC-3Ds withdrawn from service on 30 June 1962. It returned to service in August 1963 and converted to Skyliner status in August 1964 in replacement for the crashed ZK-AYZ.
ZK-APK was then renamed Kaikohe.
ZK-APK was leased to Fiji Airways from 1965 until 1967 and operated with them as VQ-FAH.
Returning to NAC service in September 1967, ZK-APK was finally retired in October 1968.
Sold to Airland (NZ) Ltd. in November 1968, it was not registered in their name until 7May1969 and not actually used operationally until 13Oct1970.
When Airland dissolved, Fieldair took ownership of ZK-APK from 20Feb1978.
Ownership was transferred to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd. as from 18Nov1980. The final flight of this DC-3 took place on 3Jul1981 and the aircraft was WFU Milson @ 42764hrs. The registration was cancelled on 30Mar1984.
Stored at Milson until sold to Rangitikei River Aventures mid-1985. To Mangaweka for display as ZK-AOK at their base beside the petrol station.
Repainted as the Cookie Time DC3, and latterly as the Mangaweka Skyliner.
Removed from that location in May 2021, it is currently advertise for sale on TradeMe at a starting bid price of $15,000
Thursday, 22 September 2022
One of the neat things of doing a series like this on the blog, is that interesting stuff pops up from other people. A classic case of you don't know what you don't know!
One such example was when Peter Layne sent a photo of a homebuilt helicopter that is currently under refurbishment at Classic Flyers Museum in Mt Maunganui, that was built by Ron Hintz in the Te Puke area back in the late 1970s and early 1980s:
Here is a selection of what I have seen this week.
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
A huge thank you to blog follower Alistair McLean who, as promised, has sent in a couple of photos of the Rotorway Scorpion Too ZK-HSM that were taken by his father Keith McLean during test flying by John Funnell at West Melton airfield where it had been assembled by Airmec Aviation in 1983:https://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2022/09/homebuilt-helicopters-of-new-zealand_6.html
Monday, 19 September 2022
As I continue on my series on Homebuilt Helicopters of New Zealand, and the posts on Rotorway helicopters slide into the past.....
Can Anonymous who left a comment on my post about Scorpion Too ZK-HSM that they had photos of it test flying at West Melton, please get in touch with either blogmaster Dave Paull email@example.com or myself keith.morrisKMM@gmail.com ?
We would really like to see those photos!
Sunday, 18 September 2022
The roving duo of Jordan Elvy and Simon Hills were at Feilding aerodrome today for the first public showing of the new Sling TSi ZK-SLN and a celebration BBQ put on by Sling New Zealand.
Up from Tauranga was the Zenith CH200 ZK-CCT3 which was registered to its Tauranga owners back in 2019.
From North Shore came the Rans RV9A ZK-VNS registered to its Auckland owner back in 2018.
And from further afield a couple of the Motueka based Nelson Aviation College fleet called in, being Cessna 172S ZK-NAS2 which was imported from Australia in 2018.
And Cessna 152 ZK-NAL3 which was originally imported from the US in 1995 as ZK-UVW, becoming NAL in 2014.
After the Rotorway helicopters that were first registered in New Zealand in 1982 (Exec) and 1983 (Scorpion Too), the next type of Light Sport helicopter to be registered here (in January 1996) was the Elisport CH 7 Angel. This was a very light single seat helicopter that had been developed from the Cicare CH 6 which was designed in Argentina by Augusto Cicare and he entered into a relationship with Elisport Helicopters of Turin in Italy to develop and market the machine. Cicare's CH 6 had an open cockpit so Elisport commissioned Marcello Gandini to style the CH 7 with Italian flair (He was responsible for the styling of the Lamborgini Countach). The result was a nicely shaped bubble with an unobstructed flexible clear plastic canopy that opened forwards. The tail boom was an alloy tube and the main airframe was of welded 4130 steel tube that was gas filled and the gas pressure was monitored to give an indication if a crack appeared in the structure. The rotor blades are of lightweight composite construction with lead weights in the tips, and the Angel is powered by a 65 HP Rotax 582 two stroke engine.
The rotor diameter of the CH 7 Angel is 6.37 metres and the fuselage length is 5.31 metres. The empty weight is around 203 KG and the MAUW is 357 Kg. The cruise speed is around 109 km/hr (59 knots).
We have had only one Elisport CH 7 Angel in New Zealand but it did not have a very happy life. I am not sure if it was built from a kit or imported fully built.2 (c/n 034) was registered to R I W Simpson of Takapuna in 19/1/96. I do not know if it ever flew as such, but it was damaged in a road accident, presumably while being trailered, and it was cancelled on 11/11/97.
Saturday, 17 September 2022
Well dang me! I am doing a series on Homebuilt Helicopters of New Zealand on the blog, and one turns up today at Kaipara Flats!
ZK-XLB which was built in 2008 and acquired by Farmers Air in 2015
And the former Skydive Taupo ZK-SDT3 which has lost its pink and white colours upon acquisition by Andy Stevenson Aviation in May 2022. This was originally built as ZK-KBK in 2011, becoming SDT in 2015.
Thursday, 15 September 2022
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Down the road at the Heli A1 base near Otorohanga was their AS350B3 ZK-IUU displaying the company's new logo. This was originally imported new in 2004 as ZK-HUU2 for Skywork Helicopters, becoming IUU in 2014.
The company also has a new AS350B3 being prepared for delivery by Rotorcraft at Hamilton, the all black ZK-ISS3 which was imported from Sweden mid year.
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
The Rotorway A 600 Talon was introduced in the early 2000s. It is a development of the Rotorway Exec 162F but it incorporates a different structure, the tail rotor is shaft driven and it has taller landing gear legs. It also has an improved engine, the RI 600S which is turbocharged.
We have had 2 Rotorway Talons registered in New Zealand to date:
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
Keeping with the helicopter theme, but this time of the variety that works for a living, Skyworks Helicopters Airbus AS 350 B3 ZK-HEE5 was transporting skip loads of gravel from the A&P Showgrounds to an inaccessible site only about a kilometre from their base:5 is obviously the fifth use of the registration, and it was registered to Skyworks helicopter Ltd on 10/12/14.
4 was the unique in New Zealand intermeshing rotors Kaman K 1200 K Max. It was first registered her on 4/12/08 and after some local use it went to Australia and was cancelled from the New Zealand register on 1/7/13. It is photo'd below at Illawarra on 5/5/13.