Below N738SL at Ardmore on 02-12-1993 in its small US markings.About six months later the deal between Morris Ranch and Rodger McCutcheon turned sour and with the bill of sale still with Morris Ranch it was sold from under Rodger.
Monday, 31 October 2022
Saturday, 29 October 2022
From a couple of weeks ago, Jordan Elvy photo'd the new Jabiru J 230 ZK-JAB2 on a lovely day at Paraparaumu:2 (c/n J397) was registered to the Ormond Family Trust of Masterton on 17/3/22. It was imported from Australia where it was registered 24-4927. (The first ZK-JAB was a Fletcher).
Friday, 28 October 2022
Another new helicopter operator at Opotiki is Motu Helicopters Ltd which was formed in 2021 and operates out of the old Central Helicopters base. They are using Heli Hire Rotorua machines, currently Hughes 369D ZK-IWX, and at other times their Hughes 369FF ZK-IWR2. IWX was originally imported from the USA in 2009 and has been with Heli Hire since 2012.
Thursday, 27 October 2022
Visiting Gisborne was the Havelock North privately owned Bell 206L-1 ZK-IJC2 which hasnt been blogged here before. It was imported from the USA in 2017.
Also at Gisborne was Hughes 369D ZK-IPH sprayer which was added to the Country Helicopters' fleet in 2021. It was imported from the USA in 2011.
Normally based at Piopio the Precision Helicopters' Hughes 369D ZK-IRA2 was at Hamilton receiving attention, and has recently been repainted in a new blue scheme. This was originally imported from the USA in 2008 as ZK-HOT4, becoming IRA in 2012 upon sale to Precision.
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Imported from Australia earlier this year for a Te Puke owner is the Zenair 750 ZK-XTA. It was originally built back in 2019, and registered in NZ in September 2022.
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Life Flight which is based out of Wellington Airport has operated BAE Jetstream 3202s ZK-LFW since 2014 and ZK-LFT2 from 2016, and their ownership is shown as Air Freight NZ Ltd of Palmerston North. Recently Life Flight has acquired a Beech B200 ZK-LFA and it was rolled out at Palmerston North a week ago. Tim Gorman was on hand to photograph it:
Up from Masterton for attention was Amalgamated Helicopters NZ's Hughes 369E ZK-IIE which was imported from Canada for the company back in 2010.
Monday, 24 October 2022
The New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation (NZAWA) held their annual rally at Hawera over the weekend. Planefil was there and has sent the following photos:
Sunday, 23 October 2022
The aircraft stored there is probably not a restoration project - but is the carcase of the Piper PA-34-200 Seneca ZK-NFS c/n 34-7350165 which was cancelled as withdrawn on 01-02-2021 but which had been derelict for some time prior to this.
Saturday, 22 October 2022
The Northern Aviators Club held a start of the flying season pancake breakfast at Kaipara Flats airfield this morning with a good attendance of more than a dozen sport aircraft that came from Whangarei down to Waihi Beach (and a Cessna 185B that came from Kuratau):
Friday, 21 October 2022
After checking out Ardmore I drove across to Auckland International for my pick up and where the soon to be ex Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJM was parked outside the engineering hangar without its Air New Zealand markings.
Thursday, 20 October 2022
The Wingnut Syndicate's Aeronca 100 UL ZK-AMW2 was trailered up to Bruce Lynch's hangar at Kaipara Flats airfield about a week ago:
Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Further down the road still in Te Pahu is the Heli Ag Waikato base and the latest addition to their fleet, the former Ashworth Helicopters' Bell 206L-3 ZK-IWA. This was originally imported from Japan in 2013 and replace's Heli Ag's Bell 206B ZK-HFE3 which is for sale on Trade Me.
Over at Kihikihi at the Rotor Work main base was Marton based R44 ZK-HFV5 which has just completed a repaint in an overall black scheme.
And at Hamilton Airport the Farmers Air PAC 750XL ZK-XLA has lost its fleet colours and is currently all white.
After having attended the Tiger Club dinner and prizegiving I spent the night in a friend's motel. Thanks to all who helped me out in Taumarunui and I did need that 10 litres of avgas to get me back to Te Kowhai without worrying. Taumarunui was fog bound and so after a breakfast at McDonalds along with lots of other Tiger Club members (it is pretty quiet in Taumarunui early on a Sunday morning) it was back to the airfield to wait for the fog to burn off. Which it did and I was on my way at 11 am.
I had a great time over the weekend. Definitely a tick off the bucket list!