Richard Hood has been building his Pitts S-1SS in his Ardmore hangar for quite a few years and has recently registered it. The Pitts S-1SS has symmetrical airfoils and features 4 ailerons from the Super Stinker model that Curtis Pitts developed for competition aerobatics which give an impressive roll rate and good centering forces without the need for aileron spades.
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Pitts S-1SS ZK-LOL
Grumman Widgeon ZK-CFA flashback
From John Poletti I have received this lovely family photograph taken on Stewart Island.
You may be interested in the attached image of CFA, with the Ranger engines, taken on Stewart Island around 1966. In the photo are my parents, younger siblings and the pilot, Johnny Hasset.
The location I think was Mason Bay.
Monday, 30 January 2023
The New Zealand Autogyro Association flyin was rained out over the weekend by the tropical rainmaker that has battered areas of the North Island. However here is a look back at a couple of autogyros at Tauranga in sunnier days:
Sunday, 29 January 2023
Homebuilt and Sport Helicopters of New Zealand - Dynali H3 EasyFlyer
Continuing on with our series on homebuilt and sport helicopters of New Zealand, we come to the latest type to be registered here to date, the Dynali H3 EasyFlyer, one of which was registered here in May 2018.
The Dynali EasyFlyer (now known as the Sport) is built in Belgium and is available as a kitset or as a fully built up helicopter. It has a two seat side by side layout with a bubble canopy that tilts forward for access and its main structure is of welded stainless steel tube. It can be powered by Rotax 912 or 914 engines with the 914 providing a higher MAUW. Its specifications are: rotor diameter 7.14 metres (23 feet 5 inches), empty weight around 285 Kg (628 pounds) and with the Rotax 914 the MAUW in New Zealand is 598 Kg (1,318 pounds). The cruise speed is around 70 knots.
We have so far had only one Dynali EasyFlyer registered here:3 (c/n H3-61-1740) was registered to Karaka Helicopters Ltd of Papakura on 28/5/18. It is photo'd above at Ardmore on 17/7/18 and it can be seen from the head colour that it is fitted with a Rotax 914.
Saturday, 28 January 2023
Christchurch this day 28-01-2023
Some more helicopters
And at the Rotor Work Marton base their 3 R44 sprayers were in residence being ZK-HBP3, ZK-HFV5 and ZK-HRR4. Seen below, HRR, was imported new in 2003 and acquired by the company in 2019.
CMM hits Gore on the 27th
Balclutha on 26-01-2023
Friday, 27 January 2023
A couple from Nelson
Homebuilt and Sport Helicopters of New Zealand - Cicare SVH-4 Trainer
The Cicare SVH-4 tethered helicopter trainer was developed from the Cicare 7 two seat tandem helicopter and both are powered by a Rotax 912 engine. (I think there might be a Cicare 7 helicopter in New Zealand, in Hawkes Bay but it has not been registered).
The concept of the Cicare SVH-4 is of a helicopter that can move on a concrete pad with eight free castoring wheels that allow unrestricted horizontal movement while pneumatic pressure allows the helicopter to rise up to 3 metres on two columns like a pontoon rises with the tide. This allows student pilots to practice hovering in safety and in theory allows some hours to be credited towards a helicopter license at a cheaper hourly rate. This is why Tim Pike's Cicare SVH-4 is registered on the New Zealand civil register although it can never fly freely.
However that nice theory has run into bureaucratic problems and Tim has had his helicopter trainer on sale on Trade Me for some time, and it still is.
Thursday, 26 January 2023
Helicopters in New Plymouth
On the other side of the airport the Precision Helicopters' operation has been acquired by Skywork Helicopters and included in the acquisition was Precision's AS350B2 ZK-ILN which was then reregistered as ZK-HHH4. This was originally imported from the US in 2018.
The main Precision Helicopter base is now Hokitika, with the North Is sub bases at Piopio and Maxwell being retained.
A Scout Troop is Forming at Wanganui
Jonathan Mauchline of the Wanganui Aero Club re-registered his restored Skycraft Scout Mk III ZK-RWW back on 9/5/22. He made a lovely job of it and has now flown it successfully - I really like the motorbike fuel tank. Jonathan was obviously impressed with his Scout, so much so that he restored another one and registered it ZK-SLF (c/n PMC 2023) on 19/1/23. This one was from the Taradale area and after a few brief flights in the early 1990s (without being registered) it was stored in a garage until rescued by Jonathan and Zac Yates. Zac advises that is actually a Scout Mk 1 that has been converted into a Mk III.
Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Around the Bay of Plenty
The latest addition to Taupo based Lakeview Helicopters' fleet is the AS350B2 ZK-IEA2. This was imported from the US at the beginning of 2022.
And dropping off some passengers from Rotorua at the Lake Taupo floatplane dock was Volcanic Air Safaris' Cessna U206G ZK-FEO. This was imported back in 1983.
More from the Wanganui Aero Club Open Day on 22-1-2023
Zac Yates has sent a few more photos of the Wanganui Aero Club Open Day:
Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Chipmunk 48 to the Wanganui Aero Club Open Day 22-1-2023
Ron Day and Ross McDonald flew down from Waipukurau on Sunday in Ron's Chipmunk 48 (ZK-ARL) to attend the Wanganui Aero Club's Open Day (which was part of Wanganui's Vintage Weekend). Ron has sent some photos and commentary as follows:
New Evolution ZK-VLT
Recently arrived and assembled at Rangiora is the latest Evolution ZK-VLT.
Monday, 23 January 2023
Back Home at Kaipara Flats on 21-1-2023
As I arrived back at NZKF from the GMC BBQ I noticed that there were a couple of venerable Cessnas parked out, one of which wasn't there when I had left in the morning:
A Few More Visitors at the GMC/NAC Flyin BBQ
I have managed to download my photos from Saturday so here are a few of the visiting aircraft at GMC headquarters at Gordonton: