Friday 31 March 2023
A search of the Polish company's website showed their header photo has already been updated to show the impending PAC 750XL arrival.
Nearby was Andy Stevenson Aviation's Gisborne based 1960 model Cessna 172A ZK-BWL
And across the other side at Helicorp was the Hamilton privately owned Bell 206L-3 ZK-HEL5 which has not been blogged here before. This arrived from Canada in mid 2021.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Locally based Hughes 369E ZK-HTU3 has had a change in registration style with its previous "TU" updated to "HTU".
And over at AKL International the latest Airbus A321neo added to the Air New Zealand domestic fleet is ZK-OYC which was delivered into Auckland on 21 February. This is the 3rd domestic A321neo and will be followed by 2 more this year, and 2 others in 2026.
After a trip into town with the North Shore Aero Club members we were delivered back to the airport mid afternoon to find Brett Emeny leading the local flight of the Yak Aerobatics team in some practice for Classic Fighters in two weeks time. They looked pretty tight:
2 on his Starboard and ZK-PTE2 on his Port, with ZK-YRA in the rear.
Tuesday 28 March 2023
Again thanks to the North Shore Aero Club, we carried on from Peter Vause's hangar to visit the tower and then along to Brett Emeny's hangar for a visit to the Catalina:
2 at New Plymouth was registered in New Zealand on 23/3/95 to The Catalina Company NZ Ltd of Papakura. Actually the first ZK-PBY was also a Canso (c/n 22022) that was acquired by a syndicate of 30 members that ditched in January 1994 on its way across the Pacific between Hawaii and Tahiti while being delivered to New Zealand. Thankfully all the crew were rescued.
Monday 27 March 2023
The North Shore Aero Club's trip to New Plymouth had visits arranged and the first was to have a look at the aircraft in Peter Vause's hangar:
Sunday 26 March 2023
Performance Aircraft of Dallas Texas restored it on 05-01-1995 as a Penn Yann conversion and sold it to New Zealand.
It was crated into New Plymouth and became ZK-DST2 on 25-03-1996 with Peter Vause of Oil Field Equipment Rental Ltd (DST being Drill Stem Testing).
Our flight back from New Plymouth to North Shore in John Crone's JMB VL 3 ZK-VLT was very different to the lower level scenic route we took to fly down to New Plymouth:
When I talked to John Crone last week I had no idea that the North Shore Aero Club were organising a flying trip down to New Plymouth by DC 3 and that he was planning to fly down in his brand new JMB VL 3 ZL-VLT. However when he invited me to come with him I very quickly answered Yes!
John picked me up at 8.15 am at Warkworth and we drove down to North Shore where his aircraft is hangared, and after fuelling up (95 Octane Mogas for the Rotax 915i) John pulled it out into the sun and went through the extensive checklist. Then we put on our pouch lifejackets and strapped in. We were going to fly down with Rodger Coleclough who was flying his Cirrus, and we decided that because it was such a lovely morning we would take the low level scenic route.
A making a very quick fly by was the Whitianga based Pitts S1-SS ZK-LOL which was registered in late 2022.