Martin Farrand has now registered his Beech Bonanza on the New Zealand register, making the easy transition from VH-WHH to ZK-WHH:
Thursday 31 August 2023
Tuesday 29 August 2023
Back at the Heli Hire base at Ngongotaha was AS350B-2 ZK-HQB3 which was imported from the US in 2019 by the company but hired out to Western Helicopters, Te Kuiti. It was returned to Heli Hire when Western added Bell 206B ZK-HLG5 in June 2023, and has now joined the Heli Hire spray fleet.
Up the road at Hamilton the recently imported ASS355F-2 ZK-HSK2 was under assembly. This was imported from Japan by Rotor Flite NZ.
Nearby was Bay of Plenty Helicopters' Bell 206B ZK-HHC2. This was originally imported from the US back in 1988 and is currently being operated in the Whakatane and Opotiki areas.
And lastly at Ardmore was the Hamilton based EMS helicopter EC145/BK117D-2 ZK-IXO now carrying all its sponsor's logos. This was imported from Japan in early 2022 and has undergone an extensive refit for its new role.
Back on 2/8/23 the New Zealand Airline Academy registered a pair of Tecnam P Mentors ZK-TDT2 and ZK-TET. These are the first P Mentors in New Zealand and represent quite a step forward in integrated flying training as there aircraft are registered under the General Aviation category as a certified aircraft that is also IFR equipped, so a student pilot can use this aircraft to obtain their PPL, then CPL and IFR ratings. It is aimed at training airline pilots and it has full Garmin glass screens and even a mock undercarriage extend and retract switch to allow training for commercial airline aircraft operations.
The P Mentor was introduced at Aero Friedrichshafen 2022 and is based on the Tecnam Sierra Mk 2 model. The P stands for Pascale (brothers Luigi and Giovanni Pascale founded the Tecnam company), and the Mentor is self explanatory. The aircraft is powered by a Rotax 912iS engine.
New Zealand Tecnam agent Neil Ross was at the NZAA base at Oamaru yesterday and sent this photo:
Sunday 27 August 2023
Fighter Jets NZ at Tauranga now have three Aero L 39 Albatross jets on line for jet flights with the latest one being Peter Vause's example from New Plymouth which has been painted with the number 68:
Saturday 26 August 2023
W A Bennett of Papakura is next in line from 19-08-1977
Premi-Air Aviation Ltd / Harry Maidment of Papakura are listed briefly from 10-03-1994, and then Neil and Joan Burndred of Papakura from 06-05-1994. During its time with Neil, it was used as a test bed for the electronic three bladed Aerotek 2000 propellor.
Title moved to the Burndred Family Trust on 01-06-2002 until its registration was revoked on 20-04-2006.
It was restored to the register on 18-07-2006
Its final ownership change was to Martin Patterson / Hippeastrum Trust of Christchurch from 01-04-2010.
ZK-DCL c/n 34-7250281 was bult in 1973 as N1289T and had at least four US owners before arriving into Auckland, along with ZK-DCM, on 05-11-1977 thanks to Dennis Thompson International. Both were registered to MOT CAD on 01-12-1977. The three survivors (ZK-DCH written off in January 1976) were sold to Airwork (NZ) Ltd in late 1980 with ZK-DCL being on sold to Air Gisborne Ltd from 14-05-1981.
They in turn flicked it on to Albert Smith Industries Ltd of Mount Maunganui from 14-05-1981.
Next up was Sunair Aviation Ltd, also of Mount Maunganui from 06-05-1999 and six months later to Mount Aviation Ltd from 03-11-1999 with a name change to Bay Flight International Ltd on 278-08-2002.
On 28-11-2003, still with Bay Flight, it was re-registered as ZK-TWN .
Another name change, to Bay Flight Aviation Ltd, Tauranga, took effect from 01-07-2010
|And also at Tauranga 05-10-2010, Mike Condon photo.|
Following my recent post on what I claimed was the Taylor J2 Cub ZK-AGD's delivery to Wanganui, new owner Jonathan Mauchline has been in touch to confirm the the aircraft is in fact one of the earliest J2 Cubs from the Piper factory at Lockhaven in January 1938. The Taylorcraft Aircraft factory at Bradford PA had burned down in 1937 and William T Piper founded the Piper Aircraft Corporation on 1 November 1937 at Lock Haven PA.
Jonathan has now added more appropriate tail art to ZK-AGD as in these photos:
Thursday 24 August 2023
Brien O'Brien was at Kaipara Flats airfield yesterday when a chartered Airbus EC 130 T2 dropped in briefly:
6 as seen at the Heletranz base at Albany on 16 May 2021.
Wednesday 23 August 2023
One of 2 new Ukrainian Aerocopter AK1-3Ms imported in mid 2023 is ZK-HHR4 which is registered to a Stratford owner.
Imported from the USA in 2017 is Schweizer 269C ZK-IIL2 which was acquired by a Rotorua owner in March 2022.
One of 2 Robinson R44s in Te Awamutu based Helicopter Management's fleet is ZK-IHJ3. This was originally imported new back in 2002 as ZK-HHJ2 being withdrawn from use in 2017 and then rebuilt as ZK-IHJ in 2019.
Locally based Robinson R22 ZK-HGF8 was originally imported from Japan in 2010 as ZK-HIJ4 and was reregistered as HGF in January 2023 to allow Eagleflight Technics to use HIJ on a brand new EC130T2.
And now back on amphibious floats is Piper PA18-150 Super Cub ZK-CIA3 which was heading off for some training on river landings.
Tuesday 22 August 2023
Jordan Elvy was at Paraparaumu airport today and photo'd the nice Dunedin based Vans RV 7 ZK-JTE taxying out for points South:
Monday 21 August 2023
Meanwhile, on Sunday Jordan Elvy was doing a bit of aircraft spotting at Wellington International when a previously un-blogged Gippsland Airvan arrived from Feilding:3 (c/n GA8-TC-320-09-146) is an Airvan TC 320 model that was registered to Capital Aviation Ltd of Wellington on 29/9/22. I have noted it as the third use of ZK-YUG although the second use, for a Cirrus, was not taken up. It came from Australia where it was VH-PGU and prior to that P2-MFL and VH-BQY.
Sunday 20 August 2023
Tim Gorman was at Feilding aerodrome yesterday and captured the latest Super Air Air Tractor returning to the field: