8, lifts off at Wanaka for the final time following his memorial service, on his way to be cremated. Accompanying him on his last flight were his widow, Lady Prue and his two sons Toby and Jonathan. After a flypast the helicopter climbed away vertically into the sky....
Tuesday 31 October 2023
It has had a multitude (ie about twenty) of owners/operators over the years.
Sunday 29 October 2023
With all the airshow activity going on at Whitianga last Sunday, some might have overlooked an N registered aircraft that is based there. However Simon Hills took a photo of it:
Errol Cavit captured the Cessna 680 Sovereign ZK-ZEK at Ardmore yesterday.ZK-ZEK c/n 680-0012 was built as N970RC and listed to the Cessna Aircraft Company at Wichita, Kansas before becoming N61DF with Cintas Corporation No2 at Cincinnati, Ohio from 15-02-2005. It then became N680VP back with Cessna Aircraft Company from 11-07-2012.
It arrived in NZ about 01-01-2023 and remained on its Australian registration until becoming ZK-ZEK on 23-08-2023 for Airlift New Zealand Ltd,
Saturday 28 October 2023
Friday 27 October 2023
On arrival at Auckland International last evening around 1830 hrs I spied Air New Zealand's latest leased Boeing 777-300 parked out. Steve Lowe of our sister blog 3rrd Level New Zealand has sometimes posted desperation shots of aircraft and here is my desperation effort! Apologies for the quality but is was a quick lunge across Lady Minty who had the window seat!
Thursday 26 October 2023
Wednesday 25 October 2023
I made a quick trip to Invercargill airport yesterday afternoon. There were only a couple of local aircraft heading off to Stewart Island, being the Stewart Island Flights Britten Norman Islander ZK-FXE and South East Air Ltd's Cherokee 6 ZK-RTS. Actually both are owned by South East Air Ltd and ZK-RTS has not been posted on the blog previously.
Tuesday 24 October 2023
I find Queenstown a difficult place to get good photos of parked aircraft if you don't have much time, so this morning I had a quick squizz which only resulted in these very average photos of some of the nicely painted Glenorchy Air fleet:
2, and in front was their Gippsland GA 8 Airvan ZK-LOR. I was told that the Kodiak would be out in the afternoon for publicity shots, so I missed it by "that" much!
Monday 23 October 2023
Yesterday the Mercury Bay Aero Club put on a free airshow over Mercury Bay to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. There were great vantage points from the Whitianga beaches and large crowds turned out to watch in the fine weather. Here are a few photos from David Signal who flew there in his Aeroprakt A 22LS Foxbat ZK-SGI:
It transferred to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Centre at the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. and allocated the US civil registration of N436NA on 26-03-2015.
Below is from one of NASA blurbs.
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) Aircraft Office operates a NASA HC-130H Hercules, N436NA c/n 5104, research/cargo aircraft to support airborne scientific research activities and movement of NASA cargo. The HC-130H is used to perform scientific research, provide logistics support on an as-needed basis to other NASA missions, and can be used as a technology test bed for new airborne and satellite instrumentation. The aircraft is also available to support NASA range surveillance and recovery operations as needed. The C-130H is a self-sufficient aircraft that can operate from short field civilian and military airports to remote areas of the world in support of scientific studies and other operations.
Sunday 22 October 2023
Saturday 21 October 2023
I called in briefly to Wanaka airport this afternoon. It was very quiet with no movements and only various GA aircraft parked out that have all been posted on the blog previously.
But then I had a look through the rear windows of the large hangar on the corner of Spitfire Lane and saw the newly restored Jurca MJ 8 (3/4 scale Focke Wulf replica) ZK-ZZW parked in a photo friendly position:
Friday 20 October 2023
Sir Tim Wallis passed away peacefully at his home in Wanaka on 17 October 2023 aged 85. Sir Tim was renowned in many different spheres of business and flying, both in New Zealand and worldwide, including aerial deer hunting and pioneering live deer recovery. He built up one of the world's best collection of WW 2 aircraft and started the Wings Over Wanaka airshow in 1988 to showcase them. And he was also instrumental in resurrecting the Russian Polikarpov I-16 Rata (six of them) and I-153 Chaika WW 2 fighters (three of them) from wrecks recovered in Russia where they were rebuilt in Novosibirsk and shipped to Wanaka. He was badly injured in the crash of his Spitfire Mk XIV ZK-XIV2 in January 1996 which left him medically unfit to fly, but he kept up his passion for Warbirds Over Wanaka until his passing.
Also completely refurbished is MD520N ZK-IEK, initially by Oceania Aviation at Ardmore and then 369 Ltd at Mt Maunganui. Now for sale it was originally imported from Denmark in 2014 as ZK-IDB2, becoming IEK in 2015 and more recently operated by Southland Helicopters.
Being prepared for export to the USA is Advanced Flight's Bell 429 ZK-IXW2 which has been reserved as N52HX with the FAA. It was originally imported from Canada back in 2011.
Thursday 19 October 2023
It was a lovely day to fly out from NZAA today and the weather stayed lovely and clear all the way South to Dunedin. There were a couple of colourful aircraft from the Pacific that arrived while I was there (as of necessity taken through glass) :
Wednesday 18 October 2023
Sunday 15 October 2023
Texel Air New Zealand's second NZ registered Boeing 737-800 BCF freighter was photo'd yesterday at Hamilton by Jordan Elvy. As N739CE it arrived in Auckland on 29 September before relocating to Hamilton for work to bring it onto the New Zealand civil register.
Saturday 14 October 2023
Pilatus PC 6 Turbo Porter ZK-JMP3 (c/n 693) was on the New Zealand Civil Register from 2001 until 2011, but it has not been posted on the blog previously:3 on 2/5/01 with JW and EL Lyver and it operated out of Mercer dropping parachutists. It spent all of its New Zealand life operating out of Mercer, being owned by Skydive Auckland Ltd from 7/5/04 then by Mercer Skydiving Centre Ltd from 5/10/05. Along the way it was converted to a PT 6A-34 engine making it a B2-H4 model.