Friday, 23 February 2018

Two from Christchurch Friday the 23rd.

I had just a very brief pie run today.
At Christchurch International I picked up these two tidy looking machines.
 Above is the Mount Cook Airlines ATR-GIE ATR72-212A ZK-MCP (c/n 630).
This ATR has been with us since January of 2000.
This was my first close up encounter with the Beech 400A Nextant ZK-NXJ(c/n RK-210) of Skyline Aviation Ltd.
This has been well covered on the MRC blog  Here.
Top of the South

It may not be Ardmore, but sometimes there is something of interest in the Nelson/Tasman area.

Added to the local rotary wing inventory back on 9 February was Eurocopter AS 350B3 ZK-HHK, first registered on 22 November 2017 with Brian Comerford. This 2010 machine started out in the US as N971AE before shifting to India some seven months later as VT-GVJ. After some work with Repaircraft in Nelson it has become the second B3 with Reid Helicopters in Wakefield.
Making an appearance at Nelson today was Eurocopter AS 350B2 ZK-HPE of Command Aviation in Wellington. Command Aviation is the operating arm of HeliSolutions in Palmerston North, and currently has two machines in Wellington - this B2 and BK 117 ZK-IFY. Operations began in the latter half of 2017 out of Wellington Airport. ZK-HPE joined The Alpine Group in August 2016 from Australia, moving to HeliSolutions a year later.
And over at Motueka, Argus Aviation has worked its magic on PA-46-310P Malibu VH-JVX to produce ZK-ORZ, whose first flight is imminent. This machine arrived in Queenstown from Hobart on 14 November last, and flew up to Motueka the next day.


This week has brought a few visitors to Pauanui not noted here before including the Paraparaumu based Piper PA18 Super Cub ZK-BQY

Also from the Wellington area was the very smart Grumman American AA5 ZK-DKW, which seems to have kept a low profile and hasnt appeared on this site before

And from Auckland the Mission Aviation Fellowship's Cessna U206G ZK-MAF.

Monday, 19 February 2018

A couple of Cessnas

Present at the Norfolk Rd airstrip in Taranaki on Saturday was 1954 Cessna 180 ZK-BFT of Meringa Farms, Taumaranui.  This has had a busy life since its original registration as BFT becoming ZK-CZW after rebuild,  reverting to ZK-BFT,  reregistered as ZK-FDP,  and then in April 2016 reverting back to ZK-BFT again.

At Matamata today in the rain Cessna 172M ZK-YAH was noted as having been added to the NZ Aviation training fleet line up.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


A visit to Taupo revealed some helicopter activity at the Airport including AS350B-2 ZK-HZJ heading out on a rescue mission

Hangared was local privately owned Bell 206B ZK-IRJ

Operated by Te Awamutu based Helicopter Management Ltd is R44 ZK-ISG

Over at the Gliding Club airfield Pawnee 235 ZK-TPO has now returned to the air after completion of some major work