Saturday, 18 November 2017


Tauranga Airport on a sunny late Spring afternoon had a lot of activity including Tecnam Sierra MkII ZK-EVE,  which has yet to appear on the CAA site,  so is presumably a new import.

Nearby was local resident R22 ZK-HET which has new  "COL'sBiT" titling,   while overhead was EC120B ZK-IZG with its "Frog Parking" titling.   It is registered to I Spy Helicopters, Palmerston North.

At the Tauranga Aero Club recently registered Aerobat ZK-TAY is now painted in the club colours.


A visit to Hamilton Airport on Friday offered another of the recently imported batch of Queenland Cessna 172Rs ZK-RQY sitting on the very busy L3 ramp,   it has still to acquire its "L3" logos.

Nearby was the locally based Beech 95-B55 Baron ZK-SEB which was imported from Australia in 2010,  but hasnt appeared on this Blog before,   while at the Waikato Aero Club was the recently added DA42 ZK-WGA looking very smart.

Navajo Chieftain ZK-NSP

The Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain was basically a Piper PA-31 Navajo with a two foot fuselage extension, an extra window on each side and was powered by two counter rotating 350hp Lycoming TIO-540 engines. 
The Navajo name was dropped with the 1980 model and they became just Chieftains.
ZK-NSP is c/n 31-7552069. The 31 is the Piper model, the 75 tells us that it was built during the 1975 US fiscal year and 52 says it is the 350hp Navajo Chieftain built at Lakeland in Florida.
The 069 says it was the 69th built for that fiscal year (out of a total of 132).
It was allocated the US registration of N59980 with Piper Aircraft and was sold to West Freedom Mining Corporation of Kittanning, Pennsylvania from 22-09-1976.
In April of 1983 it was in the hands of Custom Sales Analysis Inc of Chicopee, Massachusetts but sold on quicklyy to Barr Aviation Inc of Hollis, New Hampshire that July.
Final US owner was Maui Airlines of Newport Beach, California from October 1984.
It ferried into Auckland from Tonga on 03-09-1987 to be registered as ZK-NSP on 24-09-1987 to Motueka Air Ltd, which soon became Air Nelson Ltd.
The history of this Company can be read HERE.
As Chieftains go it has had a very stable career in NZ.
 Above it was photographed at Nelson on 05-02-1989 by Westland 831.
Helicopter Leasing NZ Ltd of Taupo took it over from 22-12-1992 until it was moved over to Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd, also of Taupo on 27-02-2001.
It is seen below on 02-01-2005 thanks to Noel Jones.
 And below it was captured by Peter Lewis at Taupo on 09-01-2009.
Note the under fuselage radar pod.
 On 15-10-2009 it was transferred over to Search and Rescue Services Ltd of Taupo.
 Above Bill Mallinson caught it at Christchurch on 28-02-2011.
 Steve Lowe caught it in its all white scheme at Gisborne on 23-01-2013
and Grayson Ottaway noted it at Tauranga on 20-04-2016.
It is known to have taken part in numerous off shore search and rescue missions.
 An ownership change to AAA Flightshare Ltd of Auckland took effect on 19-09-2017 with Keith Morris noting it, now minus under fuselage radar, at North Shore on 07-10-2017.

Friday, 17 November 2017

A North Shore Pie Run 17-11-2017

I met up with Delticman this morning and we ended up at North Shore for lunch to see what was about.  On the way we detoured via the Dairy Flat Bakery for a gold medal winning steak and vege pie.  Yum!

When we got to the Aero Club balcony it was pretty quiet, but as usual if you wait around some aviation will be committed (especially on a nice day):

Most of these are locally based and have been posted before, but there were a couple of new ones to me.

Corby Starlet ZK-TNT was out doing some familiarisation circuits.

Cessna A185F ZK-EFB departed.

As did Mooney M20J ZK-MNY.

Cessna A150M ZK-ERO2 (c/n A1500714) has not been featured on the blog previously but has been around since December 1994.

Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-ILS is still registered to Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters but is now minus the trim that it previously wore, and I wonder why it was at North Shore.

A better shot of the North Shore Aero Club's recently repainted Robin R2120U ZK-TZG in the sunlight.

A couple of Aerial Surveys aircraft were around.  Cessna TU206G ZK-EOP with small titles on the tail.

And Partenavia P 68B ZK-LAL which now has the previous Air Manawatu titles replaced by Aerial Surveys Ltd.  Although both these aircraft are registered to Aerial Surveys Ltd of Nelson, the company also has premises on the North Shore of Auckland.

At Christchurch Helicopters 16-11-2017

 At lunch time on Thursday 16-11-2017 at Christchurch Helicopters I managed to capture these four helicopters.
 The Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HCT6 (c/n 4270) went new to Wanaka Helicopters Ltd from the NZ distributors Skysales Aviation (NZ) Ltd in April of 2006.
 The Hughes 369E ZK-HSC3 (c/n 0409E) initially went to Japan as JA6069 in February 1991 and joined the NZ register on 11-03-2003 with Alan Speight of Pukekohe.
See earlier post Here
Ownership passed to Otago Airspread Ltd of Mosgiel on 01-07-2016 and very recently - 26-10-2017 - to Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd.
 Above we see the Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HZO (c/n 1057) which is a re-registration of ZK-HCS5. 
A stranger lurking over near the back fence was the McDonnell Douglas 500N NOTAR ZK-IEG2 (c/n LN016). 
This began its NZ career as ZK-IJW from 24-08-2011.
Previous posts on ZK-IJW can be seen Here
 It joined Heliventures NZ Ltd of Oamaru on 22-12-2016 and was re-registered to ZK-IEG2 on 25-01-2017.