Monday, 25 September 2017

A few helicopters...

Noted at Ardmore today was the Agusta A109E ZK-IAW which has yet to be officially registered with CAA. This was formerly VH-NPX which has been in NZ since mid 2016.

Flying around was R44 ZK-ITH which moved onto a Huntly owner this month,  while visiting the Pauanui Waterways was Te Awamutu based R44 ZK-IVY.

The first ZK-CAA.

The first allocation of the letters ZK-CAA were given to the Cessna 172B c/n 48413.
This had been allocated N7913X by Cessna Aircraft on the production line.
It was shipped out to NZ and registered as ZK-CAA on 06-04-1961 to Rural Aviation Ltd at New Plymouth.
Purchased by the Southland Aero Club of Invercargill it was delivered on 06-05-1961.
It was damaged soon after - either on the 28th or 29th of June 1961.
 Here we see two shots of it at Christchurch on 21-08-1964 wearing a small Southland Aero Club insignia - port side only - forward of the cockpit.
 Aircraft Hire Ltd of Masterton picked it up some time in 1964 and leased it to the Auckland Flying School Ltd and then the Palmerston North Flying School.
 It is seen above in Auckland Flying School Ltd colours at Palmerston North on 01-05-1966, although ownership had been transferred to H I Dimock of Nelson on 18-04-1966. 
It is seen below at Wellington two days later - with no script on starboard side - but still with the old Southland Aero Club sticker on port side.
 Below at Wellington on 30-10-1970 with the Piaggio P166B ZK-DAI beyond.
 Ownership moved to David and Jill Phillips of Wellington on 27-01-1983 and it is seen below in the shelter of the Aero Club hangar at Wellington on 16-04-1984.
I seen to recall some connection with 'Skyferry' about this time.
 By 17-09-1985 ownership was with J G Headifen, R S Ginders and W A Lamb of Christchurch; and then on to N B Cooper of Springbank, Rangiora from 16-02-1987.
M J Saunders of Rotorua listed it from 03-10-1988 and we see it below at Rotorua on 17-04-1991.
 Several owners followed:
Neville Cameron of Coromandel from 14-05-1992.
S W T Simpson of Cambridge from 09-09-1992.
G P & T Smallfield of Thames from 22-09-1999,
and then Murray R Smith of Te Awamutu from 15-07-2003.
Below - I caught it at Wigram on 25-01-2004.
 Then, below,  at Wanaka on 02-04-2010.
 At Loburn Abbey on 27-01-2012.
 Below - Keith Morris noted it at Raglan on 02-11-2013.
 Finally we see it below - thanks to Darryn Bennett -  at Tauranga on 29-07-2014.
I suspect on SID's inspection. 
(Supplementary Inspection Documents which had a compliance date of July 2014)
Did it pass ?
I assume not as it was cancelled from our register as withdrawn on 28-10-2015.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Of ZKs MEL and CCV (with TVB thrown in)

As Richard Currie has posted from Pauanui, Technam P2002 JF Sierra ZK-MEL has recently been re-registered as ZK-CCV2.  But there is a bit more of a story here.

This aircraft (c/n 007) was sold to Martin E Lobb of Rotorua on 19/17/11 and its registration changed to ZK-MEL the next day.  Martin Lobb has since moved to Tauranga where the aircraft is currently based.  It is photo'd above at Taumarunui on 5/2/17.

However it was originally registered on 20/12/04 as ZK-ROZ to Auckland Flight Training of Ardmore, where it is photo'd on 5/3/05.

Back then there were a couple of identically painted Tecnam Sierra JFs at Ardmore, the second one being ZK-TVB2 (c/n 009), as in this photo taken on 7/5/05.  Can anyone confirm what the Tecnam Arrows were?  (as painted on their tails).  The first ZK-TVB was also a Tecnam (a P 92J Echo model which was the first Tecnam imported into New Zealand, in October 1997).

I understand that ZK-MEL has been re-registered as ZK-CCV2 to allow the Vans RV 7A VH-SDG (that flew across the Tasman to Tauranga on 31/8/17), to be registered as ZK-MEL2.

And of course the first ZK-CCV way back in 1962 was an Auster Agricola.  See

Saturday, 23 September 2017


A warm 20deg spring day brought a variety of regional visitors into Pauanui including the newly reregistered (September 11) Tecnam P2002,  ZK-CCV,  a regular visitor in its previous guise as ZK-MEL.

From Ardmore came the Airline Flying Club's Warrior II ZK-KAT,  and Silentium 172 diesel powered 172R ZK-TAQ from the Ardmore Flying School.

Magnaman in Auckland

Three photos from Magnaman taken today 23-092917.
 Above we see the 'earthrounder' Vans RV10 ZU-IHF parked up at Auckland International Airport. Check out MRC's coverage Here.
 Over at Ardmore we have the Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP ZK-CAA2 (c/n 172S10397).
This is one of a batch of ex Royal Queensland Aero Club 172's that have recently arrived in NZ.
Still not officiall on our register - it was ferried over from Archerfield through Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island on 19-08-2017 and then on to Kerikeri and Ardmore on the 20th.
The Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II ZK-EBQ (c/n 28-7690458) was first registered in NZ to Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore on 21-10-1976 having been built in the States as N9633N. 
It took up with the Southern Districts Aero Club at Gore on 03-03-1977 until becoming part of the Southland Aviation College Ltd on 01-12-1999.
This in turn became Southern Wings Ltd on 22-02-2001.
Southern Wings set up an Ardmore branch in Auggust of 2014.