Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Impulse Aircraft Impulse 100s of New Zealand

The next sport aircraft type to be registered in New Zealand in a very busy 2004 was the Impulse 100, three of which were registered on 13 January 2004.  I remember seeing them being assembled at the glider repair hangar at Drury.

The Impulse was designed by Philipp Steinbach and kits were manufactured by Impulse Aircraft Corp of Rheinmunster, West Germany.  I think they not around anymore although one example has recentlybeen fitted with a 450 HP Alison turboprop!  (Have a look at: and especially have a look at the taxyway up to the strip!).  Its construction is from carbon fibre honeycomb, the same as in high performance gliders, and it can be built in tri-gear or tailwheel configurations.

Its length is 20 feet 11 inches and its wingspan is 28 feet 6 inches, with a wing area of 97 square feet.  Empty weight is around 607 pounds and MAUW is 1,041 pounds (471 Kg).  Engines can be in the 80 HP to 120 HP range such as the Jabiru 2200 or 3300, or the Rotax 912.  Cruise is quoted at around 130 knots and the stall speed is quoted as 33 knots.

ZK-LMG (c/n NZ100UTK7J) was first registered on 13/1/04 to McAlpine Aviation Training of Papakura.  On the same day ownership transferred to Impulse (HB) Ltd of Takapau (John and Christine White), then on 14/8/12 to John White of Takapau.  The above photo was taken at Waipukurau.  It was damaged at Kaikoura in February 2012 and finally it was cancelled on 17/6/13 as exported.  Does anyone know where it went?  The whites went on to build a Zenith CH 650 which they registered ZK-LMG2.

ZK-MGT (c/n NZ100UTK9J) was registered on 13/1/04 to Peter C Warren of Napier and it stayed in his ownership until it too was cancelled as exported on 6/5/14.  Again, does anyone know where it went?  It is photo'd above at Waipukurau.

ZK-MPL (c/n NZ100UTK8J) was registered on 13/1/04 to Henderson White Associates of Auckland.  Ownership transferred to JS Walker of Hamilton on 15/1/08 then to CJ Grylls of Te Awamutu on 12/12/09.  It then migrated South to BJ York of Wyndham on 22/9/14 and finally to JD Stewart, also of Wyndham, on 30/10/16.  It is photo'd above at Ardmore on 17/10/07.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Fantastic Flying ZK-ETNZ!

What a fantastic result from Bermuda and we look forward to more flying in Auckland in the next few years.  I took the photo with a very long lens when Team New Zealand were practicing off the North Shore on 28 February this year.

I wonder if CAA will have to create a new class as these boats fly more than they sail?  And they would be faster then many marine ultralights - I'm thinking of the Diehl XTC ZK-XTZ from an earlier post at:

Congratulations Emirates Team New Zealand!

Monday, 26 June 2017

North Shore 26-6-2017

A fine but cool day at North Shore airfield with the Southerly right down the strip saw quite a lot of activity from North Shore Aero Club Robins and a couple of others:

 Cessna 172S ZK-WKT (c/n 172S8647) has been owned by NSAC since 17/4/14..

Beech 76 Duchess ZK-CGW2 (c/n ME-274) has been owned by NSAC since 10/6/13 and was previously VH-CGW.  The first ZK-CGW was a Fieldair Beaver.

Flight Hauraki's Cessna 172N ZK-MDV (c/n 17273249) has been with them since 18/3/10.

And locally owned Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-INC (c/n 10940) was doing circuits.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A few from Rangiora on Saturday 24-06-2017.

A small selection of aircraft noted at Rangiora in yesterdays winter light.
 Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-JRT (c.n 7-3838) has just changed hands from Glen Heslip of Temuka to Roy Waddingham. Roy's current mount is a share in the Tecnam P92S Echo ZK-PAB
 I have not seen the Denny Kitfox IV U/L ZK-CGT (c/n ADU 147) out for some time. But here it is just back from an outing.
 The Vans RV-6 ZK-MRV (c/n 20334/AACA/2183) recently changed owners to Paul Hunter of Pegasus.
 The Jabiru J230 UL ZK-PSH (c/n J447) is just changing owners from Manukau Microlights Limited  to Colin Ashby of Christchurch.
The Chris Anderson Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-TIA (c/n 7-4514) was one of a batch of aviators that went off to some remote out-landing spot for a Saturday Jolly.

All have been mentioned previously on this site.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fiji PAC 750s

Nadi based charter company Island Hoppers now operates 3 PAC 750s on inter island charter work, the latest addition being DQ-FFF,  believed previously ZK-JIM.  This joins the earlier two, DQ-KBD and DQ-KBP,  these being rather dwarfed by the Air NZ 777-300 in the last photo..