Thursday, 19 October 2017

ZK-CSE in new Company scheme.

Jean210 captured this Diamond DA20-C1 Katana ZK-CSE (c/n C0402) at Dargaville on the 16th.
It has lost its CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd markings and now carries the L3 CTS Airline Academy (NZ) Ltd's new marks.

Question time 199 resolved.

As usual

Mit from Takaka has provided sufficient detail to receive the chocolate fish.

The aircraft in question is the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee ZK-DJI.

See seperate post on this aircraft.

Piper PA-28-140 ZK-DJI

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee c/n 28-22537 popped up on the Australian register as VH-PWA1 on 17-04-1967 with Westaviation Pty Ltd of Jandakot, West Australia.
By 01-11-1967 it was listed with A J Mullins of Perth.
It departed Perth on 04-12-1972 and ferried across to New Zealand and became ZK-DJI on 16-01-1973 with the same owner -  A J (Jim) Mullins, of Christchurch.
Above we see it at Christchurch on 26-04-1973 still wearing is Jim Mullins Performance Tuning signage from Belmont West Australia.
Now two views of it outside the Wellington Aero Club's clubhouse and Ivan East's maintenance shop on 20-09-1973.
Below is a photo from Allan Wooller showing it at an airshow at Tauranga in March 1975.
ZK-DJI was sold to WKG (Graham) and E C (Ena) Monk *of Rotorua from 09-04-1975.
CMM captured it at Invercargill in June of 1976 with a change of colour and wearing the Kittyhawk/AOPA badge on the rear of the fuselage.
Below Allan Wooller captured it at Paraparaumu at another (Airwomans ?) gathering in March of 1977.
By 17-05-1988 we have another scheme - back to red again - as seen at Christchurch.
Four Seasons Tours of Ashburton became the owners from 24-05-1988 and it received another paint job as seen at Ashburton on 21-12-1989, with I presume temporary registration markings.
Ownership and then passed to G L Stewart of Paihia from 27-08-1990;
to M H McLeod of Raumati on 05-04-1991;
and then to Hanmer Alpine Air Ltd from 28-10-1994
Here we have two shots of it as seen at Christchurch on 05-11-1994.
Can anyone shed light on the Scotsman below ?
The Robinson Roswell Syndicate of Christchurch were listed as owners on 12-04-1995,
and then from 13-03-1998 Ena Monk of Rotorua re-acquired it and applied the 'garter' to the port undercarriage fairing and added the name 'Cherie'. 
It was  noted (below) for sale at Dennis Thompson International at Ardmore by Keith Morris on 30-12-2013
As from 23-01-2014 it has been in the caring hands of Pauline Hogue and David King and based at Alexandra Airport.
It still carries the name "Cherie" on the starboard side.
Above we see her at Pukaki (Twizel) on 01-06-2014.
And below at Alexandra on 14-11-2015.
Finally below we see the 'garter' on the port undercarriage leg.
As seen in 'Question time 199'.
* Ena learned to fly in the 1950's and became a life member of the Rotorua Aero Club.
She was a founding member of the New Zealand Association of Woman in Aviation (NZAWA) in 1959.
She also helped found the Rotorua Gliding Club with her husband Graham (and others) and was a tow pilot.
I also believe Ena was a respectable potter.
Check out ENA at the Rotorua NZAWA 2007 event  Here
For more info on the NZAWA go Here.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gliding Shots from the Nelson Lakes from Andy Heap

The links below should lead you to some footage taken by Andy Heap. 

The first one is whilst Andy is driving the Nelson Lakes Gliding Clubs Rolladen- Schneider LS4a ZK-GCX2.
The second is a collection of views of various gliders including ZK-GFM, ZK-GMZ, ZK-GBC, ZK-GCX. ZK-GKW, ZK-GMJ, ZK-GAJ, ZK-GOZ, ZK-GTH, ZK-GID and ZK-GKG
The third clip is taken from the cockpit of the Ka6 ZK-GFM. 
You may spot Andy on the hill at around the 2:00 minute mark.

If you are lucky the three clips will follow on automatically on youtube. 
Failing that  - click on each link.

Good habit there Andy of keeping some pressure on the airbrake lever - we don't want them popping wide open in the turbulence when that close to the hill/ridge line now - do we.

Remos G3NZ Mirages of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to come along in 2005 was the Remos G3 Mirage of which we have had two registered.

The Remos G3 was designed in Germany by Lorenz Kreitmeyer and the prototype first flew in 1997.  It is of mainly carbon fibre construction and was built by Remos AG at Pasewalk (which is in the North East of Germany near the Polish border), as a kit or a ready to fly aircraft.  It has a pod and tailboom fuselage for efficient aerodynamics and is one of a group of similar light sport aircraft that appeared from various European countries in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  It has been superceded by the Remos GX which is an essentially similar aircraft.

Specifications (for the newer GX model) are: length 6.48 metres (21 feet 3 inches) and wingspan of 9.30 metres (30 feet 6 inches) with a wing area of 118 square feet.  Empty weight is around 320 Kg (705 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds).  The engine is a Rotax 912ULS of 100 HP which gives a cruise speed of around 107 knots (123 mph), and the stall speed with full flaps is 38 knots (44 mph).

As I said above, we have had two Remos G3NZs (I think the NZ denoted a New Zealand model but I don't know if or how it was different).

Our first Remos G3NZ ZK-REM2 (c/n 0155) was imported by the local agent Ivan Strathern of Hamilton and was first registered to him on 22/3/05.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga, on 5/2/06.  On 12/1/08 it was registered to Ivan Strathern's company Sport Aviation Imports Ltd of Hamilton, and on 21/11/14 ownership changed to John S Wilson of Hamilton who I understand bases the aircraft at Horotiu.

And our second Remos G3NZ ZK-PRH (c/n 228) also lives in the Waikato, being registered to Philip R Hart of Huntly on 13/2/08.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at Parakai on 1/3/09.

A shot of the underside on departure from Parakai showing the pod and boom fuselage.

I don't think we are likely to see any more Remos's in New Zealand as I think they are quite expensive.