Saturday, 24 March 2018

Mt Cook

The Inflite helicopter operation were busy today at Mt Cook Airport with their 2 Euroocopter AS350B2 ZK-HBT and ZK-HOI,  while a 3rd fleet member, ZK-HGQ,  remained hangared.

Heliworks were operating AS350B2 ZK-HYS transporting trail bikers and all their equipment across the river

Grounded for some days due to the weather were the members of the Inflite SkiPlanes fleet  of Turbo Porter ZK-MCT and Cessna A185F ZK-MCV.   In a 2nd hangar resided Turbo Porter ZK-MCN.

Thursday, 22 March 2018


Not featured before under this registration is Eurocopter EC120B ZK-HBC,  which was acquired by North Shore Helicopters in October 2017,  and is seen at Ardmore today.  Imported in 2008 and initially ZK-IFE,  it became ZK-HJW in 2015 before moving in recent times to ZK-HBC.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd's Eurocopter EC 120 B ZK-HTV3 (c/n 1041) was captured this afternoon whilst it hopped between pads at their facility at Christchurch International Airport.
It entered the NZ civil register on 07-05-2002 after having spent some three years in Japan and then a short stint in Australia with Eurocopter International Pacific Ltd in early 2002.
NZ operators include H.T.V (NZ) Ltd followed by Heli-Tranz Ltd from July 2002.
It spent five months with Auckland City Helicopters before returning to Helitranz Ltd in July of 2013.
It joined Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd from 15-02-2017.
Earlier shots of this helicopter can be found Here.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Pick of the weeks pics

 I caught the Cessna 172S ZK-TZR2 (c/n 172S8673) at Ashburton on Thursday the 15th.
This 172 was built as N741SP by Cessna in the second half of 2000 and joined Triangle Aviation Service Inc of Leesburg Florida from 03-03-2001. Sturno Inc of Ponca Inlet Florida followed from 19-06-2006 and then it was in the books of Southern Wings Aircraft Sales In of Bethany Oklahoma in May of 2008 for its move to NZ.
In NZ it was initially registered as ZK-NHM with Clansman Vineyards Ltd of Blenheim from 15-09-2008. A year later (04-09-2009) it was with Sounds Air Travel and Tourism Ltd of Picton who re-registered it as ZK-SAN on 22-09-2009.
With the arrival of a new Cessna 208 Caravan this ZK-SAN registration was transferred from the 172 to the 208. In the process the 172 was very briefly listed as ZK-VBF before becoming ZK-TZR - all on the same date of 28-06-2013.
Part of the ZK-TZ* registration block was used by Izard Pacific Aviation of Taupo and sure enough ownership of the Cessna was changed to Izard on 04-07-2013.
They in turn sold it on to Kenyon Land Co Ltd of Porangahau from 21-10-2014 and it joined its current owner Lionel Green of Christchurch from 04-10-2017.
 Somewhat more advanced in years is the old straight tailed Cessna 172 ZK-BVP (c/n 36582) which I caught on take off from Rangiora yesterday (Sunday 18th).
This one was first registered to Rural Aviation Ltd at New Plymouth on 03-03-1958 and remained at Bell Bock with the New Plymouth Aero Club. It was moved on in mid-1961 and some sixteen owner/operators later it was taken up by Avskills Ltd in 2011.
Noted scooting back to its hangar at Rangiora yesterday was the Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-IFI (c/n 1902). 
I mentioned this airframe earlier Here.
A surprise catch was the Avid Flyer Stol UL MkIV ZK-JFR (c/n 1206C).
It was first registered on 04-08-1995 to Henri J Bennik of Levin on 04-08-1995 then to P C McKinlay of Wanaka from 27-03-1998. Then Bill Penman of Palmerston North took it on from 09-12-2006 followed by Philip Budding from 25-01-2016.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

An Aviation historians pending headache.

In years to come photographs like these will cause aviation historians something of a headache.
The top two were taken at Timaru Airport on March 1st at the New Zealand National Flying Championships.
Above we have a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C marked as ZK-CUF.
And above we have a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C marked as ZK-CUL.
Below is a photo of the Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C ZK-CUE.
I think you will agree that they all look pretty similar.

They are in fact the very same airframe - but for the purpose of a preflight inspection test for aviators - has had some man made faults created. These can vary from missing a screw in the spinner, a dead light bulb in the nav light, partially deflated tire, knotted seat belt, loose item on the floor, erroneous paper work (for or from a different aircraft) and so the list could go on.
They are in fact all the same aircraft.

Off course we all know that ZK-CUF was a Piper PA-31 Navajo that became ZK-CAM2. and that ZK-CUL is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee.

Piper PA-28-180 C ZK-CUE c/n 28-4343.
This first flew under Piper's well used test registration of N11C before being assembled in NZ by Airwork (NZ Ltd of Ardmore where it first flew on 21-12-1967 having already been registered with the Wellington Aero Club from 01-12-1967.
It is seen above at Invercargill during the Royal Visit in May of 1968.
They managed to bend it on the Puhekina Beach a few km to the east of Tauranga on 26-09-1969.
Airwork put it all back together again and it was listed with them from 06-01-1970 and on sold to Harold Investments Ltd and E H Rapsey Ltd of Christchurch from 23-09-1970. Capon Construction Ltd of Timaru was added to the two above Company names on 10-05-1972.
Bambury Holdings Ltd of Auckland took it on from 20-08-1973 and we see it below at Greymouth on 19-04-1973.
 Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd listed it from 21-10-1975 (with Bambury Holdings picking up the Cessna U296F ZK-DXB) before passing the Cherokee to Porter Doe Motors Ltd of Feilding from 25-02-1976.
It then moved to Bob Shewry Aviation Ltd at New Plymouth from 07-08-1978 and we see it below at Ardmore on 04-09-1979.
 On 11-08-1982 it was listed to Ash Palmer - and is still with Ash today.
Above we see ZK-CUE at Timaru on 12-07-1984 and below at Christchurch on 31-03-1988.
 At Waimate -  below - on 30-11-2013.