Monday, 31 March 2008

Question time #4

Easy one this time :-

Why does this aircraft carry this small graphic image on its fuselage side ?
I make no apologies for the quality of this pic.

More XL750's

Following on from the recent run on PAL XL750's I offer the following two.

ZK-JDQ at Hamilton on 20-03-2008 (bound for Germany).

And ZK-FNZ at Feilding on 25-03-2008 with a couple of other bits added to its airframe..

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Alluring Ardmore!

As readers will discover, I endeavour to visit Ardmore as often as I can. Its only a short ride from home so today the opportunity presented itself for a quick visit, netting me two new aircraft to photograph plus the chance for my son and his friend to sit a Grumman Cheetah! Woo hoo!

172RK ZK-MXP, recently imported joining ZK-CXP and ZK-TXP with GA Leasing

Vans RV6A ZK-PRV Registered 11Feb08 to an Ardmore address

Police 2

Whilst North Shore airfield hosted a helicopter championship event, just next down the road next to the Albany Mega Centre shopping complete local EMT helcopters were on display including BK117 ZK-HLN and AS355 ZK-HDG, along with a Skywork machine, Eurocopter 350B3 ZK-HUU.

Notable was Helilink/Airwork AS355 Twin Squirrel ZK-HDG (Police 2) recently off a major maintenance visit at the operator's Ardmore facility now featuring a new colour scheme. Wayne Grant photos.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008


Finally spotted outside the Oceania hanger was Greenpeace's Hughes 500D ZK-HOQ. From memory, the machine used to wear titles on the tailboom but if so they've been removed.

Cessna 172 N5266J, first noted as such at Ardmore on 09Mar, now sports ZK-JFI however has not yet been placed on the register.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Ardmore 19 March 2008

Bits and bobs at Ardmore this morning.

R22 ZK-HJR/3 registered to Heliflite Pacific

Privately owned R44 ZK-IRL

Skywork's AS355 Twin Squirrel ZK-HZZ/5

North Shore based Provost Mk1 ZK-JOT

Recently registered Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-SRG. It, along with Furio ZK-LLG were noted
crossing Cook Strait from Paraparaumu heading south beyond Cape Campbell.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Bridge Pa creation

Noted at Bridge Pa recently was this project.

Looks like a Cessna 188 airframe.

Any comments please as to the aim of the exercise ?

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Another 750XL about to head overseas

As Wayne Grant journeyed north 15Mar he visited Hamilton and at Aeromotive was recently completed Pacific Aerospace 750XL ZK-JDQ/2 c/n 139 in a parachute ship configuration. This is the second use of ZK-JDQ, this first was applied to an Air Freight NZ Convair 580 from March 1994 until December 1996.

Wayne Grant photo

Parachute Ops at Taupo

Wayne Grant visited Taupo 15Mar and snapped Cresco's ZK-JOF and ZK-SDT (ex ZK-JOH) keeping busy on a fine morning.

Air Tractor 402B

Captured at its Fielding base earlier this week is Rural's Air Tractor 402B ZK-RMW, nee VH-FLD. The aircraft was delivered to Fielding on 14Dec07 arriving from Lord Howe Island and Palmerston North.

Wayne Grant photo

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Snazzy Scheme

TB10 ZK-MBR at Ardmore 13Mar08 featuring a swordfish. The aircraft was imported to NZ in 1994 for use my Massey Aviation and was sold to a MR RG De Bray of Kaikohe in 2002.

Monday, 3 March 2008


Glendhu Bay Helicopters Robinson R44 ZK-HRB at Christchurch 02/03/08
Agusta A119 ZK-IHS at Ardmore 23/02/08