Wednesday, 22 November 2017

JetRanger ZK-HOD.

Added to our register on 17-08-2017 was this Bell 206B JetRanger III ZK-HOD6 (c/n 3396) for the MacIntyre Family Trust of Tauranga.
Below is what the NZ Aviation News Magazine said about it.
AN2140X this JetRanger was listed to R J Smelley of Fort Worth Texas by October 1981 and then to Udo Haueler of Austin Texas by January 1986. 
In March 1987 it popped up on the Japanese register as JA9475 with Wataru Construction at Kawagoe. 
Above is a pic of it as JA9475 taken on 17-07-2004
After a couple more owners it returned to the States to become N796M on 28-08-2006 for Noevir Aviation Inc at Montvale New Jersey who quickly moved it on to Lady Alice Corporation at Wilmington Delaware as N206LA from 13-10-2006. 
Its final US listing was Juliet Sierra Juliet LLC at Wilmington from 30-05-2012. 
The earlier ZK-HOD’s were a Hughes 269C, followed by four Robinson R22 Beta’s

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Murphy Super Rebel ZK-MSR/2 Test Flight 16-11-2017

The previously posted Murphy Super Rebel ZK-MSR2 was test flown at Tauranga in the late afternoon of 16/11/17:

Ready to go, showing off the 3 bladed propeller.

And lift off!  

Congratulations Ike and thanks for the photos Grayson.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

RNZAF Base Mount Maunganui 16-11-2017

In a Throwback Thursday moment at Tauranga last Thursday Grayson Ottaway captured a couple of RNZAF old timers out sunning themselves:

Warbirds (Flight 2000 Ltd's) "Dakota" NZ3546 and the NZ Historic Aircraft Trust's DH 104 Devon NZ1808 in their Royal New Zealand Air Force colours circa the 1960s with a period International Harvester tractor.  Nice.

For more information on the Dakota see HERE  and for more on the Devon see HERE

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tauranga Tecnams

Richard Currie has already posted about the new, as yet unregistered, Tecnam Sierra Mark II ZK-EVE.  However our Tauranga correspondent the Hairy Mole Rat was also on site yesterday to capture two new Tecnams out in the sun:

ZK-EVE is our first Mark II version of the P2002 Sierra, which was introduced by Tecnam in December 2016.  The most obvious difference is the new canopy which is somewhat similar to the Tecnam Astore.  I understand that it can be powered by the new Rotax 915 engine of 135 HP, but I am not sure of the engine installed in  ZK-EVE.  It is missing its spinner in the above photo.

But also out in the sun was our latest P2008 ZK-TLT (c/n 123), which was registered to the agents, Tecnam Australasia Ltd of Papakura on 2/11/17.  It is also missing its spinner in the above photo.  It is the 13th P2008 to be registered in New Zealand

Hawkes Bay comes to Pauanui

A group of 5 Hawkes Bay flyers arrived at the Pauanui airfield late on Friday afternoon,  stayed the night and departed on a very blustery Saturday morning heading west.

These included the 1959 model Cessna 182B ZK-BHP,   Cherokee 180 ZK-DFL and Cessna 172N SuperHawk ZK-EKG as pictured below.

The other two were Super Cub ZK-BPM and Tomahawk ZK-WAJ.


Tauranga Airport on a sunny late Spring afternoon had a lot of activity including Tecnam Sierra MkII ZK-EVE,  which has yet to appear on the CAA site,  so is presumably a new import.

Nearby was local resident R22 ZK-HET which has new  "COL'sBiT" titling,   while overhead was EC120B ZK-IZG with its "Frog Parking" titling.   It is registered to I Spy Helicopters, Palmerston North.

At the Tauranga Aero Club recently registered Aerobat ZK-TAY is now painted in the club colours.


A visit to Hamilton Airport on Friday offered another of the recently imported batch of Queenland Cessna 172Rs ZK-RQY sitting on the very busy L3 ramp,   it has still to acquire its "L3" logos.

Nearby was the locally based Beech 95-B55 Baron ZK-SEB which was imported from Australia in 2010,  but hasnt appeared on this Blog before,   while at the Waikato Aero Club was the recently added DA42 ZK-WGA looking very smart.

Navajo Chieftain ZK-NSP

The Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain was basically a Piper PA-31 Navajo with a two foot fuselage extension, an extra window on each side and was powered by two counter rotating 350hp Lycoming TIO-540 engines. 
The Navajo name was dropped with the 1980 model and they became just Chieftains.
ZK-NSP is c/n 31-7552069. The 31 is the Piper model, the 75 tells us that it was built during the 1975 US fiscal year and 52 says it is the 350hp Navajo Chieftain built at Lakeland in Florida.
The 069 says it was the 69th built for that fiscal year (out of a total of 132).
It was allocated the US registration of N59980 with Piper Aircraft and was sold to West Freedom Mining Corporation of Kittanning, Pennsylvania from 22-09-1976.
In April of 1983 it was in the hands of Custom Sales Analysis Inc of Chicopee, Massachusetts but sold on quicklyy to Barr Aviation Inc of Hollis, New Hampshire that July.
Final US owner was Maui Airlines of Newport Beach, California from October 1984.
It ferried into Auckland from Tonga on 03-09-1987 to be registered as ZK-NSP on 24-09-1987 to Motueka Air Ltd, which soon became Air Nelson Ltd.
The history of this Company can be read HERE.
As Chieftains go it has had a very stable career in NZ.
 Above it was photographed at Nelson on 05-02-1989 by Westland 831.
Helicopter Leasing NZ Ltd of Taupo took it over from 22-12-1992 until it was moved over to Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd, also of Taupo on 27-02-2001.
It is seen below on 02-01-2005 thanks to Noel Jones.
 And below it was captured by Peter Lewis at Taupo on 09-01-2009.
Note the under fuselage radar pod.
 On 15-10-2009 it was transferred over to Search and Rescue Services Ltd of Taupo.
 Above Bill Mallinson caught it at Christchurch on 28-02-2011.
 Steve Lowe caught it in its all white scheme at Gisborne on 23-01-2013
and Grayson Ottaway noted it at Tauranga on 20-04-2016.
It is known to have taken part in numerous off shore search and rescue missions.
 An ownership change to AAA Flightshare Ltd of Auckland took effect on 19-09-2017 with Keith Morris noting it, now minus under fuselage radar, at North Shore on 07-10-2017.

Friday, 17 November 2017

A North Shore Pie Run 17-11-2017

I met up with Delticman this morning and we ended up at North Shore for lunch to see what was about.  On the way we detoured via the Dairy Flat Bakery for a gold medal winning steak and vege pie.  Yum!

When we got to the Aero Club balcony it was pretty quiet, but as usual if you wait around some aviation will be committed (especially on a nice day):

Most of these are locally based and have been posted before, but there were a couple of new ones to me.

Corby Starlet ZK-TNT was out doing some familiarisation circuits.

Cessna A185F ZK-EFB departed.

As did Mooney M20J ZK-MNY.

Cessna A150M ZK-ERO2 (c/n A1500714) has not been featured on the blog previously but has been around since December 1994.

Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-ILS is still registered to Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters but is now minus the trim that it previously wore, and I wonder why it was at North Shore.

A better shot of the North Shore Aero Club's recently repainted Robin R2120U ZK-TZG in the sunlight.

A couple of Aerial Surveys aircraft were around.  Cessna TU206G ZK-EOP with small titles on the tail.

And Partenavia P 68B ZK-LAL which now has the previous Air Manawatu titles replaced by Aerial Surveys Ltd.  Although both these aircraft are registered to Aerial Surveys Ltd of Nelson, the company also has premises on the North Shore of Auckland.

At Christchurch Helicopters 16-11-2017

 At lunch time on Thursday 16-11-2017 at Christchurch Helicopters I managed to capture these four helicopters.
 The Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HCT6 (c/n 4270) went new to Wanaka Helicopters Ltd from the NZ distributors Skysales Aviation (NZ) Ltd in April of 2006.
 The Hughes 369E ZK-HSC3 (c/n 0409E) initially went to Japan as JA6069 in February 1991 and joined the NZ register on 11-03-2003 with Alan Speight of Pukekohe.
See earlier post Here
Ownership passed to Otago Airspread Ltd of Mosgiel on 01-07-2016 and very recently - 26-10-2017 - to Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd.
 Above we see the Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HZO (c/n 1057) which is a re-registration of ZK-HCS5. 
A stranger lurking over near the back fence was the McDonnell Douglas 500N NOTAR ZK-IEG2 (c/n LN016). 
This began its NZ career as ZK-IJW from 24-08-2011.
Previous posts on ZK-IJW can be seen Here
 It joined Heliventures NZ Ltd of Oamaru on 22-12-2016 and was re-registered to ZK-IEG2 on 25-01-2017.

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Stopping briefly at Pauanui airfield today was the very smart Auckland based Cirrus SR22 ZK-FMN.

Also visiting was another of the Ardmore Flying School fleet that has been converted to diesel power, Cessna 172R ZK-TAV.


Some sixty two years ago the Cessna 180 c/n 31901 was listed as N3103D in the States.
After at least five private owners is was exported to Australia to become VH-RBE on 26-09-1975.
I shot it below at at Bankstown on 25-06-1976.
 After six Australian owners it was cancelled on 27-11-1987 and sent over to New Zealand and became ZK-FPP on 30-11-1987 thanks to Motor Holdings (Aviation ) Ltd at Dunedin.
On new Years day 1988 it was listed to M A and H S McLellen of Queenstown.
Photographed below at Christchurch on 17-10-1988.
 And then again at Christchurch on 21-11-1988.
 On 06-07-1992 ownership was passed to Menary Aviation Ltd at Kaikohe.
It was re-registered as ZK-JDM on 07-07-1992 - presumably for John and Des Menary.
I caught it below at Whangarei on 06-03-2009.
The paint scheme has not appears not to have changed since is delivery.
Jean210 captured it dropping in at Dargaville on 14-11-2017.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Cessna 172P ZK-LEN

Another recently imported Cessna is the 1987 Cessna 172P ZK-LEN:

ZK-LEN (c/n 17274386) was previously JA 3997.  It was imported from Japan by Robert Fry of Auckland and was first registered in New Zealand on 9/8/17.  Thanks for the photo Rob, which was taken at Pauanui on 6/11/17.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Airwork sold

I have just received the following information.

New Zealand's Airwork Holdings will delist from the New Zealand Stock Exchange after Rifa Jair Company, a subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Rifa Holding, acquired full ownership of the company. 

According to an NZX disclosure, the full takeover by Rifa was a formality after the company had accumulated 75% of shares earlier this year, purchasing them at NZD5.40 (USD3.70) per share.

In September, the new owner has crossed the 90% threshold by purchasing further shares for NZD5.20 per share, thus getting the right to automatically acquire the remaining shares. 

Trading of Airwork NZ's shares on the New Zealand Stock Exchange has been suspended as of November 10, even though shareholders have until November 24 to accept Rifa's offer. 

The new owner does not intend to change Airwork's board or management.

Will You Still Need Me - Will You Still Fly Me - When I'm Sixty Four?

When Grayson Ottaway was photographing the "new" Cessna 195 ZK-AZK at Tauranga last Friday, there was also another elderly Cessna on the field.

Cessna 180 ZK-WGT (c/n 30012) was over from Otorohanga and is in fact the oldest Cessna 180 in New Zealand, being the twelfth aircraft off the production line.  It was previously CX-AZP for many years in Uruguay before being imported into New Zealand in 2006 and first registered here on 5/1/07.

And for completeness, here is Cessna 195 ZK-AZK (c/n 16025).

While I was pondering this I researched their dates of manufacture and found that they both emerged from the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kansas in 1953!  So that makes each of them 64 years old!  Also, the registration ZK-AZK was circa 1953 (although not taken up at that time), and our first Cessna 180 ZK-AZZ (c/n 30537) was registered in 1953.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Nieuport 11 Replica ZK-NVK

Continuing our WW 1 theme for Armistice Day...

Nieuport 11 Bebe replica ZK-NVK was finished by Craig Miller of Custom Aviation at Taieri assisted by Nigel Forrester after the airframe was commenced in the North Island.

ZK-NVK (c/n 1548) is a Circa Reproductions 7/8 scale reproduction powered by an 80 HP Rotax 912 engine.  It was registered to Nigel Forrester of Alexandra on 22/1/15.  It is photo'd above outside its Alexandra hangar on 8/11/17.  Thanks for the photo Nigel.

The aircraft is painted as N556 in the colours of Charles Tricornot de Rose who was the French WW 1 ace who in 1911 obtained the first military pilots certificate in France, and who is credited to be the first to appreciate that the aircraft could be a fighting machine rather than an observation platform.  His leadership of fifteen squadrons of Nieuport 11s in the air at the Battle of Verdun resulted in a great aerial victory when the Germans were "swept from the sky" at the orders of General Petain.

On 11 May 1916 he was killed when flying a Nieuport 13 on a demonstration flight near Soissons in North East France.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Local Aircraft Returning to North Shore 12-11-2017

A trip up to North Shore this afternoon saw several aircraft returning from the NZ Warbirds airshow at Ardmore:

David Wilkinson in his RV 8 ZK-WLK.

Rob Fry in his Super Decathlon ZK-REF.

Julian Coles in his RV 12 ZK-JRV2 was flying circuits.

While PA 18A Super Cub ZK-BKH and Pitts S 1S ZK-MPM arrived in formation.

A sideslipping approach from the Pitts...

to touchdown.

Followed in the sunlight by the Cub.