Monday, 30 November 2015


The Zenair CH100 Mono-Z ZK-FSH (c/n AACA/609) was first registered on 16-02-1989 to Neville F Read and J A Nagelkerke of Christchurch.
Check the earlier post at :-
It was withdrawn to storage and cancelled on 07-05-1999.
Above we see ZK-FSH at Rangiora on 19-02-1993.
And at Ashburton on 07-02-1997.
And a close up of the "FiSH".

The airframe was purchased by "Rangiora Tug" a group of five worthy gentlemen from Rangiora Airfield who intend to restore this aircraft as an economical and affordable glider tug to spur the interest in flying and gliding within the younger generation.
As you can see it now carries the "DME" markings although it is not yet registered as such.
Pic above shows it on 26-05-2015 at RT awaiting its Honda Jazz turbo engine.

ZK-JWH at Takaka

Lord Nelson captured this Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair ZK-JWH (c/n T20609703) at Takaka on Sunday 29-11-2015.
It was originally briefly listed in the States as N94778 before coming to NZ to be registered here on 21-02-2013 with Opiki Cropping Ltd of Wellington with whom it replaced their Cessna T182R ZK-MRH and the 182S ZK-MDH and the 182Q ZK-XLT before that.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Haast Eagle has landed at NZKH.

Ben Patterson of Wilderness Wings at Hokitika took this shot of the Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer ZK-SJG2 (c/n 22-3292) today.
In the background is the Henry Adams Robinson R44 ZK-HHI3 (c/n 0097).
Below is a close up of the fin.
This aircraft has featured previously at :-

Robbie Gentry 12/2/28 - 2/11/15

While overseas I was sad to hear that Robbie Gentry had died, and I could not attend his funeral.

Robbie was a foundation member of the Amateur Aircraft Constructors Association (AACA), and had the honour of being allocated the first AACA constructors number of 10 (the numbering started at ten to recognise New Zealand's earlier homebuilders).  He was the first AACA secretary and magazine editor and over the years he was a prolific homebuilt aircraft builder.

Robbie was my first AACA stage inspector when I started building my Jodel D 9 in Wellington in 1973, and even then he had a refreshing approach that was almost experimental.  He looked me over and said:  "you're a fairly tall guy so we should raise the turtledeck 4 inches so your head doesn't stick out, then because the D 9's cockpit is a bit cramped we will make it 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper, and because of the raised turtledeck we will raise the rudder by 6 inches".  I did all that and then had a visit from Robbie who said: "quick, David Rendall (of CAD) is retiring.  Draw up all those mods and get them into him".  And so I did and they were officially approved!  I reckon that makes ZK-KMM a Jodel D 9 and a half.  I know Robbie also mentored many other homebuilders over the years (have a look at the tail of Dave King's Minicab ZK-DRK and compare it to Robbie's D 11 ZK-DGA), and he leaves a lasting legacy in New Zealand's homebuilt aircraft movement

Robbie in his Turbulent ZK-CAE at the first AACA gathering at Paraparaumu in 1965.

Robbie's Aircraft

I reckon Robbie built or rebuilt 8 aircraft over the years, all in wood, as detailed below:

And he was still working on another Turbulent which he had nearly completed at the time of his passing!

Our condolences to Robbie's family.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Cutlass duo

 At Timaru back on the 24th there were two Cessna 172RG Cutlass II aircraft.
Above is the Napier Computer Systems ZK-EWB (c/n 172RG0671) tied down.
Below is the locally based ZK-JCL (c/n 172RG0732) receiving attention at AVTEK.