Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NZ Civair is 10!

Many NZ Civair readers may not be aware that the first post on the blog was on 13 December 2007.  You can scroll down the yearly list at the right of the home screen to see it.

Over the years our various contributors have posted 5,861 posts and we have had over 3,703,300 page views (despite the counter on the home page showing less as it wasn't turned on from Day 1).

To celebrate this auspicious occasion I offer this photo of our esteemed leader, suitably posing among some interesting aircraft.  Well done on your efforts over the last 10 years Sir!

I also offer a heading photo taken around 5 years ago, to remind us of what we are missing for this airshow season.

Finally I would like to thank all who have over the years posted to the blog or commented, or just have been interested.  To quote The Flying Doctor, Dave Baldwin (having just read his book): "You know who you are!"  Special thanks must also to go to Mr MRC Aviation who had the computer smarts to set up the blog all those years ago.

I look forward to the next 10 years.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Local Aircraft from Kaipara Flats 9-12-2017

Usually when you call into Kaipara Flats airfield the place is pretty quiet.  But another good thing about the Northland Microlight Club's flyin on a lovely day last Saturday was that a lot of the local sport aircraft were outside:

Martin Farrand's Fisher Dakota Hawk ZK-SOL was active in the circuit.

Tim Harrison took his Glastar Sportsman 2+2 ZK-SPZ out for a local flight after the BBQ.

Locally owned Sling LSA ZK-SLG was out of its hangar to allow room for the BBQ.  (The first ZK-SLG was a Piel Emeraude that was not completerd so I guess this is the first ZK-SLG).

 Also out of the hangar, the first time I had seen it outside, was the locally owned Flight Design CTLS ZK-FDE2
And while not locally based (it is normally hangared at Dargaville), RANS S6 ES ZK-RAG3 is owned by Harvey Carran who has his own farm airstrip very close to the Kaipara Flats airfield.

I reckon that's it from Kaipara Flats for a while.


A couple of interesting Monday visitors to Pauanui comprised the latest Ardmore Flying School diesel Cessna 172R conversion ZK-LAT, the photo showing to good effect its new 3 bladed prop

And visiting from North Auckland was the impressive 1981 model Turbo Saratoga ZK-VQM

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Diamond Twin Star ZK-EAN

A "new" twin has joined the Ardmore Flying School flightline in the form of Diamond DA42 Twin Star ZK-EAN4. This example has lived at Ardmore since importation in May 2015 when it arrived as N422DK and became ZK-DAX with Eagle Flight Training, however ownership changed to one of Eagle's owners in October this year and it was re-registered ZK-EAN on 08 December. 
This is the fourth use of ZK-EAN. The first was on a CT4 in 1975 for its delivery flight to the Royal Australian Air Force, then a Piper Tomahawk operated by the Ardmore Flying School from 1990 until 1999 and its third use was on the side of a Beech 1900D from September 2002 until October 2016. 
The registration EAN is personalised for the flying school's principal owner, Liz Needham. 

Ardmore 10 December 2017 
Ardmore 30 May 2015. 

Ardmore 31 March 2016.

On the subject of Eagle Flight Training, they have moved their base of operations to Gisborne with the gaggle of DA20 and single DA40 now resident at the East Coast airport while DA42 ZK-ZYX has changed ownership to Eagle Flight Training but still seems to spend much of its time at Ardmore. 

Departures from Kaipara Flats 9-12-2017

After a leisurely BBQ lunch, most of the visiting aircraft headed off home,except for the 2 gyros which flew to Dargaville as Father Christmas was arriving there.

Rusty Russell and Penny in MT 03 Eagle ZK-KIW2.

John Wiessing in Magni M 24 ZK-MGI.

TL-3000 Sirius demonstrator ZK-SRZ headed off to North Shore.

Tecnam P 96 Golf ZK-JAN3 headed off to Waihi Beach.

A couple headed back to Ardmore:  Vans RV 7 ZK-LVA...

and Glastar ZK-PGP.