Thursday, 11 February 2016

Two helicopters at Ardmore today 11-2-16

Bell 206l-4 Longranger  ZK-HYR msn 52145 was seen this afternoon rotor less and on a transport pallet being loaded into a container in the Oceania Aviation Ltd compound at Ardmore. This helicopter is registered to this company. One assumes it is being exported.
Airbus EC-130 ZK-IWS (not yet on register) was flying out of the Airwork facility this afternoon. No msn visible on helicopter. Prior to flying a number of crew from one of the current Police helicopters were having a good look at this smart looking machine. Pure speculation on my part but could this be destined for police use ?.

North Shore Miscellany 10-2-2016

At North Shore yesterday there were also several interesting fixed wing aircraft to photograph, as follows:

 A newly re-registered Cessna 182T ZK-AFT2 arrived.  It is registered to an Auckland owner who took over the aircraft on 8/9/15 and on the same day re-registered it.  It was previously ZK-WFL and ZK-EGB, and before that was ZK-WFL for the first time, being first registered on 20/5/05.

An unusual visitor was the Parakai based PAC 750XL ZK-SDF of Skydive Auckland.  It was first registered on 13/8/08.

And the third of North Shore Aero Club's Robin R 2120U's to be painted in the club's scheme is ZK-TZH .  it was first registered on 4/12/01.

Caravan ZK-SKM.

The Cessna 208 Caravan N208NZ (c/n 208-0581) stopped over in Christchurch on February the 6th on delivery to Queenstown to become ZK-SKM with Air Milford 2000 Ltd on the 10th.
It joins their two other Caravans ZK-SKA and ZK-SKB, plus the Cessna U206F ZK-DWX and the Cessna A185F ZK-ENW.
Pic at Christchurch on 06-02-2016 by Tony McFarlin.
See more delivery details at :-

Lost on Saturday.

ASH 31 Mi ZK-GZV (c/n 31130) was lost in a tragic accident in the Ben Ohau Ranges on Saturday.
See :-

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

North Shore Airfield Helicopters 10-2-2016

North Shore today was busy with lots of helicopter movements, mainly Hughes 300 and R 22  training flights.  But these two were a bit different.

 Northland Emergency Services Trust's Sikorsky S 76A ZK-IAL arrived, now in new colours. 

 This helo is normally hangared at North Shore.

 After refuelling it headed back to its hangar.

In for maintenance was a helicopter a long way from home - Ruggs Holdings Ltd's Hughes 369FF ZK-HUJ2 all the way from Greymouth.  The turbine was being run up and as I took the photo I thought how fast the rotor blades were going.  However I now see that it did not have rotor blades!