Friday, 28 November 2014

Dargaville from Jean210

Jean210 sent in these two shots from Dargaville taken yesterday 27-11-2014.
 Super Air has made Dargaville its Northland base of operations, and the current resident is FU24-950M ZK-CML (msn 116).
Below is Peter Maw's very utilitarian looking, Matakohe-based, Schweizer 269C-1 ZK-IPM (msn 0273) dropped in for a fill up.

A couple from NZAR yesterday.

Magnaman captured these two aircraft at Ardmore yesterday (27-11-2014)
 Cessna 182S ZK-MDH (c/n 18280617) as listed with Coringa Holdings was noted as being for sale.
The Piper PA-34-200T ZK-MIE (c/n 34-8170056) from Southern Wings joins their Piper PA-28-181 ZK-MIL and the Alpha R2160 ZK-SWY at Ardmore.

Omarama, Mount Cook and Pukaki

These first two shots are from Omarama on the 24th.
The Diamond DA40 Diamond Star ZK-MTZ (c/n 40.373) is taxying out after overnighting. This is the Gaddes Brown Syndicate's aircraft that was imported in a damaged condition from the States and following repairs at Drury appeared on our register on 20-09-2011.
Glider Rolladen-Schneider LS6-18W ZK-GZK (c/n 6314) has just been assembled. This was the Glider that Terry Delore used in the 1995 World Gliding Championships at Omarama. It was then registered as OE-UKX. It returned to NZ for Nic Reekie as ZK-GZK from 18-10-2004.
Slightly confusingly its trailer still carries the "KX" markings.
The only action at Mount Cook Airfield was these two Squirrels - Above AS 350 B2 ZK-HYS3 (c/n 2447) of Heli-Works Queenstown Helicopters Ltd 2012 Ltd.
Below is the AS 350 B2 ZK-HGV (c/n 3944) which has been with The Helicopter Line Ltd since 27-09-2013.
Below we see the reincarnation of ZK-ELQ.
It resides in the terminal building at Mount Cook Airport.
The real ZK-ELQ was a Cessna A185F (c/n 18503619) ski plane between November 1978 and September 2000. It returned to the US where it is still active with Tim Turnbull out of Bend Oregon.
The Cessna 185A ZK-CBS (c/n 1850398) has been a ski plane since September of 1962.

 Just winding up at Pukaki yesterday (27-11-20124) was the Aerospatiale AS 350 BA ZK-HRQ (c/n 1311) of The Helicopter Line.
Hiding from the wind in its Pukaki hangar was the PAC 08-600 Cresco ZK-OAL (c/n 039) of Otago Airspread. This has previously operated as ZK-CRE2, ZK-NZO2 and ZK-JPJ.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre at Old Mandeville Airfield

The Croydon Aviaition Heritage Centre is located around 15 minutes along SH 94, North of Gore at the historic Old Mandeville Airfield, and the Centre is administered by the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust.  Mandeville  is also the home of the Croydon Aircraft Company where restoration of old (mainly de Havilland) aircraft takes place.  The Moth cafe is also onsite and front of house at the Aviation Heritage Centre is now manned in association with the Gore District Council.

It is claimed that the Centre and the adjacent restration workshops have the largest collection of vintage de Havilland aircraft in the Southern hemisphere.  There were eight pristine de Havilland aircraft on display in the Centre when I visited, as well as another eight DH aircraft in various stages of restoration.  They all cry out for a detailed history but I will just post the photos as below:

The jewel in the crown of aircraft on display was the DH 90A Dragonfly ZK-AYR which is one of only two DH Dragonflys flying in the world today.

DH 83 Fox Moth ZK-ADI is another jewel, and is the original aircraft with which Bert Mercer started the first scheduled air service in New Zealand 75 years ago.  It has been returned to its original registration and colour scheme that it wore with Air Travel NZ Ltd of Hokitika.

DH 89B Dominie/Dragon Rapide ZK-AKY is displayed in the NAC colours that it wore when flying with our national airline up to 1963.  ZK-AKY flew the final NAC flight of the type from Whangarei to Whenuapai in December 1963.

Five DH 82A Tiger Moths were on display: ZK-ASV is painted in wartime RNZAF training colours as NZ 786,

                            DH 82A Tiger Moth ZK-ARZ,

                            DH 82A Tiger Moth ZK-BAH,

                            DH 82A Tiger Moth ZK-BFH,

                            and DH 82A Tiger Moth ZK-BRC in Mount Cook Flightseeing colours.

There were also a few non-DH vintage aircraft on display and they fitted in well with the vintage theme.  Percival Proctor 1 ZK-DPP is a relatively recent addition to the New Zealand register (2006) compared to the DH types.

Auster J 1B Aiglet ZK-AOB rounds out this selection.  You can see from the photos that the aircraft are displayed very well to allow photos, and the lighting through the windows in the hangar roof is also great for photos.  And finally in view of the above, photographyand posting  was really encouraged.

I will post more from Mandeville.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Invercargill RANS S 7

Invercargill airport has a series of open fronted hangars that allow long shots of the hangared aircraft from outside the fence.  RANS S 7 ZK-JGV was in a good position for a photo.  It has been newly recovered and repainted I think, and it now has a Robertson Bush Gear undercarriage.