Thursday, 24 August 2017

Some from Ardmore on 23-8-17

North American Harvard 2A* ZK-TVI c/n 88-14178 'Harvard 57' seen outside the Warbirds Club Rooms having returned from Wanaka on the 22nd following a rebuild after its accident there following the 2016 Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow.
The aircraft is registered to Warbird Adventure Rides Ltd, Drury.

An Unknown Twin Squirrel seen leaving the Airwork facility at Ardmore yesterday afternoon. While in Inflite livery it has a panel sporting the old Helilink livery.

Bristol B170 Freighter Mk31 ex ZK-EPG msn 13135 had its nose doors open yesterday and it appears that its interior is being used as space to ship other components to the UK.

Cessna 172S ZK-CTR msn 172S9924 operated by L3 CTS Airline Academy (NZ) Ltd of Hamilton was doing circuits

Ardmore based Piper PA-22-135 Pacer 180 ZK-PAL msn 22-2298 of Ardmore Taildraggers Inc.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Christchurch today 22-08-2017

Tony McFarlin's shot of the day is the Eurocopter EC 120 B ZK-IWC (c/n 1584).
It has been mentioned briefly in these pages previously.
It has been listed with Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters 2012 Ltd since 21-11-2016.
And this is what it, looks like from the other side.

 Also out and about mid afternoon was the BAC Strikemaster ZK-VPR (c/n EEP/JP/4096).
 It has been mentioned previously HERE

Robinson R66 ZK-HUA

Robinson R66  ZK-HUA/3 C/N 0384 was initially registered VH-ZWN/2 with Heliflite Pty Ltd of Georges Hall, NSW, on 27 June 2013. It was cancelled 21 October 2014 and two days later turned up on the NZ register as ZK-HXC/4 with Heliflite Pacific Ltd of Ardmore. Earlier post HERE
It was then cancelled from the register 02 February 2015 on return to Australia where it again became VH-ZWN three days later.  It was cancelled on 06 September 2016 returning to New Zealand this time taking up the marks ZK-HUA/3 with Helisika Agricultural Ltd of Ardmore from 14 October 2016. 

While operating from the registered operator's base, the R66 wears Helinorth titles.

Departing Ardmore 18 August 2017.

Monday, 21 August 2017


The Pacific Aerospace CT/4E Airtrainer ZK-JDZ2 (c/n 241) was at The Canterbury Aero Club today and was photographed by Tony McFarlin.
From memory this demonstrator toured Africa in 2013/14 as I recall that it was at Matsieng in Botswana and also appeared at the 2014 South African Aerospace and Defence airshow at Waterkloof.
Check Here. for the Company spiel.
You can even have it in Chinese if you prefer.

Some Ardmore Visitors 21-8-17

Smart looking Cessna 172S VH-AVR msn 172S10397 registered to Westpac Bank Corporation flew from Australia to Norfolk Island via Lord Howe Island on Saturday before continuing onto Kerikeri and Ardmore yesterday. Am not sure if it is an import or just a visitor.

While clicking VH-AVR I looked up to see Cessna 208 Caravan ZK-TTS msn 20800373 operated by Tandem Skydiving (2002) Ltd of Taupo exiting the runway. Earlier I had see PAC 750XL ZK-TTL from the same company parked and assumed wrongly as it turned out that TTS would join it. Instead TTS went elsewhere and was quickly placed inside a hanger.

Some photos of TTL msn 104 parked and departing Ardmore just after 09.05.
Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-IDN msn 4084 operated by North Shore Helicopters Ltd but wearing Helicopter Me titles seen just after arriving at the Airbus ramp at Ardmore.