Monday, 16 January 2017

Squirrel ZK-HVU back from the ice.

Arriving back in Nelson yesterday (15-01-2017) after another summer season at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica was the Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 Squirrel ZK-HVU4 (c/n 2132) of HNZ New Zealand Ltd.
Captured today by Lord Nelson.
This airframe started as N350MB in 1988 and then HA-NMB and HS-HTA in Thailand from 1990 until becoming VH-WCU on 08-09-1998 with HNZ's Australian subsidiary, Helicopters (Australia) Pty Ltd, at Belmont, West Australia.
It was listed to the parent Company, Helicopters (NZ) Ltd of Nelson, on 04-12-2001 as ZK-HFH3 and did at least four summer trips to Antarctica until returning to Australia to become VH-WDQ on 26-06-2009.
It rejoined the NZ register on 23-09-2013 as ZK-HVU4.
I note that the RV Araon is parked up at Lyttelton having recently arrived from Jang Bogo Station in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

North Shore Miscellany Yesterday 14-1-2017

There was a lot of movements late morning at North Shore airfield yesterday.  I photo'd this wide variety of aircraft in a 25 minute period.

1100 hrs: Vans RV 6A ZK-TRV.

1111 hrs:  Cessna 182P ZK-MGU was doing circuits.

1112 hrs: Mooney M20J ZK-MNY (c/n 24-1009).
This has not been posted on the blog previously.  It was first registered in New Zealand on 28/8/96 and is ex VH-BWH.

1113 hrs: Yak 18T ZK-SSR.

1119 hrs: Vans RV 12 ZK-JRV.

1124 hrs: Britten Norman BN 2A-26 Islander ZK-FVD.

and at 1125 hrs: Nanchang CJ-6 ZK-CVI2.

Tecnam P2008 ZK-ART

Tecnam P2008 ZK-ART was registered to Excalibur Trust, Ohope (east of Whakatane) on 5 August 2016 presumably replacing their Piper PA28RT-201T Arrow IV ZK-LGL which has been shown as exported as of 12 January 2017. 

Ardmore 12 December 2016. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Yak 18T ZK-SSR at North Shore Today 14-1-2017

Our only Yakovlev Yak 18T, the locally based ZK-SSR (c/n 07-40) was out in the sun outside the North Shore Aero Club today.  This aircraft was originally registered on the Lithuanian register as LY-ATL and was first registered in New Zealand on 24/11/06 to the Nayland Syndicate of Nelson.  Ownership transferred to  Andrew Park Electronic Security Ltd of Auckland on 20/5/11.

It sure has large doors, and on both sides.

 The preflight was thorough.

Good to taxy.

Take off with the big 9 cylinder Vedeneyev M 14P radial on song.

And off to the famous Saturday lunch at the Dargaville Aero Club.

Saturday at Pauanui

A busy Saturday at Pauanui after a slow start.
The  two Yaks  ZK-YAK and ZK-PTE arrived to practice formation aerobatics with three of the local Yaks. The Sukhoi ZK-SUK also arrived.  
All six doing a formation take off later in the day.
Below the Kawasaki BK117 ZK-IRU (c/n 1101) of Search and Rescue Services Ltd is the Westpac Waikato - King Country Air Ambulance which did a medevac today.
Two aircraft  that have not appeared on this blog previously are the Cessna 182 ZK-DNZ (c/n 18262610) which was the work horse for Alpine Helicopters Ltd / Helicopter Line Ltd / Tourism Holdings Ltd from mid 1974 through until joining its current listed Baxter/Bouma Syndicate in August 1999.
And the Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II ZK-FTR (c/n 28-8216133) arrived in from the USA in mid-1989 for the HB and EC AC at Hastings - and remained there until joining R J and J M Meyer of Rangiora in July 2010.
Below we see the Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-INC (c/n 10940) which was mentioned recently HERE