Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cessna T182T ZK-ZZR

Magnaman did a round of Ardmore today and captured most of what MRC had seen and posted earlier.
However here is a new one.
The 2010 model Cessna T182T Skylane TC ZK-ZZR (c/n T18209013) which is ex N9020Q and as registered to Izard Pacific Aviation of Taupo on 05-08-2014.

A few from Ardmore 19 August

Tucked up hard against a hangar at Ardmore was Mooney M20C ZK-CPF.  this 1966 edition Mooney first appeared on the ZK register in 1986 registered to K R Mckay of Tuakau.  It is currently listed with M20C Mooney Syndicate, North Shore, and has received a new coat of paint since I last saw it.  

A new addition to the Dennis Thompson International sales yard is Jabiru J230UL ZK-DIZ. This example joined the NZ register in 2010 and built mostly at Foxpine over a two year period.  Designed as a four seater it was registered as a microlight class two (ie two seater).  Power is from a 2.2 litre, Jabiru engine.  Its first flight was at Paraparaumu by Max Saunders on 29 December 2010.  The ZK-DIZ registration was chosen because Dennis Jacobs, who built the aircraft, had previously operated Piper PA28-140 Cruiser ZK-DIZ between 1986 and 2002.  This aircraft later became ZK-MIU and was exported to Australia.

Lastly, we found a recent addition to the register in the form of Lancair ES ZK-EDZ.  This smart machine was imported from the USA by D Frost of Waitakere.  It first appeared on the FAA listings back on 04 September 2003 as N764ES and was cancelled as exported to NZ on 29 October 2013.  This is the second use of the marks EDZ, the first were applied to a Taylor JT-1 Monoplane that ended its days in the sea off Gore Bay in 1993.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

ZK-HKT yesterday and today at Ardmore

Aerospatiale AS 350B2 ZK-HKT msn 2330 ex SE-JIH was registered to Airwork (NZ) Ltd on 9-7-17. The top photo show's it as it was yesterday while the lower two photo's show it in the livery of HeliScope PNG test flying at Ardmore this afternoon. Obviously soon to head off to PNG.

RANS S 10 Sakotas of New Zealand

The two seat S 10 Sakota was developed from the single seat S 9 Chaos, and it first appeared two years after the S 9, in 1988.  It is a snug two seater that was designed for single seat aerobatics or to be able to fly two up cross country.  It has the same construction and the same wing as the S 9, and is stressed to +6G and -4G for solo aerobatics.

The S 10's length is 17 feet 10 inches (5.44 metres) and its wingspan is 24 feet (7.32 metres).  The wing is 95 square feet in area.  Empty weight is around 460 pounds (209 Kg) and MAUW is 1,009 pounds (458 Kg).  The original engine was a Rotax 582 engines up to 100 HP can be fitted.  With a 582 engine, cruise is around 110 mph and stall is at 45 mph.

We have had four S 10 Sakotas in New Zealand to date, and all are still current.

ZK-SIO was mostly built by Bruce Drake at Rangiora for Peter A Groundwater of Rakaia and it was first registered on 22/6/93,.  This was just a couple of months after our first RANS S 6, S 9 and S 12 and about the same time as our first S 14, all of which were the result of East Canterbury Aviation hitting the ground running as the RANS agents.  It suffered an accident at Cust on 31/8/97 when it struck a fence on landing, and it was cancelled on 12/12/97.  However, it was rebuilt by Robert M Payne of Hamilton and was re-registered to him on 13/2/01.  It is photo'd at Raglan on 12/3/05.  Finally, it was sold to Thompson Aeronautical Ltd (Brent Thompson) of Christchurch on 29/12/10 and it is currently registered with them, but under rebuild.

ZK-SWJ was built by Wayne Richmond of Stratford (who later went on to build Sonerais), and it was first registered on 11/10/93.  It was then sold to RL Seebeck of Hawera on 21/10/04 so it has been a Taranaki plane all of its life.  It is also photo'd at Raglan on 12/3/05.

ZK-ECA was built by Russell Brodie and was first registered to East Canterbury Aviation on 24/2/94.  It has a 75 HP Rotax 618 engine (which is a big 2 stroke).  Ownership transferred to PW James of Timaru on 15/6/99, to JR Main of Hamilton on 15/5/01, then quickly to PD (Peggy) Perry of Rotokauri on 18/6/01, the to JS Walker of Hamilton on 20/5/04.  Finally it came full circle with ownership transferring back to East Canterbury Aviation on 20/5/06, and it is now on line at Rangitata Island.  The above photo was taken at the 2011 SAANZ Flyin at Ashburton, on 5/2/11.

And ZK-CLT is our most recent S 10, being built by Craig L Thomas (assisted by Phil Richards) of Christchurch and being registered to Craig on 3/2/08.  Craig moved to Auckland and based ZK-CLT at Te Kowhai where the above photo was taken on heading out to the 2011 Black Sands Flyin on 12/11/11.  Ownership changed to the Chen Syndicate of Auckland on 22/6/14, with whom it is still current.

I am not aware of any more S 10s being built in New Zealand so these four may be our lot.

Dargaville on Sunday 17-08-2014

Jean210 reports from Dargaville.
New Aeroprakt 22-LS Foxbat ZK-FBT (msn 217) was registered on 08-08-2014 and gained its SAC CofA on 15th and was handed over to John Wiessing at Pukekohe the following day. It was then flown to Dargaville and had 6 hours on arrival and 9 hours by the end of the day.
Here it will remain to become acquainted with its owner, before moving to John’s STOLport hidden within his avocado orchard near Whangarei.
John previously operated the Eipper Quicksilver MX II ZK-MXP and still has the Quicksilver GT400S ZK-FVZ listed.
And speaking of the Quicksilver GT400S ZK-FYZ here is a pic of it being flown by John's son David.
That looks like "Play Station" beyond.
HeliNorth recently returned the Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HQV off lease.
 and is now operating ZK-IPZ (msn 11803) from Helisiki.