Monday, 29 August 2016

Where are they now ?. # 1.

The start of an occasional series of posts on ex NZ registered aircraft.
 The Alpha R2160 ZK-CTT2 (c/n 160A-07012) was one of about nine operated by CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd out of Hamilton Airport. It first flew at Hamilton on 26-07-2007.
The above pic was taken at Hamilton on 20-03-2008.
It along with its mates joined Hamilton Aero Maintenance Ltd on 31-10-2009 and then on to Alpha Aviation Manufacturing Ltd from 01-07-2010.
ZK-CTT was cancelled from the NZ register on 09-02-2011 as sold abroad.
It appeared on the UK civil register on 07-03-2011 as G-VZIM with Ian Hollingsworth of Wychbold, Worcs and is still current.
Above pic of G-VZIM comes from David Lunn - taken in 2014 - thanks to the UKCAA.

Titan Mustang ZK-TCV.

A nice photo taken today at Nelson by Lord Nelson of Alan Caudwells' Titan T51 Mustang ZK-TCV (c/n 0081).

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Glasair Sportsmen(?) of New Zealand

The Glasair Sportsman was developed from the Glastar and it first flew in 2003.  It is bigger as a 2+2 seater, is easier to build, and structurally stronger to allow an increased MAUW of 2.350 pounds (1,065 Kg) (compared to the Glastar's 1,960 pounds/889 Kg).  The cabin and baggage areas are bigger, the standard tyres are bigger at 600 X 6 and a new flap system is employed.  The Sportsman also has a new cowling and the rear fuselage is chunkier as well as being one foot longer.  Standard power is also increased to between 180 and 210 HP with the most common engine being the 180 HP Lycoming O-360.

We have had three Sporstman models registered in New Zealand to date:

ZK-SPO (c/n 7071), a 2+2 taildragger model, was built by Graeme Donald of Feilding and was registered to Graeme B and Marie P Donald of Feilding on 6/9/06.  It originally had a Sub4 Subaru engine conversion with a 4 bladed Aerotek prop but it has subsequently been re-powered with a Lycoming O-360 and a 2 bladed prop as in these photos taken at Rangiora on 10/10/14.

Ownership transferred to the Donald's company Airventure NZ Ltd on 20/4/11.

ZK-SPZ (c/n 7422), a 2+2 tri-gear model, was built by Tim Harrison (of Sport Aircraft NZ Ltd, the New Zealand agents for Glasair), at the Glasair factory in Arlington, Washington under their "Two Weeks to Taxi" programme.  It was registered to Timothy J Harrison of Wellsford on 30/4/15 and it first flew on 1/8/15.  The above photo was taken at the 2015 Black Sands flyin at Raglan.

ZK-TTD2 (c/n 7379) is a Sportsman Carbon Fibre model that was built by Glenny Johnson with help from Lester Harris and LAME inspection by Barry Foster.  It was registered to Johnson Aviation Importers of Brightwater on 3/3/15.  The Sportsman Carbon Fibre has a carbon fibre fuselage shell which is lighter and stronger than the standard fibreglass fuselage, and it also has an increased MAUW of 1,134 Kg.  This is the second ZK-TTD with the first being Arthur Wells' Lancair 360 from Ashburton.  In a nice touch the engine, prop and instruments from the first ZK-TTD were incorporated into the new Sportsman ZK-TTD2.  Thanks very much to Glenny Johnson for the photo.

And now I am off to the Pacific too (with very poor timing Mosquito-wise!)

An hour at Rangiora - Sunday 28-08-2016

I passed through NZRT early this afternoon and captured these fine specimens.
 It is always nice to see a real tidy Cessna 180. 
In this case the locally based 180 ZK-BUJ c/n 32950.
Great to talk with you Richard.
I covered this back in April 2015 at :-
 Work continues on the assembly and certification of the Rotax 914 turbocharged powered Zenith CH701 STOL SP ZK-DBC3  (c/n 7-5464) at STOL Performance NZ at Rangiora for James Herlihy of Patearoa.
This first popped up on the US register as N510DM in October of 2005 with David Allerheiligen and Mike Burns of Fort Collins, Colorado - with ownership moving solely to Mike Burns in January of  2013.
The first ZK-DBC was a Cherokee Six 300 - now known as ZK-PDX, and the second allocation was a Roger Mann Ragwing PT2S.
 The Mike Godfrey Denney Kitfox IV ZK-KIV (c/n 1642) is feeling for the ground with Mike Small keeping a wary eye on proceedings from the right hand seat.
 A fine Sunday afternoon activity is watching somebody else doing the hard yards. 
In this case we have Trevor Shadbolt about to hangar his AutoGyro Calidus ZK-RCZ.
 Although listed with Paul Stewart of Christchurch since June of 2013 - this is the first occasion I have seen the Cirrus Design SR22 'GTS' ZK-VMA (c/n 1618). 
This previously served as ZK-YUG2 between late 2007 and mid 2013.
Just back from a fine Sunday jolly was Phil Richards and his Europa Classic ZK-MOF (c/n 130).
This will receive its correct size spinner in the near future.

Pacific bound Beech

Ronan Harvey and his Beech D18S N43927 (c/n A-26) are on the move.
Following some TLC by Callum and his team at Twenty24 at Wanaka, including a pair of new P and W 985's it has made its was up to Auckland.
 Above N43927 still on the jacks outside the Twenty24 facility at Wanaka.
Harvard '57' is ZK-TVI (T6).
 Looking sweet.
 Heading up Lake Hawea looking towards 'The Neck' and Lake Wanaka.
Nice to see that Vince's camera has picked up the Hamilton Standard prop swirl. 
Above - Parked up at Auckland with two young Friendships, two Metros, a similar aged DC3 and a modern day executive jet.
43927 is heading for a holiday up into the Pacific with Vince Gardner in the hot seat. It is expected back in NZ later in the year.
There have been several mentions of this lovely aircraft on this site previously.
Thanks to Vince Gardner for the pics.