Friday, 4 September 2015

Three from NZRT this day 04-09-2015.

Gary Hood's faithful olde Cessna 180A ZK-BUF (c/n 32935) was in for some routine maintenance.
Did you know it was used for target towing experiments in January of 1961 and has also done North Cape to Bluff in 7 hrs and 26 minutes. 
[I just thought that you needed to know that].
Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HTB6 (c/n 11259) from The Alpine Group at Wanaka was just having its blades tethered. 
Pse excuse the rain drops on the camera lens !
Previously ZK-HGU3 from mid-2006 it joined The Alpine Group on 20-07-2012 and was re-registered to ZK-HTB6  on 01-08-2012.
Something new is the Zenith STOL CH750 (c/n 75-8871) destined to become ZK-VKG for a Wanganui owner.
Built by  Clyde Rychel of Mims, Florida as N5970H it received its USA certification on 04-09-2013.
The engine is a 1.5 litre Honda block fitted with all the Viking mods to give 110hp.
But wait - Thats not all.
A bonus pic.
Also new in country is this Piper PA-22-150 Caribbean tail dragger which was listed as ZK-ZTH to Tony Hay on 21-08-2015. It is ex VH-GMH (c/n 22-6967) and dates from late 1959.
This pic was taken on 28-08-2015 - It has since lost its "VH" markings.

Cessna 180H ZK-PKD

Cessna 180H c/n 51548 was allocated the US registration of N2748X but this re-allocated VH-PKD whilst on the production line at Cessna and was listed to Rex Aviation at Bankstown on 26-10-1965.
Below assembled, with hopper, and ready to go at Bankstown in late October 1965. 
Pic by Mike Croker via the Ian Coates collection
I believe it was leased to several operators over the next couple of years and we see it below with spray gear fitted at Jandakot thanks to the Merv Prime collection.
Ownership was transferred to Hazelton Air Service at Cudal, NSW during 1967,
 and then to R A Royds in July of 1975.
Below are two views I shot of it at Moorabbin on 18-03-1977.

It was struck off the Australian register on 28-03-1979 and was flown across the Tasman reaching NZ on 21-04-1979 having been registered as ZK-PKD to one Richard A Royds of Auckland on 29-03-1979.
Below we see her at Ardmore on 04-09-1979 with the "VH" removed from its rudder and the full ZK-PKD markings on the fuselage - as would be required for the trans Tasman flight.
Below we have a new colour scheme - as seen at Christchurch on 21-11-1980.
Richard passed it on to Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Christchurch on 26-06-1981 who in turn sold it to Airflite South Ltd at Taieri on 31-08-1981.
On 15-12-1981 it was transferred to J E Fletcher of Timaru and then to Buttercup Alpine Resorts Ltd at National Park from 16-05-1983.
Since 28-07-1983 it has been listed to G W Galpin of Marton.
Below we see it at Rangiora on 25-10-2007.
And finally at Rangiora again but on 08-02-2015.

737-319 ZK-NGJ.

Parked up and still fully dressed in its ANZ scheme at the ANZES hangar at Christchurch is the Boeing 737-319 ZK-NGJ (c/n 25609)
Its final revenue earning flight was from Auckland to Christchurch on 10-08-2015.

ANZ's last 737 ZK-NGI should join it on the 21st of this month following its final tour of the country.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

ZK-RTE's excitement at NZCH

Henry has sent in the following link to the incident involving the Piper PA-28 Arrow ZK-RTE.

There is not much dialogue until about .55 seconds into the  clip !

Published on Aug 30, 2015
5 miles off the coast there was a huge bang and then the engine began running very rough. Declared mayday with Christchurch Control then immediately changed to Christchurch Tower and declared again. We started limping to the coast. Could only maintain 110 mph (best glide in the PA-28R-200 is 105 mph). Had to limp up the Waimakariri river, down to 400' into special VFR poor weather at Christchurch. Got very low and 1/4 mile from the runway as we started over the ALS lights, the engine really began banging and developing even less power, down to 200' and not looking good. Tower warned up we did not have landing gear extended, but we knew that. Watch the yellow gear in transit light high on the instrument, as, we had to extend the gear literally just before landing. The yellow light goes out as the gear is locked down. If we'd put the gear out an earlier, we wouldn't have made the runway. Neither Craig nor I stopped the engine, it did that all by itself! The tower controller was fantastic, many thanks to Airways staff at Christchurch and the fire turn out that thank god we didn't actually need. I was right hand seat and did 75% or the radio, gear and flaps and assisted Craig who was flying pilot in command. Well bloody done Craig!

RTE was parked outside on the western grass tie downs yesterday afternoon, below.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Continuing on from Question time # 180.
I have found the misplaced photographs of the RNZAF Beaver
 Above and below we see NZ6001 on the training course at Mount Cook in 1957.
Main wheels with retractable skis.
And another view on the Tasman Glacier 1957.
 Below we see NZ6001 at Depot 480 during the 1957-58 season. I believe a John Claydon photo.
Note the ski only set up and the partially hidden windsock.
Note also the "Trans Antarctic Expedition" signage on the cowling and the "DH" patch on the fin.
Also no silver fern in the roundel.

 Above we see it as NZ6010 at Wigram.
Silver fern now in the roundel. The "DH" patch has gone from fin and cowling now carries "RNZAF Antarctic Flight"
 Above NZ6010 being unloaded at the ice edge - for the last time.
 And two shots of some maintenance being carried out on the ice out from Scott Base.

 Oops !