Friday, 29 July 2016

Ragwing Aircraft of New Zealand (4) - Roger Mann Ragwing Special PT2S

I was previously unaware that we have had one of these aircraft in New Zealand as it was a bit obscure and was inactive for most of its life at Dargaville.

Roger Mann's eighth aircraft design was the Aero Special PT2S with the PT2S standing for Pilot Trainer 2 Seater (actually when you think about it a pilot trainer has to be a 2 seater?).  It was a side by side 2 seater taildragger design with a strut braced high wing.  Its length is 17 feet (5.19 metres) and wingspan is 30 feet (9.14 metres).  Empty weight is around 460 pound (209 Kg) and MAUW is 900 pounds (408 Kg).  Engines can range from the 50 HP Rotax 503 up to 75 HP engines.

Our only Ragwing Special PT2S was ZK-DBC2 (c/n 2003 BC-1) which was built by Brydon Crawford of Tangiteroria, near Dargaville and is photo'd above by Brydon fully assembled and before covering.  ZK-DBC2 was fitted with a 75 HP HAPI engine and it was first registered on 26/9/03.

ZK-DBC2 was completed and assembled at Dargaville where it test flew on 3/4/04  However I believe that it did not fly very successfully.  Its registration was cancelled on 23/4/09.  It is photo'd above by Jean 210 in the back of a hangar at Dargaville in May 2011 where it had languished for some years.

Some time in 2012 the aircraft was purchased by Alan Falconer of Te Kawa in the Waikato and he transported it back to Te Kawa as seen in this photo from the Dargaville Aero Club Windsock magazine from Winter 2012 (thanks to Jean 201 for the reference and Greg Van Der Hulst for the photo)..

I understand that Alan Falconer is still rebuilding the aircraft and as can be seen from this photo by Greg Van Der Hulst he has installed a raised turtle deck that is reckoned to improve the flying characteristics of the aircraft.  So we may see this aircraft registered again, but it will not be as ZK-DBC because ZK-DBC3 has recently been allocated to a Zenair CH 701.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

I spy at NZCH today.

A couple of shots I captured today at Christchurch International.
 Returning from another mission is Christchurch Helicopters Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-HLU4 (c/n 1101).
Pacific Jets Cessna Citation CJ4 ZK-OCB (c/n 525C-0112) is on the visitors park.

Both have featured previously in these pages.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Topdressing Action from Maungaturoto This Afternoon 27-7-2016

Heading back from Dargaville late this afternoon around 5 pm, the wind had dropped and the local Maungaturoto Fletcher 950 ZK-DEQ was out dropping some fertiliser, so I stopped for a couple of loads.


 Take off down the slope...

 The 400 HP Fletcher has a really grunty sound...

 Climb out...

 Back again landing up the slope with a tailwind...

 And loading again for the next drop.

ZK-DEQ is owned by M Hargreaves Ltd of SH 12, Maungaturoto, and here is said State Highway 12.

John Oakes

John Oakes

Gone too soon.

John passed away on Saturday with a farewell service being held in Oamaru this afternoon.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Cessna 172A ZK-WPO

Back on the 10th of July the Wanganui Aero Club held a breakfast ly in at the Flat Hills Strip.
One of the attendees was the Cessna 172A ZK-WPO.
This Cessna 172A was a product of 1960 out of the Cessna plant at Wichita, Kansas and was allocated the US registration of N9832T and the construction number of 47632 on the production line.
This was shipped out to Australia where it became VH-WPC in March of 1960 - the personalised registration of the Whitney Pastoral Co of Carooa, NSW.
They traded up to a Cessna 182 in 1966 and kept their VH-WPC registration - changing the 172 to VH-WPO through Hazair Sales and Services Pty Ltd at Orange in NSW.
It quickly sold to K and M Motors Pty Ltd at Fairy Meadows, NSW but was back with Hazair in 1967 before being on sold to  R J and H M Lynch at Echuca in Victoria in 1968. 
It then had a brief spell with the Civil Flying Service Pty Ltd at Cheltenham Victoria until shifting to Nukarni in WA with G L Brown in 1970.
And we see it below as VH-WPO in November of 1970 - thanks to Geoff Goodhall.
Its last Australian owner was C Brown of Applecross, West Australia from January 1994.
Next thing we know it flys into Auckland from Norfolk Island on 03-06-1994 - Its Australian registration being cancelled on 05-07-1994 and it became ZK-WPO on the following day for A R Miers of Palmerston North.
It is pictured below at Wanaka on 14-04-2006.
It was re-listed to ZK-WPO Ltd (same owner) on 01-09-1999 and then to the Greenhill Partnership of Feilding on 27-05-2015.
A recent ownership change to Jason and Sarah Griffin of Palmerston North took effect from 09-06-2016 and it is seen above on the Flat Hills strip on 10-07-2016 - thanks to Jason.