Monday, 26 January 2015

ZK-IKB Ardmore 24-01-2015 at approx 1330 hours.

I have had the following request from the pilot of the Robinson R44 ZK-IKB :-
"Hi there, I was flying this aircraft around the time above (24-01-2015 at 1330 hrs) and was curious to know if you where the gentleman taking photos. Would love a copy if so".
Regards Jivann 

It certainly was not Blue Bus - as I was pottering around at Mount Cook airfield at about this time.
Anyone manage to get a photo of this helicopter about this time ?

Wingless trio moving on - or off !

 As part of the HELiPRO collapse - part of their fleet of flying training machines at Tauranga are being moved on to new places.
 Here we see Cessna A152 ZK-DAD2 (c/n A1520768) about to depart and Cessna 152 ZK-NAN3 (c/n 15283265) and Cessna 152 ZK-JCC2 (c/n 15285335) awaiting their turn.
Pics taken at Tauranga yesterday thanks to Darryn Bennett.

Drury visit on Saturday 24th # 2

Now some more shots of the gliders as captured by Magnaman from Drury last Saturday.
 One of only two in country is this Schleicher ASK 21 ZK-GAK2 (c/n 21860). This two seat trainer joined the Auckland Gliding Club on 04-11-2009.
 This somewhat earlier two seat trainer is a Schleicher Ka4 Rhonlerche. ZK-GCL (c/n 938/61). This one began is career with the Ruapehu Gliding Club in about mid 1961. It was damaged at Raetihi on 19-04-1970 but was restored to the register by Temple Martin on 12-07-1972. It was listed to the Taupo Gliding Club on 30-04-1974 and remained with them until sold to John Shearer of Whangarei on 16-12-1996. It went on line with the Whangarei District Gliding Club who took up ownership from 06-08-2004. On 14-09-2007 it was withdrawn and its registration was cancelled.
I hear that Maurice Honey now owns it and has intentions of fitting an engine in the rear.
 We have had the honour of having four Slingsby T51 Dart 15's on our register - Two still survive. ZK-GDW (c/n FMD88) is one of them. Built from a Slingsby supplied kit by Fred Dunn at Christchurch it first flew on 04-10-1964 for Jack Hanlon and Peter Renshaw of Taieri. Mike Smith of Auckland recorded a change of ownership on 02-11-1972. Still looking tidy.
 I am not sure about the noose ! but the glider probably belonged in the earlier powered posting from Drury - being the Schempp-Hirth Discus 2cT ZK-GFR (c/n 2) of Jonathon Cross. It has the Solo 2350 retractable sustainer engine.
This glider first flew in Germany as D-KOZX4 before dashing over to the US to become N93FR with Frank Pascale of Julian, Pennsylvania from 24-03-2005. It was damaged near its home base and was imported into NZ by Sailplane Services Ltd of Drury for repair.
Jonathon took it over from 20-08-2010.
 Above we have the Schleicher ASW 15 ZK-GGO (c/n 15069). This first flew on 21-11-1970 and has passed through a bunch of owners. After damage at Feilding in January of 2007 it was repaired by Sailplane Services and was listed to Geoff Gaddes on 16-09-2007.
 ZK-GKR (c/n 81) is the Schempp-Hirth HS7 Mini Nimbus as imported by Peter Lyons of Hastings and registered on 18-10-1978. It first flew here two days earlier. It was re-designated as a Mini Nimbus B on 04-11-1992 and took up residence with its current owner Bruce Barber of Auckland from 24-07-2011
 This Schempp-Hirth Discus B ZK-GPV (c/n 120) has been listed with the GPV Syndicate since 20-03-2013.
 This is the Schleicher ASW 27-18E (marketed as the ASG29) ZK-GRT (c/n 29561) with the personalised registration letters RT for Russell Thorne of Papakura. It can be fitted with wingtips to give either a fifteen or eighteen metre wingspan. As above the tips are removed for reduced storage space. It is also powered  by the Solo 2350 sustainer motor of around 20hp.
Last we have a collection of used glider bits including a portion of the Schempp-Hirth Ventus bT ZK-GVG which crashed at Opaheke on 30-01-2010. The very broken fuselage looks like something older - maybe a Cirrus ?
Sorry about all the canopy covers - but that is they way things are with gliders when they are not in flying mode.

A Drury visit on Saturday the 24th #1

Magnaman visited Drury on Saturday the 24th.
A selection of his photographs appear below.
Firstly the power brigade.
 The Piako Gliding Clubs Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee ZK-BZA (c/n 25-2168) was on site. This Pawnee went direct from being assembled and registered to Airwork on 12-11-1962 to Aerial Farming (Holdings) Ltd at Palmerston North after its first flight in NZ on 20-03-1963. On 09-04-1968 it was with the Piako Gliding Club.
The Limbach L2000 powered Hoffman H-36 Dimona ZK-GCB2 (c/n 3537) has a military history.
Grob G109 ZK-GOC (c/n 6145) is from the 109 Syndicate of Auckland. This motor glider came onto the register initially as ZK-BDR with Drake Aviation on 22-12-1982 and became ZK-GOC on delivery to the Club on 13-07-1983.
After bringing the Otago Club to its knees it went to Omarama Enterprises Ltd from 03-07-1986 and then to its current owner on 06-09-1989.
The Slingsby T61C Falke was registered to Slingsby Sailplanes on 07-02-1973.It gained its NZ CofA as ZK-DOI on 18-07-1983 with the Auckland Gliding Club and first flew on the 28th. I believe there were two test pilots. Bryan Cox for the power side and Graham Player for the gliding side.
The engine was the Pieper Stork-Stamo 1500/2.
Ownership passed to Paul Schofield on 18-10-2007 with its registration being revoked on 26-08-2008.
I believe an engine change and upgrade was under way from 2011.
 ZK-PZM (c/n 140542) is a PZL-104 Wilga 35 which spent its first ten years in the UK as G-BJAU and following refurbishment in Poland it became ZK-PZM for Dougal Dallison of Auckland on 11-05-1992. I believe the NZ Police had a play with it before it was delivered down to Norm Davis of Waimate in late January of 1994. Here it picked up the name "Drag N Fly" which it still wears today. From February 2001 it had three Auckland owners followed by the RNZAF Base Auckland Aviation Sports Club from 21-03-2014.
Following refurbishment by Aero Tech at Ardmore it was delivered to Whenuapai on 28-06-2014.
 Peter Robson built this Europa Monowheel XS ZK-RPR (c/n 406). Rotax 912 powered it was registered on 19-05-2003 and sold to Pat Driessen of Auckland on 22-07-2010. Interestingly Pat also has the Europa XS Tri Gear ZK-VMC which he imported in late 2011, and the glider Schempp-Hirth Ventus cT ZK-GOP.
Finally we see the Aeroprakt A-22LS ZK-LFB (c/n 221) of Lite Flight Green NZ Ltd.

Te Kuiti 18-1-2015

Our trip up the North Island took in Feilding for lunch (pretty quiet), Turangi (where RV 3 ZK-XRD was still in its bare metal scheme in the hangar), Taumaranui (where 2 hangars were locked - Minicab ZK-LDL was in one of them), and on to Te Kuiti which offered some different aircraft, as follows:

Super Air Cresco 08-600 ZK-LTT was tied down in the early evening sun.

And there were several aircraft in open fronted hangars and well covered from the elements.  For example, the above photo is of our other type of Beaver:  the Beaver Enterprises Beaver RX 550 ZK-WSP ( ex ZS-WSP).

Other well covered aircraft included the straight tail Cessna 172 ZK-REV2 for a Te Awamutu owner, A visiting Piper PA 28R-200 Cherokee Arrow ZK-EBE from Auckland, and locally owned Cessna 182P ZK-RLG2 , Cessna 150H ZK-CTB2 and Quad City Challenger II ZK-MHK.