Monday, 1 September 2014

Golden Eagle ZK-KBF

Cessna 421B Golden Eagle c/n 421B-0943 was allocated the US registration of N5393J whilst on the production line but instead became VH-ADG on 29-10-1975 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (West Australian Section) at Jandakot, West Australia.
At the end of its Flying Doctor days it was sold to Rex Aviation Pty Ltd at Bankstown on 13-10-1986.
It was ferried from Australia via Norfolk Island into Auckland on 19-12-1986 and then flew down to Hamilton for heavy maintenance before being registered as ZK-KBF on 28-04-1987 for Monarch Aviation (NZ) Ltd of Dunedin. The registration letters being the initials of Karen and Bruce Fulton.
Below is a photograph of her at Christchurch on 01-06-1987 wearing "Lasercorp" on the nose.
A few months later ownership moved to Christchurch Corporate Charters (ie Bruce Fulton) on 27-10-1987; and then to PDL Industries Ltd  /  Lasercorp  / A Bunn of Christchurch from 07-03-1990.
It is seen below at Christchurch on 21-04-1994 with "Corporate One" on its nose. 
A few months later on 11-10-1994 it changed hands to Garden City Helicopters Ltd.
Pic below at Christchurch on 23-04-1995. It now wears "Garden City Helicopters" on its nose; "Air Ambulance" on wing tip and upper fuselage; and "Christchurch Air Rescue Trust" on its rear fuselage side.
Below it is at Timaru with AVTEK receiving attention on 16-12-1999.
Now with "ACC" forward of the door.
Below : As seen at Christchurch on 09-04-2001.
Below : NZ Flying Doctor Service now on fuselage side and NZFDS badge on forward fuse.
At Christchurch on 29-05-2001.
Below : By 18-08-2003 we have a completely new colour scheme.
Between March and October of 2004 it was away getting spar modifications carried out and it flew again on 28-10-2004.
It does not appear to have changed much since. Above it is near is hangar at Christchurch on 09-12-2010; and below refuelling at the Canterbury Aero Club pumps on 25-11-2011.
Final view below is at Timaru again with the Cessna 404 ZK-NDY behind.
It has been in a hangar on the western side of Christchurch airport for some while - having been advertised fore sale. I believe it has been sold to an Australian who has cannibalised it for parts.
So ends the working life of another old faithful flying machine.

Question time # 172

                                                        Question time # 172
I thought it was about time to give away another chocky fish.
SO - What have we got here ?
I want the make and model;
 And in case of a flood of correct answers - tell me what you know about the tire pressure ?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Isaacs Fury ZK-CYO.

I have a two more gems from Rob Pierre showing his father John at work.
 These two views show John starting the Isaacs Fury II ZK-CYO (c/n AACA/70/1) for one of its very early test flight. That would date the photographs about March of 1979.
And below an old shot from Russell Woods showing ZK-CYO airborne during the AACA fly-in at Pudding Hill in January 1981.
Below is another view from Pudding Hill from Dave Paull dated 25-01-1981.
ZK-CYO/K2040 (c/n AACA/70/1), was started by Lew Hale of Ngarua and registered by him on 14-01-1969.
 Lew sold the project to Peter Dyer of Christchurch on 06-05-77, and Peter completed the aircraft in February/March of 1979.
  It was sold to Les Worsley of Hamilton on 04-08-1982 and then Peter Dyer bought it back again on 02-05-1991 and based it at Taupo.
 It was then sold to The Sky's The Limit of Taupo on 04-02-1999 and then to Barrie Girdler of Christchurch on 17-05-2001 who re-designated is as a Class 1 microlight from 29-05-2001.
It was then to Richard O'Neill-Dean of Dunedin on 26-01-2004. I believe at about this stage the seating and leg room was adjusted to accept the tall frame of the new owner.
Finally it was bought by Des Lines of Swannanoa on 03-10-2005.
 Now two shot taken on Charlie Drapers strip near Darfield on 22-04-2012. The above view shows the chequered upper wing pattern - not often seen, and below is the well equipped cockpit.
 Finally below is a recent shot taken at Swannanoa on 27-04-2014.
So it hasn't changed much in all those years.

Saturdays Gore fly-in and BBQ

Yesterday (Saturday 30-08-2014) there was a gathering at the Gore Airfield.
Vince Gardner reports on the day.
There was not a bad turn out with something different for every one to see.
Cessna 172L ZK-DAY (c/n 59825) is the Bullmore aircraft up from Balfour. It has just completed its Annual.
 The guys liked seeing the new Tecnam P92 Eaglet U/L ZK-DDE2  c/n 1479, which was registered to Bill Hopcroft of Balfour on 17-04-2014.
 The Cessna 172L ZK-DFX is c/n 60682 is Tapanui based with Keith Falconer.
As a new aircraft this was with the South Otago Aero Club at Balclutha from November 1972 until March 1973 when an incident saw it back with Rex Aviation for a rebuild.
 A selection of Rans aircraft called in: 
Bradley York has his Rans S6S Coyote II ZK-KNI (c/n 11293576) was in from Wyndham. This now has new carbon fibre cowls, supplied by Craig Miller, making a 10-15 kt cruise speed difference and a great weight saving, although they still want paint.
That is Dave Scobie's Rans S-6ES Coyote II ZK-JLE beyond, with the Fiordland Clubs Alpi next in line and Rans ZK-LBD at the far end.
 Rans S-6S ZK-LDB (c/n 11111951) is Lindsay Baird's Coyote II from Otautau, with the Gore Aero Clubs Rans S-6ES Coyote II ZK-COJ2 in the background.
 The Fiordland Aero Club's Alpi Pioneer 200 ZK-LPA (c/n 2021) is here on loan for a few days,

 ZK-MAU I hadnt seen before. This Jodel D.11 is c/n AACA/397, which tells us that it was built by Jack Millett and first registered in October of 1981. George Taylor of Mossburn took it over on 15-09-2011. The Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote art works are a different touch.

The Gore Gore Aero Club's Cessna 172N ZK-WHY (c/n 70200) is looking neat in it's latest paint scheme.   [This pic actually taken at Hastings on 07-03-2014].

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Question time # 172

I thought it was about time to give away another chocky fish.
SO - What have we got here ?
I want the make and model;
 And in case of a flood of correct answers - tell me what you know about the tire pressure ?