Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hughes 269C 300C ZK-HBS/2 at Ardmore1994
Heli-Sika Ltd., Taupo






Saturday, 20 September 2014

ZK-HBS revisited.

I have been asked off blog if I have pics of the two earlier ZK-HBS's.
This is what I've got.
 The original ZK-HBS was a Hiller UH-12E with the c/n 2301. Built as N9795C and listed in March 1964 to the Puerto Rico Resources Authority. Ownership went briefly to G E Mattern sometime in 1966 before it came to NZ and became ZK-HBS with Whirlwide Helicopters Ltd of Hastings on 10-03-1967. It first flew in NZ during May and was then posted down South.
At about this time is was named "Blossom".
It had a bit of an incident at Haast on 16-03-1968 and another at Teretonga on 23-01-1969.
It was relisted to Whirl-Wide Aviation Ltd at Timaru on 01-11-1969.
On 12-06-1970 it had a tail rotor strike in the Selbourne Range (not far inland from Jacksons Bay) and was destroyed by fire.
Its registration was cancelled on 24-06-1970.
Both photographs were taken at Invercargill. Top one on in December of 1968 and the shot below on 24-01-1969.

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Issue two of the ZK-HBS marks went to the Hughes 269C with the c/n of 82-0157.
This came out of the Hughes Tool Company plant at Carlsbad, California as N9689F in about August of 1972. First operator was the City of Columbus Police Division, at Columbus Ohio followed by Flight Centre Co Inc of Tulsa Oklahoma during 1974 and then Sierra Bravo Corp'n in 1977.
On 01-12-1978 it joined the ranks of the City of North Miami Beach Police. By February 1983 it was working with the Caribbean Chopper Corp'n of Naples, Florida and was listed to Greenpeace International Inc of Washington DC in November 1985.
It was noted at Ardmore in November of 1986 and then in storage at Taupo. Its US registration was cancelled in October 1988.
 My only photos of her are as N9689F as seen at Garden City Helicopters, Christchurch on 10-03-1988.
It was registered as ZK-HBS2 on 25-10-1988 to P G Avery and P A Westbury at Taupo, and then solely to P G Avery at Kinloch on 05-12-1989.
Heli-Sika of Poronui were next from 28-04-1992 (although it was with them during 1991) and then Te Onepu Helicopters (1992) Ltd of Taupo from 14-07-1995.
It was damaged during a hover training flight at Poronui on 26-09-1998 and its registration was cancelled on 16-11-1998.
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ZK-HBS3, as mentioned in the previous post, came along in February 2002
 These two pics of ZK-HBS3 were taken (above) at on Palmerston North on 01-04-2004, and below at Taupo on 03-03-2008.
Just as a reminder : the small number following the registration is an unofficial addition by aviation enthusiasts.
If a registration has been issued more than once then a number is added to indicate which allocation is being discussed.
I think we are up to the 7th allocation of some helicopter registrations so far.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Kawasaki Hughes 369 ZK-HBS

Spied at HELiPRO at Christchurch yesterday.
Must be something of interest about that rotor head.
KHI Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS ZK-HBS3 (c/n 6622) was built as JA9083 and registered in Japan on 26-07-1972.
It was imported by Rotor Flite NZ Ltd and became ZK-HBS on 05-02-2002 before going to Rick Lucas Helicopters Ltd (trading as HELiPRO) on 03-10-2003.
The first ZK-HBS was a Hiller UH12 and the second allocation went to an ex Greenpeace Hughes 269.

Homegrown Two Seat Homebuilt Aircraft of New Zealand (1) - Skyflight Mynah 2

Although the first two seater Bantam B 22 had first appeared in 1986, it was not a homebuilt aircraft but rather a factory built aircraft.

So that leaves the Skyflight Mynah 2 as the first in the series of homegrown two seat homebuilt aircraft of New Zealand.  This aircraft had no commonality with the earlier single seat Mynah aircraft, although both were designed by Wallace and Robert McNair of Auckland.  The prototype Mynah 2 was powered by a 65 HP 2 cylinder horizontally opposed Arrow engine from Italy.  Construction was a fibreglass fuselage and the wings were constructed of of folded aluminium channel extrusions for the spars, pressed aluminium ribs and an aluminium leading edge, with the covering being very light weight Mylar.  The fuel tanks were in the leading edge of the lower wings.  It flew well with a cruise of around 70 mph.  Empty weight was around 220 Kg and MAUW was 449 Kg.

It was a different layout to most of the other microlights of the time (which were mostly side by side high wing machines such as the Quicksilver and Mirage). You can see in the photo that the top wing was swept to allow access to the front cockpit.   It was designed with an eye to production but this never eventuated.

ZK-FWT (c/n 001/MAANZ/450) was built by the McNairs and also by Alan Stewart of Tuatapere, to whom the aircraft was first registered on 25/10/90.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at Matamata around 1991.  It was sold to RA Hansen of Huntly on 30/8/93.  It is still currently registered and it is kept in a hangar at Glen Murray, although I believe it hasn't flown for several years.


A couple of helicopters at Ardmore today


Bell 429 ZK-IXW msn 57026 operated by Advanced Flight Ltd of Onehunga. Originally registered as such on 20-1-11 it was re-registered to ZK-HXW on 23-11-11 before becoming ZK-IXW again on 23-7-14. Another Bell 429 operated by the same company was  registered as  ZK-HXW on 4-8-14
Robinson R44 II ZK-HYF msn 10223 operated by Helitek Ltd Papakura. Not often you see a helicopter at Ardmore minus doors.