Sunday, 22 October 2017

Another Silentium Diesel at Ardmore

Another aircraft I photo'd at Ardmore last week was the Ardmore Flying School's Cessna 172R ZK-LAT.

This has been posted on the blog previously, but it is now Silentium Diesel powered, with a 3 bladed propellor.  I guess that the Ardmore Flying School may have a programme to re-power their C 172s with these new diesel engines.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Labour weekend at Taupo Airport offered the latest addition to the Taupo Tandem Skydiving fleet, a very busy Cessna 208 ZK-TTS,  and a trio of all white Robinson R44s which havent appeared on this blog before.

These were Opotiki Helicopters ZK-HBV,  Helilink/Inflite ZK-HXB,  and ZK-IKU which is registered to Heli Hire of Rotorua.


A weekend visit to Matamata revealed both the Piako Gliding Club and New Zealand Aviation/ Middle Earth Flying School busy, despite the gusty conditions.

The former was using the colourful highly modified Pawnee 260 ZK-CNC,  while another 2017 addition to the growing NZ Aviation fleet is 172N ZK-JEZ.

Homegrown Two Seat Homebuilt Aircraft of New Zealand (7) - Stoof Joyrider

Rino Stoof of Cambridge built his Stoof Joyrider in the late 1990s/early 2000s and got it to the stage of carrying out engine runs.  Unfortunately it never made it into the air, but I include it here because it was registered with CAA.

The tri-gear Stoof Joyrider was of all-wooden construction and had removeable wings and tailplane.  It had a wingspan of around 10 metres and a length of around 6 metres.  It was powered by a 2 litre EJ 20 Subaru engine with a Hintz gearbox and was fitted with a Ballistic Recovery Parachute.

ZK-RYD (c/n 05/01) was registered to Rino P P Stoof of Cambridge on 14/4/05.  The above photo is from the internet but I do not have a record of where.  It was withdrawn and cancelled from the register on 8/5/13.

Thursdays patrol at NZCH

A few minutes at the western side of Christchurch International on Thursday  the 19th reaped the following :-
 The Taylorcraft 20 Ranchwagon ZK-BQM (c/n 20-014) has found a new owner with Philip Wilby of Christchurch and has been removed from its long time park on the Western grass. 
It is seen above in the Canterbury Aero Club Engineering facility with wings removed. 
It has been mentioned several time before - see  HERE.
 Over at Heli Maintenance Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd had their Aerospatiale AS 350
BA ZK-HNX3 (/n 1828) parked outside.
In the Heli Maintenance hangar I found the Schweizer 269C N60718 (c/n S1618) working its way to become ZK-IIL2 with Mountain Helicopters Ltd of Christchurch.

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Couple of Others at Ardmore 19-10-2017

There were also a couple of out of town visitors at Ardmore yesterday:

Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-WBF (c/n 117) was visiting from Tauranga.  It carries the title "Pilot: Jim Smylie"below the cockpit.  It was first registered on 17/8/05.

Cessna 182S ZK-STC (c/n 18280175) was visiting from New Plymouth where it is owned by the Vause Trusts Partnership.  It was first registered on 28/8/98 so it has been around for a while but it has not been featured on the blog previously.  The Vause Trusts Partnership also owns the Yak 52 ZK-PTE and the L 39 Albatros ZK-VLK.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Warbirds at Ardmore Today 19-10-2017

A visit to Ardmore this afternoon saw quite a bit of action as it was the nicest day we have had in Auckland for a long time.  Some NZ Warbirds aircraft were out enjoying the flying conditions:

Ryan ST 3KR ZK-RYN (c/n 2062) "853" is now owned by NZ Warbirds (ownership transferred on 11/3/16), and is active again with Warbirds pilots getting type ratings.

Three Harvards "NZ 1065", "NZ 1057" and "NZ 1053" rejoined overhead in formation before peeling off for landings.

Warbirds chief pilot Frank Parker shutting down NZ 1065.  It carries less logos than when I last photographed it, with only the Roaring 40s logo remaining.

And at Avspecs the next Mosquito is coming along nicely.

ZK-CSE in new Company scheme.

Jean210 captured this Diamond DA20-C1 Katana ZK-CSE (c/n C0402) at Dargaville on the 16th.
It has lost its CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd markings and now carries the L3 CTS Airline Academy (NZ) Ltd's new marks.

Question time 199 resolved.

As usual

Mit from Takaka has provided sufficient detail to receive the chocolate fish.

The aircraft in question is the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee ZK-DJI.

See seperate post on this aircraft.

Piper PA-28-140 ZK-DJI

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee c/n 28-22537 popped up on the Australian register as VH-PWA1 on 17-04-1967 with Westaviation Pty Ltd of Jandakot, West Australia.
By 01-11-1967 it was listed with A J Mullins of Perth.
It departed Perth on 04-12-1972 and ferried across to New Zealand and became ZK-DJI on 16-01-1973 with the same owner -  A J (Jim) Mullins, of Christchurch.
Above we see it at Christchurch on 26-04-1973 still wearing is Jim Mullins Performance Tuning signage from Belmont West Australia.
Now two views of it outside the Wellington Aero Club's clubhouse and Ivan East's maintenance shop on 20-09-1973.
Below is a photo from Allan Wooller showing it at an airshow at Tauranga in March 1975.
ZK-DJI was sold to WKG (Graham) and E C (Ena) Monk *of Rotorua from 09-04-1975.
CMM captured it at Invercargill in June of 1976 with a change of colour and wearing the Kittyhawk/AOPA badge on the rear of the fuselage.
Below Allan Wooller captured it at Paraparaumu at another (Airwomans ?) gathering in March of 1977.
By 17-05-1988 we have another scheme - back to red again - as seen at Christchurch.
Four Seasons Tours of Ashburton became the owners from 24-05-1988 and it received another paint job as seen at Ashburton on 21-12-1989, with I presume temporary registration markings.
Ownership and then passed to G L Stewart of Paihia from 27-08-1990;
to M H McLeod of Raumati on 05-04-1991;
and then to Hanmer Alpine Air Ltd from 28-10-1994
Here we have two shots of it as seen at Christchurch on 05-11-1994.
Can anyone shed light on the Scotsman below ?
The Robinson Roswell Syndicate of Christchurch were listed as owners on 12-04-1995,
and then from 13-03-1998 Ena Monk of Rotorua re-acquired it and applied the 'garter' to the port undercarriage fairing and added the name 'Cherie'. 
It was  noted (below) for sale at Dennis Thompson International at Ardmore by Keith Morris on 30-12-2013
As from 23-01-2014 it has been in the caring hands of Pauline Hogue and David King and based at Alexandra Airport.
It still carries the name "Cherie" on the starboard side.
Above we see her at Pukaki (Twizel) on 01-06-2014.
And below at Alexandra on 14-11-2015.
Finally below we see the 'garter' on the port undercarriage leg.
As seen in 'Question time 199'.
* Ena learned to fly in the 1950's and became a life member of the Rotorua Aero Club.
She was a founding member of the New Zealand Association of Woman in Aviation (NZAWA) in 1959.
She also helped found the Rotorua Gliding Club with her husband Graham (and others) and was a tow pilot.
I also believe Ena was a respectable potter.
Check out ENA at the Rotorua NZAWA 2007 event  Here
For more info on the NZAWA go Here.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gliding Shots from the Nelson Lakes from Andy Heap

The links below should lead you to some footage taken by Andy Heap. 

The first one is whilst Andy is driving the Nelson Lakes Gliding Clubs Rolladen- Schneider LS4a ZK-GCX2.
The second is a collection of views of various gliders including ZK-GFM, ZK-GMZ, ZK-GBC, ZK-GCX. ZK-GKW, ZK-GMJ, ZK-GAJ, ZK-GOZ, ZK-GTH, ZK-GID and ZK-GKG
The third clip is taken from the cockpit of the Ka6 ZK-GFM. 
You may spot Andy on the hill at around the 2:00 minute mark.

If you are lucky the three clips will follow on automatically on youtube. 
Failing that  - click on each link.

Good habit there Andy of keeping some pressure on the airbrake lever - we don't want them popping wide open in the turbulence when that close to the hill/ridge line now - do we.

Remos G3NZ Mirages of New Zealand

The next type of sport aircraft to come along in 2005 was the Remos G3 Mirage of which we have had two registered.

The Remos G3 was designed in Germany by Lorenz Kreitmeyer and the prototype first flew in 1997.  It is of mainly carbon fibre construction and was built by Remos AG at Pasewalk (which is in the North East of Germany near the Polish border), as a kit or a ready to fly aircraft.  It has a pod and tailboom fuselage for efficient aerodynamics and is one of a group of similar light sport aircraft that appeared from various European countries in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  It has been superceded by the Remos GX which is an essentially similar aircraft.

Specifications (for the newer GX model) are: length 6.48 metres (21 feet 3 inches) and wingspan of 9.30 metres (30 feet 6 inches) with a wing area of 118 square feet.  Empty weight is around 320 Kg (705 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds).  The engine is a Rotax 912ULS of 100 HP which gives a cruise speed of around 107 knots (123 mph), and the stall speed with full flaps is 38 knots (44 mph).

As I said above, we have had two Remos G3NZs (I think the NZ denoted a New Zealand model but I don't know if or how it was different).

Our first Remos G3NZ ZK-REM2 (c/n 0155) was imported by the local agent Ivan Strathern of Hamilton and was first registered to him on 22/3/05.  It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga, on 5/2/06.  On 12/1/08 it was registered to Ivan Strathern's company Sport Aviation Imports Ltd of Hamilton, and on 21/11/14 ownership changed to John S Wilson of Hamilton who I understand bases the aircraft at Horotiu.

And our second Remos G3NZ ZK-PRH (c/n 228) also lives in the Waikato, being registered to Philip R Hart of Huntly on 13/2/08.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at Parakai on 1/3/09.

A shot of the underside on departure from Parakai showing the pod and boom fuselage.

I don't think we are likely to see any more Remos's in New Zealand as I think they are quite expensive.

Monday, 16 October 2017

New Zealand Connection to 2017 Red Bull Air Race Champion

The final round of the Red Bull Air Race series was held over the weekend of 14 - 15 October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America.  The winner and overall series champion was Yoshi Muroya from Japan.  You can see some great video of the finals at

Yoshi's plane, Race No #31, is an Edge 540 Version 3 with a cut down canopy, N31YM.

But there is excitement in New Zealand because Yoshi's long time crew chief is Rob Fry who owns several aircraft here and has just sold his Sukhoi Su 29 ZK-SUK to a South Island owner.  

Back in December 2009 Yoshi bought his earlier Edge 540 N19ZE to Rob Fry's North Shore hangar for fettling after the 2009 Red Bull Air Race season, and I was amazed to see it one Saturday up there.  The link to my post at that time is:

Congratulations Yoshi and Rob and your team!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Around Auckland

A visit to Ardmore today revealed the Hughes 369FF ZK-HIP wearing HeliNorth titling, while over at the Ardmore Flying School two more of the Cessna 172R fleet have been converted to diesel power, ZK-TAP and ZK-UAT,  joining ZK-TAQ featured earlier on this blog.

Down at Mechanics Bay was the Helilink AS350B2 ZK-HJZ,  which hasnt featured before here.

Heletranz Base at Rosedale Road, North Shore

During the week I was passing the Heletranz heliport at Rosedale Road with the grandson's so it would have been rude not to call in and show them some helicopters (You can see that they enjoyed it!).  There were quite a variety to see, all owned by Heletranz:

The Heletranz hangar has been extended and in in the shape of an L with their offices inside the L.  Above is the new addition with its own separate door.

Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-HRU2 has been owned by Heletranz since 10/4/15.  I think it is the first time it has been posted on the blog.

Also in the hangar was Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBZ4 which was first registered to the company on 31/8/16.

Outside being cleaned was Eurocopter AS 355 F2 Twin Squirrel ZK-HFS4 which has been with the company since 5/8/13 but which is recorded as having a change of paint scheme on 20/9/16.  (What is the story with recorded changes of paint scheme with an aircraft that shows the registration?).

And also outside was their executive Agusta A109S ZK-HBH6.  (That's a lot of ZK-HBHs!).  This was first registered to Heletranz on 20/10/15.

Also in the hangar were Bell 427 ZK-IRP and R 44 Raven II ZK-IHE2, plus a Robinson R 22 that I did not identify.  That is quite a fleet!

Saturday, 14 October 2017


A spell of settled weather  has increased the visitor numbers to Pauanui and these included R44 ZK-HPO from Warkworth,  the first visit of the "new" ZK-MEL as a RV7A,  and Tecnam Astore ZK-MSV from Te Awamutu.