Monday, 19 February 2018

A couple of Cessnas

Present at the Norfolk Rd airstrip in Taranaki on Saturday was 1954 Cessna 180 ZK-BFT of Meringa Farms, Taumaranui.  This has had a busy life since its original registration as BFT becoming ZK-CZW after rebuild,  reverting to ZK-BFT,  reregistered as ZK-FDP,  and then in April 2016 reverting back to ZK-BFT again.

At Matamata today in the rain Cessna 172M ZK-YAH was noted as having been added to the NZ Aviation training fleet line up.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


A visit to Taupo revealed some helicopter activity at the Airport including AS350B-2 ZK-HZJ heading out on a rescue mission

Hangared was local privately owned Bell 206B ZK-IRJ

Operated by Te Awamutu based Helicopter Management Ltd is R44 ZK-ISG

Over at the Gliding Club airfield Pawnee 235 ZK-TPO has now returned to the air after completion of some major work


Life Flight's New Jetstream and Open Day

When I was in Wellington last month I called in to the Life Flight's Air Rescue Centre base at the airport where the nose of their new Jetstream was poking out of the hangar.  I was generously shown around by Sebastien Grodd who is Life Flight's Marketing and Fundraising Manager.

BAe Jetstream 32 ZK-LFT2 (c/n 977) arrived in New Zealand on 1/9/16 and then underwent a major Emergency Medical Services upgrade to accommodate 5 seats and 2 stretchers which can accept neo-natal flight incubators.

Life Flight is launching a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to help pay off the loan that they took out for the aircraft, culminating in an Open Day from 10 am to 2.30 pm at their Air Rescue Centre at Wellington Airport.

Have a look at  to find out more and get involved.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

RAANZ Stratford Fly In

The RAANZ annual national fly in held in Stratford this weekend attracted some 20 visitors to add to the buoyant local microlight population.

Some of these are featured below starting with the quartet of locally based Sonerais ZK-SND, SNG, SNJ and SNW

All the way from Mossburn was Jodel D11 ZK-DFM

From Waipukurau was the Zlin Savage ZK-KPP

Registered in 2017 was the very smart SPA Panther ZK-PMD from Palmerston North

Locally based Sonerai ZK-SNJ has now acquired some shark's teeth

Also locally based is Titan T-51 ZK-TVG


A visit to the RAANZ National fly in at Stratford  (photos to follow) provided an opportunity to check out some of the area's other aviation activity.

At New Plymouth Airport was Hughes 369D ZK-HMT registered to T T Helicopters of Auckland

    Also at New Plymouth the PA31 Panther ZK-LTD of Avia Air Charter,  Hamilton


Down at the Norfolk Rd airstrip Cessna U206F ZK-DWX,  a long way from its Ashburton home

At the Beck Helicopters base near Eltham was Bell 206B ZK-HKR,  imported from Thailand in 2016.

And hangared at Hawera the R&R Bearhawk ZK-PBH,  which is registered to a Stratford owner