Thursday, 27 July 2017

Arrival Into EAA Airventure at Oshkosh 2017

A neat video of an arrival at Oshkosh 2017 from the cockpit of a Zenair 650 tri-gear (N104ZZ).  It is quite long at 41 minutes but you get a good tour over the landscape approaching Oshkosh and there are some basic flight parameters on the screen.  It also is really interesting hearing how the Oshkosh tower controllers handle such a volume of traffic.  I reckon this guy did a great job!

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Classic Fighters 2017 - Bristol Freighter ZK-CPT

A unique aircraft type at Classic Fighters 2017 was the resident Bristol B 170-31 Freighter ZK-CPT (c/n 13126).  Its history has been posted previously on this blog at:

I think this is the only mobile Bristol Freighter in the world, and it taxied up and down the crowd line during the lunch break, with a few lucky passengers - enlarge the photo by clicking on it twice and see a couple of children waving from the hatch above the cockpit.

It also now doubles as a memorial to Safe Air as the name has now disappeared from Woodbourne being replaced by the Airbus name.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Partenavia ZK-TCP

Noted today at Whangarei by Jean210 was the Partenavia P68C-TC ZK-TCP (c/n 371-44-TC
This Partenavia is powered with two Lycoming TIO-360 at 210hp apiece.
First noted as N9719L in February 1987 with Midwest Holdings of Harrobsburg, Kentucky it had five other owners until being re-registered as N17XL in November of 2004.
It ferried down to NA via Hilo, Christmas Island, Pago Pago and Tonga to reach Auckland on 30-11-2004.
Its US registration was cancelled on 05-08-2005 for it to become ZK-TCP on 30-09-2005.
It has remained with the same owner/operator at Whangarai since.

This aircraft was mentioned briefly some time back Here


Reflective of the weather around the North Island of late the visitors to Pauanui in the last week or so have been few and far between but amongst those who did venture out was another 172S from the CTC fleet, ZK-CTZ,  and making a first visit,  the 2017 import Cessna 182T ZK-TLC

Aeroprakt A 32 Vixxen(s) of New Zealand

I thought I would follow on from my earlier posts on Aeroprakt A 22 Foxbats of New Zealand with the A 32 Vixxen, as it is a development of the Foxbat.  It is also a design of Yuri Yakovlev and it first flew in January 2014.

The A 32 Vixxen has a shorter wingspan than the Foxbat - 9.45 metres (31 feet) as against 10.10 metres (33 feet 2 inches).  It is also cleaned up aerodynamically which gives it a 20 knot increase in cruise speed on the same 100HP Rotax 912ULS engine.

ZK-WCB (c/n 10) was  registered to Foxbat Enterprises Ltd of Pukekohe on 2/5/16.  It is photo'd above at Kaipara Flats on 16/12/16 and below on takeoff at the 2016 Black Sands flyin at Raglan on 5/11/16.

ZK-WCB has twin control yokes, Cessna style, but the Vixxen can be optionally fitted with a central Y stick.