Last Thursday saw the commencement of direct flights between Wellington and Nandi. There are to be two flights a week, Sunday and Thursday arriving at 12.15pm and departing an hour later. The four Boeing 737-800's will do the duty and hopefully we may get to see their 737-700 once in a while. I was lucky enough to catch the first flight into Wellington from a distance and the departure to Nandi on Sunday.
DQ-FJG "Island of Kadavu", Boeing 737-8X2 Next Gen - MSN 29968 (ex N1786B )
DQ-FJN, Boeing 737-808 Next Gen - MSN 34969 (ex D-ABBX Airberlin)
Back in February 2012 I posted about an ex-Australian Air Force Tiger Moth coming together at Pacific Aero Coatings at Tauranga see: www.nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/tiger-moths-at-pacific-aero-coatings.html. In the post I identified the Tiger as A19-58 which drew a somewhat grumpy comment from Anonymous advising that A17-58 was VH-PCG at Byron Bay, NSW and had never been to New Zealand. Grumpy Anonymous wanted to know where I got my information from. I got my information from Pacific Aero Coatings but I did not take it further at the time.
However in the interests of historical exactitude I must now advise that I was in error and in fact the Tiger Moth at Tauranga is A17-59, - hey! one number off is not that wrong!. A17-59 is shown in the photo below from Trade Me where it is currently for sale (the auction closes on 3 July at a starting bid of $140,000).
Trade Me advises the following details about the aircraft: "1940 ex RAAF complete restoration by Ray Windred of Luskintyre NSW. Final paint by Pacific Aero Coatings of NZ. GMH Gipsy Major zero timed engine. New wood and fabric throughout. New Invincible prop, new tyres, new fuel tank and aux tank. Carbon steel flying wires, brakes and tailwheel, 406 ELT, cockpit and prop covers, fire extinguisher. On Australian export C of A,. Holds reserved NZ 'A' reg'n. Ready for final assembly and C of A, (at buyer expense) or export". It would be nice if it stays here.
The next type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand was the Tri-R Technologies KIS TR-4 Cruiser. Tri-R Technologies was a company formed by Richard Trickel of Oxnard, California to develop composite homebuilt aircraft kits, and grew from manufacturing components for other aircraft manufacturers such as Lancair. Their first design was the KIS TR-1 which first flew in 1991 (of which we have had one example, see www.nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/tri-r-technologies-kis-tr-1-of-new.html ). KIS stands for Keep It Simple (Stupid!). The TR-4 was developed from the TR-1 and was introduced at Oshkosh in 1994. The aircraft is a conventional low wing 4 seater with a tractor motor of between 150 and 200 HP. Like the TR-1 it has neat gull wing doors, but they are much bigger in the TR-4. Length is 25 feet (7.62 metres), wingspan is 29 feet (8.84 metres) and the wing area is 135 square feet. Empty weight is around 1,550 pounds (700 Kg) and MAUW is 2,425 pounds (1,134 Kg). With a Lycoming O-360 engine of 180 HP cruise is 165 mph. We have had three KIS TR-4s in New Zealand to date.
ZK-TEL2 (c/n 4017) was the second TR Technologies aircraft from Roger Ramsay, Peter Elwood and Geoff Sheehan, following their earlier TR-1 ZK-KIS. It was first registered to Scientific Management New Zealand Ltd of North Shore on 17/2/99. It first flew on 3/3/99 and is photo'd above at the 2000 SAANZ flyin at Matamata, showing its large gull wing door.
As can be seen in the above photo taken at North Shore on 13/12/13, it has not changed during the ensuing years, althought ownership transferred to Scientific Management Associates (Vic) Pty of Whangaparaoa on 28/6/00. Somewhere along the line it acquired the rather unflattering name of " Sheep Shagger IV " .
ZK-TUF (c/n 44) was built by Laurie N Tuff of Christchurch and was first registered to him on 10/4/00. It was first flown on 20/4/00 and has been owned by Laurie ever since, although it has been advertised for sale for some time. It was photo'd above at Rangiora on 20/5/11.
And our third TR-4 Cruiser ZK-PLN (c/n 4009) was built in South Africa by David P Bullen-Smith and registered there as ZU-BLN on 22/12/97 (It is therefore our oldest TR-4). David Bullen-Smith imported the aircraft into New Zealand and registered it as ZK-PLN on 24/4/04. However it does not seem to have been active here as I only ever saw in in the back of a hangar at Ardmore as photo'd above in 2004. It is still owned by David Bullen-Smith at a Whangaparaoa address.
Cessna 185A Skywagon ZK-CBS , c/n 185A-0398 , was allocated the US registration N4198Y, and it is my guess that it never carried these marks as it was test flown using Cessna's "test registration" of N11B before shipping to Rural Aviation at New Plymouth. I have it as first being registered as ZK-CBS to Mount Cook Air Services Ltd of Timaru on 05-09-1962 and first flying in NZ on 10-07-1962. It followed the Company name changes with a move to Mount Cook & Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd on 18-07-1973.
The shots above and below are at Wellington on 28-04-1964.
It then appeared in Mount Cook Airlines scheme as fleet number "23" as seen above at Mount Cook on 31-12-1977. Ownership title changed to The Mount Cook Group on 07-02-1978.
It then spent a period in what looks like the carrot dropping role.
Photo below taken at Queenstown on 09-09-1978.
Then two fine pics below from Dave Bates depicting CBS "carroting" out of Luggate on 06-08-1979.
Another name change on 30-06-1998 had it with Tourism Holdings Ltd of Pleasant Point from 30-06-1998.
It latest change was to Aoraki Mount Coo Ski Planes Ltd of Mount Cook on 16-01-2002.
Above and below we see her at Mount Cook on 15-08-2006. Now minus its fleet number but still retaining the ranunculus (Mt Cook buttercup) on its tail
Below as seen at Masterton on Friday with ski racks underwing and also what I assume is part of its Kiwi tracking kit protruding forward on each wing.
It is said to be the highest houred 185 in country.
Air Parts (NZ) Fletcher FU24 MKII ZK-CZA has been at Ardmore for the last few weeks having engine maintenance carried out. It was conducting an engine run in the rain on the afternoon of 26 June.
Blue Bus has the following to add:
FU24 MkII ZK-CZA was an Air Parts
(NZ) Ltd assembled aircraft, being registered on 09-09-1969 and went down to
Wanganui Aero Work in October that year. Its last flight under its 300hp was on
17-11-1975 when it had a structural failure. It was then morphed onto a
Fletcher 950M. Now jump forward to December 2008 when it was listed to Central
South Island Helicopters Ltd. Near the end of the year (2014) it was
transferred to Hallett Griffin of Kairanga Aviation.
Still wearing the markings applied by its previous owner, ex TV weather presenter and New Plymouth Airport cafe operator Jim Hickey, is the Yak 52 ZK-ZAH. It is seen here departing Ardmore 26 June and departed via the downwind leg of the circuit heading east. An ownership change to Blue Fifty Two Ltd of Hamilton took place in April this year.
Robbie Gentry's fifth aircraft (and his first two seater) was Jodel D 11 ZK-DGA, shown here flying in the Wairarapa in 1976. Robbie modified his D 11 with a fin and rudder instead of an all flying rudder, and a few other mods. Compare the photo to the previous photo of D 11 ZK-EJP that I posted at www.nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2015/06/aaca-historical-jodel-d-11-zk-ejp.html
And here is Robbie with his D 11 outside his hangar at Masterton in 1977.
Following on from a post earlier this week, another recent helicopter addition to the NZ register is this very smart BK117 B-2 ZK-HQB/2.
Sources indicate it is destined for Papua New Guinea and like ZK-HNP from the earlier post it is now designated the 850D2.
Our register oracle Blue Bus offers this extensive insight:
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm has been producing fine rotary wing flying machines since around 1960 and Kawasaki has been doing similar since 1952. Between them they have produced the MBB & BK117’s since 1979. These 117’s all need maintenance, refurbishment, rebuilds or upgrades as the calendar or flying hours require. To this end Airwork (NZ) Ltd has been toiling away by importing machines from offshore, carrying out the required service and then, in most cases, sending theses helicopters back offshore again. The latest import is an MBB-BK117B-2 which was registered on 12 May 2015 as ZK-HQB2 This was built in Germany as D-HSSS and listed to the manufacturer on 21-10-1992 before being passed to DRF Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht (Air Rescue Service) at Manheim in February of 1993. In mid-June of 2010 it transferred to similar duties with Flacks DRF Luftambulance at Roskilde in Denmark under the OY-HLT registration. It returned to the German register as D-HHLT in about April of 2014 and is now with Airwork (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore receiving due attention. The original ZK-HQB registration was applied to a 1976 built Hughes 369HS which served in NZ from early 1980 until being cancelled in 2011.
The original Fiesler Fi 156 Storch (Stork) first flew in 1936 in Germany and during WW2 several thousand were built in many countries including Germany, Romania, Czechoslavakia and France, The design was provided to Russia before the war and was also built by Morane Saulnier in France from 1944 for the French Armee de l'Air. It had amazing STOL performance with full span slats and slotted flaps and ailerons. It also had an interesting amount of undercrraige travel - it is worth googling to see a Storch do a short landing!
The Storch had such amazing performance that it has spawned several copies (mostly 3/4 scale) as in the Slepcev and Ragwing aircraft below, and the Pazmany PL9. I understand that Murray Belfield of Tokoroa (who built his Jodel D 11 many years ago) is well advanced with building a Pazmany Storch for bush flying.
The Slepcev Storch was designed by Nestor Slepcev, a Yugoslavian who emigrated to Australia. It is modified for simplicity but still has the full span leading edge slats and Fowler flaps, which gives it an amazing STOL performance - quoted figures for takeoff and landing are 30 to 50 feet and it is claimed that the Slepcev Storch can fly at 22 mph with full flap and 30% power!! I wonder when one will show up at the Healthy Bastards competition? Length is 6.8 metres (22 feet 4 inches), wingspan is 10.0 metres (32 feet 10 inches) and the wing area is 160 Square feet. Empty weight is around 290 Kg (640 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1200 pounds). Engine power for the microlight version can be from 65 to 100 HP but models are available for more powerful engines in the Super Storch model. Kits are available from the factory at Port Macquarie, NSW and from Novi Sad in Serbia.
We have had three Slepcev Storches in New Zealand as follows:
Our first Storch was a demonstration example that was bought to New Zealand and demonstrated by Nestor Slepcev at the 1998 SAANZ flyin at Matamata, where it is shown in the above photo. ZK-JPH (c/n 036) was owned by Jim Hazelton of Turners Flat, NSW and was first registered here on 3/2/98. I remember Nestor Slepcev giving the most amazing handling display at the SAANZ flyin including 180 degree turns within the confines of the airstrip. It was marked as a "Slepcev Storch Muster". After further demonstrations in New Zealand it was cancelled on 19/3/99 and returned to Australia where it became 19-3061.
Our second Storch came the other way, from Australia to New Zealand. ZK-WAZ (c/n SSUL097) was previously 19-3690 and still wears thos marks as well as WAZ. It was imported by Gavin Ladbrook of Timaru and was first registered here on 11/7/03. It is photo'd above at Timaru on 1/7/10.
And here it is at Russel Brodie's Rangitata Island airstrip on 18/12/11, now with big tyres.
ZK-STO (c/n 157) was built by Angus Robson of Matamata and was first registered on 26/3/14. It looks quite authentic and a lot of work has gone into the canopy glazing. It is photo'd above at Ardmore on 16/10/14.
As we are on the subject of Storch replicas I will include our only example of the Roger Mann designed Ragwing RW19 Storch. ZK-RWB (c/n RW19) was built by Wayne Wilson of Christchurch and was first registered on 2/7/04 and first flew with a Subaru motor with a belt reduction unit. The dimensions and MAUW are the same as the Slepcev Storch but the quoted stalling speed is 15 mph!
ZK-RWB was sold to Ivan Campbell of Loburn Abbey, near Rangiora, on 18/3/10. Ivan has refurbished the aircraft and has installed a Rotec R 2800 7 cylinder radial engine of 110 HP. Campbell Aero Classics are the local agents for Rotec radial engines. It hasn't flown with the Rotec yet but it will be a very interesting aircraft to see when it gets going. It is photo'd above at Loburn Abbey on 8/2/15.
A couple of recent additions to the NZ register were noted flying at Ardmore 24 June.
Registered to Airwork in March this year is the BK117 ZK-HNP2
It was first designated a BK117-A4 but modified to a B2 however the script on the vertical tail fin denotes it as a BK117-850D2.
Thanks to Bluebus for the following insight: MBB-BK117 A-4 ZK-HNP2. Built as an A-1
model and registered to Messerschmidt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) as D-HBKS in May of
1984 –it was retained as a demonstrator and as such appeared at the Farnborough
Air Show in September of 1984. In 1990 it moved to the States and became N317RM
with Advantage Aviation Inc of Greenville South Dakota on 23rd August,
and then on to Rocky Mountain Holdings LLC at Provo Utah on 06-04-1995. A change
of registration to N951AM took place on 09-01-1996– Still with Rocky Mountain.
On 26-12-002 it was damaged during start up on the roof helipad of the Albany
Hospital when a wind gust caused the rotor blade to strike its vertical
stabiliser. From mid-April of 2005 it was based at Englewood, Colorado and then
had another ID change on 31-01-2006 to N365CH, and then to N627AM on 25-04-2007
– still in Rocky Mountain ownership and still in the EMS role. The first issue
of ZK-HNP was to an Ecureuil initially with Helicopter (NZ) in 1982 and then to
John Funnell from 1984 until being withdrawn early last year.