Saturday, 31 December 2016

Pauanui final report for 2016

Richard Currie has kindly sent in these four photographs taken at Pauanui on 31-12-2016.
 The Classic Aviation Adventurer CA18-1530-C200 ZK-CMR (c/n PT001) was registered to Malcolm Savill of Hamilton on 10-07-2015.
Below is what the N Z Aviation News Magazine said about it at the time of its registration.
'Classic Aviation Designs Ltd (CADL) is a company that morphed out of Malcolm Savill’s Performance Engineering which designed and built off road racing trucks in the 80's and 90's. The concept of CADL was formed in 2008 and the company formally started in 2010.  The vision is to reintroduce affordable aviation at a grassroots level to new and experienced builders of aircraft, offering either scratch-built plans, or complete kits. In 2012 Malcolm unveiled his Cubflyer Education Programme at Oshkosh.  (see This programme is centred around the building of the Adventurer CA18 aircraft over a three year period within High Schools.  This full size reproduction is of a Piper Cub PA 18 but constructed mainly from timber. 
The prototype is classified as an amateur built aircraft.  There are three models in the CA18 series ranging from microlight class to full weight amateur built aircraft. 
The CA18-1530-C200 was registered as ZK-CMR in July to Malcolm Savill of Hamilton.'
 ZK-MBS (c/n 1275) is a SOCATA TB10 Tobago. 
Of French design and build - this one actually was imported from the States to be registered to the Massey University School of Aviation at Palmerston North on 04-04-1995. 
It joined its 12th and current owner Chris Worrall of Waimauku on 27-03-2014.
 The Grumman G164A AgCat ZK-RTA2 is c/n 441.
 It had an earlier agricultural career in Australia as VH-PUV2. 
It came to NZ and was rebuilt at West Melton using major parts of c/n 530 (ex VH-CCS1) and became ZK-MEX on 29-08-1996 with Pioneer Adventures Ltd of Christchurch.
It has had a swag of owners until Challenge Aviation Ltd of Waitara took it over on 27-11-2004. They  re-registered it as ZK-RTA on 18-01-2005. 
It moved to Tauranga in May of 2007 and on 01-05-2015 it was listed with Goodwin McKay Ltd.
This aptly registered Cessna 182T Skylane ZK-WYT (c/n 18281332) is a 2004 model which arrived recently in NZ to be registered to Peter Whyte of Auckland on 19-10-2016.

DH 104 Devon NZ1808/ZK-KTT Airborne at Tauranga 30-12-2016

It is great news that the New Zealand Historic Aircraft Trust's DH 104 Devon NZ1808/ZK-KTT (c/n 04324) took to the air again at Tauranga yesterday afternoon, after several years of restoration work.  And our man on the spot, the Hairy Mole Rat was there to capture the action.  Thanks very much for the great photos Peter.

 A smoky start up!

 Lift off.

Gear coming up.

 And climb out - looking great.

Then taxying back after a 25 minute flight.  

Congratulations to all involved.

The previous history of this aircraft has been well covered in a previous blog post by Blue Bus at:

New Vans RV 10 ZK-PHL at Stratford

Thanks to Nick Furmage of the Stratford Aerodrome blog, we have a photo of New Zealand's latest Vans RV 10, taken at Stratford on 30/12/16.

RV 10 ZK-PHL (c/n 40388) was built in Australia as VH-ICY and was recently purchased by PG Anderson of Hawera.  It flew the Tasman on delivery on 26/27 July 2016 and was registered in New Zealand on 8/8/16.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Pauanui report for 30-12-2016

Marty Cantlon's lovely NuWaco T-10 ZK-WTW2 (c/n 21) visited Pauanui today.
Tap WTW into the search box for more posts on this aircraft.
'Miss B'HAVIN' is Peter Walton's Titan T51 Mustang ZK-WSV (c/n 95).
Built by Mike Crene at Matamata it has a 2.7 litre V6 Suzuki engine driving its 84 inch Whirlwind propeller via a Autoflight reduction unit.
'Yellow 74' is the Nanchang CJ6 ZK-CVI2 (c/n 3632001). It carries the tail number '61744' which was its PLAAF serial number before being withdrawn in April 1992 and sold to a Perth enthusiast.
It entered the NZ register on 30-01-1998 with the Nanchang 74 Syndicate.
Operated by Volcanic Air Safaris Ltd out of Rotorua is this Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HAD2 (c/n 11986).
From the DJJ Syndicate at Waihi Beach came the Tecnam P96 Golf ZK-JAN3 (c/n 227).
This was originally registered as ZK-EHG on 04-12-2002. It was re-registered to ZK-JAN on 14-03-2011.
The Aero Design Pulsar XP ZK-KFC (c/n 403) seems to have been around for ever. It as in fact been registered with the Waihi Aviation Group since 17-04-1997
Thanks again to Richard Currie for this Pauanui coverage.

Question time # 192 resolved

Yep - resolved to my satisfaction.
It is a wind driven generator mounted on the roof of a De Havilland DH84 Dragon.
Below is a photo from the Ed Coates collection showing both ZK-ADR and ZK-ADS in East Coast Airways markings. 
No generators at this point.
ZK-ADR c/n 6090 was first registered with East Coast Airways Ltd of Gisborne and first flew on 25-03-1935.
It was re-registered as ZK-AER to Union Airways Ltd on 01-07-1938 and is seen below (minus spats) with sister DH84 ZK-ADS at Milson about 1939

It was impressed into the RNZAF on 25-10-1939 and became NZ551
It was damaged landing at Rongotai in 1943 and sold to Air Travel (NZ) Ltd.
It was rebuilt by De Havilland at Rongotai and re-registered as ZK-AHT on 25-03-1944.
It crashed on Mount Hope on 30-06-1944.
Below is a link to a seat from this aircraft as seen in a Murchison museum.
Photographs 1 and 3 are from the late R McDonald collection.

Athbey Farm New Years fly in.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Question time # 192

I posted this pic a couple of weeks ago.

It has now become Question time # 192
I need an urgent correct reply as the chocolate fish for the winner is sitting here in front of me and is ever so tempting.
What is it ?
Where on this aircraft was it mounted ?
Then tell me what aircraft type/model it is on.
And to cap it all off - give me a likely ZK registration for this aircraft.

TL 2000 Sting S4 ZK-MTN Out and About

Thanks to Nick from the Stratford Aerodrome blog, we have a photo of Glenn Martin arriving at Stratford in his TL 2000 Sting S4 ZK-MTN on 28 December.

I understand that Glenn is on a mission to visit every aerodrome in the AIP New Zealand listing over the summer, so watch out for him at an aerodrome near you!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Todays Pauanui choice

Todays choice from Richard Currie at Pauanui.
 Captured on departure was the Tecnam P92 Echo Classic ZK-TCM as listed with Stanley aviation Ltd of Rotorua.
 In its somewhat different scheme was the Cessna 172M Skyhawk ZK-DXJ (c/n 17265810) from the DXJ Syndicate.
A Cherokee that brings back a load of good memories from its Southland Aero Cub days is the Piper PA-28-235 ZK-CIS (c/n 28-10630) which has been with David Irving of Hamilton since February of 1986.
 The Stephen MacIntyre Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-HOY2  (c/n 11565) is Tauranga based.
 The GCB Syndicate of Drury has operated this Hoffman H36 Dimona motor Glider ZK-GCB2  since 
June of 2011.
This is a 'warbird' in disguise.
 Jodel D.1 ZK-KCD is c/n AACA/1086 and is listed to a Private Owner.
See early history Here

Christchurch odds.

Having a very quiet Christmas Day at Christchurch International was the Taylorcraft 20 Ranchwagon ZK-BQM (c/n 20-014) along with the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee ZK-DEH (c/n 28-7125556).
 Over the other side of the field the Airbus A320-232 ZK-OXM (c/n 7362) was getting a push back.
 And parked up on the 'Deep Freeze stand was the Gulfstream V-SP G550 VP-CJM  (c/n 5181) which arrived from Jakarta on the 23rd.
 Today,  28-12-2016, the old familiar Boeing 777-212ER 9V-SVN (c/n 30873) was waiting at the gate.
 Still in the country and replacing the G550 on the 'Deep Freeze' stand was the Bombardier BD-700 Global 5000 N176HS ( c/n 9531) of Executive Jet Management.  

Nelson Challenger

Seen today - Wednesday the 28th of December - at Nelson Airport by Lord Nelson.
 Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger N604AU (c/n 5434) at Nelson 28-12-2016.
This Challenger was first listed on the US register as N322BX with Bombardier followed by N322FX for Flexjet LLC before becoming N604AU for ANZA Aviation LLC of Gahanna, Ohio.
It has been based in Melbourne for some time now and operated by Jetcity on behalf of ANZA.
It's had several visits to NZ - Check them out on the MRC site MRC Here

Other Aerial Activity Around Auckland Harbour

While at Mission Bay yesterday we spied some unusual shaped silhouettes in the sky up on Bastion Point

 It turned out to be a flying pig!

and there was also a flying dragon.

Aerial if not Civil, but I thought they were cute none-the-less.

Kiwis working abroad

Steve Bunting has recently visited American Samoa and has kindly provided shots of three working Kiwi's. The three float equipped Robinson R44's are owned and operated by Wanaka-based Western Pacific Helicopters Ltd who have been providing aerial platforms for tuna-spotting operations across the Pacific. 

Robinson R44 ZK-HVE MSN 0066

Robinson R44 ZK-IEE MSN 1696

Robinson R44 ZK-HCR MSN 0323 - check out the festive decorations on the rotor mast!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

DHC 2 Beaver Floatplane on Auckland Harbour 27-12-2016

As I previously posted, we were fortunate to be at a nice vantage point when Auckland Seaplanes DHC 2 beaver floatplane ZK-AMA2 made an approach and water landing adjacent to the Ovation of the Seas cruise liner which was anchored in the harbour.

 Approach past Stanley Point.

It still feels like Christmas with the Pohutukawas in bloom.

 Turning into wind.

 Touch down.

 and slowing down.

 Taxying past Westhaven Marina.

 and past The Ovation of the Seas.

to its base opposite the Viaduct Events Centre.

Best of Pauanui for 27-12-2016

Six shots from Richard Currie as taken at Pauanui 27-12-2016.
 The US registered Cessna 172S N510LP (c/n 172S9510) is still currently listed with Southern Cross Aviation LLC of Parker, Arizona.
It has been in Country for some time now.
See Here
 The Piper PA-22-135/180 TriPacer/Pacer ZK-PAL3 (c/n 22-2298) was created in 1954 but didn't enter the NZ civil register until 23-10-2014 with Tail Dragger Classics Ltd at Ardmore. 
It first flew in ZK marks from Ardmore on 04-02-2015 and was transferred to Ardmore Taildraggers Inc on 07-06-2015.
As can be seen it has been converted to tail wheel configuration and if the label on the cowl is true - then it has a 180 hp engine.
 This is the nicest shot I have seem of the Dyn'Aero MCR 4S ZK-PSA (c/n 104). 
It is the labour of love of Peter S Armstrong - first flying on 27-07-2011.
 The Tecnam P92 Super Echo ZK-TES (c/n 720) is Michael Gordon's, over from Tauranga.
 And the Thames based Yakovlev Yak-52 ZK-YXO (c/n 877413) of Read Brothers Hardware entered our register on 03-11-2004.
The Robinson R44 Raven I ZK-IVS (c/n 1866) spent fifteen months on the UK register before being listed here with Heliflite Pacific Ltd on 31-07-2009. 
Current owner is Helicom NZ Ltd of Whangamata.