Thursday, 29 September 2016

Four Years Ago Today -29/9

For those who are becoming Mosquito'd out I apologise (actually, no I don't!).  But while at Ardmore today it occurred to me that it was exactly four years ago that I was at Ardmore watching the first Avspecs Mosquito fly.


 And ZK-FHC2.  

N300NZ at Nelson

The Bombardier Challenger N300NZ was at Nelson today after a 53 minute flight up from Wanaka.
Photo from Lord Nelson.
It has been mentioned several time on the MRC blog
See :- N300NZ HERE.

DH 98 T III Mosquito ZK-FHC Airborne Today 29-9-2016

Today the Auckland weather was forecast to improve from the awful stationary front(s) that have been loitering around for several days.  A phone call to Avspecs found that test pilots Dave Phillips and Keith Skilling were on site and ready to go flying, so off to Ardmore....

 On arrival before midday some last minute engine work was being attended to.

 The crowds were absent but the Avspecs workers were out in force.

 With the two test pilots aboard, start up was just after midday.

 Taxying looking great!

 Take off through the heat haze for its second flight.

 And off! to the amazing sounds of the twin Merlins.

Climb out.

 Into the blue.

  Wonderful lines! from above.

And below.

 Then after a 30 minute flight, the approach.

And over the fence for a nice landing.

ZK-TGN being recovered 28-9-16

Sadly North American T-28B Trojan ZK-TGN s/n 138218 had to make a wheels up landing at Ardmore yesterday afternoon when the pilot on what I believe was only the aircrafts third post assembly flight was unable to lower the landing gear. Attached are some photo's of the recovery operation performed in less than ideal weather yesterday afternoon. Once raised off the ground the landing gear was able to be lowered and the aircraft towed first to Pionair for an inspection and then to the Warbirds hanger. It is a testament to the skill of the test pilot and the rugged constructure of the aircraft that it appears to have suffered minimal damage to the airframe. Obviously the props will have to be replaced and the engine inspected. It is just unfortunate that the police prior to the aircrafts return to Ardmore had all the roads in the vicinity blocked off so hence no landing photos from me.

NZ5911 / ZK-EPG at Ardmore 28-9-16

The buildings at Ardmore until recently occupied by Dwen Airmotive Ltd are in the process of being demolished.This process has revealed long term Ardmore recent Bristol B170 Freighter Mk31 ex NZ5911 / ZK-EPG msn 13135. I wonder if this aircraft will suffer the same fate as the buildings ?