Saturday, 24 February 2018

Warbirds at Dargaville Today 24-2-2018

The Dargaville Aero Club held their postponed flyin today, welcoming gyrocopters and trikes, of which there were plenty and more of later.

However, I was more taken by the warbirds on display:

North American Harvard NZ1065 carried out some approaches and overshoots.

Republic P 47D Thunderbolt 433240 coded IA-N showed a good climb rate.

While Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX EN520 coded FL-A showed off its classic lines.

This is painted to represent Wing Commander Colin Grey's machine from No 81 Squadron at Tunisia in 1943.


A stunning Coromandel Saturday brought a variety of visitors to the Pauanui airfield including Cessna T210N Centurion II ZK-ETP

Also from the Auckland area the Aeroandina MXP 150 ZK-RTZ

From North Shore the Tecnam P2008 ZK-WIP

And up from Tauranga colourful Stearman E75 ZK-XAF

Antarctic Apron Friday 23rd.

A reasonable gathering on Friday the 23rd February on the Antarctic apron at Christchurch International Airport.
In the above view we have three Lockheed LC130's a C17 Globemaster with a QANTAS tin pidgeon and an Emirates A380 in behind.
Above we have the Lockheed LC130H 92-1095 (c/n 382-5405) which totes the 'City of Cohoes' name and a woolly mammoth above the entry door.
 Outside the NSF hangar was the LC130H 93-1096 which is c/n 382-5410.
LC130H 73-3300 is c/n 382-4508
And the C17A Globemaster III 08-8199 (c/n P-199 with) the LC130H 83-0493 c/n 382-5016 'Pride of Scotia' in behind.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Two from Christchurch Friday the 23rd.

I had just a very brief pie run today.
At Christchurch International I picked up these two tidy looking machines.
 Above is the Mount Cook Airlines ATR-GIE ATR72-212A ZK-MCP (c/n 630).
This ATR has been with us since January of 2000.
This was my first close up encounter with the Beech 400A Nextant ZK-NXJ(c/n RK-210) of Skyline Aviation Ltd.
This has been well covered on the MRC blog  Here.
Top of the South

It may not be Ardmore, but sometimes there is something of interest in the Nelson/Tasman area.

Added to the local rotary wing inventory back on 9 February was Eurocopter AS 350B3 ZK-HHK, first registered on 22 November 2017 with Brian Comerford. This 2010 machine started out in the US as N971AE before shifting to India some seven months later as VT-GVJ. After some work with Repaircraft in Nelson it has become the second B3 with Reid Helicopters in Wakefield.
Making an appearance at Nelson today was Eurocopter AS 350B2 ZK-HPE of Command Aviation in Wellington. Command Aviation is the operating arm of HeliSolutions in Palmerston North, and currently has two machines in Wellington - this B2 and BK 117 ZK-IFY. Operations began in the latter half of 2017 out of Wellington Airport. ZK-HPE joined The Alpine Group in August 2016 from Australia, moving to HeliSolutions a year later.
And over at Motueka, Argus Aviation has worked its magic on PA-46-310P Malibu VH-JVX to produce ZK-ORZ, whose first flight is imminent. This machine arrived in Queenstown from Hobart on 14 November last, and flew up to Motueka the next day.