Tuesday, 25 July 2017

JA17MB at Garden City.

Eurocopter EC130 B4 JA17MB (c/n4228) recently arrived from Japan and will shortly enter the ZK register.
These two shots were taken back on the 16th of this month with work started on its NZ certification by the Garden City Helicopters team.
 Below - Taken today out in the sunshine at the Garden City facility at Christchurch International by Tony McFarlin.
I suspect we looking at ZK-HUG3 pending.

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh 2017 - Lets Try That Again

As I posted yesterday, the EAA Airventure is now taking place at Oshkosh, WI.  I reckoned there would be a lot of Kiwis attending, as evidenced by the New Zealand flag flying proudly above the main entrance gate (I am pretty sure this is a 2017 photo).

No doubt you can find plenty of links but here are a couple from AirshowStuff.com on You Tube.

Saturday 22 July 2017 arrivals:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1za7a4AYJA

and Sunday 23 July 2017 arrivals:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N0ohv8ltno

Monday, 24 July 2017

EAA Airventure 2017 at Oshkosh

While not New Zealand civil aviation, I thought readers would be interested in the largest airshow in the world that is taking place all this week at Oshkosh, WI.  I guess a lot of Kiwis will be there.

A link that I found that gave quite good coverage is at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2cDPClLwx4

I think one of the most impressive aircraft was the "Screamin Sasquatch" Jet Waco Taperwing (similar looking to Marty Cantlon's ZK-WTW), which has a P&W 985 radial engine plus a General Electric J85 jet engine from a Learjet 24 which together give a power to weight ratio of better than 1:1!

But actually everything at Oshkosh is impressive!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Yak-52 ZK-ADM

The Yakovlev Yak-52 ZK-ADM2  (c/n 833601) I believe it obtained its NZ CofA on Thursday.
I captured it arriving back, joining overhead, at Rangiora this afternoon with Ian and Lachie flying.
It arrived in NZ marked as RA-3490K in March this year having been listed to the ZK-ADM Syndicate on 06-03-2017.

Water ratings included !
It now carries the number '83' on its fuselage.

A Grey Day at Mechanics Bay 23-7-2017

It was nice to be able to have a special afternoon tea at Mikano Restaurant this afternoon, and it was great that we got a window seat overlooking the helipad.

Not a lot was going on as the rain came down.  The only helicopter out in the rain was Inflite's Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-ICG which has been posted by me on this blog previously (see http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2016/11/robinson-r-44-at-mechanics-bay-today-1.html ), but I have not had the viewpoint from Mikano before.

Fortunately the rain stopped and some tourists came along and went for a short local flight.

A climbing turn...

and out to the harbour around the container terminal...

then back to the helipad.

Oh, and the afternoon tea was very tasty too.