Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Vintage Aviator Open Day 27-11-2016

The first Open Day weekend of The Vintage Aviator's season took place over the weekend of the 26th and 27th November.  Unfortunately the weekend bought severe gale winds across the lower North Island including Masterton so any flying was not possible.  However the display hangar was open and one upside of the winds was that we could inspect the 18 WW 1 aircraft that were on display up really close.

Since I last attended Hood aerodrome, for the 2015 Anzac Day celebrations, the collection has grown by a remarkable four aircraft, all of which have flown, (and one other BE 2e has also been registered and has gone to Ardmore for the NZ Warbirds).  All four of these new machines were on display:

Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (LVG) C VI ZK-LVG was built for TVAL by the Memorial Flight Association at la Ferte-Alais in France  It was built as an exact reproduction alongside an original LVG C VI that the Memorial Flight Association was rebuilding for static display at the Musee de L'Air at le Bourget in Paris.  The detailing on the aircraft is amazing.  It is painted to represent the aircraft flown by Lieutenants Weymar and Haselhoff, serial number 4208/18, on observation duties in 1918.

As can be seen, it has different names on either side of the nose - Mia and Eleynor.

Registered as a The Vintage Aviator BE 12-1, ZK-ZEP is an accurate reproduction of a Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF) BE 12, which was a development of the BE 2c (which had equal span wings), with a more powerful 150 HP V 12 RAF 4A engine.  It is painted in the colours of No 50 (Home Defence) colours from 1918.

Sopwith Camel F1 ZK-SDL is an original Camel.  I understand that not much is known of its actual history, but it was built by the British Caudron Company and imported into America as N6254 in 1920.  It is powered by a Clerget rotary engine.  It is painted in the colours of Flight Lieutenant Wilf Curtis of No 10 Naval Squadron of the RNAS in 1917.

Replica De Havilland American DH4 ZK-DHA2 was built by Century Aviation of East Wenatchee, Washington State for The Vintage Aviator, with TVAL finishing the aircraft in their New Zealand workshops, including the restoration of the original 400 HP Liberty V 12 engine.  TVAL also did the fabric covering and painting and manufactured the wheels and propellor and installed the instruments.  The aircraft is presented as 32224 of the 50th Observation Aero Squadron of the USAS, coded 5, from 1918.  Usually USAS aircraft only had the serial numbers applied, but the 50th Squadron had their aircraft marked with the 'Dutch Girl" logo from Old Dutch Cleanser (a well known brand in the US at the time), with the idea that they would "clean up on Germany".

Thanks very much to Minicooper and son for their company on the trip to Masterton, and to Minicooper for keeping the car on the road in the gale force winds over the Rimutakas!

The next TVAL Flying weekend is scheduled for the 17th and 18th od December.

Visitors from afar.

Pauanui today 07-12-2016.
Two visitors from afar as captured by Richard Currie.
Cessna 185C ZK-CHK (c/n 185-0755) has been with Tony Delaney of Delaney Aviation of Twizel since September 2003.
It came on the scene in December of 1964 thanks to the NZ Cessna agents Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd of New Plymouth and went to work for Rural Aviation (1963) Ltd having been delivered on 03-10-1964.
It joined N Z Tourist Air Travel Ltd at Queenstown in August 1967 and followed the Company changes from Mount Cook Air Service, Mount Cook Airlines, Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd from July 1973 and The Mount Cook Group from February of 1978.
Then it went to Southern Aviation Services (1970) Ltd of Dunedin in May 1979 and following a rebuild went to Cliff Marchant of Outdoor Aviation Ltd in January 1980. 
Ten years later it was with Freefall Ltd (Bernie Haskell) at Taupo and then down with Glenorchy Air Services and Tourist Co Ltd from 07-01-1993. 
From further afar is the Diamond DA42 Twin Star N121TS (c/n 42.AC126) as currently listed with Gateway Air Center Inc of Merced, California. So it is a likely candidate for the NZ register.
It was first registered to the Diamond Aircraft Sales USA Inc of London, Ontario in early April 2008 for delivery to S and W Aviation of Statesville, North Carolina late the following month.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tecnam P 92-2000RG ZK-TRG at Masterton 3-12-2016

Master Minty travelled over to Masterton with his ATC unit last weekend, and he flew 2 hours of dual in Tecnam P 92-2000RG ZK-TRG, which he reckoned was really good.  He has now sent me the following photo.

Tecnam P 92-2000RG ZK-TRG (c/n 023) was first registered in New Zealand on 27/11/01, and since 29/9/14  has been registered to RG Macleod of Masterton.  Thanks for the photo Ollie.

Monday, 5 December 2016

ZK-HHF into Tauranga

 The Bell (Tamarack) UH-1F Iroquois ZK-HHF3 (c/n 7009) made a spirited arrival into Tauranga this afternoon  - as captured here by Grayson Ottaway.
A little more info can be found Here

And the reason it came to town !
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Circuit bashing at NZRT Sunday 04-12-2016.

Sunday afternoon at Rangiora watching the landings.
Everybody walked away ok.
So all scored 10 out of 10.
The Cessna 150A ZK-BPO (C/n 17688) has been around since Adam was a cowboy.
It has been listed to the BPO Syndicate since 01-03-2016.
Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six ZK-DOP (c/n 32-7440045) from the Kaikoura Aero Club (Inc) floats in.
More history can be seen HERE
Cessna A185F Skywagon ZK-DPG (c/n 18502427) is from the H J Shield Family Trust of Blenheim.
This was new when it came onto the NZ register on 06-11-1974. It then spent seven years with W G Walker of Clinton followed by about six years with B L Waghorn of Reefton. Then it went into the parachute dropping role until going to Hamish Shield and the Heliteam Ltd before going into the Trust from 14-02-2013.
ZK-JAY3 is c/n 1007-1012 and was taken over by Hamish Pulley of Kaiapoi on 22-09-2016 having first been listed with Paul  Brydon of Hamilton on 01-12-2011.
Paul Godfrey did a batch of circuits in his Skystar Kitfox IV (c/n C94080051/MAANZ/527)
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For sale if you want a darn fine Christmas present is this Pober Pixie ZK-PXI (c/n MSF1) as flown by Mike Sheffield.
Tim Gould was out in his Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-SLO (c/n 7-6442).