Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Winter wonderland at Philistine.

On the 9th the NIWA troopers did a fault fixing trip up to the alpine weather station on Mount Philistine using the Anderson Helicopters ZK-HKA.
Above - parked beside highway 73 - the Otira Highway.
ZK-HKA squirreling into the snow - so to speak - in its newish colour scheme.
See Philistine and ZK-HKA without the snow at :-

Winter wonderland at Mahanga.

 The NIWA boys borrowed the MD NOTAR ZK-ISO and shot up to Mount Mahanga in the Spencer Mountains on the 8th.
A bit of ice on the tower but we have seen it a lot worse.
 And the nearest milkshake from here would probably be a respectable walk over to St Arnaud.
We have talked about this NOTAR before at :-

New Zealand Warbirds at Ardmore 19-8-2016

Oh, and by the way, if the Mosquito was not enough, there were other warbirds out at Ardmore last Friday in the late afternoon sun.

Mustang ZK-TAF marked as NZ2415.


And a trio of Harvards - NZ1052, NZ1078 and NZ1053.

Nice!


Monday, 22 August 2016

Late afternoon Nelson arrival.

Lord Nelson has sent in this shot of the Air Caledonia ATR-72 F-OIPN (c/n 735) which arrived at Nelson late this afternoon direct from Noumea in 4:36 hours, via overhead Cape Reinga, Tinopai and Cape Egmont, for heavy maintenance with ANZ.

Husky ZK-RBC at NZTG

Added to our civil register on 29-07-2016 was this Aviat A-1B Husky ZK-RBC2 (c/n 2418) for the H and R Alexander Family Trust of Matakana.
It is seen here at Tauranga today.
Built at Afton in Wyoming in 2007 it has been quietly active with two owners in Texas plus one in Florida. I believe it has only about 320 flying hours to date.
Photo from Hairy Mole Rat.