Friday, 15 December 2017

SAAANZ BBQ at North Shore 2-12-2017

The Sport Aviation Association of New Zealand (Auckland Branch) held their Christmas BBQ at North Shore back on the 2nd of December but due to moving matters and general busyness I did not post about it at the time.  However I now rectify this omission with the following:

Evan Wheeler flew in from Patumahoe in his Murphy Rebel ZK-WEM.

Steve Gwilliam flew his Jodel D 11 ZK-RSB down from Whangarei.  Steve told me that he regularly checks out the blog.  Great to meet you Steve.

and coming from a different point of the compass, Chapter Newsletter Editor Gavin Magill flew over from Whitianga in his Zenith CH 601 XL ZK-ZXZ.

 Dennis Horne and Manfred Scherbius flew up from Ardmore in Dennis's Jabiru J200 ZK-ORN.  They are regular attendees at flyins and I saw them the week previously at Dargaville for lunch.

I probably wouldn't usually photograph a Piper Tomahawk, but ZK-EVD2 looked so nice in this great photo spot outside Julian Coles' new hangar.

Back at the Helicentre

Bluebus returned to Christchurch on Wednesday the 13th bringing the long awaited rain.
After being starved of things aeronautical for so long my first stop was at the old Helicentre on the Western side of Christchurch International.
Heli Maintenance was seething with helicopters.
A first sighting for me was the Robinson R44 ZK-HHS3 (c/n 0805). This first appeared on the NZ register as ZK-HLB4 on 01-09-2004 with North Shore Helicopters Ltd followed by Helicopters Taranaki Ltd of New Plymouth from May 2006 and then with Heliflite Pacific Ltd from 30-01-2012. They re-registered it as ZK-HHS on 23-02-2012 before moving it on to Two B and S from 25-05-2012. 
Helicopter Charter and Training of Papakura listed it from 18-06-2013 and then N Z Helicopter Training Ltd of Hamilton from 16-06-2014 and changed to Helicopter Corporation Ltd (Helicorp) on 01-09-2014.
It was listed to Gerald Jefferies of Brisbane, Queensland on 29-06-2017.
The Hughes 369E ZK-HMO3 (c/n 0394E) of Combined Helicopter Services Ltd of West Melton has been noted doing the 'mail run' to isolated properties in the Kaikoura area. 
With the State Highway 1 due to reopen today (15-12-2017) I guess this main run is over.
This as a 1990 model first appearing on our register on 11-03-2003.
Maybe a Christmas Present for Bill Hales of Hanmer is the Hughes 369D ZK-HNT (c/n 590514D) marked up in Alpine Springs Helicopters titles.
 Previously mentioned Here.
One of Bill Hales other helicopters is the Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HVS3 (2849) seen here with its 'racing rotor blades' fitted.
Previously mentioned HERE.
Another out of towner is the Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-IRF (c/n 13070) of D T and J C Howey of Pleasant Point. It replaced their previous R44 ZK-IRT which was sold in mid-2014.
Note the Rhodesian Ridgeback keeping me within the yellow lines.
Across the road at Christchurch Helicopters 2001 Ltd was their Hughes 369E ZK-HCS3 (0409E).
Previously mentioned Here.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

North Shore Today 14-12-2017

I now visit down to North Shore and a visit this afternoon provided a few aircraft I hadn't seen before:

Bell Long Ranger ZK-ICV c/n 45017) has not been featured on the blog previously.  It is owned by Twin Coast Helicopters of Whangarei and wears their titles.  It has been around since March 2007 and is ex C-GLBA and N5084F.

 Cessna 172N ZK-ELU is registered to a North Shore owner but it is the first time I have ever seen it.

And another Skyhawk popped in briefly, 172M ZK-EFA is registered to a Coromandel owner and I believe is based at Pauanui.


A visit to a busy Tauranga Airport revealed 3 registrants that havent appeared on this blog before, the first being Cessna 177B Cardinal ZK-EFH which has been here since 1984 and is appropriately registered to Cardinal Aircraft Hire, Tauranga.

The R22 ZK-IBG resides with Back Country Aviation, Opotiki

Aerospatiale AS350BA ZK-ITA was registered in August 2017 to Rotorfix Tauranga.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

NZ Civair is 10!

Many NZ Civair readers may not be aware that the first post on the blog was on 13 December 2007.  You can scroll down the yearly list at the right of the home screen to see it.

Over the years our various contributors have posted 5,861 posts and we have had over 3,703,300 page views (despite the counter on the home page showing less as it wasn't turned on from Day 1).

To celebrate this auspicious occasion I offer this photo of our esteemed leader, suitably posing among some interesting aircraft.  Well done on your efforts over the last 10 years Sir!

I also offer a heading photo taken around 5 years ago, to remind us of what we are missing for this airshow season.

Finally I would like to thank all who have over the years posted to the blog or commented, or just have been interested.  To quote The Flying Doctor, Dave Baldwin (having just read his book): "You know who you are!"  Special thanks must also to go to Mr MRC Aviation who had the computer smarts to set up the blog all those years ago.

I look forward to the next 10 years.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Local Aircraft from Kaipara Flats 9-12-2017

Usually when you call into Kaipara Flats airfield the place is pretty quiet.  But another good thing about the Northland Microlight Club's flyin on a lovely day last Saturday was that a lot of the local sport aircraft were outside:

Martin Farrand's Fisher Dakota Hawk ZK-SOL was active in the circuit.

Tim Harrison took his Glastar Sportsman 2+2 ZK-SPZ out for a local flight after the BBQ.

Locally owned Sling LSA ZK-SLG was out of its hangar to allow room for the BBQ.  (The first ZK-SLG was a Piel Emeraude that was not completerd so I guess this is the first ZK-SLG).

 Also out of the hangar, the first time I had seen it outside, was the locally owned Flight Design CTLS ZK-FDE2
And while not locally based (it is normally hangared at Dargaville), RANS S6 ES ZK-RAG3 is owned by Harvey Carran who has his own farm airstrip very close to the Kaipara Flats airfield.

I reckon that's it from Kaipara Flats for a while.


A couple of interesting Monday visitors to Pauanui comprised the latest Ardmore Flying School diesel Cessna 172R conversion ZK-LAT, the photo showing to good effect its new 3 bladed prop

And visiting from North Auckland was the impressive 1981 model Turbo Saratoga ZK-VQM

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Diamond Twin Star ZK-EAN

A "new" twin has joined the Ardmore Flying School flightline in the form of Diamond DA42 Twin Star ZK-EAN4. This example has lived at Ardmore since importation in May 2015 when it arrived as N422DK and became ZK-DAX with Eagle Flight Training, however ownership changed to one of Eagle's owners in October this year and it was re-registered ZK-EAN on 08 December. 
This is the fourth use of ZK-EAN. The first was on a CT4 in 1975 for its delivery flight to the Royal Australian Air Force, then a Piper Tomahawk operated by the Ardmore Flying School from 1990 until 1999 and its third use was on the side of a Beech 1900D from September 2002 until October 2016. 
The registration EAN is personalised for the flying school's principal owner, Liz Needham. 

Ardmore 10 December 2017 
Ardmore 30 May 2015. 

Ardmore 31 March 2016.

On the subject of Eagle Flight Training, they have moved their base of operations to Gisborne with the gaggle of DA20 and single DA40 now resident at the East Coast airport while DA42 ZK-ZYX has changed ownership to Eagle Flight Training but still seems to spend much of its time at Ardmore. 

Departures from Kaipara Flats 9-12-2017

After a leisurely BBQ lunch, most of the visiting aircraft headed off home,except for the 2 gyros which flew to Dargaville as Father Christmas was arriving there.

Rusty Russell and Penny in MT 03 Eagle ZK-KIW2.

John Wiessing in Magni M 24 ZK-MGI.

TL-3000 Sirius demonstrator ZK-SRZ headed off to North Shore.

Tecnam P 96 Golf ZK-JAN3 headed off to Waihi Beach.

A couple headed back to Ardmore:  Vans RV 7 ZK-LVA...

and Glastar ZK-PGP.


A hot dry week at Pauanui brought a stream of interesting visitors to Pauanui including a number of aircraft from the Hamilton based L3 training fleet,  below is Diamond DA20 ZK-CSA.

Visiting on Sunday was Cessna 172M ZK-EFA which is based at the Coromandel airfield, and hasnt featured on this blog before

A bit different, and also new to the blog, was Solo Wings Aquila ZK-KBV which flew in on Monday and was registered to an Auckland owner in February this year.

Amongst the Saturday visitors was Thorp S18T ZK-MBY from Auckland in its new refreshed paint scheme.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Northland Microlight Club BBQ at Kaipara Flats Today 9-12-2017

As we are now resident at Warkworth I was very pleased to drive the 10 minutes out to Kaipara Flats airfield where the Northland Microlight Club was holding a pre-Christmas BBQ hosted by Tim Harrison in his spotless hangar.  Around 20 aircraft were on the field including some of the locally based aircraft that were out in the sun.  It was a great day and the BBQ lunch was great too.

 Kaipara Flats airfield from the air...

 taken from Rusty Russell's MTO Eagle gyrocioter ZK-KIW2.

Some of the early arrivals:  Harvey Lockie in his Dyn Aero MCR-01 Club ZK-WIK from Parakai.

and Peter Karl flew his Dyn Aero MCR-ULC ZK-ORR from Hamilton.

Showing the different wings of the 2 Dyn Aeros.

Paul Hopper flew his Climate Climate ZK-EZY2 from North Shore.

and Warren Butler flew his A 32 Foxbat ZK-WCB (his initials) up from Mercer.

while Steve Williams came the other way, from Dargaville in his A 22 Foxbat ZK-CKL2

Mike Hopper flew his Fly Synthesis Texan 600 ZK-TXS2 from Whangarei.

and Aerodrome IT Systems Tecnam P 92 Echo Super ZK-CDL2 arrived from Parakai.  It has Fly Parakai on the rudder and is fitted with a ballistic recovery parachute.

I will post more later, next time I feel like a McDonalds Coke float!

Friday, 8 December 2017


The 'Bluebus' trundled up to Karamea from Westport on the 6th.
 At an unfortunate delay along the way we found the MBB BK117 B-2 ZK-HGU (c/n 7229) going about it business on the highway.
Below it is clearing the bushes and power lines and heading for Nelson.
 From the shade of a tree near the Karamea aerodrome I snapped the EWW Partnership's  Aerospool Dynamic WT9 ZK-EWW (DY057/2004) on short final.
 Parked in an open  hangar is the David Boehm Locke Hi-Max Minitwin ZK-JEB (c/n DBL-3) of Jack Simpson.
 I seem to have the infinite capacity of catching the back end of receding helicopters. 
Here is the Bell 206L-1 LongRanger ZK-HKE (c/n 45094) of Helicopter Charter Karamea (2006) Ltd.
It still carries a small Canadian flag on its fin.
 Another shot from taken from the shade of a tree caught this Piper PA-22-150 taildragger ZK-SJG (c/n 22-3292) locally based with S R and J Galway.
 A regular visitor from Takaka is the Piper PA-32R-301 ZK-ZIG (c/n 32R-80113045) of Golden Bay Air Ltd.