The next type of sport aircraft to come along in 2005 was the Remos G3 Mirage of which we have had two registered.
The Remos G3 was designed in Germany by Lorenz Kreitmeyer and the prototype first flew in 1997. It is of mainly carbon fibre construction and was built by Remos AG at Pasewalk (which is in the North East of Germany near the Polish border), as a kit or a ready to fly aircraft. It has a pod and tailboom fuselage for efficient aerodynamics and is one of a group of similar light sport aircraft that appeared from various European countries in the late 1990s/early 2000s. It has been superceded by the Remos GX which is an essentially similar aircraft.
Specifications (for the newer GX model) are: length 6.48 metres (21 feet 3 inches) and wingspan of 9.30 metres (30 feet 6 inches) with a wing area of 118 square feet. Empty weight is around 320 Kg (705 pounds) and MAUW is 544 Kg (1,200 pounds). The engine is a Rotax 912ULS of 100 HP which gives a cruise speed of around 107 knots (123 mph), and the stall speed with full flaps is 38 knots (44 mph).
As I said above, we have had two Remos G3NZs (I think the NZ denoted a New Zealand model but I don't know if or how it was different).
Our first Remos G3NZ ZK-REM2 (c/n 0155) was imported by the local agent Ivan Strathern of Hamilton and was first registered to him on 22/3/05. It is photo'd above at the 2006 SAANZ flyin at Tauranga, on 5/2/06. On 12/1/08 it was registered to Ivan Strathern's company Sport Aviation Imports Ltd of Hamilton, and on 21/11/14 ownership changed to John S Wilson of Hamilton who I understand bases the aircraft at Horotiu.
And our second Remos G3NZ ZK-PRH (c/n 228) also lives in the Waikato, being registered to Philip R Hart of Huntly on 13/2/08. It is photo'd above at a flyin at Parakai on 1/3/09.
A shot of the underside on departure from Parakai showing the pod and boom fuselage.
I don't think we are likely to see any more Remos's in New Zealand as I think they are quite expensive.
A visit to Ardmore today revealed the Hughes 369FF ZK-HIP wearing HeliNorth titling, while over at the Ardmore Flying School two more of the Cessna 172R fleet have been converted to diesel power, ZK-TAP and ZK-UAT, joining ZK-TAQ featured earlier on this blog.
Down at Mechanics Bay was the Helilink AS350B2 ZK-HJZ, which hasnt featured before here.
During the week I was passing the Heletranz heliport at Rosedale Road with the grandson's so it would have been rude not to call in and show them some helicopters (You can see that they enjoyed it!). There were quite a variety to see, all owned by Heletranz:
The Heletranz hangar has been extended and in in the shape of an L with their offices inside the L. Above is the new addition with its own separate door.
Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-HRU2 has been owned by Heletranz since 10/4/15. I think it is the first time it has been posted on the blog.
Also in the hangar was Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBZ4 which was first registered to the company on 31/8/16.
Outside being cleaned was Eurocopter AS 355 F2 Twin Squirrel ZK-HFS4which has been with the company since 5/8/13 but which is recorded as having a change of paint scheme on 20/9/16. (What is the story with recorded changes of paint scheme with an aircraft that shows the registration?).
And also outside was their executive Agusta A109S ZK-HBH6. (That's a lot of ZK-HBHs!). This was first registered to Heletranz on 20/10/15.
Also in the hangar were Bell 427 ZK-IRP and R 44 Raven II ZK-IHE2, plus a Robinson R 22 that I did not identify. That is quite a fleet!
A spell of settled weather has increased the visitor numbers to Pauanui and these included R44 ZK-HPO from Warkworth, the first visit of the "new" ZK-MEL as a RV7A, and Tecnam Astore ZK-MSV from Te Awamutu.
A couple of North Shore Aero Club aircraft were noted recently:
Robin R 2120U ZK-TZG has now been repainted in the Club's colours.
This makes four Robins in the new scheme; ZK-TZG, TZH, TZJ and TZK. I guess that their fifth Robin ZK-UWZ will follow along in time. (The club originally had another Robin R 2120U ZK-TZI but it crashed in the Southern Alps in August 2007).
And the clubs Tecnam P 2008 ZK-WIP was out flying on 7/10/17. This is the first time I have seen it in action since its arrival in February 2017.
Brian Taylor has been very busy test flying sport aircraft at Whangarei recently. Back on 28 September it was Corby Starlet ZL-LDI and yesterday 10 October it was TechPro Merlin 100 ZK-MEF. But in between these two aircraft he managed to slot in another test flight:
ZK-ZOE (c/n JA411-09-14) was registered to the J Finlayson and G Metge Partnership of Auckland on 2/8/17, and Brian took it on its first flight on 7/10/17. Thanks to the Whangarei Flying Club for the photos.
Despite the Auckland address, ZK-ZOE will be based at Whangarei. It is all go for sport aircraft in the Far North!
A New Zealand-new type of microlight was registered today and it's not often that that happens.
TechPro Merlin 100 UL ZK-MEF (c/n MV23) was registered to Allan R Cameron of Mangawhai today, 9/10/17. The TechPro Merlin is a single seater of all metal construction that comes as a matched hole kitset, but Allan's aircraft was built up in the TechProAviation factory at Olomouc in the Czech Republic and was test flown there before shipment to New Zealand. It is photo'd above after re-assembly at Whangarei with thanks to Gary Eady for the photo.
The TechPro Merlin dates back to 2011 when the first prototype flew, and kits have been manufactured from 2015. It has a length of 5.3 metres (17 feet 5 inches), a wingspan of 7.8 metres (25 feet 7 inches) and a wing area of 75.9 square feet. Empty weight is quoted as 150 Kg (330 pounds) and MAUW is 300 Kg (660 pounds). Allan's aircraft is fitted with a horizontally opposed twin cylinder four stroke HKS 700E engine which produces 60HP and which will give sparkling performance with a cruise in excess of 100 mph.
The rationale for a single seater is that the vast majority of sport aircraft flights are flown one up, and the savings able to be achieved with the single seater can be put to use to hire a two seater when you need one.
The TechPro Merlin should not be confused with the Glasair Merlin which looks similar but is a two seater of carbon fibre construction.