Thursday, 21 September 2017

Miles Messenger ZK-AKE at North Shore 20-9-2017

At North Shore airfield yesterday Bruce Lynch was working on his Miles M 38 Messenger 2A ZK-AKE2 .

ZK-AKE2 (c/n 6707) is not what you might first assume.  It is in fact ex G-AKEZ which was built in 1947.  It was cancelled from the UK register on 26/1/06 and exported to New Zealand where Bruce Lynch has been restoring it, and as can be seen it is getting pretty close.

The registration ZK-AKE is accurate for the period, as shown in this photo of the original Tiger Moth ZK-AKE (c/n DHNZ 68) taken at Rongotai in May 1947.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Slingsby Firefly ZK-TZX from North Shore Today 20-9-2017

The weather over Auckland was also spring-like today, so a trip up to North Shore Airfield was in order.  When I was there I bumped into Trevor Dance who was just pulling out his Slingsby T 67 Firefly ZK-TZX out of the hangar to go flying, and he had a spare seat.....

ZK-TZX (c/n 2050) on the ramp prior to start-up.

Lined up on Runway 21.

Climbing out over Whangaparaoa with Stillwater in the foreground.

Looking up Bon Accord Harbour on Kawau Island with the Coromandel in the distance.

The Spirit of New Zealand anchored off Snell's Beach and in the lee of Kawau Island.

And on finals for North Shore, it's a pretty narrow sealed strip.

Thanks very much for the flight Trevor.  It was great.


Pauanui


Spring finally arrived in Pauanui today and with it came a variety of visitors,  including a flock of 4 gyrocopters up for coffee from Tauranga.  These comprised 2 frequent visitors, yellowAutogyro MTO's ZK-RJW & UYM,  plus Magni Gyro ZK-PLW and the Delta Trikes J-RO ZK-RAC.

Also flying for coffee was the Storch S ZK-JES from Whangarei






Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Report from Kaikoura

If you are into motor vehicles - then the place to have been last weekend was the 'Kaikoura Hop'.
My learned colleague 'CMM' - with Mrs CMM - were there and have forwarded the following photographs.
The 'Hop' is based in the Kaikoura Racecourse and during the weekend Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd operated their Robinson R44 Clipper II ZK-HLE2 (c/n 10466) and their Aerospatiale A 350 BA ZK-HJV3 (c/n 2846) from there offering scenic flights.
A little further North at Hapuku - just where SH1 rejoins the coast - is the depot for the helicopters supporting the road/rail earthquake repairs up the Coast.


 Parked up there were the South Pacific Helicopters (2016) Ltd's Bell 206B JetRanger II ZK-HBO2 (c/n 570).
 The Alpine Group Ltd's Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HRM2 (c/n 2721).
And the Eurocopter EC 120 B ZK-IFR2 (c/n 1312) of South Pacific Helicopters (2016) Ltd.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Full Noise is Seventh in the Unlimited Gold Final at Reno

History was made at Reno on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning our time) when Reno rookie Graeme Frew competed in the Unlimited Gold Final Race.  I am not an expert on air racing but I wonder if it is the first time that a rookie flying for a rookie team has qualified for the Unlimited Gold Final?  It certainly is a great achievement for Graeme and the mainly Kiwi team.

The photo is a screenshot from the Fighter Flights Facebook page and shows the eventual winner "Strega" taxying past Full Noise to start the Gold Final Race.  Strega won at an average speed of 481.3 miles per hour and Graeme came seventh out of seven.

Thanks for the ride Graeme!