Sunday, 28 August 2016

An hour at Rangiora - Sunday 28-08-2016

I passed through NZRT early this afternoon and captured these specimens.
 It is always nice to see a real tidy Cessna 180. 
In this case the locally based 180 ZK-BUJ c/n 32950.
I covered this back in April 2015 at :-
 Work continues on the assembly and certification of the Rotax 914 turbocharged powered Zenith CH701 STOL SP ZK-DBC3  (c/n 7-5464) at STOL Performance NZ at Rangiora for James Herlihy of Patearoa.
This first popped up on the US register as N510DM in October of 2005 with David Allerheiligen and Mike Burns of Fort Collins, Colorado - with ownership moving solely to Mike Burns in January of  2013.
The first ZK-DBC was a Cherokee Six 300 - now known as ZK-PDX, and the second allocation was a Roger Mann Ragwing PT2S.
 The Mike Godfrey Denney Kitfox IV ZK-KIV (c/n 1642) is feeling for the ground with Mike Small keeping a wary eye on proceedings from the right hand seat.
 A fine Sunday afternoon activity is watching somebody else doing the hard yards. 
In this case we have Trevor Shadbolt about to hangar his AutoGyro Calidus ZK-RCZ.
 Although listed with Paul Stewart of Christchurch since June of 2013 - this is the first occasion I have seen the Cirrus Design SR22 'GTS' ZK-VMA (c/n 1618). 
This previously served as ZK-YUG2 between late 2007 and mid 2013.
Just back from a fine Sunday jolly was Phil Richards and his Europa Classic ZK-MOF (c/n 130).
This will receive its correct size spinner in the near future.

Pacific bound Beech

Ronan Harvey and his Beech D18S N43927 (c/n A-26) are on the move.
Following some TLC by Callum and his team at Twenty24 at Wanaka, including a pair of new P and W 985's it has made its was up to Auckland.
 Above N43927 still on the jacks outside the Twenty24 facility at Wanaka.
Harvard '57' is ZK-TVI (T6).
 Looking sweet.
 Heading up Lake Hawea looking towards 'The Neck' and Lake Wanaka.
Nice to see that Vince's camera has picked up the Hamilton Standard prop swirl. 
Above - Parked up at Auckland with two young Friendships, two Metros, a similar aged DC3 and a modern day executive jet.
43927 is heading for a holiday up into the Pacific with Vince Gardner in the hot seat. It is expected back in NZ later in the year.
There have been several mentions of this lovely aircraft on this site previously.
Thanks to Vince Gardner for the pics.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

ZK-FHC First Taxi 27-8-16

After a further engine run ZK-FHC did it's first taxi just after 15.00 with Avspec owner Warren Denholm at the controls.

ZK-FHC run's both engines for the first time 27-8-16

Just after 13.00 today both engines on ZK-FHC got fired up together for the first time, a great sight to both see and hear.

ZK-IMX repaint.

The following is a link to an item covering the repaint of Southern Lakes Helicopters Ltd's Kawasaki BK117 at Washdyke.

Thanks to Simon Brown for the link and also for the photograph below which was taken on 20-07-2016