Friday, 20 January 2017

Convair duo at Chatham Islands.

Bob Newlands sent me these two photos taken at Tuuata Airport on the Chatham Islands (NZCI).
Pics were taken on 18th of December last year.
Nice to see that Bob has the same problem that I had with the white fuselages against the typical cloudy background.
 General Dynamics Allison Convair 440/580 ZK-CIE2 (c/n 399) in full Air Chathams Ltd's livery.
This was built as a model 440-83 back in early 1957. 
Its conversion to Allison turboprop model 580 standard began in August 1961. It was ferried from Alaska into Palmerston North on 16-04-2005 and registered a ZK-CIE on 10-08-2005.
ZK-KFL is c/n 372 and was built a a model 440-61 of similar vintage as ZK-CIE. Its conversion to 580 standard was completed in March of 1962. It spent six years in Sweden in the 1980's before going to Kelowna Flightcraft in Kelowna, BC, Canada in April of 1987.
If came onto the NZ register on 23-04-1990 as a freighter with Air Freight NZ Ltd until being withdrawn with the arrival of their Boeing 737's.
It was advertised for sale in January with 34,500 odd flying hours and was sold to Air Chathams Ltd - being listed to them on 28-11-2016.

Dargaville Today 20-1-2017

It was pretty quiet at Dargaville today with just the Aero Club Fly Synthesis Storch out doing circuits.  The wind was around 20 knots straight down the strip which made for slow groundspeed landings.

Southern Wings Piper PA 28-181 Archer ZK-MIL c/n 28-8690035) from Ardmore dropped in for a couple of touch and goes.

And a different gyrocopter was in the Aero Club hangar - the Neil Hintz Tandem Dominator ZK-RCE2 (c/n 010) belongs to a Whangarei owner.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Oamaru report.

We don't very often get reports from Oamaru.
So this belated selection of pics from CMM is most welcome.
Pics were taken back on 28-12-2016.
All four aircrfat have been mentioned in previous blog posts.
 Cessna 180C ZK-BYJ (c/n 50908) is still with the HKJ Syndicate of Oamaru.
 The Cessna 172N ZK-EOI (c/n 17271937) has been with the North Otago Aero Club since about mid-2006.
 Garry Hawkins of Kurow still operates his Jabiru UL ZK-LEI (c/n 574)
In the 'big new hangar' was the MD 500N NOTAR ZK-IJW c/n LN016, which was only transferred over to Helivenrtures NZ Ltd on 2-12-2016.
It still carries its Heliglenorchy signage.

Stratford Aerodrome 85th Birthday Celebrations 28 January 2017

Heres hoping for great weather.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Strikemaster Ltd's Strikemasters Off to the USA

A statement from the owner of our two Ardmore based Strikemasters, Brett Nicholls has sadly revealed that both the Strikemasters have been sold to Blue Air Training of Los Vegas, Nevada, USA.  Blue Air Training uses both Jet Provosts and Strikemasters in the Close Air Support role to service contracts with the US military.  Apparently they have eight Strikemasters and a significant inventory of spares, and with our two aircraft, they will have four ex RNZAF aircraft in their fleet.  The significant spares inventory held by Blue Air Training is believed to be one of the reasons for the sale of the two Ardmore Strikemasters.

Here are the two Strikemasters at the NZ Warbirds Armistice Day airshow at Ardmore on 13/11/16.

NZ6862/ZK-NTY (c/n 302), first registered here on 19/9/14 and ex VH-AGI.

and NZ6870/ZK-STR (c/n 310), first registered here on 11/4/11 and ex VH-RBA.

If you want to see their final New Zealand airshow appearance, then head to the Classics of the Sky airshow at Tauranga this coming Saturday 21 January 2017.