21 August 2017

Tauranga Day 4

Day 4 at Tauranga, Monday 21 August 2017

The last photo of the day... Cessna 172 ZK-DPN operating as Sunair 13 November arriving I presume from Whitianga or Great Barrier Island
A better shot of Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel ZK-ITA
Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK117 D-2 ZK-ITF was a new one for me
Piper PA31 Navajo ZK-LWN was visiting from Blenheim 
Cessna 185 ZK-MCR nearing the end of its rebuild
Vans RV-7A ZK-MIS was another new one for me
Rutan Varieze ZK-NCD enjoyed a taxi around in the sunshine

A couple of Bombardier Q300s, ZK-NFB...
and ZK-NFI
Another new gyrocopter for me - AutoGyro Cavalon ZK-OHF
Magni Gyro M24C ZK-PLW
Cessna 152 ZK-SWC was in the circuit
Robin R 3000/160 ZK-TJH departed
And some views out the window...

20 August 2017

Special Fly My Sky Scheme

One to look out for... Fly My Sky's BN Islander ZK-PIY has a special scheme acknowledging Great Barrier Island becoming the island has become the world's third Dark Sky sanctuary.

Source : Fly My Sky Facebook Page

Tauranga Day 3

A rather dull day at Tauranga today, 20 August 2017... Sadly there was very little interesting to photograph 

A better photo of the South Otago Aero Club's Cessna 172 ZK-ETL 
The Tauranga Aero Club's Cessna 152 ZK-FPG
Robinson R44 ZK-HDV was a new one for me
Three of Air Nelson's Bombardier Q300s ZK-NEO,
and ZK-NFI
The Tauranga Aero Club's Cessna 152 ZK-NPD now carries titles
Sunair's Cessna 172 ZK-TAB coming in from Motiti Island... note the camera fitting on the wing strut 
And yet another of the Tauranga Aero Club's Cessna 152s, ZK-TAC
The only private flyer up and about today was Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-WBF

19 August 2017

Tauranga Day 2

At Tauranga on 19 August 2017...

In the morning Pilatus PC12 ZK-TFL was getting airborne

The South Otago Aero Club's Cessna 172 was a long way from home
In the afternoon Piper Arrow ZK-DUS was in the circuit
Bombardier Q300 ZK-NFA was operating flight NZ8137 from Auckland

18 August 2017

Tauranga Day 1

At Tauranga on 18 August 2017...

Eurocopter AS 350BA Squirrel ZK-ITA 
Maule MX-7-180A ZK-MUL
Solo Wings' Cessna 150M ZK-SWC
Tecnam P92 Echo Classic ZK-VTE

17 August 2017


Latest off the assembly line, Pacific Aerospace 750XL ZK-KDI is bound for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
Photo taken at Hamilton on 16 August 2017

16 August 2017

Finish Of Plane

Flown to North Shore-Nelson-Dunedin yesterday was Piper PA31 Chieftain ZK-FOP which sadly is to be used as spares for Mainland Air's two Piper Chieftains ZK-KVW and ZK-VIP . 

A history of its ownership can be found here : http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2016/11/piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftan-zk-fop.html

Here is a photo history of its New Zealand service...

Arrived from the States, N888SG at Christchurch on 30 November 1987 - nearly 30 years ago!
Registered in New Zealand as ZK-FOP the Chieftain went into service with Pacifica Air flying Christchurch-Alexandra-Wanaka-Christchurch... photo taken at Christchurch on 28 February 1988
See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/pacifica-air-profile.html
ZK-FOP at Hokitika on 5 January 1989. 
Following the closure of Pacifica Air ZK-FOP went to Airlink which operated Christchurch-Timaru-Alexandra for a brief time... photo taken at Timaru on 28 August 1989
See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/airlink-to-alexandra-for-15-weeks.html
Still wearing signs of its brief time with Airlink, ZK-FOP at Hokitika on 23 May 1992 while being operated by Airwork
A mean green machine... FOP wearing NZ Aero Medical Service titles with sponsorship from Air BP... photo taken at Nelson on 7 January 1994 
Eventually ZK-FOP went to Airwork where among other things it was used on coastal patrol work as seen getting airborne from Nelson on 15 February 2005.
In more recent time ZK-FOP flew for Barrier Air as seen at Auckland on 10 January 2016
Barrier Air was its last operator and was used by them until they retired their Chieftain aircraft.
See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/barrier-air-new-name-to-barrier-and.html

15 August 2017

What's the word?

There are a couple of big rumours flying around at the moment in the NZ airline scene which if they come to pass will certainly give me something to blog about...

I just had a look at my crystal ball gazing back on 1 January...

It's interesting to see what has happened so far this year and look forward to the last four months of the year.