31 May 2013

Over the Last Couple of Weeks

On my recent trip to Whakatane on 14 May 2013... Frontier Helicopters Robinson R44 ZK-IIA

 Dismal light made it difficult to get this photo of Eagle Air's ZK-EAJ at Hokitika on 22 May 2013... Now I only have to fly on ZK-EAK and ZK-EAQ

Getting off the Beech in Christchurch after the flight from Hokitika afforded an opportunity to get Airscapade DC3 N451ZS 

Christchurch used to be the best plane spotting terminal in New Zealand - now it is now perhaps the worst... Air New Zealand Airbus 320 ZK-OJS (the ride back to Auckland) taxis past the only gap between air bridges gap where it is possible to get a photo... as long as there is nothing on these gates 

Piper PA46 Meridian ZK-OLY at Auckland on 24 May 2013 before it was exported.

After getting OLY I saw Vincent Aviation's latest Jetstream ZK-VAI arrive so I waited to get it on departure.

28 May 2013

25 years ago - 28 May 1988 - North Island Road trip - Back to the South Island

Andrews A1 ZK-BLU at Omaka
The Marlborough Aero Club's Piper Pa38 Tomahawk at Omaka
Jodel D11 ZK-LSH at Omaka

27 May 2013

25 years ago - 26 and 27 May 1988 - North Island Road trip - Turangi - Paraparaumu

Cessna 172 ZK-CXN at Turangi
Wanganui Aero Work's Hughes 500C at Taihape
Not going anywhere fast, Douglas DC-3 ZK-APK at Mangaweka
Wanganui Aero Work's Fletcher ZK-CMK at Hunterville
Druine Turbulent ZK-CGK at Paraparaumu
Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-DGZ at Paraparaumu - the only photo take on 27 May 1988

25 May 2013

25 years ago - 25 May 1988 - North Island Road trip - Ardmore to Turangi

A gloomy day at Ardmore as we headed south - Three Piper Tomahawks, ZK-ESJ, ZK-EVB and ZK-WNB

Not in the best position for a photo - Piper Seneca ZK-FOT
Not the best light - Cessna 210 ZK-JCA
Not the nicest colour scheme - GAF N22 Nomad ZK-SNZ

Just the one at Tokoroa - Cessna 172 ZK-FKS

Three Cessnas at Taupo - Classic Cessna 172 ZK-BPT, Cessna 177 Cardinal ZK-CXM and Cessna 172 ZK-DHU

Also at Taupo was Hughes 500D ZK-HVA
Then on to Turangi which was freezing - The heating in the motel was controlled from the office - we had to turn on an element on the stove to warm the place up - it probably cost the motel more in electricity 


24 May 2013

25 years ago - 24 May 1988 - North Island Road trip - North Shore

Cessna 150 ZK-CTD
Cessna 172 ZK-DXN
 On the line for the North Shore Aero Club was...
Cessna 172 ZK-DXI
Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-EKS
Partenavia ZK-ERA
Cessna 152s ZK-NSD (above) and ZK-NSE (below)
Still doing training at North Shore today is North Shore Helicopters' Robinson R22 ZK-HVV... here it is 25 years ago
MOTAT's Grumman Avenger, NZ2527. See also http://motataircraft.blogspot.co.nz/2007/12/grumman-tbf-1c-avenger.html

Air Chats Tonga-bound

Heading up to Tonga yesterday was Air Chathams' Convair ZK-CIF which joins the rest of the Chathams Pacific fleet which is still up there. Go figure!

23 May 2013

25 years ago - 23 May 1988 - North Island Road trip - Ardmore and Auckland

When was the last time you had a day like this at Ardmore????

Grumman Widgeon ZK-CFA
Victa Airtourer ZK-CGM
MS 880B Rallye ZK-CKK
Victa Airtourer ZK-CLD
Great Barrier Airlines Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-CNS
Piper Pa28 Cherokee 140 ZK-CNZ
Piper Pa23 Aztec ZK-CUS
Piper Pa18 Cub ZK-CYU
Piper Pa28 Cherokee 235 ZK-DBO
Another Great Barrier Airlines' Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6, ZK-DDF
Piper Pa28 Cherokee 140 ZK-DEH
Cessna 303 Crusader ZK-EXA
Cessna 172 ZK-DFX 
Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-DIV
Piper Pa23 Aztec DQ-FEG a.k.a ZK-DJG
Cessna 177RG Cardinal ZK-DRF
Cessna 206 ZK-DRH
Ted Smith Aerostar ZK-DYW
Piper Pa28 Cherokee 140 ZK-ECY
Cessna 206 ZK-EDI
Counties Aerial Work's Fletcher ZK-EGH
Cessna 320 Skyknight ZK-EGN
Ardmore Air Charter's Cessna 172 ZK-EJQ
Cessna 172 ZK-EKF
The Auckland Aero Club's Cessna 172 ZK-ELU
Cessna 172s ZK-EOA  (above) and ZK-EOB (below)

Cessna 152 ZK-EOY
BAe 125-800 ZK-EUI
Ardmore Flying School's Piper Pa38 Tomahawk ZK-EVL 
Motor Holdings' Cessna 172 ZK-EXD... this machine was often used on Motor Holdings' service to Waiheke Island - http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/wings-of-gulf-waiheke-air-services.html
Piper Pa28RT-201 Turbo Arrow, ZK-FKJ
Ardmore Flying School's Piper Pa38 Tomahawk ZK-FML
Piper Pa32 Lance, ZK-FMO
Piper Pa34 Seneca ZK-FMW
Piper Pa28 Archer ZK-FOS
Grumman AA-1C Lynx ZK-FPA
Ardmore Flying School's Piper Pa38 Tomahawk ZK-FTM
Airwork NZ's Hughes 300 ZK-HIV
Hughes 500D ZK-HNS
Bell Jetranger ZK-HQT
Heli Travel's Aerospatiale Squirrel ZK-HST
Bell Jetranger ZK-HWR
Bell Jetranger ZK-HXF
Marine Helicopter's Bell Longranger ZK-HXK
Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin ZK-HXW
Hughes 300 ZK-HZA
Aerospatiale Squirrel ZK-HZK
Partenavia ZK-LAL
Flightline's Cessna 402C, ZK-LMK
A couple of imports... Cessna 206 N7554N which became ZK-JMK
Piper Pa32 Saratoga N8355A which became ZK-FOZ
A couple of hulks.... NZ1057 restored and now flying as ZK-TVI - see it now at http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/retired-trainers-at-masterton.html
Wairarapa Airlines' Piper Pa31 Chieftain ZK-PKC - http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2010/11/wairarapa-airlines-revisited.html
Cessna 206 ZK-RPG
Retired from airline service, ex Nationwide Aviation Piper Pa31 Chieftain  ZK-SDH. To  see it in airline service  go to http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/nationwide-aviation-taranakis-own.html
Beech 58 Baron ZK-SPE
Cessna 172 ZK-TFT
Piper Pa34 Senecas ZK-TLC (above) and ZK-VAN (below)

The Waitemata Aero Club's Slingby Fireflies, ZK-WAE and ZK-WAF.

Another Piper Pa34 Seneca, ZK-WUG... now with Air Napier  - http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/air-napier-only-airline-flying-to.html
Cessna 402 ZK-ZMC
Meanwhile over at Auckland International

there was Piper Pa23 Aztec ZK-CEU
Bell Longranger ZK-HYV