Timaru last Saturday 12th

A belated report from Timaru for last Saturday the 12th. John Brown's Rans S-7 Courier ZK-JRB2 (c/n 0904377) on the move. First registered on 19-10-2009 A very recent arrival from up North is the Cessna 177B...

Nanchang ZK-CAJ

The history of this Nanchang CJ-6 with the c/n 3151202 is pretty much unknown to me.  After service with the PLAAF (I believe as nose number '52') and no doubt a period of storage in...

How the European low-cost carriers faced the pandemic

As the pandemic shut down most flying over the course of March, the major low-cost airlines of Europe weren’t spared. Each of the big three – easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air – saw flying...

Jetrangers and others at Hamilton

Amongst all the activity at Hamilton Airport today was a trio of Jetrangers comprising local privately owned 206B ZK-HBG5 which was imported from the US in 2009. Up from New Plymouth the Tarata Helicopters...

Nothing but a number? Aircraft age explained

The pandemic has put a number of older airplanes into expedited retirement this year, pushing down the world’s average fleet age. Still, it wouldn’t be unusual to fly on a commercial plane that’s been...

Takaka Dawn Flyin from Above

Jordan Elvy flew across to the Golden Bay Flying Club's Takaka Dawn Flyin in Cessna 172M ZK-DRP from Paraparaumu.  They were one of the last to arrive and Jordan took this photo of the...

Another Cessna 172 Taildragger – ZK-BQG

Coincidently following on from Blue Bus's post on the Cessna 172 taildragger ZK-BSU, another example was at the Golden Bay Flying Club's Dawn Raid at Takaka over the weekend: ZK-BQG (c/n 28480) is Ray Patchett's...

A Couple of Pioneers from Takaka

The Golden Bay Flying Club held a Dawn Flyin at Takaka on Saturday 12 September with a good turnout.  There were a couple of Pioneer aircraft there that were newly repainted or re-registered: Pioneer 200...

Cessna 172 ZK-BSU

 Cessna ZK-BSU c/n 29604 was ferried into Ashburton for Alpine Aviation Ltd yesterday after a major rework at Flight Fix at Norfolk Road. It is now powered with a Continental engine from a Cessna Hawk...

Unveiling of Sir Keith Park Memorial at Thames Today 13-9-2020

A memorial to Sir Keith Park was unveiled at Thames aerodrome today with celebrations that included the NZ Warbirds Bristol Fighter replica ZK-PRK, marked in the colours of an example that he flew in...

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