Nothing but a number? Aircraft age explained

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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...

Yak-3M ZK-VVS at Ashburton today.

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 Carrying out passenger flights out of Ashburton today was the Yak-3M ZK-VVS c/ n 0470106 of Fighter Flights Ltd I believe it returned to Omaka later in the afternoon.

Waimate

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 Anchored down at Waimate International Airstrip was the Pacific Aerospace 08-600 Cresco ZK-LTV c/n 15 of Ravensdown Aerowork Ltd - with 'Cresco 750' on the engine cowling. And a very interesting sky above.

Oamaru pie run on Friday

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 Alas no pies available but reasonably priced diesel fuel at the pump between the old flight service tower and the Aero Club. There are two main operators based here  - The New Zealand Airline Academy...

More from down south

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Noted at Ashburton was the Piper PA-28-140 ZK-DEH (c/n 28-712555) as listed with the J K Syndicate of Okuku soon to receive another set of wings. Below we see the Piper PA-28-160 ZK-BZH (c/n...

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