Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Report from Kaikoura

If you are into motor vehicles - then the place to have been last weekend was the 'Kaikoura Hop'.
My learned colleague 'CMM' - with Mrs CMM - were there and have forwarded the following photographs.
The 'Hop' is based in the Kaikoura Racecourse and during the weekend Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd operated their Robinson R44 Clipper II ZK-HLE2 (c/n 10466) and their Aerospatiale A 350 BA ZK-HJV3 (c/n 2846) from there offering scenic flights.
A little further North at Hapuku - just where SH1 rejoins the coast - is the depot for the helicopters supporting the road/rail earthquake repairs up the Coast.

 Parked up there were the South Pacific Helicopters (2016) Ltd's Bell 206B JetRanger II ZK-HBO2 (c/n 570).
 The Alpine Group Ltd's Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 ZK-HRM2 (c/n 2721).
And the Eurocopter EC 120 B ZK-IFR2 (c/n 1312) of South Pacific Helicopters (2016) Ltd.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Full Noise is Seventh in the Unlimited Gold Final at Reno

History was made at Reno on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning our time) when Reno rookie Graeme Frew competed in the Unlimited Gold Final Race.  I am not an expert on air racing but I wonder if it is the first time that a rookie flying for a rookie team has qualified for the Unlimited Gold Final?  It certainly is a great achievement for Graeme and the mainly Kiwi team.

The photo is a screenshot from the Fighter Flights Facebook page and shows the eventual winner "Strega" taxying past Full Noise to start the Gold Final Race.  Strega won at an average speed of 481.3 miles per hour and Graeme came seventh out of seven.

Thanks for the ride Graeme!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Full Noise #35 Wins Again at Reno!

Wow!  Graeme Frew flying his Yak 3 Full Noise, race number 35 (ZK-VVS) has just won his Silver heat race at a speed of 345.277 miles per hour!

Update:  And now he is in the Gold final (along with a stellar field consisting of the highly modified racing Mustangs Strega and Voodoo and four Sea Furies).  The Gold final starts at 10.55 am on Monday morning New Zealand time.  Amazing!

In a very close race Graeme beat 4 racing Mustangs.  And he has increased his race speed in every race that he has flown in.

The above image is from Graeme's Fighter Flights Facebook page. It occurs to me that Graeme is doing a Burt Munro! 

Congratulations Graeme  and the whole team.

Saturday, 16 September 2017


Pacific Aerospace Corporation 750XL ZK-KAY (c/n 107) first flew at Hamilton on 05-06-2004 following its registration on 27-05-2004.
It departed Hamilton on 13-06-2004 for an 80 hour, 12 day, ferry flight to Blackpool in the UK. 
After a check out by Pool Aviation it joined the Northwest Parachute Centre at Cark in Cumbria.
It was a static display at the Farnborough Air Show in April 2004 and was later demonstrated to the UK Army.
It was officially registered to the Northwest Parachute Centre on 04-05-2005.
Unfortunately on 16-12-2007 it had a mid air collision with the Luscombe 8E Silveraire G-AKUI over Asmaston Staffordshire with the loss of the Silveraire and the two persons on board.
The 750XL lost its port undercarriage but landed safely at Nottingham, East Midlands
It was repaired by IAE at Cranfield (I think).
It is seen above in a photo by DerekF via Andy Heap flying over the Southport Promenade UK on 15-09-2017.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Full Noise #35 Wins at Reno!

After an all night session to replace the engine a couple of nights ago, Graeme Frew lined up Full Noise #35 in Heat 1C of the Unlimited class at Reno at 12.40pm Reno time (7.40am in New Zealand this morning) and WON the heat!

Thanks to Zac Yates for the image (that was taken from the live stream I guess or else he has a really really big lens!).