Monday, 16 October 2017

New Zealand Connection to 2017 Red Bull Air Race Champion

The final round of the Red Bull Air Race series was held over the weekend of 14 - 15 October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America.  The winner and overall series champion was Yoshi Muroya from Japan.  You can see some great video of the finals at http://airrace.redbull.com/en_US/video/indianapolis-2017-round-8-final-4

Yoshi's plane, Race No #31, is an Edge 540 Version 3 with a cut down canopy, N31YM.

But there is excitement in New Zealand because Yoshi's long time crew chief is Rob Fry who owns several aircraft here and has just sold his Sukhoi Su 29 ZK-SUK to a South Island owner.  

Back in December 2009 Yoshi bought his earlier Edge 540 N19ZE to Rob Fry's North Shore hangar for fettling after the 2009 Red Bull Air Race season, and I was amazed to see it one Saturday up there.  The link to my post at that time is:  http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2009/12/red-bull-air-racer-at-north-shore-no.html.

Congratulations Yoshi and Rob and your team!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Around Auckland

A visit to Ardmore today revealed the Hughes 369FF ZK-HIP wearing HeliNorth titling, while over at the Ardmore Flying School two more of the Cessna 172R fleet have been converted to diesel power, ZK-TAP and ZK-UAT,  joining ZK-TAQ featured earlier on this blog.

Down at Mechanics Bay was the Helilink AS350B2 ZK-HJZ,  which hasnt featured before here.





Heletranz Base at Rosedale Road, North Shore

During the week I was passing the Heletranz heliport at Rosedale Road with the grandson's so it would have been rude not to call in and show them some helicopters (You can see that they enjoyed it!).  There were quite a variety to see, all owned by Heletranz:

The Heletranz hangar has been extended and in in the shape of an L with their offices inside the L.  Above is the new addition with its own separate door.

Robinson R 44 Raven II ZK-HRU2 has been owned by Heletranz since 10/4/15.  I think it is the first time it has been posted on the blog.

Also in the hangar was Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBZ4 which was first registered to the company on 31/8/16.

Outside being cleaned was Eurocopter AS 355 F2 Twin Squirrel ZK-HFS4 which has been with the company since 5/8/13 but which is recorded as having a change of paint scheme on 20/9/16.  (What is the story with recorded changes of paint scheme with an aircraft that shows the registration?).

And also outside was their executive Agusta A109S ZK-HBH6.  (That's a lot of ZK-HBHs!).  This was first registered to Heletranz on 20/10/15.

Also in the hangar were Bell 427 ZK-IRP and R 44 Raven II ZK-IHE2, plus a Robinson R 22 that I did not identify.  That is quite a fleet!


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Pauanui

A spell of settled weather  has increased the visitor numbers to Pauanui and these included R44 ZK-HPO from Warkworth,  the first visit of the "new" ZK-MEL as a RV7A,  and Tecnam Astore ZK-MSV from Te Awamutu.




Question time # 199

It has been a while since I gave away a chocolate fish :-

So - who's lovely leg is this then ?

We need to know the aircraft type.

The Registration.

Who added the artwork ?

en ?