IT IS only within the past two decades that aviation conservationists — for want of another term — have come to the fore with the intent of preserving some active reminders of yesteryear aviation. Tales abound of surplus military and civil aircraft with many potential hours of airframe time falling victim to neglect, chainsaw, blowtorch, and other similar forms of destruction during the 1950's and 60's. And if it were not for the dedicated private owner, conscious of the rarity and appeal of particular vintage and classic aircraft, New Zealand airspace would have heard and seen the last of such aircraft as the Monospar, Moth Minor, J-3 Cub, Proctor, Rearwin and Dominie. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
IN AN era in which Great Britain has not won great renown for the aircraft it has produced in the general aviation field the Britten Norman lslander is the one big exception. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
ONE of the more unusual looking types of aircraft to come from the ranks of homebuilders in this country is the Woody Pusher, only one of which, ZK-DUA, has so far been built here. Built by Alan Belworthy of Master-ton, it made its first flight in October last year, and at the Amateur Aircraft Constructors' Association fly-in earlier this year it won the award for the best two seat aircraft.
THE latest addition to the Mooney line of light aircraft in New Zealand, the M2OF Executive, is designed as a speedy executive transport; and very speedily is it getting itself around the country. It arrived here at the end of February, and within a couple of days we were afforded the opportunity to fly it. In fact the assignment was so speedily arranged that the first we knew of the aircraft's impending arrival at Palmerston North was when Larry Hannan, the American demonstration pilot for the local distributor, Airep Promotions, called Ohakea Approach requesting clearance into their airspace! Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
OVER the past ten years or so, we in New Zealand have become accustomed to seeing most of the twin-engined executive types of most of the major overseas manufacturers. Now we have here a new executive aircraft from a hitherto unknown manufacturer, the Ted Smith and Associates Aerostar. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
NOW coming into New Zealand in fairly sizeable quantities is the latest addition to the Piper single engine line, the PA28-151 Cherokee Warrior.
The 150 hp Warrior was introduced about this time last year as Piper's answer to the Cessna 172. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
FEW general aviation pilots in New Zealand would be unfamiliar with Cessna's popular 150 hp 172 model aircraft. But new on the scene in this country is a 180 hp conversion of it. We had the opportunity of flying the only example of this conversion in New Zealand lastmonth, wwhen Harvie Beetham of Pongaroa in Southern Hawke's Bay made ZK-BYG available to us. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
TO TRY and describe what it is like to fly an aeroplane to someone who has never done so is a very difficult thing. Sailing has been described as being akin to flying, and it is true to say that both have their moments of euphoria and terror! Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
RECENTLY, through the courtesy of the distributors — Aero Engine Services Ltd., of Hamilton — I was given the opportunity to fly the American Aviation AA-1 Trainer ZK-DHP. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |