NEW ZEALAND got its first glimpse of the USAF's latest air mobility hardware in May, when McDonnell-Douglas C-17A 94-0068 unexpectedly arrived at Christchurch on the regular USAF Pacific cargo shuttle in place of the usual C-141B Starlifter. The switch came about as a result of the RAAF's 75th Anniversary Airshow at Amberley attracting a large contingent of USAF hardware. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
While the intensity of helicopter operations in the Fiordland National Park is much reduced from that of twenty years ago, the area still supports a healthy rotary wing industry. Dave Bates takes a look at two of the operators. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Impressions of the new Saab 2000. LAST MONTH a Saab 2000 operated by Air Marshall Islands made a flying visit to New Zealand and demonstrated its capabilities to Air New Zealand, Air Nelson and Mount Cook Airlines. For those readers who may not be sure of where the Marshall Islands are situated, they are a group of coral atolls 7-8 deg north of the equator, and a watch set to NZST reads exactly the same time in Majuro, capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THREE years to the day after the RNZAF's three F-27's made their final formation flight over Christchurch, NZ2782 took to the air again from Wigram. While its ancestry was still plainly visible in the dark blue cheatline, the tail was now blue with a white stripe, Laoag International Airlines script ran along the forward fuselage and the serial numbers had become RP-05888. After a long and sometimes fraught process, the Air Force has sold the aircraft to the Philippines, and they are about to commence scheduled services in that country. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
BACK in the air again is our only remaining airworthy Mark V Auster, ZK-AVH. At least two others, with their original Lycoming engine still fitted, are stored in Canterbury and Auckland. A genuine warbird, ZK-AVH was built as TJ342 in 1944 and taken on charge by the RAF on 30 December of that year Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
MOUNT COOK Airline, and to a lesser extent Air Nelson, continue to be seen as a lucrative prize by order-starved airliner manufacturers. The fact that these airlines recently sent a high-ranking technical team on a three-week tour of the potential producers of a replacement for the HS748/Saab 340 has no doubt fuelled the fires. Mt Cook have been wooed with the BAe ATP (1991), ATR-42(1992), Canadair RV(1993) and the DHC-8-400 earlier this year, while a Saab 2000 demonstration is rumoured to be just around the corner. It was therefore no great surprise to find an ATR-72 scheduled for demonstration during June. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE question of what, when, and if, Mount Cook Airline is going to replace its present fleet of BAe (nee HS nee Avro) 748's has been speculated on many times. What has not been quite so clear, until recently is that the utilisation that the airline has achieved out of the aircraft has put it in a unique position. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
WITH A TURBULENT operational history, peppered with some storms of controversy, the air service between Invercargill and Stewart Island has not had a smooth passage since being relinquished byMount Cook Airlines in 1976. However it would appear that fairer skies are now in prospect. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
VENISON RECOVERY has always operated in the twilight zone of New Zealand aviation — hovering between a respectable and a questionable image. But things are changing and, with tourism seen as the next bonanza for helicopter operations, some surprising transformations are taking place. Dave Bates reports from the Southern Lakes. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Ferry pilot Jim York taxis in Cessna 182 N6498 Foxtrot after a flight across the Pacific from the United States - a trip that nearly resulted in more than wet feet. Dave Bates writes of the ferry flight - the only that nearly didn't make it Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
IN THE LATE 1950's when New Zealand's National Airways Corporation introduced the first of its Viscounts, they heralded a new era of sophistication, comfort and speed, and put the airline into the sixties with some of the most modem equipment available for short haul routes. Today, twenty years on, three of these aircraft —since withdrawn from NZ service and dispersed around the world — have been sought out and purchased by a UK based independent airline operator. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Recent aviation history in New Zealand has seen a proliferation of one- and two-aircraft charter companies, many of them arising out of the boom in this country's tourist industry. One such company is Air Safaris &
Services in the South Island, which started from the ambition of one young man to learn to fly and establish his own operation. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
EVEN the presence of some 25 journalists, photographers and invited guests, complete with whirring and clicking appendages, could not defeat the nostalgia of it all as Mount Cook Airlines' AusterJlB Aiglet ZK-BDX touched down at Darwin Corner on the Tasman Glacier on November 11 to re-enact the first ski-plane landing on a snowfield, just over 20 years ago.
Mount Cook Airlines, New Zealands second domestic air carrier and by far the country's largest privately-owned airline complany, contnues to gro to meet the increasing tourist traffic within New Zealand.
To examine more closely the workings, development and future prospects for the company WINGS correspondent David Bates flew with Mount Cook Airlines over the entire range of its widely varying operations Full Text in Archive | Article Details |