15 November 2017

Have your say...

Should Sounds Air have 1900s???

Have you expressed your suggestion on where they should fly on the link below


14 November 2017

Sunair's Twists and Turns

The country's airline regulator has appointed a leading Queen's Counsel to investigate a leak by its former deputy chairman of confidential information about a company's suspension. In September, the Civil Aviation Authority's deputy chairman, Peter Griffiths, resigned after Newsroom inquiries into his actions over airline Sunair, a rival to Great Barrier Airlines, of which Griffiths is a shareholder. He had advised his own airline of Sunair's suspension over 'maintenance record issues' before Sunair was advised. When Griffiths resigned, the board chair Nigel Gould, apologised over the "error of judgment" but told Sunair chief Dan Power there was"little benefit to be gained from any further scrutiny" of the incident. Two months on, there is no public word on the fate of Sunair's suspension. However Gould has written to Power saying: "An investigation into the events surrounding the actions of the former deputy chairman has been commissioned and you, along with others involved, can expect to be contacted by the independent investigator, Mary Scholtens QC. "Mary has been appointed because of her expertise in public law and public sector governance, as well as her experience in public inquiries." Gould tells Power in the letter, dated November 9: "While I continue to have the confidence expressed earlier to you as to motives and sequence of actions, I am very mindful that the Authority must not only do the right thing, but must be seen to be doing so as well. Retaining public confidence in the probity and integrity of the CAA and the independent role of the Director is essential". Scholtens, a QC since 2002, has acted in high profile judicial review proceedings involving central and local government and regulators, and commissions of inquiry. In September, Power told Newsroom the authority chair needed to "do some homework to ensure that there are no more conflicts and there are no undue influences being exerted. I personally at this point have no confidence in the organisation." The former deputy chair, Griffiths, bought a 25 percent stake in Great Barrier Airlines in April. In the following five months three competing airlines including Sunair were subject to CAA action. Sunair was told on September 8, around 7 pm, that its Air Operator Certificate and Certificate of Airworthiness for its fleet were suspended over the maintenance record issues. However earlier that day, a Sunair employee was told about the impending suspension at Kaitaia Airport by a Barrier Air employee. Sunair and Great Barrier are direct competitors on several North Island routes and last year Sunair beat Great Barrier in a competitive tender for a profitable Whangarei to Kaitaia 'doctor run' providing charter services to the Northland District Health Board. That contract had previously been held by Barrier Air. The CAA said an audit of Sunair's maintenance records highlighted anomalies and omissions that questioned the reliability of its maintenance and created reasonable doubt about the airworthiness of its aircraft. It said Griffiths' shareholding in Great Barrier Airlines was recorded on its conflict of interest register and as a board member he was not involved in regulatory decision making. CAA claimed Griffiths' intention in telling Great Barrier Airlines of Sunair's suspension was to offer assistance and minimise disruption to Sunair customers.

12 November 2017

Today at Taupo

I managed a couple of hours at Taupo today on 12 November 2017

Sounds Air's Pilatus PC12 ZK-PLT 
Arriving in from Auckland was Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEP - not bad loadings
The two airlines serving Taupo
Cessna 172 ZK-CKX taxied around to the aircraft park
Robinson R44 ZK-HKP
Inflite Charters' Aerospatiale Squirrel ZK-HPI
Skydive Taupo's Pacific 750XL ZK-SDT
Ardmore Flying School's Cessna 172 ZK-TAQ - with its diesel engine - they sound awful
Taupo Tandem Skydiving's Cessna 208 Caravan ZK-TTS

Christchurch last week...

A surprise photo on 9 November 2017 was Canterbury Aviation's Cessna 180 ZK-JCW which was taxiing down to park at Gate 3 or thereabouts 
A raft of ATR 72-600s... ZK-MVB
And the most recent aircraft in the fleet, ZK-MVQ

11 November 2017

A beautiful day at Mount Cook...

Thanks to the Air Chathams' crew member who sent these stunning pictures through from Mount Cook yesterday....

Air Chathams Fairchild Metroliner III ZK-CIC at Mount on 10 November 2017

Inflite Mount Cook Skiplanes' Pilatus Porter ZK-MCT at Mount on 10 November 2017

10 November 2017

Metro 23s for Air Chathams

Air Chathams has purchased the two ex-Airwork Fairchild SA227-CC Metro 23s, ZK-POE (c/n CC-843B) and ZK-POF (c/n CC-844B). 

Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge, notes improvements beyond the Metro III provided better systems, more power and a further increase in takeoff weight. This design effort resulted in the SA227 CC (for Commuter Category) and SA227-DC models, initially called the Metro IV then renamed Metro 23, so named as they were designed for certification under FAR Part 23 (Amendment 34) standards. The SA227-CC was an interim model with TPE331-11U engines and only five were built.

Metro 23s ZK-POE and ZK-POF taken at Auckland in 2014

Tauranga Aero Club TAB

Cessna 172N ZK-TAB, previously operated by Sunair, is now with the Tauranga Aero Club.

Previously Cessna 172 ZK-COS which was operated to Sunair was registered to the Tauranga Aero Club. Cessna 172 ZK-DPN and Piper Aztec ZK-DIR remain for sale on Trade Me.

07 November 2017

Whakatane - Hamilton - Christchurch

Volcanic Air's Eurocopter EC120 was about to depart Whakatane on 5 November 2017
Air Chathams' Fairchild Metroliner ZK-CID arriving at Whakatane on 5 November 2017 

Mount Cook Airlines' ATR72-600 ZK-MVP, my ride to Christchurch arriving at Hamilton on 6 November 2017
A couple of hours later Mount Cook Airlines' ATR72-600s ZK-MVJ (above) and ZK-MVB (below) , my ride to Christchurch arriving at Hamilton on 6 November 2017

01 November 2017

Tauranga Traffic Today

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth ZK-BSN at Tauranga on 1 November 2017 

Cessna 172 ZK-COS which has been operated by Sunair is now registered to the Tauranga Aero Club and was today the Club's logo for the first time. 
Bell Jetranger ZK-IBB was visiting Tauranga on 1 November 2017
Out on a test flight was HeliA1's Hughes 500E ZK-IMD
Cessna 172 called into Tauranga for a fuel stop
Alpi Aviation Pioneer 200 ZK-MSG departed
Also wearing the Tauranga Aero Club logo was Cessna 152 ZK-TAC
The Ardmore Flying School's Cessna 172 ZK-TAD was on a touch and go

30 October 2017

Cloudy Skies for Sunair UPDATED

Parked outside Sunair's hangar at Tauranga yesterday, 29 October 2017 were Piper Aztecs ZK-PIW, ZK-DIR and ZK-PIX. ZK-DIR has had its Sunair titling removed from the the tail and engine cowling. It's all very sad. Hope you guys at Sunair find sunny skies soon. Looking forward to seeing you airborne again.

More on ZK-DIR here:

and Cessna 172 ZK-DPN here: