17 April 2018

More Basler photos...

Try as I might I have not managed to get a decent photo of Basler BT-67 C-GGSU - these early morning against the light are the best I have managed to take at Port Moreseby on 16 April 2018. For more on the Basler conversion see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basler_BT-67

10 years ago I had better luck getting Kenn Borek Air's Basler BT-67 C-GJKB at Williams Field on 18 December 2008

and Kenn Borek Air's Basler BT-67 C-FMKB at Williams Field on 30 December 2008

15 April 2018

DC-3s at Port Moresby

Gate guardian at Port Moresby is Douglas DC-3 P2-ANQ. Both photos taken on 13 April 2018

A real desperation shot from my hotel room... Douglas (Basler) BT-67 Turbo-67 C-GGSU

14 April 2018

Air Albatross Repainted

Following on from my earlier post on Air Albatross (https://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2018/02/air-albatross-cook-strait-commuter.html) many thanks to Matthew for sending these photos of ZK-SWD being painted up in the spectacular Air Albatross blue colour scheme in September 1985. Matthew writes... 

I flew for Origin Pacific based in New Plymouth so I have an interest in smaller airlines. Anyway, I have a photo you might like to use of an Air Albatross Metro I was involved with painting down in Nelson, it was when vinyl lettering had just started to come out and we changed things around a bit!!

12 April 2018

Mount Hagen Departure

I was wrapped to get a second Pacific Aerospace 750XL while at Mount Hagen, Central Aviation's P2-BWF on 12 April 2018

Cessna 182 P2-FBC

Hevilift's DHC Twin Otter P2-KSB returns to Mount Hagen

Arriving at the Missionary Aviation Fellowship's terminal was Cessna Caravan P2-MAG

A couple of De Havilland Canada Dash 8, PNG Air's P2-MCL

...and OK Tedi Mining's P2-NAT

Australian registered Cessna Caravan VH-FLL

My ride back to Port Moresby, Air Niugini Fokker 70 P2-ANU

10 April 2018

Air Chathams International?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Privately owned Air Chathams, established in 1984 is based on Chatham Island, New Zealand. They have specialised in transportation of freight, charters and passengers within New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. A management team from Air Chathams plan to visit Norfolk Island 26-28 March and meet with relevant industry stakeholders. This is a due diligence exercise to decide if the airline could provide a service from Auckland to Norfolk Island. The team will be arriving on a Commander 690A – which is owned by the company. Air Chathams have a diverse fleet of aircraft available for group charter with the Convair 580 being the most suitable for Norfolk Island. The Convair 580 was designed when passenger comfort was a priority, with very generous seat pitch and leg room and large viewing windows. It is the fastest multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft in operation in NZ. This aircraft is extremely versatile with an excellent payload range, meaning you can carry more passengers/freight further and to more isolated destinations Air Chathams has three Convair 580’s, one with full freight and combination freight and passenger ability, and the other two are a 50 seat passenger configuration with large cargo holds for passenger luggage and freight. All aircraft have toilets on board, and a flight galley for preparing food and beverage service to meet customer requirements. We will keep the community informed of the outcome of the visit and are confident you will make them feel welcome during their brief stay.

Lotta Jackson
23 March 2018

Source : http://www.norfolkonlinenews.com/ni-regional-council/air-chathams-visit

More from Mount Hagen

Hevilift P2-HCI at Mount Hagen on 6 April 2018

Hevilift DHC Twin Otters P2-KSB...


and P2-KSY

A real plus - Pacific Aerospace 750XL P2-TNT... ex ZK-JNG.

09 April 2018

Saab Enters Service

Air Chathams Saab 340B ZK-CIZ entered service on Saturday the 7th of April 2018. Its first flights were on Air Chathams flight 3C 702 from Auckland to Whanganui and the return flight 3C 711.

Air Chathams moved from using the CV prefix to its flights to the IATA code 3C on the 24th of October 2017.

Golden Bay Glitch

A Takaka-based airline which links Golden Bay to Wellington is chartering services from rival airlines after it lost the ability to carry passengers. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the air operator certificate of Golden Bay Air had "lapsed". Initially, a spokeswoman said the regulator had undertaken an audit but would not give details. "We're working with them to have it re-issued." Shortly after a story on the situation was published, CAA clarified that its recent contact with Golden Bay Air included a special purpose audit, which can be initiated "as a result of information received". According to documents on the CAA website, this type of audit is undertaken "to establish the cause of poor safety performance, or to identify a particular problem within an organisation". The CAA would not discuss what issues prompted the audit. "We can't comment on details of the issues we're currently working through with the company." Initially based in Wellington and called Capital Air, the airline changed its name to Golden Bay Air and relocated to Takaka in 2009. It operates two single-engine and one-twin engine Piper aircraft, with services from Takaka to Wellington, Nelson and Karamea, as well as scenic and charter flights. Golden Bay Air director, Richard Molloy, said the air certificate lapsed on March 20. "In this case we haven't finished fulfilling the requirements of that recertification process," director Richard Molloy said. Where customers had made bookings, the airlines had chartered flights from other airlines, including Picton-based Pelorus Air. "We're not operating any flights ourselves. What we're doing is that people that we've got booked, we are chartering other operators to do our work for," Molloy said. "We're working our way through it with the CAA at the moment and hope to be operating ourselves again soon." He was not aware of anyone raising concerns around safety or maintenance. The process which led to the licence lapsing was "routine", Molloy said. "This is a five-yearly event that every operator goes through. It's a routine five-yearly recertification event."

More from Port Moresby

A desperation shot of Air Niugini De Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 Dash 8 P2-ANO at Port Moresby on 6 April 2018

Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 P2-PXE at Port Moresby on 6 April 2018

Air Niugini Boeing 767-300 P2-PXV at Port Moresby on 6 April 2018

More from Brisbane

A sister ship to what I was in... Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 at Brisbane on 6 April 2018

Another Boeing 737-800, Tigerair's VH-YUD

A desperation shot of McDonnell Douglas MD-82's VP-CBH and VH-CBI

08 April 2018

Southern Courier - Aerial Charter (Southland)

Aerial Charter (Southland) Ltd was incorporated as a private limited liability company in Christchurch on the 13th of November 1975. The five shareholder/directors, G M Orbell, A N Eccles, N J Robertson, A C Mitchell and G B Orbell, the "Piper Comanche Partnership", owned Piper PA39 Twin Comanche ZK-ECS for their own private use as well as hiring out the aircraft to training organisations for advanced flying instruction and for private charter.

In 1976 the new company applied for an air service licence to operate an Air Charter and Air Taxi Service from Invercargill to any licensed aerodrome in New Zealand using the Piper Twin Comanche. Several local companies and individuals submitted evidence letters of support and public interest. Supporting evidence also claimed that local sporting, farming and cultural groups members wished to travel to areas not served by scheduled airlines. The company was duly granted its air services Licence on the 10th of June 1976 with the service shall commence not later than 1 July 1976. 

By September 1976 Aerial Charter (Southland) Ltd had inaugurated a weekday Invercargill-Dunedin-Christchurch freight service on behalf of Airfast Freight Ltd, which leased Aerial Charter's Twin Comanche. This service was usually flown by company pilot Jeff Sly. A connection was made with Capital Air Services’ courier services at Christchurch. During the weekend the Twin Comanche was available for general charter work. However, the courier service was short-lived and had ended by the 31st of March 1977. At that date the aircraft had flown 523.7 hours and carried 211 passengers and 47,856kg of freight. 

Air Charter (Southland)'s Piper Pa39 Twin Comanche at Timaru on 29 February 1979

With the service ended the company applied to temporarily replace the Twin Comanche with a Cessna 185. The aircraft in question was operated by Hollyford Air Travel and due to the seasonal nature of Hollyford Air's business in Northern Fiordland the aircraft was not required by that company until the spring. On the 1st of May 1978 the Licensing Authority approved an amendment of the company’s licence by deleting the Twin Comanche in favour of the addition of a Beech Baron, ZK-SUN, to the fleet.  
In November 1978 Aerial Charter (Southland) successfully returned to the Air Services Licensing Authority seeking permission to add a Cessna 177 Cardinal, ZK-DRC, to their fleet to "exclusively for work contracted by Hollyford Tourist and Travel Company Ltd". 

However, without the regular courier service there was no real demand for the company’s charter and air taxi services and these ceased in 1981. On the 29th of  November 1982 Aerial Charter (Southland)’s licence was revoked. 

07 April 2018

Fokker Jets

Yesterday, 6 April 2018, was a real day for Fokker jets for me... 7 photos and my first flight on a Fokker 70...

At Brisbane Alliance Airlines' Fokker 100 VH-JFB was giving way to us...
Alliance Airlines' Fokker 100 VH-FGB was on push back - wearing a 90th anniversary of Sr Charles Kingsford Smith's Trans Pacific flight
At Port Moresby were Air Niugini's Fokker 100s P2-AND (above) and P2-ANF (below)

and Fokker 70s P2-ANT (above) and P2-ANU (below)

And my ride to Mount Hagen, Fokker 70 P2-ANV at Mount Hagen

06 April 2018

I will never complain about Hamilton traffic again...

Talk about horrendous... trying to get to the Auckland International viewing park yesterday from the city... gridlock!

So late in the late with variable conditions but one or two nice pics...

Air Chathams Saab 340 ZK-KRA

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZF

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 ZK-OKM

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 ZK-OKP

Barrier Air Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDB

Fly My Sky BN Islander ZK-SFK

Jetstar Bombardier Q300 VH-TQK

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VOR