North Shore Airfield Today

It felt like spring had arrived at North Shore Airfield today, and several sport aircraft were out and about.

ZK-SPN is a Robin R2160 (an earlier version of the Alpha 2169's that were manufactured in Hamilton by Alpha Aviation). It is listed as being owned by Jagair of Wellington but has a history around North Shore - being imported by Wingnut Aviation of North Shore and first registered on 10/5/06. It was then owned by North Shore Aero Club before a stint with CTC Aviation Training in Hamilton, then back to Wingnut Aviation and then to Jagair. I am not sure why it was at North Shore today - maybe a homing instinct?

This aircraft has an interesting international history, Being imported to New Zealand from Spain, hence the registration. It started out as F-ODJC in France, then went to the Ivory Coast as TU-TJC, then to Tunisia as TS-AJC, then to Greece as SX-ACJ and then to Spain as EC-HLF. You could say it is well travelled!

And it was nice to see Vans RV 6A ZK-TRV back flying again following its whoopsie at Raglan on 3/10/09. I thought it was worth a photo even though it was covered. It is still owned by the TW and CE Watson Family Trust of Whangarei, and has now acquired a USAAF roundel and a New Zealand flag.


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