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Friday, September 4, 2015

EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2015 - Exhibitors Part Two

As outlined yesterday, the vast area set aside for exhibitors at Oshkosh was overwhelming and it was nigh on impossible to take it all in with the time available.

Here is a selection of the amphibs scattered around the dedicated exhibits area:

Cessna A185 C-GFYF

Quest Kodiak N143QK for Setouchi Seaplanes as JA03TG. 

Sportsman GS2 C-GXXG 

Piper PA18 N4273S

Cessna 182T N580ZZ
Cessna Grand Caravan N208RB

Rainbow Sky Reach PTY Bushcat N253BC

Icon Aircraft N915BA

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2015 - Exhibitors

Still churning through the shots taken at Oshkosh back in July and this time its a brief snapshot of the extensive array of exhibitors displaying their products. The area set aside for this was massive and it seemed anything and everything aviation orientated was available including a large "cage" set aside for the flying of drones.

Here is just a minute selection of the single engine aircraft on display

2015 edition Cessna T240 N388CS

On display for the St Louis University, Cirrus SR20 N248PC

Pelota Aviation Epic LT N35PZ - one of several exhibited - great looking aeroplane!

2015 edition Grand Caravan N589EX

Pilatus had both the Porter and PC12 on display. I didn't get inside their tent but suspect a PC21 mockup may have been housed there. 
Piper's "car yard"

Cirrus Aircraft EVERYWHERE

The Australis N7YT as featured in a post last month as the aircraft crossed the Pacific on delivery. 

Aviat Aircraft Inc A-1C-180 Husky  N21NF

Cirrus SR22T N16LX
Cirrus SR22T N522RK

Burk Aircraft LLC Epic LT N44GB

Gippsaero/Mahindra Aerospace had a couple of Airvans on the lot, this is a GA8-TC320 N231AV. 
Omar Ratti Epic LT N705RC

BRM Aero Bristell S-LSA N593BL

Fleet 80 CF-DPZ from the Heritage Fun Fliers Inc. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Malaysia Airlines introduces Airbus A330 to NZ Operations

From 01 September Malaysia Airlines has introduced the Airbus A330-300 for the Kuala Lumpur-Auckland route which will see the type operate on a daily basis replacing Boeing 777-200ER. the triple replaced Boeing 747-400's on the run back on 09 June 1998 with 9M-MRB operating the first service.

Malaysia fleet of 97 aircraft includes 15 Airbus A330-300 along with 4 Airbus A330-200 freighters.

Saab 340A ZK-KRA

New Zealand start-up airline Kiwi Regional Airlines first aircraft has made landfall at the company's headquarters with Saab 340A ZK-KRA touching down at Hamilton early this afternoon concluding its delivery flight from Poland via Mattala Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka, Port Hedland, Orange and Sydney.

Wearing the Saab construction number 340A-065, ZK-KRA started out life in back in 1986 making its first flight during August that year. It was delivered to Finnaviation as OH-FAA on 08 September 1986 then Finnair from 1995 before becoming SE-KCR and moving to Flying Enterprise in November 1998. It later went onto fly with Skyways and Nordic Solutions before heading to Poland where it became SP-KPG with Direct Fly in March 2006. Two years later it was with Sprintair from where it was sourced by Kiwi Regional Airlines. The aircraft was painted in its new colours by Eirtech at Ostrava, Czech Republic and became ZK-KRA on 27 August. 

Kiwi Regional Airlines intend to commence scheduled services between Hamilton, Nelson, Dunedin and Queenstown commencing 27 October 2015.

Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZC enters service

Air New Zealand's most recently delivered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 
ZK-NZC has entered commercial passenger service today operating as NZ135 from Auckland to Brisbane and back to Auckland as NZ136.

This is the first scheduled Air New Zealand Dreamliner service between Auckland and Brisbane with the type operate three times per week for the next three weeks. There was a one off adhoc use of the type on 09 August when ZK-NZD operated NZ139/134 in lieu of a Boeing 767-300. 
The Dreamliner will also operate once per week between Auckland and Los Angeles flying the Sunday NZ4 service leaving 27 September, 4,11 and 18 October. From 24 October the 787-9 will become a regular feature on the Auckland-Nadi route and from mid November the Dreamliner will replace the Boeing 777-200 on the Auckland to Singapore route. According to online records, Air New Zealand is planning to take delivery of their 6th Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZH c/n 37964 in late October. The aircraft is was well into its build phase mid August

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EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2015 - Military Departures Compilation

Monday, August 31, 2015

EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2015 - F4 Phantom

One of the many highlights for me from EAA Airventure Oshkosh was the visit by a USAF McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II. Having only ever seen the type in museums, it was a real buzz to see this example which is still earning its keep with the US Department of Defence and is now designated a QF-4E Phantom to indicate its role as a target drone.

74-0626 is operated by the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron (ARTS) and for an interesting read check out Fence Check - The Final Mission