I was at Ohakea on Friday but didn't get to see them unfortunately. They are currently keeping them in the new paint shop while No 1 hangar gets refurbished (including under floor heating!). They aren't flying them at the moment Beagle, rather using them to train the Safe Air maintenance team. The Safe guys I spoke to were really positive about the aircraft. They are getting brand new tooling, test equipment, support equipment, etc. as part of the package. So no more "hand-me-down" gear to maintain them! Makes quite a change from the likes of the Macchi purchase where much of the support and test equipment had to be designed and made on base after the aircraft arrived because we couldn't afford to buy it.
No flying at all so far, but they're busy as hell. They come out onto the HTU (NH90) apron occasionally to do engine runs, thats the most we've seen of them so far
The aircraft are being delivered by the manufacturer Beechcraft Defence Systems and will be formally handed over to the RNZAF on 31 October after the completion of maintenance training in New Zealand and pilot conversion courses in the United States.
I stand corrected, are the CT-4s black these days? a friend aid he saw them, and two flights of two aircraft the day before (I suggested that he saw the same ones twice), I even checked to see if they could be Australian Pilatus, wrong colour. isc
On the 26/09/14 spotted two T-6s over Darfield Canterbury at about 1530hrs flying east at around 1000ft, maybe a little less.
Sure it was the 26th? There were Airtrainers in the South Island last week, but not in Christchurch on Friday afternoon... PTS ran a navigation training exercise last week with five Airtrainers around various airfields down south, I think that's what you might have seen. The old eyeball can be deceptive - they're yellow except for the control surfaces, and they're (sadly) not retractable, but that's easily missed from the underside plan view.
Do they still make you file away for hours making a machine vice, then on the lathe for the hammer and then sheet metal for a little tool box?
I still have the hammer, but that machine vise p***ed me off so much I hiffed it off the ferry on the way home after Basic Eng!!!
Remember the giant pink chuck key that you had run round the building with if you left the chuck key in?? Or run to the back of the airfield and count the bolts holding down the windsock if you dropped a spanner?? Four bolts I think from memory and a cigarette butt from a wee rest I had to have before running back
No.1 hangar is a tin one down by where Air movements used to be, and the Oxy bay Training is being carried out on one of the airframes, the other possibly flying from the 29th Sep. Rumour has it there will be 7 aircraft here by Christmas.
7 by Christmas, hope some of them come via my way, ears and eyes open, will they all be black?