Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 28, 2010 20:50:35 GMT 12
No worries raysplanes, I don't think anyone is offended and I am sure the comment was directed just at you, it was a general comment by Graeme I think. Welcome to the forum and to your husband too. We appreciate your contributions. Cheers!
Post by kiwibeavers on Jan 29, 2010 1:09:53 GMT 12
I wasn't offended raysplanes, I saw your first post and wondered the usual things like who, where etc and there was nothing. And I have struck it with others, and didn't think to look at the Introduce Yourself thingy, which I haven't done either!!!So let's get on and share photos. Do you know Sean Sievers, I think he worked at Taumaranui, I worked with him at Farmers Air 1996 or so then he went back to WAW.
Here's a photo of one of the Skycranes over here, No. 741 "Olga" at Bankstown yesterday. Huge darn things and can carry 9 tonnes of water. I'm not sure if "Elvis" is here this time around.
Post by kiwibeavers on Jan 29, 2010 8:10:55 GMT 12
Yes Zac, I thought of that but you'd need a pretty solid Loader to hold 9 tonnes and also it would be fairly difficult to load with the engine running. I haven't seen Elvis but it could be based in Melbourne. There are 2 others at Bankstown as well as Olga. Great machines.
If you have any photos regarding Beavers and other topdressers in New Zealand, please dig them out and e-mail them to me. Thankyou.
JAD at an Air Show in Tauranga in Jan 1984. Pilot I'm guessing is Bernie Haskell.
TMN at the 1992 Aviation Expo at AK International Airport. The first PT6 Cresco and I don't think it had seen load of fert yet. When the Co-op retired this plane a few years ago, it had spread more tons of super than any other NZ ag aircraft.
Skydive Lake Wanaka today announced its purchase of a brand new, purpose-built Cresco Xstol aeroplane that will increase passenger capacity and reduce impact on the local environment.
The $2 million plane is being built to specifications and ideas created by Skydive Lake Wanaka owners Jools and Dave Hall.
The Pratt and Whitney 750 horse powered turbine engine with a four blade propeller is quieter than the current plane and will lower noise levels. The larger interior will double the current passenger capacity reducing the overall number of flights required per day and impact on the environment.
As well as environmental factors the plane has been designed to enhance the passenger experience; more comfortable seating and larger windows for jumpers to capture Wanaka’s spectacular mountain and lake views on their way to altitude.
“The purchase of the new plane follows 15 years of reinvestment in to the business. We are constantly striving to enhance our customers’ experience as well as undertake steps to be environmentally responsible operators,” said owner Jools Hall.
The Cresco Xstol is the next model up from the Cresco, currently used by Skydive Lake Wanaka. The new plane, a P-750 X-STOL is made by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton, New Zealand who is setting the benchmark in skydiving planes. Delivery is set for November 2010, in time for the busy summer season.
Skydive Lake Wanaka achieved Tourism New Zealand’s Qualmark Green rating for environmentally responsible tourism attaining an Enviro-Silver ranking this year and also won the Rankers people's choice award for the best skydiving activity in New Zealand. In 2008 the company was presented with New Zealand Tourism Award for the best small operator in New Zealand.