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A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:31 am

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This flight is one of the main reasons for this New Zealand trip.
My understanding is that Air Chathams are the last operator of the Convair 580 on regular public airline flights. I thought I better go on it before they are retired from service.

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Route: Christchurch (CHC) - Chatham Island (CHT)
Flight No: 3C541
Aircraft: Convair CV-580 ZK-CIB
Seat: 3A

History of ZK-CIB
http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2013/10/update-on-convair-zk-cib.html

Got to the airport about 3 hours before the flight, so check in wasn’t even open yet.
Check in opened at 11 am and half a dozen or so people were there already waiting.
No issues with check in so was done quickly.

ImageChristchurchCHC-Terminal-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

There is no security check on flights to the Chatham Islands.
Sat at gate 6 awaiting departure.

Boarding was called just before 1 pm and required a lengthy walk through a maze of walkways.

ImageChristchurchCHC-Terminal-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChristchurchCHC-Terminal-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChristchurchCHC-Terminal-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

No issues taking a couple of quick photos of the aircraft.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Was surprised we were one of the first to board and since it’s free seating we were offered 3A and B, the regulars on the flight probably prefer down the back as it’s quieter there. Row 3 turned out to be rather noisy. But I didn’t mind.

This aircraft is a combi, so has fewer seats than a regular Convair.

Legroom was good, the older aircraft generally have a bit more room. Flight turned out to be nearly full.

It is a fair bit louder than newer turboprops.

Flight time was scheduled to be 1 hour 50 minutes.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

A smooth takeoff from Christchurch and climb was smooth as well, so was most of the cruise.

Take off from Christchurch.
https://youtu.be/sZdf99xGF7k

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Tea/coffee and water were offered as well as a light snack.

For those wondering about the IFE, the only IFE available is marvelling that you are flying in a classic Convair 580.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
No problems with leg room here.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Inflight over the Pacific Ocean.
https://youtu.be/wWXtLD6a1sI

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Got cloudy the closer we got to the Chathams.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Descent was a bit bumpy in places. Landing was smooth, but noisy.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Landing at Tuuta airport on Chatham Island.
https://youtu.be/YNBMhPHPGWw

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Like many flights into country airports, there is no mad rush to get off the aircraft.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Waited for the crowd to go and had a quick chat with the flight crew about Air Chathams are probably the last airline using the Convair on scheduled airline routes and the fuselage of a Sunderland that’s on the Island.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

When disembarking, it was quite windy.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

The terminal appears to be old, but the interior looks fairly modern.

ImageChathamIslandCTH-Terminal-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

We were picked up by the transfer bus for the drive to where we were staying at Hotel Chatham, which is a 20 minute drive from the airport on gravel roads, although the roads are well maintained, it was a slow drive.

The hotel is at the bottom of the hill. Good exercise walking up it.

ImageIMG_1280 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Some more photos of the first night.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjBWDMw

To Be Continued.
South Australian Spotter www.ryanhothersall.net
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:55 am

The next day we had a hire car for the day, a Mitsubishi Triton, both dad and I call it a monster truck. Geberal touring photos.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskFJuvHi

https://youtu.be/IzHuuXsT6to

We drove to the other side of the island to see the wreck of Royal New Zealand Air Force Sunderland NZ4111.

Details of the sunderland and F-27.
https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/short/NZ4111.html

http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2018/01/friendship-zk-bxi-status.html

My photos of both aircraft as I saw them on September 12 2018.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjEYs87

We stopped at the airport on our way to and from looking at the Sunderland to watch ZK-CIB operating the Wellington flight.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskJZKGZo

https://youtu.be/aXCCcB09Q9Y

To Be Continued.
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:13 am

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018
Route: Chatham Island (CHT) - Auckland (AKL)
Flight No: 3C519
Aircraft: Convair CV-580 ZK-CIB
Seat: 4A (some of the flight)

Got picked up by the airport transfer about 1 hour or so before departure time from Hotel Chathams where we stayed.

Check in was quick and painless.

There was an issue with the toilet on a flight to Wellington the day before, so an announcement was made that it was not working, so everyone was advised to go at the airport.

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-7 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-11 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr
Forgot to return the room key.

ImageAirchathamsCessnaU206G-ZK-KIA by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-2 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-3 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Word had gotten around that we were the aircraft enthusiasts that had travelled all this way to fly on the Convair 580 and to see the Sunderland wreck, the flight crew offered me the opportunity to sit on the jump seat for the take off.

You all know what my answer was... Yes.

Once everyone was boarded. I was assisted into the jump seat.

Was introduced to the flight crew.

The flight deck is mostly 1960s technology with a hint of the 21st century with GPS etc added where ever there was space.

ImageChathamIslandsTerminal-CHT-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-4 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-5 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-6 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-8 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Recorded a video of the take off.

Take off was quite smooth and there was the odd bump or two in the climb.

Was able to have bit more of a chat with the crew once above 10,000 feet.

https://youtu.be/uUNAupClpp0

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-9 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-10 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

However it was soon time to return to my normal seat.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-12 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Sandwiches were served as the light snack along with tea, coffee and water.

Flight time was 2 hours 15 minutes.

Otherwise an uneventful flight.

Inflight over the Pacific Ocean.
https://youtu.be/TsTY-uJFO4Y

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-13 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-14 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Again good legroom.
ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-15 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-16 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-17 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-18 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-19 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-20 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Stated to get a bit cloudy once over mainland New Zealand.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-21 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-22 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Descent into Auckland was a bit bumpy in places. Smooth landing.


ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-23 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-24 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-25 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

https://youtu.be/Y_HHoSxaiG4

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-26 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-27 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

We had to wait for a bay to become available, there was a 10 minute delay on the ground in Auckland.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-28 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-29 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-30 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-31 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-32 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Thanked the crew in the way out and then it was time to take on the maze of walkways to the terminal.

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-33 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAirchathamsCV580-ZK-CIB-34 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

ImageAucklandAKLTerminal-1 by Ryan Hothersall, on Flickr

Two great flights with Air Chathams, not cheap, but worth it. Many thanks to the Air Chathams staff and crew for making it an unforgettable experience.
South Australian Spotter www.ryanhothersall.net
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:03 am

Deeply envious!
What a great experience, one to remember.
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:52 pm

Thank you for your report. I flew that A/C all over North Central's route structure in the 60s. Looks to be in great shape.
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:37 pm

Thank you for your trip report and the views of the Chatham Islands. I plan to visit them when I go to New Zealand again.
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:05 pm

Great report and a wonderful plane to experience. And gotta love the huge blades on those props. Well done!
 
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Re: A Classic Convair to the Chatham Islands

Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:08 pm

Awesome! It's been many a year since I rode on a Convair 580 (1986, I think, with Republic Airlines). They are noisy and the trip can be bumpy, but true AvGeeks are good with that! And, it's good to see these old birds soldiering on, doing what they were created to do.
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