Photos: Click on the button marked “Photos” above. New ones will be added as time goes by.
Restoration Newsletters: Click on the button above marked “ZK-AMO Restoration Newsletters” for the latest news regarding repairs on the Solent.
Here is a message from Peter Lewis, which may be of interest:
I have posted some notes on the TEAL flying boats plus a considerable number of photos at the Wings Over New Zealand forum:
You may find them of interest.
You would be very welcome to join the forum and tell us of your experiences with these Empire, Sunderland, Solent and Catalina boats.
The Volunteer Group under the guidance of Norm McKelvey are now focusing on the refurbishment of ZK-AMO exterior and the Pics will give some indication of the work involved.
The skin replacement on the lower hull is extensive and the clean down and repaint of the aircraft will be time consuming and weather dependent.
The Solent is expected to be moved into the Aviation Hall in March 2012
Here is a short notice from Don Olliff, the organiser of Friends of the Solent Flying Boat:
The original Solent Preservation Society was formed in approx 1982 to retrieve-restore and maintain ZK-AMO and with much of the objectives achieved it was decided to dissolve the Society in 2005.
At that time there was an obvious need for some medium for Retired TEAL Staff of the Solent era to maintain contact and friendship.
To this end the “Friends of the Solent Flying Boat “was instituted and has proved to be very successful. It is a very informal group-no fees-no membership rules-just a current mailing list of approx 95.
We have a Get-Together every six months in the form of a substantial Morning Tea and average approx 70 attendees. There are normally several short presentations on Solent Historical matters and lots of nostalgia and most importantly bonding of long term friendships.
(Editors note: The information below is a mailing address, but to prevent spam descending in great numbers to Don’s computer mailbox, we have to disguise it from web robots that comb the internet looking for email addresses. So you have to use human intelligence to figure out his email! The hyphens have been put there to confuse the robots.)
If you would like to be included in the M-a-iling list please advise Don Oliff, who can be e–m—a—iled at dono7 the a-t thing xtra the dotthing co another dot thing nz or phone 09-6264591.
If you want to add comments, or material to add to this page, eem Bill Le Couteur (the editor of this post) at blecouteur theaatthing xtra dott co dodt nz.
MoTaT Management and Staff are very supportive of our Group and of course we maintain close contact with the Volunteer Team who tend to the ongoing welfare of ZK-AMO.
We expect ZK-AMO to be moved into the museum in the next few months, in the meantime, have a look at the photos below taken from Meola Rd.
We are delighted that Bill Le Couteur is initiating the Blog site and know that it will generate a lot of interest and input from Solent era Friends and enthusiasts.
The plan is to accept text and photos from members. It can also be used as a means of communicating upcoming events.
(Editors note: I will put this in the “About” section of the blog.)