Sunday, 7 April 2013

Takaka report.

My roving spies; Mr and Mrs CMM and Mr and Mrs Caribou have submitted the following photos as taken at Takaka yesterday (06-04-2013).
The Zenith CH-300 Tri-Z ZK-MJB (c/n AACA/297) was built by Murray J Bensemann at Nelson and first registered there (using his initials) on 16-12-1982. It was sold in late 1986 to Peter Chrystal of Onga Onga and on sold in early 1997. It failed to get airborne from Ngakuru (SW of NZRO) on 20-06-1998 - Ice on its wing - and became an insurance right off. It eventually made its was back to the original builder - M J Bensemann and Roger W Price of Takaka. It was rebuilt and registered back with M Bensemann on 01-10-2007 of Ashburton; then of Nelson from 06-07-2009, and finally of Takaka on 07-09-2011.
 Golden Bay Air are based at Takaka and operated three aircraft - two of them being shown here. Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP ZK-ZIG (c/n 8013045). Imported from the States in late 2005 and initially operated out of Wellington under the Capital Air titles before moving to Takaka in November of 2009. A name change to Golden Bay was listed on 13-08-2010.

Smaller cousin Piper PA-28-181 Archer ZK-ZOG is c/n 28-8690010) and was listed with Golden Bay Air on 15-04-2011.
The third aircraft operated by them is the Piper PA-34-220T ZK-ZAG.
The local Golden Bay Flying Club Inc operate this Zenith CH-601-XL ZK-TKA2 (c/n 6-9788).
Well done CMM and Caribou.

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