Thursday, 17 April 2014

AS350 Squirrel ZK-IJG

Spotted at Ardmore 15 April was this recently imported Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel ZK-IJG s/n 1558.  It was registered to Consolidated Helicopters of Hastings on 26 March this year.

This airframe already has a NZ connection as it once flew with Helicopters NZ as ZK-HBU in 1988.  It flew a stint in Antarctica and also on survey work at the other climatic extremes of Burma before moving to the operator's Australian operation when it became VH-WCJ in 2001.  It returned to the parent company as ZK-HUQ in 2009 only to head west again and became VH-INW with Gunn Resources PTY from July 2011.  
Ardmore 15 April 2014

Nelson circa 1990

Nelson 27 January 1993. 

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