Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A stray in town.

The Robinson R22 Alpha ZK-HUH (c/n 0416) seems to have been around forever.
It first hit the register on 11-07-1984 for J C Priest and E P Carr (t/a Helicarr Consolidated) of Auckland.
It is seen below at Ardmore on 09-08-1985.
 In November 1987 it moved over to Opotiki for R Ellwood and then back to Auckland to Helicarr Consolidated Ltd from 28-05-1990. They on sold it to Hi Tech Aviation at Pukekohe in early November 1992.
Ray Pauley of Dunedin, who traded as Dunedin Helicopters Ltd, took it over from 22-03-1994 followed by Glacier Venison at Te Anau from 30-08-1996.
In early November of 1998 it went to Motueka, initially for Abel Tasman Helicopters and is seen below at Motueka on 23-02-99.
 We see it below in its Abel Tasman scheme at Motueka on 13-02-2001.
It transferred to Nelson Aviation College from 08-09-2004 and then back to Abel Tasman Helicopters on 22-07-2005 before heading briefly down to Arrowtown to R M Cotton, and then over to Alpine Hunting Adventures at Franz Josef from 20-02-2006.
It went back to R M Cotton at Arrowtown on 28-90-2009 and then to its current listed owners Franz and Maria Klein Partnership at Te Anau.
Above we see it today (21-01-2015) at the Pacific Helicopters facility at Christchurch International Airport.
Note the air horns and cargo hook.

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