Saturday, 17 January 2015


 A very well know helicopter from way back.
Hughes 369D c/n 670138D first appeared as N8628F with Summa Corporation at Culver City, California in 1977.
It came to NZ in 1979 and was registered as ZK-HOT on 17-12-1979 to M J H Davison of Kaiwara Station out of Culverden. M J H Davison also operated the Cherokee 160/180 ZK-BZH between 1974 and 1982 followed by the Cherokee Arrow ZK-CUI from 1982 through to 1989.
ZK-HOT moved on to Whirl Wide Helicopters of Timaru in April of 1982.
 A move to Alpine Helicopters took place on 05-08-1982

Above is ZK-HOT at Queenstown on 13-05-1984 with Alpine Helicopters script-
 and it is seen below in Alpine Deer Group titles and new colour scheme at Garden City Helicopters in Christchuch on 26-04-1988.
It transferred to the Alpine Deer Group from 16-05-1988 and the Alpine Fighter Collection in May of 1994. 
 Tourism Holdings feature from 02-02-1999, then the Alpine Fighter Collection from 01-07-2000.
This was the well known Tim Wallace machine.
It migrated down to Te Anau with South-West Helicopters Ltd from 28-02-2001;
then to Milford Helicopters from 07-05-2001 - back to South-West six months later
Below in South-West script and longer legs at Wanaka on 29-03-2002.

and finally back to Alpine Helicopters at Wanaka on 10-10-2002.
Above is ZK-HOT at Wanaka on 16-12-2003 with Alpine Helicopters script.
Its registration was changed to ZK-IDD on 15-08-2006 to allow Alpine Helicopters to allocate their new Hughes 369E (c/n 0528E) as ZK-HOT2.
A couple of weeks later it (now ZK-IDD) was sold to Richard Deaker of Te Anau.
On 21-11-2010 Action Helicopters of Motueka took it over, and then Bill Hales of Hanmer Springs from 21-12-2012.
Below we see ZK-IDD at Heli Maintenance in Christchurch today (16-01-2015).

1 comment:

  1. It is featured in the following:
    Also in National Geographic with Kim Hollows.