Yet another identity change to report, this time its Cessna 421C ZK-MFT changing ownership from Skyline Aviation to the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust and becoming ZK-TAM/2.
The Golden Eagle was imported to NZ for Skyline Aviation in 2004 and as N9501L it ferried from Nut Tree, Vacaville, California to Honolulu on 06 April then onto Christmas Island, Pago Pago and Auckland arriving 08 April. It then flew to Hamilton 13 April for certification work before entry to service with the Napier based air ambulance and charter operator.
Again, thanks to Blue Bus who advises this is the second use of the registration ZK-TAM - the first was applied to a Cessna U206F from November 1992 until November 2014 when it was re-registered ZK-RPM.
The Taranaki Air Ambulance had in April 2014 signaled a strong desire to acquire a Pilatus PC12 to replace their ageing PA31 ZK-MJF however the arrival of the Golden Eagle will have no doubt put this plan on the back burner:
|Snapped at Ardmore 31 March 2015 during a visit to a local avionics specialist.|