Another trip to Auckland International (more on that later), so another trip to Ardmore which produced its usual crop of different and interesting aircraft. Most of these aircraft have been in New Zealand for a long time as evidenced by their being the first use of their registration marks..
Piper PA 18-150 Super Cub ZK-BKD2 (c/n 18-8470) was registered on 12/3/15 to the BKD Syndicate of Auckland. I understand that it will be fitted with large wheels. This cub went new to Ansett General Aviation at Bankstown, Sydney as VH-PPH on 13-04-1967 and became one of two delivered to the Southern Cross Gliding Club Ltd from 09-07-1968. It went private to George Louez of Griffith NSW on 28-09-1978 and then to Arthur Loder at Moree on 13-07-1988. Then came Ian Barraclough and friends at East Killara, NSW from 14-05-1996. It was restored and used as a back-up glider tow plane based at Lake Keepit in northern NSW. In August of 2008 it was re-engined with a Penn Yann Textron 180hp O-360-A4M engine and McCauley propeller. (So does that make it a PA 18-180?). Its final Australian owner was Chris Leon, initially at Wahroonga, NSW and later at Mason Field, Queensland.
The first ZK-BKD was a DC 3 originally owned by NAC from 27/6/55, then by Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Air Services and finally as a topdressor for Fieldair. It was withdrawn from use in 1983 and cancelled in October 1983.
VH-UBV is a Cessna 206G that was first registered in Australia on 27/6/80. It is owned by Missionary Aviation Fellowship and arrived in New Zealand on 11/3/15 for eventual registration as ZK-MAF2 . For its history you can search for VH-UBV in the search box at the top left of the blog header page.
Piper PA 34-220T Seneca ZK-RSQ is registered to Rick Lucas Helicopters of Palmerston North. I am not sure how this fits in with the recievership of Helipro. It is ex N8239D and was first registered in New Zealand on 18/8/95 having had a succession of seven owners to date.