The Cessna 172S ZK-TAI3 is c/n 1729752 which is a re-registration of ZK-COS2.
This 172 was built as N643DB and listed with Cessna Aircraft Company of Wichita, Kansas in about mid-December of 2004 and was cancelled from the US register on 30-12-2004 as sold to NZ.
It was registered as ZK-COS2 on 22-03-2005 to ZK-COS Ltd of Porirua before officially joining the Kapiti Districts Aero Club Inc at Paraparaumu on 26-05-2005.
Flightline Aviation Ltd of Ardmore took it over from 31-07-2006, passing it on to CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd of Hamilton from 15-06-2007.
At the end of August 2011 Izard Pacific Aviation Ltd of Taupo became the listed owner followed by Skywest Aviation Ltd at New Plymouth from 01-07-2014.
The the Tauranga Aero Club (Inc) got their hands on it from 20-01-2017 briefly before Sunair Aviation Ltd listed it from April the 1st. They operated it for some six months before it returned to the Tauranga Aero Club. They re-registered it as ZK-TAI3 on 01-10-2017.
It returned to Tauranga today after having had its avionics upgraded at Ardmore.
The earlier ZK-TAI's labels were attached to a Cessna 337F Skymaster (Squashmaster), followed by an Embraer EMB-110P1 Banderante (Bandit).