Wednesday, 4 September 2019


Piper PA-28-140C Cherokee ZK-CUX c/n 28-26943 was registered to Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 18-08-1970.
It arrived in NZ aboard the Irisbank, along with ZK-CUW, on 11 September 1970 and was assembled and first flown at Ardmore on 02 October 1970.
Title changed to the Canterbury Aero Club from 30 October 1970.

Two views of ZK-CUX at Christchurch on 13 November 1970.


Photo below taken at Christchurch on 30 July 1978.
Interesting background with a Fletcher, a Harvard and a Lake Amphibian.

I then have it listed with P F Dixon of Rangiora from 12 May 1982.
And then with D S Later of Cheviot from 19 July 1982. 
Bruce Drake of Drake Aviation took it on from 08-05-1984 and we see it below at Christchurch on 12 July 1984 with their Piper Tomahawk ZK-ESI behind.

From memory it was withdrawn in the early 90's and re-surfaced in February of 2002 and sold -  ending up with Richard Lane at Greymouth from 20-10-2006.
It was back in the books of Drake aviation from 29 March 2010 and then on sold to Classic Flights Ltd of Wanaka from 12 Jun 2012.

 Above we see it at Ardmore on 09 March 2014.
And below at Wanaka on 13 November 2014 with the 'Bluebus' in the background.

Above at Wanaka on 10 February 2017
and below the next day at Wanaka on short finals.

These two final shots were taken at Wanaka on 3 September 2019, by Simon Brown.

It  has now been withdrawn from service.

Its paint scheme does not appear to have changed over all these years !

And we say farewell to ZK-CUX with this neat photo from Allan Wooller.


  1. Any more photos of ZK-ESI?

  2. Where were the photos of her final resting place taken? Is she looking for a new home?

  3. Give Classic Flights at Wanaka a ring.