Saturday 24 May 2008

Nelson 19th May 2008

Seldom seen (by me). Cessna 180 ZK-BDR/2 was caught at Nelson on 19-05-2008.
This aircraft , c/n 32496 , has an extensive Australian history since 1956.
It was ferried into Auckland via Norfolk Island on 13-11-1994 and was listed briefly to Airflite South from 28-11-94 until relisting to its current owners Pukaki Inns Ltd on 16-12-94. It seems to spend most of it time tucked away in its hangar at Omarama.

The above pic shows the Aerospatiale AS350B2 ZK-HYM/2 , c/n 9045 , at Milford Sound in December of 2003.
During February 2007 a long line went up through the rotor blades and by the time it was landed the airframe was damaged beyond economical repair.
It has now re-appeared with Helicopters (NZ) Ltd from 12-05-2008 as ZK-HMQ/3.
These two pics taken on 19-05-08

Oh the lovely sound of those Continental GTSIO-520's as the Cessna 404 Titan Ambassador 111, ZK-NDY , c/n 404-0693 , takes off from Nelson on 19-05-2008.

This aircraft arrived in NZ As N6764D back on 14-09-2007 and has spent much of its time up until now being worked on at Avtek in Timaru.
Although registered to Dennis Thompson International Ltd, it carries the Ashburton Aviation Services logo on the fuselage side just ahead of the door.


  1. ZK-BDR has been in the Rescue hanger next to the aero club for atleast the last 4 years, I suspect a lot longer. I have only seen it fly once perhaps twice in 4 years

  2. Morning anonymous.

    thanks for the update on this 180.