This airframe came direct to NZ for Rural Aviation Ltd of New Plymouth and was registered as ZK-CAV on 04-09-1961. It had its first flight in NZ at New Plymouth on 12-10-1961 with its registration being transferred to the Manawatu Aerial Top Dressing Company Ltd on the 13th. With them it became fleet number 7.
The first photograph (in magic monochrome) shows it at rest on the 17th of May 1964 at Masterton.
The second & third views were taken sometime in 1967.
On 20-03-1968 ownership passed to Mount Cook Air Services of Timaru with whom it became a ski plane. The Company went through a couple of name changes :- to Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd on 18-07-1973 and to The Mount Cook Group on 07-02-1978. It was allocated the fleet number 18.
It had a couple of reasonably minor incidents - On 18-04-1977 it was damaged on take off from the Tasman Glacier; after which I believe it was upgraded to a 300hp model. On 18-10-1978 it nosed over on the Franz Josef Neve. The photo shows it at the Mount Cook strip on 31-12-1977.
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