Noted at Helipro's Christchurch base today was the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Squirrel ZK-IHW c/n 2816. This has a very interesting history. First appearing on the French Colonial register on 27-07-1994 as F-ODYX it came to NZ to become ZK-HRO2 for about a day in July 1997 before becoming ZK-IPV on 08-07-97. On 08-06-1999 it became ZK-HFV3 until exported to Australia on 26-09-2000. There it became VH-ECO until returning to NZ to take up the ZK-HXM2 marks on 24-01-2002. Back off to OZ in November 2003 as VH-FRN until being damaged in the Latrobe Valley in January of 2006. Back to NZ for HeliQuip International to do their magic and creating ZK-IBO on 03-10-2006. They re-registered it as ZK-IHW on 03-10-2006.
It was listed to Heli-Works Queenstown Helicopters from 20-12-2007 and remains with them although, as can be seen by the sign writing, it spends time at Mt Cook for Aoraki Mount Cook Skiplanes.