Tuesday 7 December 2010

Ownership change & stacking up the "ZK's"

Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 c/n 2816 has had another change of registration letters.
It started as F-ODYX in Noumea in July of 1994 and came to NZ to become ZK-HRO2 for Eurocopter International Pacific on 07-07-1997.
A day later it became ZK-IPV1 for Peter Vela.
It was re-registered as ZK-HFV3 on 08-06-99 to free up the ZK-IPV marks for Peter Vela's new A 350 B3 c/n 3178 (which became ZK-IPV2 on this same date).
It then moved over to Australia as VH-ECO from 24-11-2000 until returning to NZ to become ZK-HXM2 on 24-01-2002 serving with Advanced Flight and Heli-Tranz before being cancelled on 21-11-2003 for a return to Australia where it became VH-FRN on 16-01-2004. It was damaged in the Latrobe Valley in January of 2006 and it came back to NZ for a remake with Heliquip International with whom it became ZK-IBO on 27-04-2006.
On completion of the rework it was relisted as ZK-IHW on 03-10-2006, initially with Heliquip but to Heli-Works Queenstown Helicopters from 20-12-2007 and spent time with Aoraki Mount Cook Skiplanes.
In November it was registered to Southern Lakes Helicopters and re-registered as ZK-HWG2 and then re-listed to Nokomai Helicopters.
ZK-HWG2 as spied at Queenstown on16-11-2010. Still in its Aoraki Mount Cook Skiplane scheme.
With "WG" on its tail and still with ZK-IHW on the Instrument panel.
By my count that is seven ZK allocations - hard to beat !

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