Sunday, 27 January 2013

Christchurch lately

Two of the pickings from recent Christchurch sightings.
 Down from Way To Go Heliservices at Rangiora on 24-01-02013 was their Robinson R44 Astro ZK-HVQ4 (c/n 0235). It is just winding down on the Pacific Aviation pad.
The Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust's Piper PA-31-310C Navajo ZK-MJF (c/n 31-7912089) rests outside the Canterbury Aero Club on the 22-01-2013. As you see, it is a 1979 model, which served its first six years in the States followed by a spell in Canada before coming to NZ for M J Funnell (hence its registration letters) in May of 1994. It was transferred to the Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd name on 27-02-2001 having been used as the Waikato Air Ambulance. Next move was to the New Plymouth Aero Club in September of 2011 as the Taranaki Air Ambulance. Since then ownership has bobbed between the Taranaki Air Ambulance trust and the New Plymouth Aero Club.


  1. The R44 looks distinctly like ZK-HVQ to me. I don't think it's winding down in this particular photo, either - the cockpit is completely empty for one thing!

  2. Ah - So you finally spotted my deliberate error.
    Actually finger trouble with "C" being next to "V" on the keyboard.
    I may have to get a new proof reader as well. Tks for the correction.

    The blades were turning slowly - I waited until they were fore and aft before taking the pic.