Sunday 18 August 2013

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II ZK-FJT

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II ZK-FJT c/n 28-8090255 was listed in the US as N8164C and served with Blue Aviation of Hayward, California from 28-03-1980. It was back at the Piper Acceptance Corporation at Lakeland, Florida from 23-03-1981 and was then sold to B R Enbon of Alma, California.
It was imported into NZ by John Shivas of Ashburton and registered  ZK-FJT on 14-11-1984 and listed to the Canterbury Aero Club on 13-12-1984.
I believe its first flight in NZ was on 22-03-1985.
The photo below shows her in the original colour scheme at Christchurch on 12-06-1986. 
Below on 06-02-1998 in the Club scheme.
 And below on 06-02-98 at the "Last" Wigram fly in.

It underwent a major refurbishment during 2012 and was the Clubs fully IFR Cherokee. It is seen above during the work in progress stage on 27-03-2012.
It was re-painted in the Clubs latest "Northwest Wave" paint scheme.
(The 140's were not repainted as they were due to be replaced by the Alpha's.)

Alas it had an engine failure out of Foxpine on 05-04-2013 and ended as below.
It was returned to Christchurch where it was stripped of useful parts and pensioned off.
Note the tree in the firewall and the wing leading edge modification.
Below- during the parting out process on 19-07-2013.
Below on 13-08-2013 with around 16500 hours.

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