Friday 27 December 2013

More on that Cherokee 180D ZK-DFL

I have had a couple of requests for more on old ZK-DFL.
Piper PA-28-180D Cherokee c/n 28-4720 was built as N6308J and was operated by one E E Brick in California before being shipped to NZ aboard the MV Slevik - arriving in Auckland on 14-06-1971. It first flew here on 03-07-1971 having been registered as ZK-DFL on 23-06-1971 to Dennis Thompson International Ltd at Ardmore.
It was then listed to the Northern Wairoa Aero Club of Dargaville on 11-01-1972
And below it was sited at Masterton on 27-02-1972.
And is seen below outside the Wanganui Aero Club hangar in December of 1972.
Pic from Allan Wooller.
Below - I spied it at Pukekohe on 08-02-1973.
Ownership changed to D W Andrew and P R Julian of Helensville on 23-08-1973 and it is seen below - thanks to CMM  - outside the Airwork hangar at Christchurch in September of 1973
A year later (16-08-1974) it was with the North Shore Aero Club of Albany followed by a move down to Hamilton to Eagle Aviation Ltd from 05-03-1976.
Below we have another pic from the CMM collection showing ZK-DFL at Christchurch.
 Dated April of 1976.
It had the "Eagle" insignia added to its tail and is seen below at Hamilton in 1978.
It hadn't changed much by 03-09-1979 - below - captured at Hamilton.
A series of owners followed in reasonably quick succession : R van Steen of Hamilton from 08-07-1981; Ranui Station at Manutuke from 02-09-1982; J W Pike also of Manutuke from 22-10-1982 and then to J W Pike and T N Williams on 29-03-1985.
By 25-09-1985 it was in the care of B N MacDonald of Te Puke. On 10-11-1988 it was listed with A L Donkin, M W Stewart and J K Illingworth of Cambridge.
Next in line was K A Burns of Franz Josef from 03-04-1990.
Below we see DFL at Timaru on 03-11-1992 in a new paint scheme and with "Redacair" and some graphics on its tail.

Hanmer Alpine Air Ltd appear in the paper work from 23-05-1994 followed by the Beattie, Lane and Roswell Syndicate of Hanmer Springs on 15-08-1995.
It moved back up North to Simon Norton of Waiheki Island from 09-02-1998 and took up with its current operator - the Kapiti Districts Aero Club (Inc) from 28-03-2002.
Seen above at Omarama on 13-01-2005.

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