Saturday, 15 March 2014

Non amateur built # 3

 Some more non amateur built visiting aircraft noted at Hastings last weekend.
 Cessna 177B Cardinal ZK-DFU (c/n 177-01663) was a December 1971 listing to Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd of Ardmore which did not reach its CofA and first flight in NZ until 12-05-1972 followed by delivery to the New Plymouth Aero Club.
A lengthy list of owners followed: Briefly they were Peeceejay Holdings at Timaru from 07-11-1972; P T Collins at Waipukurau from 25-01-1974; the HB and EC Aero Club at Hastings on 09-04-1975 and back to P C Collins on 27-05-1975. S F Thodey and S E Barley of Hastings feature from 16-05-1978; then A V Martyn of Timaru from 23-04-1987. Grant Bissett of Four Seasons Tours of Ashburton appear on the paper work from 24-04-1992 with Doug Hamilton of Westair Flying Ltd at Hokitika featuring from 17-07-1994; then to Westair at Fox Josef from 01-06-1995. It then spent ten years with Air Safaris and Services (NZ) Ltd - mainly at Tekapo - from 01-04-1996 until 30-03-2006 when it moved to John Sturgess of Auckland.
Current owner Michael Black of Cardinal Capers of North Shore took it on from 04-07-2008
 Cessna 182P ZK-DJN (c/n 182-61800) was another Rex Aviation import - being listed on 17-04-1973. I R Bright and Cliff Skeggs of Dunedin feature from 10-09-1973 followed by W H Buston of Mt Nicholas Station from 16-01-1978. Then to Queenstown for Dickson Enterprises from 18-12-1986. From 04-06-1987 A E M Taylor of Christchurch was paying the bills followed by R M Patterson of Mosgiel from 21-11-1991. Next base was Te Anau with John and Jenny Peek from 11-04-1994 until Rakiura Adventures of Stewart Island took it on from 12-09-2001. From 08-12-2004 it was in Auckland with A L and D E Sharp and then to current operator Airline Flying Club (Inc) since 03-07-2005.
 Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub ZK-JLB2 (c/n 18-4025) was built as serial number 54-2625 for the US Military and was delivered in 1955 under the Military Aid Program to the Italian Air Force (then Army), initially as MM542625 then as I-EIVK and EI-281. It was returned to the US and became N9972Q but I believe was cancelled on 20-10-1989.
I next noted it as VH-CAK with R N L (Dick) Thompson of East Ryde, Sydney from 24-05-2004. This was cancelled on 26-07-2013 for its move to NZ for James L Benbow of Nelson from 22-08-2013. So it has every right to be classed as a "Warbird".
 Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-JNG5 (c/n 0151) originated from Australia where it had been listed as 24-5030 on their Australian Ultralight Federation registration list. It came to NZ via David Trust of Thames and has been listed with the Hauraki Aero Club since 21-01-2011.
Cessna 172N ZK-WHY (c/n 70200) was built in 1973 and resided in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas as N738SL before coming to NZ for Bruce and Sandra Painter of Auckland from 01-07-1994.
Owners since have included the Ardmore Flying School from 31-01-1997; Southflight Aviation of Christchurch from 01-10-1997 and Flight Safety (NZ) Ltd of Ardmore from 03-02-1998. From 01-06-2000 it was with The NZ Pilot Academy of Auckland followed by Salt Air at Paihia from 28-02-2001. Then came the North Shore Aero Club at the end of May 2001 and Rockum Aviation Ltd of Auckland from 20-10-2004. Then Crookston Holdings took over on 14-02-2005; CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd on 03-08-2007 and the Wakatipu Aero Club at Queenstown on 04-03-2008. They flicked it to the Southern Districts Aero Club at Gore on 09-12-2008 -  which became the Gore Aero Club on 25-05-2010.


  1. A 172N will not be a 1973 model. More like 1983.

  2. Evening Anon.
    Actually we are both wrong.
    ZK-WHY was listed in the States as N738SL with Sterling Air Services in Colorado in March of 1978 (I misread my own written notes).
    "N" production ran to 6425 units from 1977 thru to 1980.
    Tks for pointing out the anomaly.

  3. Good to have the record straight.