Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Requeim for Fletcher ZK-EFM

This FU24 Fletcher was c/n 210, a model 950, listed with the manufacturer, New Zealand Aerospace Industries Ltd of Hamilton on 29-01-1976.
 By March that year it was on line with Aerial Work (Marlborough) Ltd - with a name change to Aerial Work Ltd on 02-06-1978.
 Two pics from the Allan Wooller collection at taken at Omaka  during August 1978.

 Unknown date and place is Omaka (I think).
It moved to Fieldair Holdings (Central) Ltd of Palmerston North on 18-11-1980 and passed through the Fieldair Holdings Ltd and then the Fieldair Ltd changes.
On the 28-02-1997 Patchett Ag Air Ltd of Blenheim took it over
 followed by Air Services (1979) Ltd of Masterton from 28-07-1999.
A Walter M601D turbine conversion took place with its first flight as such at Hamilton being on 13-07-2001.
It had an undercarriage problem at Masterton on 02-05-2002 followed by another incident at Mauriceville on 12-01-2005.
It joined the Super Air team on 01-11-2007.
Seen at Masterton on 18-03-2010.
It was withdrawn from use in 2011 and its registration was cancelled on 15-07-2014.


  1. Are you sure it was with Patchett Ag-Air? I thought it was owned and flown by Kevin Patchett, operating as Aerial Work Nelson. He is the brother of Ray who owns Patchett Ag-Air

  2. According to our friends in CAA it was registered to Patchett Ag-Air as per the post..