I picked up three Beech King Airs at Christchurch International today.
The Nelson based Beech C90A King Air ZK-FDN2 (c/n LJ-1606) was parked at the terminal building.
And its Christchurch based Company companion Beech 200C Super King Air ZK-FDR (c/n BL-31) was receiving some maintenance outside its hangar.
Both have been covered before at :-
Also at the Flying Doctor hangar was the Beech B200C Super King Air ZK-PLK (c/n BL-64) from Skyline Aviation Ltd of Napier.
Below is what the NZ Aviation News Magazine said about it at the time of its registration in NZ in April 2008.
The twin engined turbo prop, Beechcraft B200C Super King Air ZK-PLK is now on line with Skyline Aviation at
This is a product of late 1982 and first flew as N6912F before becoming N124JS
and then to N1240S in January of 2001 with R Simplot of Boise Idaho and traded
as Southeast Aircharter Inc and then Windsong Aviation. Its last Hastings operator was
ERS Helicopters out of US from October 2006 for
whom it was registered as N188TC. It ferried out of Lake Charles,
Louisiana to Lake Charles on 14th March and on
the next day for the fitting of long range tanks. It was re-registered to
Flight Contracts Services Inc on the 17th for its delivery to NZ. On
the 23rd March it moved to North Las Vegas for the hop across to Santa
Maria on the 24th and to Honolulu on the 27th.
The ferry pilot being our own well known Rob Leach. It arrived at Pago Pago
via Bridge Pa on
the 28th. It then moved over to Auckland for removal of long range tank,
refit foe Hamilton EMS work and NZ certification and
on 28th May. There were about 95 B200C models built, differing from
other models by having a large freight door on the port side. The registration
letters of “PLK” reflect the initials of Peter Kidd, a long time CFI at the HE
& EC Aero Club. Hastings