Saturday, 24 October 2015

ZK-CWS at NZRT 24-10-2015

The fourth Piper PA-28 Cherokee on our register was ZK-BYT (c/n 28-1113)
 This Cherokee 160B was imported by Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch and registered on 14-05-1963.

The above photo from the Allan Wooller collection shows ZK-BYT outside the Airwork hangar at Christchurch prior to delivery.
On the right of this pic is the nose of Pawnee ZK-BWP which had just been registered back to Airwork on 20-05-1963 from Cookson Airspread. The 135 Cub as you can see is ZK-AZJ, which about this time had dual main wheels !.
It undertook its first NZ flight on 25-07-1963 and was listed to the Tauranga Aero Club on 19-08-1963.

The photo above shows ZK-BYT - above at Wellington on 30-01-1964 - 
and below at Tauranga on 09-02-1964. Both Dave Paull collection.
 It had an engine failure and was badly damaged in the forced landing at Quartz Hill (Makara) to the West of Wellington City on 19-05-1967.
Its registration was cancelled on 02-06-1967 and it went to the Canterbury Aero Club who rebuilt it and re-registered it on 17-04-1968 as ZK-CWS.

Above is another pic from the Allan Wooller collection which shows ZK-CWS with Canterbury Aero Club markings on its cowling.
The Club used it until it was sold to R E Clarke of Franz Josef on 06-04-1971 where it lived in an open hangar beside the main highway.
Below in its hangar at Franz Josef on 12-03-1987.

It moved on to J W and D G Knipe at Runanga from 04-02-1993 and then to Robert Hickey of Christchurch from 13-05-1998.
In September 1998 it was flown from Kaitaia to Norfolk Island and then to Lord Howe Island; returning to NZ later in the month.
Mount Hutt Helicopters Ltd took it on from 15-06-2001 followed by D K Mitchell, T R G Scott and A J Johnston from 04-10-2002 and it was on line at Wigram with the Flying School.
It is seen below at Wellington on 07-02-2007.
 Next we see it with Avmax Ltd of Christchurch from 17-07-2007.
It was listed to its current owner Blair Hoult of Knights Point Air Ltd - North of Haast on 09-11-2009.
I have a note saying that it flew from the Chatham Island to Christchurch and Ashburton on 19-12-2011 (so presumably it flew out there as well !).
Below is a pic of it seen this day at Rangiora.
Last three pics from the Dave Paull collection.

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