Wednesday 12 October 2016

SwanAir Cessna 172L ZK-DFY at Dargaville 11-10-2016

Another nice day at Dargaville yesterday.  I went up because of the better forecast for Tuesday.  It was pretty quiet but one visitor was SwanAir's C 172L ZK-DFY over from Kerikeri.

 ZK-DFY looks smart and has SWANAIR SCENICS in large letters under the wings.

SwanAir is a niche scenic flight operator out of Kerikeri that has been around since 2011.  They carry out tourist flights over some pretty spectacular coastline as can be seen on their website at

An older photo of ZK-DFY taken at Christchurch on 24/1/78.

The history of the aircraft is as follows:

ZK-DFY Cessna 172L c/n 60735.
N19767. Shipped to NZ aboard Oakbank reaching NZ 09-09-1972.
ZK-DFY Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd, Ardmore 20-09-1972.
First flight 07-10-1972.
North Shore Aero Club 12-10-1972.
Damaged in force landing 21-04-1973 Silverdale Golf Course in poor weather.
Registration cancelled 31-10-1973.
Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd, Ardmore 18-12-1975.
First flight post rebuild 19-12-1975.
McKay Earthmoving Ltd, Christchurch 04-03-1976..
Damaged 17-05-1981 Te Pirita.
B L Waghorn, Reefton 10-05-1984.
Bruce Russell Lynch, Auckland 13-10-1986.
Clifford Noel Bellingham, RD4 Auckland 02-02-2002
SwanAir Ltd. Whangarei 11-08-2004.

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