Monday 7 November 2016

Blue Bus on the Prowl. Omaka

A quick look at Omaka found these helicopters.
 KHI Kawasaki-Bell 47G3B-KH4 ZK-HPG3 (c/n 2082). This is an ex Royal Thai Air Force machine from 1966, which came into NZ after about seventeen years in Australia. It is registered to Cliff Marchant.
 Bell 206B JetRanger II ZK-HZE (c/n 769) came in from Canada in 1984 and has been with Marlborough Helicopters Ltd at Omaka since September of 2006. It still wears its basic Helicopters (NZ) Ltd colour scheme.
Hughes 369E ZK-IDS (C/n 0232E). Hard to believe but this real tidy looking helicopter is coming up to thirty years old. It had its airworthiness test at Mesa, Arizona on 11-05-1987. 
It was acquired by David Satchwell of Channelview, Texas on 24-10-2008 and came to NZ to become ZK-IDS with his Bay Ventures NZ Ltd at Napier from 30-03-2011.
It is now Omaka based with Precision Helicopters Ltd.
Below we see ZK-IDS returning after an outing.
 After a brief refueling stop off the Eurocopter EC 120 B ZK-INN (c/n 1570) depart Omaka. This is Motueka based with Tasman Helicopters Above And Beyond Ltd.

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