Arriving back in Nelson yesterday (15-01-2017) after another summer season at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica was the Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 Squirrel ZK-HVU4 (c/n 2132) of HNZ New Zealand Ltd.
Captured today by Lord Nelson.
This airframe started as N350MB in 1988 and then HA-NMB and HS-HTA in Thailand from 1990 until becoming VH-WCU on 08-09-1998 with HNZ's Australian subsidiary, Helicopters (Australia) Pty Ltd, at Belmont, West Australia.
It was listed to the parent Company, Helicopters (NZ) Ltd of Nelson, on 04-12-2001 as ZK-HFH3 and did at least four summer trips to Antarctica until returning to Australia to become VH-WDQ on 26-06-2009.
It rejoined the NZ register on 23-09-2013 as ZK-HVU4.
I note that the RV Araon is parked up at Lyttelton having recently arrived from Jang Bogo Station in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica.
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