Sunday 23 July 2017

A couple from Fox Glacier

Here we have three shots taken at Fox Glacier.
 The Aerospatiale AS 350 ZK-HFK3 (c.n 1397) was built as a late 1981 'D' model and served under three different US registrations.
 It originally gracied our register as an AS 350B ZK-HDT2 with Helicopters (NZ) Ltd of Nelson (hence the colour scheme) between September 1990 and April 1995. 
It was sent over to HNZ's Australian subsidiary, Helicopters (Australia) Pty Ltd of Belmont, West Australia and became VH-WCD. 
It returned to the ZK register with Helicopters (NZ) Ltd as ZK-HFK3 on 11-10-2001. 
It then served a bit of time in Cambodia in 2003 before returning to NZ and was noted operating with Garden City Helicopters before an ownership change on 19-09-2003 placed it with the Kapiti Districts Aero Club (Inc) at Paraparaumu.
It also was operated by AV8 Helicopters before returning to Helicopters (NZ) Ltd from 07-05-2004. 
Upgradied from the AS 350B to the B2 model from 18-10-2007 it was transferred to The Helicopter Line Ltd from 30-11-2010 and as you can see wears 'Glacier Helicopters' titles.
 Hughes 369D ZK-HNJ2 (c/n 1280406D) was a late 1978 production airframe and remained in the States until exported to Australia in 1989. 
It entered the NZ register on 15-09-1995 with Fiordland Helicopters Ltd at Te Anau before moving on to James Scott of Hokitika from 22-02-1996. It was re-listed to Fox Franz Heliservices Ltd of Fox Glacier on 10-08-2016.
And above, one that I almost got.

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