Friday 9 February 2018

A fruitful pie run to NZRT today.

I caught up with three strays at Rangiora today 09-02-2018.
 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee Challenger ZK-DGL (c/n 28-7305206) was also on the tie downs.
As you can see from the c/n this is a 1973 model and first flew using the piper test registration of N11C before being shipped out to NZ aboard the Austral Envoy which pulled into Auckland on 28-03-1973. 
It was registered as ZK-DGL to Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 10-04-1973 , gained its NZ CofA on the 13th and then moved up to C L Sandbrook and the Dannevirke Flying School from 10-05-1973. 
An ownership change on 20-07-2006 saw it listed to R Larsen and A Dahya - initially at Palmerston north and from August of 2016 - back at NZDV. 
 It is not every day we get to see a Gippsland GA8 Airvan at Rangiora.
ZK-LOR (c/n GA8-03-034) of Glenorchy Air Services and Tourist Co Ltd was on the tie down.
Cessna A185E ZK-SMS (c/n 18502041) came to NZ from Canada and was sorted out by Advanced Aero Engineering Ltd of Palmerston North and registered to them on 04-02-1997.
Ownership moved to Hayward Leisure Co of Auckland on 01-05-1997.


  1. SMS is now a Canterbury resident and will operate from a private strip on the boundary of the Christchurch ATC control zone.

  2. Did your fruitful pie run involve an apple pie?