Wednesday 7 March 2018

Timaru Thursday 1st March 2018 # 2

 The Tauranga Flight Hire Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II ZK-EQZ (c/n 28-8116112) came on to the NZ register with Airwork (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 31-03-1981. 
It went to Wamcorp of Lower Hutt and then to Feast Group Ltd of Wellington from September of 1989. From August 1989 it was listed with General investments Ltd of Wellington followed by Mike  K Dorrian (Wellington Flight Centre) of Seatoun, Wellington from March of 1991. It was listed to Tauranga Flight Hire on 21-10-1994.
 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee ZK-ECY (c/n 28-7325630) first appeared with the Whenuapai Aviation Syndicate on 13-11-1974 and moved to W F Thompson of Auckland in December of 1978.
In October of 1982 it moved on to R M Danzey-Bergman and J S Bergman  and then to M F R Simich and A C Edwards from November 1983. 
Then we see it with DeKam Holdings Ltd from July 1987 followed by the ECY Syndicate of Thames in May of 1998. Gary Nash of Auckland listed it from 20-12-1998 until selling it on when he acquired the Beech Sundowner ZK-DVH. The Cherokee went back to Thames to Stuart Read from March 3rd 2000 and then to Dennis Greathead of Aria in May of 2001. Current owner Evan Harris of Ohaupo took it over from 21-01-2010.
Tony McFarlin has provided this image of the Vans RV-7A ZK-ECE2 (c/n 73638) as listed with Steve and Pauline Carr of Tauranga.
It got a mention earlier Here
The latest addition to the Wanganui Aero Club is the Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub ZK-BTU (c/n 18-6233). This went new to the Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club at Hastings in April 1958 and pretty much remained with them until going private in 2009. It joined the WU Aero Club on 28-09-2017.


  1. good to see BTU alive and well. Logged a few hours on this aircraft while living in HB in the '70s

  2. This aircraft had left the HB EC AC by the mid 80s. It was owned by a local farmer in the district.

  3. Yes was registered to John Russell of Tunanui Station (over near Mahia Beach)in January 1980 but I understand was available for use by the HB and EC AC. It was listed back to Air Hawkes Bay Ltd in 2008, then sold to Gunther Kothen of Waiuku in July of 2009. So maybe I was a bit liberal with my 1958 to 2009 statement.

    1. Haha, no stress. John farmed at Sherenden up the Taihape road to the west of Hastings, Tuna Nui Station. The farm near Mahia is Tahaenui at Nuhaka owned by John Bayley, who never owned an aircraft. Done many hours is this aircraft, a great little aircraft that never let me down.

    2. Well sprinkle me with bread crumbs and bake me for 40 minutes.
      I seem to recall a Tuna Nui about four clicks inland from Mahanga Beach - had an airstrip beside the road about half a click north of the buildings.I am talking 1970 ish here.