Wednesday 14 April 2021

Lake Tekapo

A visit to Lake Tekapo Airport today revealed all of Air Safaris' operational fleet of Caravans and Airvans outside in the sun.  Star of the fleet is the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX ZK-SRX which was delivered new to the company in 2016.

Hangared and for sale are the company's 2 GAF N24A Nomads, being ZK-NME which was acquired from Western Samoa in 1987

And ZK-NMD2 which came from Australia in 1987.   Both aircraft are in good condition and have occasional engine runs.

Still hangared also is the fuselage of GAF N22B Nomad ZK-NOL which was withdrawn from use in 1995.

Used occasionally by the company's owners is the immaculate 1961 model Cessna 180D ZK-BZV.  It was acquired by Air Safaris in 2006.

Down the road at the former Tekapo Helicopters base the facility has been taken over by MacKenzie Helicopters and they have recently added the former Helicopter Line AS350B2 ZK-HDL3 to their fleet.  The also operate Hughes 369D ZK-IOB.


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