Wednesday 28 July 2021

I remember when - ZK-HUZ

The Hughes 369D ZK-HUZ c/n 1280429D was built as N58349 before being shuffled of to Canada to become C-GKHT in June 1979.
It was imported into NZ and registered to Peter Bradley of Murupara on 01-05-1985.
It is known to have been used by the New Zealand America Cup Syndicate at Freemantle in 1986-1987.
It was transferred to the company name of Lakeland Helicopters (1989) Ltd of Rotorua on 28-01-2000 and then to Lakeland Aviation (2006) Ltd of Taupo on 10-03-2009.
In the above photograph from Graeme Stratton we see it delivering shingle to the Ketetahi Track on the northern slopes of Mount Tongariro.
ZK-HUZ was sold to Eastland Heli Services Ltd of Gisborne from 05-02-2015. 
Eastland also operated the Robinson R44 Raven ZK-IAY2.


  1. Yes I have fond memories of my trips into the bush in that helicopter leaving from Murupara at Peter Bradley’s premises. Derek Lowe was the pilot. It used to have the Bank of New Zealand emblem on it.

    1. Yes I have flown in that Helicopter as well with Derek at the controls