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.

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