Thursday 7 April 2022

Around Auckland

Outside at Mercer airfield today was the Tauranga Aero Club's Cessna A152 Aerobat ZK-TAA now complete after its long rebuild.   This was originally imported from the US in 1990.

In the large hangar at Mercer on final assembly is the Rocket Lab Sikorsky S-92A ZK-HEV3 which is due to have its public unveiling on 13 April and attempt its first rocket stage recovery on 19 April.  It will be based in the Chatham Islands.     It is a former Bristow Helicopters' machine used in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas rig support.

On assembly at Oceania Aviation at Ardmore is Bell 206L-3 LongRanger N45EA which is a 1983 model formerly operated by Air Med LLC, Wichita, Kansas.

Down at Mechanics Bay heliport was the latest ZK-ITS now in use by Helicopter Me.    Back in 2006 two AS350B3 were imported as ZK-HTS2 and ZK-ITS and ultimately both were acquired by Auckland based EagleFlight Technics.     In February this year the 1st ZK-ITS was exported and then in March ZK-HTS2 was reregistered ZK-ITS2.      This allowed ZK-HTS to be reused on a brand new AS350B3 which has just arrived for an Auckland owner.


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