In 1990 Rotorway Aircraft underwent a reorganisation and a name change to Rotorway International, still based at Chandler, Arizona, and the updated Rotorway 162F helicopter was developed. The was powered by an improved RW 162 engine which produced 162 HP when fitted with a FADEC electronic engine management system.
The Exec 162F model appeared in New Zealand from the mid 2000s and we have had nine of them registered here to date as follows:3 (c/n 6838) was built by Wayne R Cook of Christchurch and was registered to him on 14/7/05. It is photo'd above at the 2017 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton on 5/2/17. It is still current.
3 (c/n 3216) has a long and somewhat convoluted history. It can be seen from the c/n that it is an early kit and it was built by Orville R Neissing of Vacaville, California and registered to him as N42830 on 24/2/92 as a Neissing Exec with a c/n of 001. It was cancelled from the US register on 4/11/96. It then languished for many years and was partly dismantled for conversion to a turbine engine, which never eventuated. It was purchased as "partly dismantled but flyable" in 2007 in the US by Bruce Burdekin of Christchurch who had it shipped to Christchurch.
3 on 20/3/07. However Bruce found that the helicopter was far from flyable and he set about a total rebuild which involved a new airframe and eventually it did make a short test flight but this proved the engine was not up to the task. Then a new engine was fitted , but this caused problems with the CAA in respect of non-existant logbooks proof of age of calendar and hours limited items. So Bruce went back to the US for the Exec helicopter he had always wanted. I understand the helicopter may still fly again sometime in the future, possibly in the microlight category, and it is still registered.
2 (c/n 834) was built by Grant R Brown of Rakaia and it was registered to him on 14/8/09. He later moved to Blenhiem and ZK-HUO was damaged in a forced landing following a loss of power at Seddon on 13/10/13. It wa cancelled as destroyed on 23/5/15. It is photo'd above at the 2011 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 5/2/11.
5 (c/n 6998) is also an import, but this time from Australia where it was built by Kevin Lunn of Airlie Beach in Queensland. It was first registered to him as VH-LUN2 on 4/4/06 and then sold abroad as YJ-CO7 in November 2007. It returned to Australia to become VH-YHC with Stephen Winteringham of Cooloola Cove, Queensland on 6/9/10. The it was cancelled from the Australian register again on 9/10/12 for export to New Zealand. It was registered here to (Ivan) David Deaker of Reidston near Oamaru on as ZK-YHC on 10/10/12. But this was an error and it was re-registered in the New Zealand helicopter section of the register as ZK-HSW5 on 14/11/12. The above photo was taken from Trade me. It was re-registered as ZK-HGA3, still to David Deaker of Reidston on 13/7/21 and it is still current with him.