Cody Forward was at Nelson this afternoon and captured the Britten-Norman BN2A-26 Islander ZKEVO c/n 785 doing some 'test flight stuff'.
It was listed to Golden Bay Air Ltd of Takaka back on 19-07-2021 and since then has been at Nelson receiving some serious attention.
This was one over over 630 Islanders built by IRMA in Romania.
Registered as G-BDRS to Britten-Norman Bembridge Ltd of Isle of Wight on 16-02-1976 it first flew on 28-05-1976.
It was delivered to the South East Asian B-N agents Heli-Orient Ltd at Singapore on 20-008-1976 to be registered as 9V-BJG only to spend much of the next year in storage until it was transferred to he Australian agents Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd at Bankstown, NSW from 21-08-1978. It was cancelled on 04-09-1978 as sold to Polynesian Airlines of Apia, Western Samoa and became became 5W-FAQ.
Next I noted it at Feilding on 25-07-1983.
It became ZK-EVO on 18-11-1983 with Cookson Airspread Ltd of Wairoa.
Aspiring Air at Wanaka picked it up from 03-03-1988 until moving it onto Commercial Helicopters Ltd of Taumarunui from 19-12-2014 who traded as 'Fly My Sky'.
It was sold to Golden Bay Air and arrived in Nelson on 16-08-2021.
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