Pilatus PC-6 /B2-H2 Turbo Porter c/n 824 was first registered with the manufacturer Pilatus Flugzeuwerke at Stans, Switzerland as HB-FCV2 on 16-12-1982.
It was registered in NZ on 10-01-1983 as ZK-MCN to The Mount Cook Goup Ltd of Christchurch and also first flew as ZK-MCN this day.
Shortly after this it was upgraded to B2-H4 status with door and fuselage strengthening and the more obvious enlarged dorsal fin and fibreglass extended wing tips and it first flew as such on 23-07-1987. Also the MCTOW was pushed up to 2800kg.
Operator titles changed with Company changes - It was transferred to Tourism Holdings Ltd from 01-07-1998, then to Aoraki Mount Cook Ski Planes Ltd on 20-12-2002, and then to Inflite Ski Planes Ltd from 27-10-2015.
Below is a small selection of photos of ZK-MCN.
The engine seemingly mounted backwards as the air intake is below the engine and enters into the rear with the exhaust up front near the propeller
Above on 17-11-2022. And below on 19-11-2022.