Friday 6 January 2023

Friday pie runs are back on.

The first pie run for the year picked up the following three aircraft of interest.

The Cessna 172M Skyhawk ZK-DNS c/n 62269 was on the tie down wires at Rangiora.
This has been with Southern Wings Ltd of Invercargill since September of 2017.
It has been covered previously here :

          This Guimbal Cabri G2 ZK-IAF2 c/n 1159 has been listed to the Ototara Trust of Auckland 
                                              since first registered in NZ on 07-10-2016.
                                      It was noted today at the Christchurch Helicopters facility.

Beech 76 Duchess ZK-OLI c/n ME-44 was listed to Gun City of Christchurch on 18-11-2022 and is                      now parked on the tie down on the Western Grass at Christchurch International.

A product of 1975 and initially listed in the US as N4939M with the Beech Aircraft Corporation at                                                                               Wichita, Kansas.

It was imported into NZ by James Aviation Ltd of Hamilton and registered as ZK-ECE on 03-10-1975.                Photo above of ZK-ECE at Oamaru on 04-11-1978.

Eventually was listed with the Auckland Aero Club at Ardmore from 22-04-1980. It then went on hire to the Motor Holdings (Aeronautical College) later in the 1980's until joining the Airline Flying Cub in April 1989.

Flightline Aviation / Aeronautical College took it over from 11-09-1991 and re-registered it as ZK-OLI on 20-03-2000 and ten days later moved it on to Oliver Gilles of Mount Maunganui, and as mentioned above it is now with Gun City in Christchurch.

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