Thursday, 20 April 2023

Road Runner. Mil 34 NAF 553 / ZK-HCV.

 Noted today on a flat deck trailer at the ex Heli Maintenance Ltd's hangar at Christchurch International Airport was the Mil 34C Hermit ZK-HCV5 c/n 9783034002001. 

This was registered to Paul Jury of Bell Block, New Plymouth on 14-03-2023 and as can be seen is the ex Nigerian Air Force serial NAF 553.This is one of six imported in about mid 2013 and stored just out of Christchurch.

This is the second of the batch to certified by Heli Maintenance Ltd to come onto the ZK register following ZK-HUN5 which was registered on 01-12-2014 and was first flown here on 15-03-2016 for Lindsay Williamson of Christchurch.
ZK-HCV/NAF 553 has yet to fly in NZ.

Paul also runs the Cessna 172M ZK-EKP and has a share in the Yak 52 ZK-YRA.


  1. Great catch! Do you know if this was arriving at Christchurch Intl, or departing please?

  2. NAF 553 arrived into Heli Maintenance about July of 2020 on a dual wheeled trailer.
    Heli Maintenance ceased business recently, so my guess is that it is heading off to the North Island.