Saturday 10 June 2023

A stopover at Kaikoura today

CMM hit Kaikoura late in the afternoon today (Saturday the 10th) and captured this selection of aircraft.

Auster 5D ZK-BMD c/n 1035 Joined the Royal Air Force as NJ635 in 1944, then the UK civil market as G-ALZM in March 1950.
After arrival in NZ and became ZK-BMD from 02-11-1955.
By 2005 after something like fifteen previous owners it was with Bob and Eileen Yates at Christchurch.
Listed for sale on TradeMe in mid-2009 it soon sold to current owners Guy Redfern and Fiona Nimmo of Muzzle Station - tucked away between the Inland and the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges.
Previously mentioned  Here
Pacific Helicopters (2016) Ltd's Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-HBE4 c/n 3541 has been Kaikoura based since 2019.
Below is the GCH Aviation Ltd's Eurocopter EC 130 B4 ZK-IGF c/n 4228
 Previously mentioned  Here  , Here , and  Here

Kaikoura is a bit of a hot spot for Gippsland GA8 Airvans.

 Air Kaikoura Aero Club operate two Gippsland GA8 Airvans
Above we see ZK-EHS2 c/n GA8-11-170 which has been on line since November 2018
Below is ZK-ORC c/n GA8-02-017 which joined them in May 2020. 
This one has previously served as ZK-SAF2 and ZK-FSS2.

Nearby, South Pacific Helicopters operate two Airvans under the Wings Over Whales name.
Above we have ZK-FSR c/n GA8-06-099 which they have had since July of 2018.
Several previous mentions Here
Below is ZK-KBZ c/n GA8-03-024 started with Wings Over Whales back in February of 2003.

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