Monday 8 April 2024

Some helicopters at Ardmore

A visit to Ardmore this morning was rewarded with a lot of helicopter activity starting with the Christchurch Helicopters' EC120B ZK-HPM5.   This was originally imported from South Africa in 2007 as ZK-IFR2 and from 2017 operated as part of the South Pacific Helicopters' fleet at Kaikoura.  It underwent a refurbishment and was reregistered as ZK-HPM in August 2023.

The AS350BB ZK-IHY was originally imported by Airwork from Papua New Guinea in late 2018 and after refurbishment added to the Helilink fleet.  In 2023 it spent 8 months in Western Australia based at Jandakot as VH-8HW with Rotorwest,  returning to NZ later that year.   It now carries both the parent company,  Salus Aviation,  and Helilink scripting.

Outside Oceania Aviation was another AS350BB, ZK-HOM3,  which was originally imported from the US in 2018 for Alpine Helicopters.   It passed onto an Alexandra owner in late 2021.

And outside Heliflite was an as yet unidentified Leonardo AW119 Koala,  which if registered here will add to our otherwise sole current 119 registrant,  Queenstown based ZK-ISR.



  1. Nice selection Richard. The last image looks like a Bell 222 to me. MRC.

  2. It is a Bell 430 built in 2003 by Bell Canada. S/n 49100. In livery of last operator Nakanihon Air Services operated as JA06CH. Previous registrations N51484 and C-GBUB.

  3. Thanks for all the feedback guys....digging further into this I see it was registered as N16KK on 12 March 2024 to KK Aircraft International with a nominee Wilmington, Delaware address... whether it will ever carry this remains to be seen