The start-up of Helitours has dovetailed in with the demise of Alpine Chopper's who have gone into receivership during the latter part of 2010, perhaps as a result of the South Canterbury Finance mess. This would explain the presence of Alpine Chopper's Eurocopter AS350 ZK-ITG being resident in the Oceania hanger at Ardmore.
As ZK-HGF, the Helitours machine flew south in late September and underwent a repaint and registration change to ZK-HQN at Alexandra.
|ZK-HQN at Queenstown 6/1/11, Wayne Grant photo|
|ZK-HQN in its previous guise as ZK-HGF at Ardmore 14/9/10, Mike Condon photo|