Friday, 10 May 2013

Fletcher ZK-EMK in 1982

Bryan Smith, the brother of Des Smith who supplied the Dothy spraying and 1080 carrot dropping photos a couple of weeks back, has sent in these six photos taken in 1982 whilst he was working for Pask Air Services
 The Fletcher FU24-954 ZK-EMK (c/n 263) is seen working at Glenbrook, near Putorino.
 ZK-EMK taking off from Ohiti, north of Napier in 1982. Note the ripples in the fuselage.
 
 ZK-EMK taking off, empty, from the Aropaoanui Tutira strip.
 
 ZK-EMK clearing the Te Pohue strip. This strip is reasonably high at around 1800ft.
 
ZK-EMK at work at Rissington, northwest of Napier 1982.

EMK moved around a bit. It first flew with NZAI at NZHN on 26-06-1979, was crated and shipped out in August of 1979 and popped up as A6-ALR with Aero Gulf Services in Dubai. I have notes that it was written off in a hail storm on 30-04-1981 at Dubai and also that it was damaged beyond repair in a gale on 02/03-08-1981. It was returned to NZ and rebuilt and returned to the ZK register on 13-05-1982 with Aero Gulf Services. Ownership was taken up by Pask Air Services on 11-01-1983 until it was moved to Clayton Aviation Ltd at Hastings on 29-01-1986. It was ferried out from Auckland to Sydney on 06-05-1989 for it to become VH-EMK at the end of May with R B Dunn in West Australia. It next took up its old ZK-EMK marks with Aeromotive Corporation of Hamilton on 06-10-1992 and was flown back the other way on 08-10-1992. In November it was with Rural Air Services at Feilding as a model FU24A-954. Gerald Nolan at Masterton took it on from 01-04-1999 followed by Yvonne Nuttal of Christchurch on 26-04-2001. It was cancelled  a year later on 14-05-2002 to become P2-CCF and then back to Australia as VH-FNM for Cloud Aviation only to be lost in a fatal accident at Wynella Station, Queensland on 20-12-2010.
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The Fletcher FU24-950 ZK-EMC (c/n 254) with John Rika helping out on a job out of Napier.

4 comments:

  1. I think that the Aussie rego was VH-FNM. Cheers

    See ATSB report #AO-2010-110.

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  2. Hi there Anon.
    Thanks for that - just transposed the last two letters between master list - brain and fingertips.
    Well spotted - and now corrected.
    Thanks.

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  3. Nice shots thanks. Have you got some of the Braves that you flew with Pask Air Services

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  4. Hi there Lord Nelson.
    Just working on that now - so maybe a post tomorrow on the Brave.

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