Some more non amateur built visiting aircraft noted at Hastings last weekend.
Cessna 177B Cardinal ZK-DFU (c/n 177-01663) was a December 1971 listing to Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd of Ardmore which did not reach its CofA and first flight in NZ until 12-05-1972 followed by delivery to the New Plymouth Aero Club.
A lengthy list of owners followed: Briefly they were Peeceejay Holdings at Timaru from 07-11-1972; P T Collins at Waipukurau from 25-01-1974; the HB and EC Aero Club at Hastings on 09-04-1975 and back to P C Collins on 27-05-1975. S F Thodey and S E Barley of Hastings feature from 16-05-1978; then A V Martyn of Timaru from 23-04-1987. Grant Bissett of Four Seasons Tours of Ashburton appear on the paper work from 24-04-1992 with Doug Hamilton of Westair Flying Ltd at Hokitika featuring from 17-07-1994; then to Westair at Fox Josef from 01-06-1995. It then spent ten years with Air Safaris and Services (NZ) Ltd - mainly at Tekapo - from 01-04-1996 until 30-03-2006 when it moved to John Sturgess of Auckland.
Current owner Michael Black of Cardinal Capers of North Shore took it on from 04-07-2008
Cessna 182P ZK-DJN (c/n 182-61800) was another Rex Aviation import - being listed on 17-04-1973. I R Bright and Cliff Skeggs of Dunedin feature from 10-09-1973 followed by W H Buston of Mt Nicholas Station from 16-01-1978. Then to Queenstown for Dickson Enterprises from 18-12-1986. From 04-06-1987 A E M Taylor of Christchurch was paying the bills followed by R M Patterson of Mosgiel from 21-11-1991. Next base was Te Anau with John and Jenny Peek from 11-04-1994 until Rakiura Adventures of Stewart Island took it on from 12-09-2001. From 08-12-2004 it was in Auckland with A L and D E Sharp and then to current operator Airline Flying Club (Inc) since 03-07-2005.
Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub ZK-JLB2 (c/n 18-4025) was built as serial number 54-2625 for the US Military and was delivered in 1955 under the Military Aid Program to the Italian Air Force (then Army), initially as MM542625 then as I-EIVK and EI-281. It was returned to the US and became N9972Q but I believe was cancelled on 20-10-1989.
I next noted it as VH-CAK with R N L (Dick) Thompson of East Ryde, Sydney from 24-05-2004. This was cancelled on 26-07-2013 for its move to NZ for James L Benbow of Nelson from 22-08-2013. So it has every right to be classed as a "Warbird".
Tecnam P2002 Sierra ZK-JNG5 (c/n 0151) originated from Australia where it had been listed as 24-5030 on their Australian Ultralight Federation registration list. It came to NZ via David Trust of Thames and has been listed with the Hauraki Aero Club since 21-01-2011.
Cessna 172N ZK-WHY (c/n 70200) was built in 1973 and resided in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas as N738SL before coming to NZ for Bruce and Sandra Painter of Auckland from 01-07-1994.
Owners since have included the Ardmore Flying School from 31-01-1997; Southflight Aviation of Christchurch from 01-10-1997 and Flight Safety (NZ) Ltd of Ardmore from 03-02-1998. From 01-06-2000 it was with The NZ Pilot Academy of Auckland followed by Salt Air at Paihia from 28-02-2001. Then came the North Shore Aero Club at the end of May 2001 and Rockum Aviation Ltd of Auckland from 20-10-2004. Then Crookston Holdings took over on 14-02-2005; CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd on 03-08-2007 and the Wakatipu Aero Club at Queenstown on 04-03-2008. They flicked it to the Southern Districts Aero Club at Gore on 09-12-2008 - which became the Gore Aero Club on 25-05-2010.