Ben from Wilderness Wings captured this Cessna 207 ZK-MDZ (c/n 20700171) at Hokitika yesterday (21-02-2015).
This Cessna 207 Skywagon comes with a lengthy history that runs something like this.
It was built as N1571U and sent to Australia and allocate VH-UBR. This was not taken up and it became VH-GKU for a period before heading up to Papua New Guinea as P2-GKU. It was re-registered as P2-SEB in 1976 with Talair (Pty) Ltd at Goroka.
On 01-05-1984 it returned to Australia to become VH-GKZ with R Lucas of Mount Gravatt in Queensland. It soon moved over to Kununarra in West Australia with Kimberley Air Charter. It then had a period off the register before re-appearing with James Chenault at Lightning Ridge, NSW in 1990, and finally with Kakadu Air Service Pty Ltd at Jabiru, Northern Territory from 13-05-1991.
It had an event at Jabiru in Northern Territory in October of 1999 and it was stored at Batchelor for some time before
it was rebuilt.
This rebuild used parts from the Cessna 207 ZK-DAX which had been involved in a mid air collision with Cessna 207 ZK-DQF back on 30-12-1989.
It was registered as ZK-SAL4 on 23-11-2004 to Salt Air Ltd at Paihia, with an ownership change to MDR Aviation Ltd at North Shore City on 11-09-2009.
It was re-registered as ZK-MDZ on 28-10-2009 and went to Flight Hauraki Ltd on 15-03-2010.