18 January 2017

Calling Air Rotorua pilots...

After posting the photo of Air Rotorua's Seneca ZK-FNB earlier this month I have been doing a little research and have started preparing a post on the operation.

I have received a little more information to help the post...

I am wondering if there are any ex Air Rotorua pilots that can give me a few comments/info on their time with Rotorua... especially those who flew the service in the late 1980s or early 1990s

Things I am particularly looking for are....

  • I can't find the start date of the Rotorua-Gisborne NZ Herald... 
  • If you were flying Seneca ZK-FNB from Rotorua to Gisborne could you give me a range of dates you were flying so I can find an earliest date...
  • When you were flying the service who was operating it and who owned the business/aircraft.
  • Did Leslie Aviation/Lakeside Aviation buy the Seneca and or commercial wing of the Aero Club or did Lakeside just manage it?
  • There was for a time an additional Friday evening ROT-GIS-ROT service... did that last long? 
  • Anything other info or stories
Many thanks

I am happy to email what I have put together already....



A North Island Road Trip 25 years ago #15

Flightline's Cessna 172 ZK-ELF at Ardmore on 14 January 1992... In July 1992 Flightline took over the operation of Waiheke Air Services... see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/wings-of-gulf-waiheke-air-services.html

Capital Air - A Capital Way to Takaka

Capital Air had its origins in a company called Zephair Limited which was founded by Richard Molloy and Lisa Sheppard in November 2005. Flights begab between Wellington and Takaka beginning on the 12th of January 2006 under the name of Capital Air. A change to the company name was made in September 2006 when Zephair Ltd was renamed Capital Air Bookings Ltd.

The company mainly used Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga, ZK-ZIG on the service (c/n 32R 8013045) but Beech 58 Baron ZK-WLV (c/n TH 698) was also used. The aircraft were based in Wellington and crewed by instructors from the Wellington Aero Club. Initially flights operated twice a week, on Fridays and Sundays, with additional flights over long weekends. In 2006 these flights ran until Queens Birthday weekend and then ceased over the winter months restarting in late September. In following years the flights ran from late September until late April with the frequency of flights increasing, especially during peak summer periods. During the peak season up to six flights were scheduled per week with additional flights operated on demand.

Piper PA32 Saratoga ZK-ZIG at Takaka on 30 November 2007

Also used occasionally on the service was Beech 58 Baron ZK-WLV which was photographed at Hokitika on 7 June 1996

Capital Air, 1 September 2007

As well as the flights to Takaka, Capital Air also operated charter and scenic flights from Wellington

Piper Saratoga ZK-ZIG with Capital Air titles at the Wellington Aero Club on 16 April 2009. 
In May 2009 Capital’s Air base was moved from Wellington to Takaka and the company was renamed Golden Bay Air Ltd to reflect its increasing commitment to the Bay.

For the post on Golden Bay Air see :

17 January 2017

A North Island Road Trip 25 years ago #14

Now ATR 72s and Bombardier Q300s offer Auckland-Tauranga services. In 1992 this was the domain of Eagle Air's Embraer Bandeirantes. Now both Eagle Air and the Bandits have gone. ZK-KIP at Tauranga on 23 January 1992.

For a full history of Eagle Air see:

Eagle Air – History

Part 1 - The Fledgling Eagle

Part 2 - The Eagle Spreads its Wings

Part 3 – The Eagle Soars – Truly Becoming a Regional Airline

Part 4 – Eagle, the High Flying Link Carrier and its Future

16 January 2017

A North Island Road Trip 25 years ago #13

Not used on an air service but an interesting flightseeing aircraft... Volcanic Air Services' Cessna 337 Skymaster ZK-DSC at Rotorua on 23 January 1992

15 January 2017

A North Island Road Trip 25 years ago #12

Sunair had a couple of Cessna 206s for services to Motiti and Great Barrier Island. Cessna 206 ZK-DRD at Tauranga on 22 January 1992

 Cessna 206 ZK-DFW at Rotorua on 23 January 1992
For a full history of Sunair see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/sunair-still-shining-25-years-on.html

14 January 2017

A North Island Road Trip 25 years ago #11

Mount Cook Airline at Rotorua on 23 January 1992... Above Fokker Friendship ZK-BXF and below Hawker Siddeley 748 ZK-CWJ... I never liked the cheat lines going up on the tail on the 748... The Freindships's scheme is much better in my opinion.

For more on Mount Cook see...
Part 1 - The 1960's - The Birth of the Airline 

Part 2 - The 1970’s - New Zealand's tourist airline

Part 3 - 1980-1996, From Tourist Airline to a National Airline

13 January 2017

Kaikoura flight update...

Sounds Air's have announced that flights on the Kaikoura-Blenheim route have been extended through until the end of February! 

From the 31st of January the Kaikoura schedule will be: 
Blenheim to Kaikoura 11:45 - 12:15
Kaikoura to Blenheim 12:45 - 13:15

With the road to the soouth reopened the Christchurch-Kaikoura flights will be ending on the 27th January.

I will have to get a move on if I want to fly to Kaikoura!

CDK just flew past my back door...

I had taken this photo at Hamilton on 18 December 2016 and it has been sitting there ever since... I love Aero Commanders... I would love to see one in airline service to get a ride in one.

A few more photos I missed downloading from my camera... Vans RV-8 at Tauranga on 6 December 2016

Departing Thames was Skywork Helicopters Aerospatiale Squirrel on 13 December 2016

Back at Tauranga the following day, CTC Aviation's Diamond DA42 ZK-CTN on 14 December 2016

Middle Earth Flying School's Tecnam P2006T ZK-MTW was at Tauranga on 14 December 2016

A couple of Bombardier Q300s at Tauranga on 14 December 2016 - ZK-NEC above and ZK-NEP below

On 14 December 2016 Czech Aircraft Works Sportcruiser ZK-WGK was heading home to Whakatane from Tauranga 

Originair Update

When Originair got airborne again in September it was announced that Originair would be working with air2there on Nelson to Palmerston North services until Jetstream operations commence.

Since then air2there have been using Piper Chieftain ZK-VIP and Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-MYH to operate the Originair service to Palmerston North. Meanwhile Originair have advertised air2there's Nelson-Paraparaumu service on their Facebook page...

According to the aircraft register, ownership of Originair's BAe Jetstream ZK-JSH was passed over to air2there in December 2016.

Originair currently operate four flights a week between Nelson and Palmerston North.