21 October 2021

It's not becoming ZK-ZEG!


UPDATED 21 October 2021

The educated speculation is no longer speculation... Listed in the CAA aircraft register changes of ownership today is ex-Fly My Sky Britten Norman Islanders, ZK-EVO which has been registered to Golden Bay Air Ltd effective on the 19th of July 2021 .

Golden Bay Air currently operates Piper PA34 Seneca ZK-ZAG, Piper PA28 Archer ZK-ZOG and Gippsland Airvan ZK-ZUG. I presume the Islander will replace the Seneca... see https://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2021/07/golden-bay-air-7-questions-for-7th-month.html

Going on Golden Bay Air's history my money is on it becoming ZK-ZEG. Either way, I am certainly looking forward to seeing the Islander appear in Golden Bay's smart livery.

And the update, Lisa Sheppard, one of Golden Bay's owners, has posted a comment,  "we will keep EVO's name (rego) to preserve her history:-)"

My profile on Golden Bay Air can be found here... http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2011/06/sun-is-shining-on-golden-bay-air.html

We still wait for a change of ownership to appear for the other two ex-Fly My Sky Islander, ZK-PIY. 

20 October 2021

Great News

This has appeared on the Bring Our Birds Home Facebook page...

It looks really exciting and it will be the second airliner saved this year by Bring Our Birds Home!

Well done!


19 October 2021

On Delivery


Delivered to Barrier Air today is Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDE after changing identity from ZK-MCS to ZK-SDE and being prepared for service by Flight Care in Napier. It flew from Napier to Great Barrier Island today as BARRIER 800. 

ZK-SDE at Claris today 

Auckland Seaplanes' Islanders

Thanks to AgAirNZ for these pics of the two ex-Fly My Sky BN Islanders that have now been registered to Auckland Seaplanes... The Islanders have lost their Fly My Sky titles but still have the bird 

BN Islander ZK-SFK at Ardmore on the 8th of October 2021 and in the circuit a Ardmore on the 9th 

BN Islander ZK-PIZ at Ardmore on the 13th of October 2021

16 October 2021

Auckland Seaplanes Pick Up BN Islanders


The rumours were true... Listed in the CAA aircraft register changes of ownership yesterday were two of the ex-Fly My Sky Britten Norman Islanders, ZK-SFK and ZK-PIZ, which have been registered to Auckland Seaplanes Ltd effective 2 August 2021.

Auckland Seaplanes operates DHC Beavers around the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland Seaplanes also operate Waiheke Wings which operates a Cessna 172 out of Waiheke Island, see https://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2018/12/new-operator-for-waiheke-island.html

What the Islanders will be used for remains to be seen.

Changes of ownership have yet to appear for the other two ex-Fly My Sky Islanders, ZK-EVO and ZK-PIY. It seems fairly positive that ZK-EVO will go into service with Golden Bay Air.

Pam Williams RIP


One of the founders of Air Wanganui, Pam Williams, has passed away.  She was managing director and founder of Wanganui Trawlers, which later became Wanganui Seafoods, one of New Zealand’s largest seafood companies, exporting all over the world.

She also co-founded five other businesses, including Air Wanganui​, and was a major philanthropist, giving away millions.

See : https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/126645760/obituary-pam-williams-a-fishing-tycoon-who-worked-for-whanganui

For more on Air Wanganui see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2019/05/air-wanganui-and-piper-mojave.html

11 October 2021

Research at Alexandra - Goldfields Air


While in Alexandra I was able to score a couple of hours at the museum to do some research on the local air services. An airline that has always had particular interest to me was Goldfields Air I have updated my post with more information and photographs.

See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2010/09/goldfields-air-alexandras-airline.html

10 October 2021

Pegasus Aviation - Your Own Private Airliner


The Pegasus School of Aviation was formed by Wally Christopherson in late 1966  and was licensed to operate flight training from Tauranga. Previously Wally had been the chief flying Instructor for the Tauranga Aero Club. 

Bay of Plenty Times, date unknown

A Pegasus School of Aviation Victa Airtourer ZK-CLF at Tauranga

On the 5th of September 1968 the Pegasus School of Aviation was given a licence for air charter services from Tauranga.

In late 1971 Piper PA32 Cherokee 6 ZK-DEF was subsequently added to its fleet and in mid-1972 the Pegasus School of Aviation was authorised to vary the terms of Air Service Licence 635 and operate an air taxi services from Tauranga with one five-passenger Piper PA32 Cherokee 6 and one one-passenger Airtourer 150. .

An undated photo of the Pegasus School of Aviation's Piper PA32 Cherokee 6 ZK-DEF at Blenheim's Omaka Aerodrome

In 1972 Pegasus applied for an air taxi service. Statistics given to the Ministry of Transport give a glimpse of the operations in the years ended 31 March and for 1972, 31 January;

Training Hours -  (1968) 646; (1969) 1766; (1970) 1708; (1971) 1204; (1972) 1368

Charter Hours - (1969) 59; (1970) 130; (1971) 105; (1972) 98

Scenic Flight Hours - (1969) 12; (1970) 46; (1971) 53; (1972) 78  

Piper Aztec ZK-DJG joined Pegasus' fleet in 1979. 

The Tauranga Aero Club, who had always been Pegasus School of Aviation's big competitor, bought out the company in September 1980. The training business and fleet was subsumed into the Aero Club. At this time the Tauranga Aero Club's commercial arm was known as Tauranga Aerial Charter but the Pegasus charter fleet, which included at that time Piper Cherokee 6 ZK-DEF and Piper Aztec ZK-DJG, remained separate, initially being operating as Pegasus Air Charter and later being renamed as Pegasus Aviation.

Piper Aztec ZK-DJG wearing Pegasus Air Charter titles at Tauranga

In 1984 Eagle Air doubled in size adding three Piper Navajo Chieftains and a second Embraer Bandeirante to its fleet. This enabled the company to establish a "hub and spoke" operation with Hamilton and Palmerston North being major hubs and flights timed to connect to similar timed arrivals and departure to other central North Island destinations. This timetable started on the 2nd of April 1984 and it enabled Tauranga passengers to connect at Hamilton to connecting flights to Gisborne, Napier, Wanganui, New Plymouth or Wellington. 

From mid-1984 Eagle Air chartered Pegasus Aviation to operate the Tauranga-Hamilton flights offering a much better timetable for passengers travelling to and from Tauranga. Pegasus Aviation normally used the Piper Aztec, ZK-DJG. for these flights which operated twice daily on weekdays. Pegasus Aviation continued to operate these services until the 25th of October 1985. 

Pegasus Aviation's Piper Aztec ZK-DJG at Auckland on 6 August 1984

Pegasus Aviation's Piper PA32-260 Cherokee 6 ZK-DEF at Greymouth on 20 October 1985

With the loss of the Eagle Air service Pegasus Aviation started to wind down. The Aztec was sold in February 1986 and the Piper Cherokee 6 was sold in November 1988.

Aircraft Operated Included:

AESL Airtourer Super 150
ZK-DBE (c/n A554)

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler
ZK-DIA (c/n AA5-0204)
ZK-DLH (c/n AA5-0750)

Grumman American AA-5B Tiger 
ZK-DLK (c/n AA5B-0401)

Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah
ZK-DLL (c/n AA5A-0409)

Morane Saulnier MS880B Rallye Club
ZK-CCS (c/n 5230)

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec C
ZK-DJG (c/n 27-2638)

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
ZK-CNK (c/n 28-21097)

Piper PA-32-260E Cherokee Six
ZK-DEF (c/n 32-7200007)

Victa Airtourer 100
ZK-CLF (c/n 121)

09 October 2021

Research at Alexandra - Air Express


While in Alexandra I was able to score a couple of hours at the museum to do some research on the local air services. An operation I didn't have much on was Air Express and I have been able to update my post with a little more info to give a little more flavour to this short lived air service.

See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2010/09/air-express-calling-at-alexandra-on.html

08 October 2021

Alexandra Action

A classic Piper PA28 Cherokee 140, ZK-CUQ, at Alexandra on 3 October 2021 

Mainland Air's Cessna 172 ZK-ETT at Alexandra on 3 October 2021

Built for SPANZ, Alexandra Airport terminal on 3 October 2021


07 October 2021

Taieri Action - Way Back


Sister blog NZ Civil Aircraft had a great post of NAC operations at Taieri in 1954 earlier this year, see http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2021/05/remembering-when-1954-taieri.html. All that remains now is the old NAC hangar that began life as Union Airways hangar... 

NAC hangar, Taieri, 2 October 2021. Isn't it great that it is still standing!

And it was here, on the eastern side of the field, that NAC had its first terminal before the move to the western side.

Dakota aircraft Popotea, ZK-APB, New Zealand National Airways Corporation, Taieri Aerodrome, 4 November 1947. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-10591-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23216956

New Zealand National Airways Corporation Lodestar AKX, Kereru, at Taieri Aerodrome with Dunedin Taxi bus, 12 November 1947. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-10714-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22818590

06 October 2021

Taieri Action - Helicopters

HeliOtago's Eurocopter AS 350 B3 Ecureuil ZK-IOJ..

and Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK117 D-2 ZK-IDH were both out on missions from Tairei on 1 October 2021


05 October 2021

Something for Hawkes Bay Spotters to look out for

Heading to Napier this Saturday, the 9th of October are three Originair BAe Jetstreams filled with Tasman Mako fans for the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Hawkes Bay. 

The Tasman Mako will makes its third challenge (2008, 2012) for “the log o’wood” on Saturday 9 October, 4.35pm kick-off in Napier.

The TRU has negotiated a same day return package including charter flight, match marquee hospitality and transfers for $600 inclusive.

The day’s schedule is ~

1.00pm - depart Nelson, arrive Napier 2pm, bus transfer to McLean Park

3.30pm – Entry to marquee hospitality with food (2 x buns filled with hot pulled pork, salads and condiments), alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages 

6.30pm – an hour after full-time we depart marquee, and transfer to Napier Airport

8.30pm – depart Napier, arrive Nelson 9.30pm.

Taieri Action - Sport Aviation

A couple more new ones for me, Vans RV-4 ZK-RVI on departure from Taieri on 1 October 2021

Foxcon Aviation Terrier 200 ZK-SOD's engine was having some work done it at Taieri on 1 October 2021


04 October 2021

Taieri Action - Cessnas

The Otago Aero Club's Cessna 152 was in the circuit at Taieri on 1 October 2021

My first photo of Cessna 182 Skylane ZK-OAD at Taieri on 1 October 2021

Even though its been on the register since 1973 this was my first photo of Cessna 177 Cardinal ZK-DDK, taken at Taieri on 2 October 2021