Twenty five years ago this month Southern Cross Airways began a scheduled service on the 4th of March 1985 linking Auckland and Whangarei using Cessna 421C Golden Eagle ZK-SLC and Partenavia P68B ZK-NMK as the back-up aircraft. The company was an off shoot of the Ardmore Flying School, was owned and directed by Liz Needham and Pete Roe. Crews were made up of two pilots out of Liz Needham Sarah Caldwell, Jim Dunn, Andrew Wildman and the Golden Eagle carried up to six passengers per flight.
|Northern Advocate, 2 March 1985|
The first service was operated from Whangarei to Auckland on the 4th of March 1985 in Cessna Golden Eagle ZK-SLC under the command of Pete Roe and Sarah Caldwell.
|Southern Cross Airways' Cessna 421 Golden Eagle ZK-SLC at Christchurch on 20 October 1986|
|Back-up aircraft, Partenavia P68B, ZK-NMK at Ardmore on 8 January 1986.|
|Liz Needham (left) and Sarah Caldwell, New Zealand's first all female flight crew. |
Photo : Nelson Evening Mail, 29 April 1985
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