UPDATED : March 2017
South East Air was established by Raymond Hector and Bill Moffatt in 1993 using Cessna 185E ZK-JEM for beach operations to Stewart Island's west coast beaches, Codfish Island for the Department of Conservation and general New Zealand wide charter flights.
|South East Air Ltd's Cessna 185, ZK-JEM on beach work.|
|Piper PA32 Cherokee 6 ZK-RTS was used for the NZ Post service until 2009. |
It is seen at Invercargill on 15 April 2011.
|Above, my one and only photo of one of Stewart Island Flights' aircraft... BN Islander ZK-FWZ on a very wet Invercargill day, 26 July 2006...|
|BN Islander ZK-FXE at Stewart Island's Ryan Creek airfield on 13 April 2011.|
|Stewart Island Flights' schedule. Downloaded 8 March 2017|
In addition to the two Britten Norman Islanders South East Air continued to operate the Cessna 185, ZK-JEM and two Piper Cherokee 6's, ZK-RTS and a second one ZK-DIV. and the west coast beaches. The company also continues to be available for air ambulance work to Stewart Island. South East Air Ltd is the parent company and holder of the Air Operator Certificate, under which Stewart Island Flights and Invercargill Aircraft Maintenance are operated.
|Ryan Creek Airfield, 13 April 2011|
|Unolading BN Islander ZK-FWZ at Ryan Creek Airfield, 13 April 2011|
|Stewart Island Flight's Depot in downtown Oban on 15 April 2011|
|South East Air's Piper Cherokee 6 ZK-DIV at Ryan Creek on 13 April 2011|
Stewart Island Flights and South East Air quietly continue to operate its flights from Invercargill and retain the total commitment to provide a friendly, efficient air service to Stewart Island that was first seen in Stewart Island Air Services operation and carried on by Southern Air. For 39 years these companies have been always been there for the Stewart Island community as well as providing easy tourist access to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Long may the service continue.
|Above, BN Islander ZK-FXE overflies Stewart Island and below one of the company's Islanders on a Stewart Island beach. Photos : Raymond Hector Collection|
A big thanks to Raymond Hector for his help on this post and for the great photos from his collection.