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 bought Southern Air 1997 Ltd in April 2000, which now operates as Stewart Island Flights.
South East Air Ltd's Cessna 185, ZK-JEM on beach work. Photos : Raymond Hector Collection
Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6, ZK-RTS, normally used for the NZ Post service to Dunedin is also seen here on beach work. Photos : Raymond Hector Collection
Stewart Island Flights continue to operate two Britten Norman Islanders, ZK-FWZ and ZK-FXE, one Cessna 185, ZK-JEM and two Piper Cherokee 6's, ZK-DIV and ZK-RTS to maintain the daily three return scheduled flights to and from Stewart Island's township 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.
A big thanks to Raymond Hector for his help on this post and for the great photos from his collection.