16 January 2011

N B MacDonald Services

N. B. MacDonald Services Ltd was formed in November 1987 by Neil and Josephine MacDonald. In March 1988 Piper PA34-200T Seneca II ZK-MSL (c/n 34-7770224) was registered to the company  and this was used operate the Databank courier run from Napier, Wairoa and Gisborne to Tauranga as well as the NZ Post contract delivering mail from Napier to Wairoa and Gisborne. Alan Coombe was the chief pilot. The Seneca was also available for air charter work.

Piper Seneca ZK-MSL with N B MacDonald titles at Bridge Pa, Hastings on 18 May 1988. 

In late April 1993 the contract was taken over by United Aviation when Electronic Data Services closed their branch in Tauranga. The Seneca was purchased by company pilot Alan Coombe in company with two Napier men, Gary Peacock, who was a part time pilot for MacDonald Services, and John Finlay.

I have a gap in the operators of the Databank service from Wairoa through Gisborne to Tauranga between Akarana Air and N B MacDonald Services. Does anyone know if there was an operator or did Cookson Airspread do it? Any information would be much appreciated. Steve - westland831@gmail.com  

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