The first was in 1932 when it took over the air service between Gisborne and Hastings previously operated by Gisborne Air Transport. The Poverty Bay Herald of the 24th December 1932 reported;
Recent developments in regard to the air link between Gisborne and Hastings, which has proved so important on several occasions during the past two years, will be of general interest to readers in this district. During the past few days, the Desoutter cabin plane, ZK-ABY has changed hands, and is now under the control of the Hawke's Bay Aero Club, with headquarters in Hastings The passenger service formerly carried on by the Gisborne Air Transport Company will be maintained by the Hawke's Bay Aero Club, though it is understood that a minimum charge for the employment of the machine between Hastings and Gisborne is to be fixed on a scale which will make it desirable for passengers to arrange to travel in pairs. The plane has accommodation for two passengers, and whereas the Gisborne Air Transport Company was willing to run a trip to Hastings for a single fare, the organisation now controlling the machine anxious to maintain a wider working margin.
The pilot of the service was initially Flight-Lieutenant W. H. Lett, who moved toinstructor to the Manawatu Aero Club as an instructor. His replacement was Flying-Officer A. C. Gerrand, the Hawke's Bay Aero Club's instructor. The service was still operating in May 1933 but seems to have petered out by the time East Coast Airways started services.
The Club's second regular service began in the early 1970’s when it operated a Hastings-Wairoa-air drop at Nuhaka-Gisborne service on Sundays to deliver Sunday newspapers in early 1970s. The flight landed at Wairoa while the Nuhaka papers were delivered by an air drop. The Club mainly used Piper Pa32-260 Cherokee 6 ZK-CNE (c/n 32-41). This aircraft crashed on the 5th of July 1974 while making an emergency landing on the Manga¬ototo Station airstrip which is situated on the top of Morere Hill. The pilot, Mr Herb Maxwell, the club's chief instructor Mr Herb Maxwell and his four passengers escaped without life threatening injuries.
|The ill fated Piper Cherokee 6, ZK-CNE.|
|The Nuhaka General Store - Newspapers were dropped somewhere near here|
|One of Air Hawkes Bay's Piper Senecas, ZK-RSQ, at Wairoa on 2 December 2009|