In April 1993 Alan Coombe, Gary Peacock and John Finlay purchased N B Macdonald Services’ Piper Seneca Pa34-200T ZK-MSL. By the following year Air Napier Ltd was formed and Gary Peacock subsequently became the sole shareholder. The Seneca continued to operate the evening Databank run from Napier to Wairoa, Gisborne and Tauranga with the aircraft overnighting at Tauranga and returning early the next morning. The aircraft was then available for daytime charter work from Napier. The Tauranga courier service only lasted a couple of months, however, as the Databank at Tauranga closed.
|Above, Piper Seneca ZK-MSL in its original Air Napier colour scheme at Napier on 19 December 1993 and below, at Gisborne on 14 November 2007 in its present scheme.|
In 1997 the company expanded into flight training with the purchase of two Piper Pa38-112 Tomahawks, ZK-TAW and ZK-WAJ. Eventually Cessna 152’s became the mainstay of the training operation while a Piper PA-28-181 Archer, ZK-FIX, and at various times, Cessna 172 aircraft were and continue to be used for general charter work.
|Air Napier timetable, November 1999|
|Above, Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-ELK in its original scheme, at Gisborne on 9 February 2001 and, below, in the new scheme again at Gisborne on 25 November 2011.|
|Pionair Direct's Piper Aztec ZK-JEI which was used by Air Napier in 1998 and 1999. Taken at Napier on 8 January 1999.|
|Above, Piper Navajo ZK-NPR in the scheme it operated in for Flight Corporation taken at Napier on 8 February 2001 and at Gisborne in its present scheme on 31 August 2010.|
|The Air Napier timetable as found on their on the 8th of November 2006. The timetable is no longer a feature of the website.|
ZK-NAP (c/n 34-49128)
|Piper Seneca ZK-NAP arriving back at Napier on 19 August 2014|
Piper Pa38-112 Tomahawk