|Gulf News, 13 January 1995|
|Waiheke Airservices' first Cessna 172, ZK-DXJ taken at Ardmore on 14 November 1998.|
In April 1996 two companies were formed. White Knuckle Airlines Limited was formed by Brian Saward and seems to have been more oriented towards aircraft ownership. Waiheke Airservices Ltd was formed by Denis Musson, Brian Saward and Robert Silich, and this company included the management and operation of Reeve Airfield.
The demand for the charter flights built up to such an extent that in April 1996 the company established a twice a day scheduled service between Waiheke and Auckland, calling at both Auckland International and Ardmore airports, according to demand, and between Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Return flights on both routes were offered in the early morning and late afternoon. In June 1996 Cessna U206G Stationair ZK-EJG (c/n U20603549) was added to the fleet. This aircraft was no stranger to the Barrier having been used previously on the North Shore Aero Club/Air North Shore service between North Shore Airfield and Great Barrier Island. Another Cessna 172F, ZK-CKN (c/n 17252194), was used from mid-1997 to mid-1998 and Cessna 172M Skyhawk II ZK-PRF (c/n 17262667) was added to the fleet in 1998.
|Barrier Bulletin December 1996|
The Auckland service was subject to competition from the fast ferries and this service was soon operated on an on-demand basis. The Great Barrier service, however, proved to be popular with boaties and those who needed to move among the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. The Waiheke Airservices’ flight also proved popular for its "grocery run" to the Barrier from Waiheke's supermarket. Orders were placed with the supermarket by phone, fax or internet. The supermarket delivered these to the airfield and, in 1999, for $4.00 a banana box of groceries was flown to Great Barrier Island.
|Barrier Bulletin 15 February 2000|
In 2001 the airline was operating profitably. It was carrying over 2300 passengers a year, most of these being to Great Barrier which it flew to most days. In addition it would fly up to 40 flights to Auckland a month as well as operating general charter flights around the Hauraki Gulf. On the 4th of July 2001, however, the Civil Aviation Authority temporarily suspended Waiheke Airservices' operations certificate. Three weeks later it grounded the company after its investigations showed that Waiheke Airservices “was operating without regard to civil aviation and transport safety regulatory requirements, was operating outside the limitations of its certificates and those of its personnel, and senior personnel had inadequate knowledge of civil aviation safety rules.” Brian Saward, one of the owners, told the local Waiheke and Barrier newspapers, “The decision was based largely on our paperwork, not on our ability to operate" and he felt the CAA went over the top in dealing with the situation. "They came down on us like a ton of bricks over some fairly lightweight issues."
|Gulf News, 2 August 2010|
|Gulf News, 30 August 2010|
Terry Easthope (pilot and owner),
Chris Harris (pilot),
Michael McGuire (pilot)
Jeanette Rhodes (pilot)
Brian Saward (owner)
Theo and Sharon Schaeffer (agent GBI)