On the 8th May 1936, New Zealand’s now oldest aviation company, NZ Aerial Mapping (NZAM), was officially founded by Piet van Asch in Hastings.
Starting out with a Monospar ST25 twin engine aircraft bought directly from the General Aircraft factory in Feltham, England (for ₤1,450), Piet managed to arrange contracts to photograph farms of prominent land owners in Hawke’s Bay. They had already put up a great deal of money for Piet to be able to travel to England, buy the aircraft and get the training necessary for the successful start of NZAM.
|NZ Aerial Mapping's first aircraft, General Aircraft Monospar ST-25 ZK-AFF at Wigram on a wet day in September 1978|
|The Beech AT-11 Kansan ZK-AHO at Hokitika on 21 March 1977. On the day this photo was taken the Kansan had been on the job for some 34 years!|
|Aero Commander 680F ZK-CDK in three different schemes at Queenstown...|
|at Hokitika on 17 October 1982...|
|and at its home base at Bridge Pa on 23 January 2013|
|Turbo power... Rockwell 690B ZK-PVA - the glue plane - at Bridge Pa on 20 February 1985.|
|Rockwell 690A ZK-PVB was added to the fleet in March 2000. It is seen here at Auckland on 15 March 2011|
|Also added to the fleet more recently was Cessna 402B ZK-PVC at Bridge Pa on 23 January 2013...|
|and Cessna 207A Stationair 8 ZK-SEU at Bridge Pa on 27 January 2012.|