31 May 2010

Piston Single Engine IFR Operators

Form the previous post on Stewart Island Flights I made the following comment, "Until that time South East Air was only one of two New Zealand operators who operated at night in a single engine piston aircraft, the other being Air Napier on their Napier-Wairoa-Gisborne courier service." The source for this was the CAA Vector magazine...

However as Bruce Gavin has pointed out there have been other single-piston IFR freight or courier operators. Bruce writes,

Motor Holdings Aviation Ltd of Dunedin operated SEIFR Dunedin-Christchurch night air freight circa 1983 with C.206 ZK-EKJ and then C.210 ZK-210 ZK-TWA.

Other possiblities:
Bay Air Aviation of Rotorua operated Rotorua-Auckland circa 1993-96 with Cessna R172K ZK-FGF and on occasion Piper PA-28-181 ZK-ESK or one of the Rotorua Aero Club's Cessna 172s.

There were also the turbine Cessna 208s of Skyferry/Soundsair, Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd/Ansett Air Freight and Rawson Aviation Ltd which were single engine night freight.

Have there been any other SEIFR piston operators out there that you pilots, ATC folk or plane spotters know of???

Please search the memory banks and post a comment or email me at westland831@gmail.com

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