29 July 2010

Farewell FHO

Cancelled from the register as “destroyed” on the 27th was Piper Pa23-250 Aztec E, ZK-FHO. The Aztec arrived in New Zealand in October 1984 and was initially registered to Whiteleigh Holdings Ltd of Wanganui.

FHO at Nelson on the 7th of February 1996 (above) and at Takaka on the 6th of January 1998. Photos : S Lowe

Over the years it had a number of owners but it is perhaps best known for operating Takaka Valley Air Services’ Wellington-Takaka flights from the mid 1990s until the early 2000s. On the 30th of January 2002 it was registered to Tauranga’s Sunair. On the 17th of May 2010 FHO suffered a nose wheel failure at Napier after a courier flight from Paraparaumu which seems to have led to its cancellation.

ZK-FHO in Sunair colours at Gisborne on 14 November 2007. Photo : S Lowe

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