17 March 2011

Au Revoir Air National - 2. Pistons

In addition to these early turbo props Air National earlier on operated a number of piston aircraft in the early years. These were mainly used for charter work. Added first was Cessna 404 Titan ZK-ECP (c/n 404-0818) which Air National operated between October 1994 and March 1998.

Above, Cessna 404 Titan at Auckland on 5 February 1995 while below, it is seen at New Plymouth in full Air National colours.

Piper Pa31-325 Navajo C/R ZK-ECQ (c/n 31-7612090) arrived the following year and was operated from April 1995 until it was sold to the New Plymouth Aero Club in August 1996.

Above, Piper Navajo ZK-ECQ at Auckland on 1 October 1995. Below ZK-ECQ is seen at Hokitika on 4 December 1998 while with the New Plymouth Aero Club - it still carries the Air National circle, minus the the stars on the tail. 

Air National also operated Great Barrier Airline’s Embraer EMB-820C ZK-RDT (c/n 820127) between July 1998 and November 2001.

Embraer 820 ZK-RDT at Greymouth on 2 May 1999.
In more recent years Piper Pa23-250 Aztec ZK-ECM (c/n 27-8154001) was added to the fleet in July 2005. It is most often used for the support of the airline operations, ferrying crew and engineers around the country as needed.

Piper Aztec, ZK-ECM, the third Air National aircraft to carry that registration arrives at Auckland on 10 October 2008. 

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