11 January 2013

Motiti Flyer

Cessna 206 ZK-WWH at Tauranga waiting its next Motiti flight. Photo take on 28 December 2012.

The latest flyer on the Island Air/Aviation Adventures run from Tauranga across to Motiti Island is Cessna U206G Stationair ZK-WWH (c/n U206-3550) which does the run along with Cessna 206 ZK-PAI and Cessna 172 ZK-WGE.

ZK-WWH has had a long history in New Zealand being imported for Mount Cook Airlines as a floatplane and originally registered in this country in December 1976. On the 15th of March 1977 it overturned in Earshell Cove in Fiordland and the registration cancelled. The aircraft was rebuilt later that year for Whirlwide Helicopters, hence the registration ZK-WWH. 

Over the years it has operated for a number of operators including, Wanaka Aviation, Aspiring Air, Skydive Lake Wanaka, Air Fiordland, Canterbury Aviation, Wellington Aero Club and more recently Air Discovery. 

Here are some pictures that I have scanned into my computer from its history...

My first picture of ZK-WWH while with Whirlwide Helicopters . Photo taken at Hokitika on March 1980.

Following Whirlwide Helicopters take over by the Helicopter Line - Photo taken at Timaru on  10 December 1988

While engaged as a tourist operator - at Wanaka with Wanaka Aviation on 14 February 1992

The previous operator was Air Discovery. For a time Air Discovery was using WWH while operating the Motiti  service for Island Air but here it is seen while operating Air Discovery's transfer flights to and from Waiheke Island. Photo taken at Auckland on 9 March 2010

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