|Now just a memory - Air Freight (NZ)'s first Convair at Auckland on 30 January 1992.|
I have updated my post on Air Freight (NZ) at it can be read at
22 January 2017
21 January 2017
20 January 2017
|Remember when Great Barrier Airlines had an orange color scheme... Piper Aztec ZK-FMU at Auckland on 27 January 1992.|
For my full history of Great Barrier Airlines see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/the-barrier-connection-great-barrier.html
FMU also saw service with Air Freight (NZ) -
Posted by Steve L at 7:56 AM
19 January 2017
18 January 2017
After posting the photo of Air Rotorua's Seneca ZK-FNB earlier this month I have been doing a little research and have started preparing a post on the operation.
I have received a little more information to help the post...
I am wondering if there are any ex Air Rotorua pilots that can give me a few comments/info on their time with Rotorua... especially those who flew the service in the late 1980s or early 1990s
Things I am particularly looking for are....
- I can't find the start date of the Rotorua-Gisborne NZ Herald...
- If you were flying Seneca ZK-FNB from Rotorua to Gisborne could you give me a range of dates you were flying so I can find an earliest date...
- When you were flying the service who was operating it and who owned the business/aircraft.
- Did Leslie Aviation/Lakeside Aviation buy the Seneca and or commercial wing of the Aero Club or did Lakeside just manage it?
- There was for a time an additional Friday evening ROT-GIS-ROT service... did that last long?
- Anything other info or stories
I am happy to email what I have put together already....
Posted by Steve L at 11:57 AM
|Flightline's Cessna 172 ZK-ELF at Ardmore on 14 January 1992... In July 1992 Flightline took over the operation of Waiheke Air Services... see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/wings-of-gulf-waiheke-air-services.html|
Posted by Steve L at 7:51 AM
Capital Air had its origins in a company called Zephair Limited which was founded by Richard Molloy and Lisa Sheppard in November 2005. Flights begab between Wellington and Takaka beginning on the 12th of January 2006 under the name of Capital Air. A change to the company name was made in September 2006 when Zephair Ltd was renamed Capital Air Bookings Ltd.
The company mainly used Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga, ZK-ZIG on the service (c/n 32R 8013045) but Beech 58 Baron ZK-WLV (c/n TH 698) was also used. The aircraft were based in Wellington and crewed by instructors from the Wellington Aero Club. Initially flights operated twice a week, on Fridays and Sundays, with additional flights over long weekends. In 2006 these flights ran until Queens Birthday weekend and then ceased over the winter months restarting in late September. In following years the flights ran from late September until late April with the frequency of flights increasing, especially during peak summer periods. During the peak season up to six flights were scheduled per week with additional flights operated on demand.
|Piper PA32 Saratoga ZK-ZIG at Takaka on 30 November 2007|
|Also used occasionally on the service was Beech 58 Baron ZK-WLV which was photographed at Hokitika on 7 June 1996|
|Capital Air, 1 September 2007|
As well as the flights to Takaka, Capital Air also operated charter and scenic flights from Wellington
|Piper Saratoga ZK-ZIG with Capital Air titles at the Wellington Aero Club on 16 April 2009.|
In May 2009 Capital’s Air base was moved from Wellington to Takaka and the company was renamed Golden Bay Air Ltd to reflect its increasing commitment to the Bay.
For the post on Golden Bay Air see :
For the post on Golden Bay Air see :
Posted by Steve L at 7:50 AM
17 January 2017
Posted by Steve L at 8:13 AM
16 January 2017
15 January 2017
|Sunair had a couple of Cessna 206s for services to Motiti and Great Barrier Island. Cessna 206 ZK-DRD at Tauranga on 22 January 1992|
| Cessna 206 ZK-DFW at Rotorua on 23 January 1992|
For a full history of Sunair see : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/sunair-still-shining-25-years-on.html
Posted by Steve L at 8:07 AM