UPDATED APRIL 2017
Gary Peacock started flying in 1968 at Motueka, gaining his commercial pilot's licence in 1980. By the early 1990's he was flying part time for N B MacDonalds Services Ltd who had a databank and NZ Post contract delivering mail and bank data begtween Napier, Wairoa, Gisborne and Tauranga.
In April 1993 United Aviation took over N B Macdonald Services’ courier run while Alan Coombe, Gary Peacock and John Finlay purchased Piper Seneca Pa34-200T ZK-MSL. United Aviation chartered the Seneca to continue to operate the evening Databank run from Napier to Wairoa, Gisborne and Tauranga with the aircraft overnighting at Tauranga and returning early the next morning. The aircraft was then available for daytime charter work from Napier. Two months later, however, Electronic Data Services closed their branch in Tauranga ending the courier service.
Air Napier Ltd was formed in 1994 with Gary Peacock eventually becoming the sole shareholder.
|Above, Piper Seneca ZK-MSL in its original Air Napier colour scheme at Napier on 19 December 1993 and below, at Gisborne on 14 November 2007 in its present scheme.|
|Air Napier timetable, November 1999|
|Above, Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-ELK in its original scheme, at Gisborne on 9 February 2001 and, below, in the new scheme again at Gisborne on 25 November 2011.|
|Pionair Direct's Piper Aztec ZK-JEI which was used by Air Napier in 1998 and 1999. Taken at Napier on 8 January 1999.|
To meet the demands of this service Piper Pa31-310 Navajo ZK-DOM was added to the fleet in February 2000 and Piper Pa34-200T Seneca II ZK-WUG in October 2002.
|Above, Piper Navajo ZK-NPR in the scheme it operated in for Flight Corporation taken at Napier on 8 February 2001 and at Gisborne in its present scheme on 31 August 2010.|
|The Air Napier timetable as found on their on the 8th of November 2006. The timetable is no longer a feature of the website.|
In mid-2016 Air Napier sold its training aircraft and ceased flying training.
ZK-DNO (c/n A1500448)
ZK-NPE (c/n 15284064)
ZK-SKC (c/n 16200172 )
ZK-NAP (c/n 34-49128)
|Piper Seneca ZK-NAP at Gisborne on 7 November 2016|