This blog started off by focussing on NZ's smaller 3rd level airlines, past and present. It has evolved to trying to present some record of NZ's domestic airline operations and some of the larger charter operators, interesting NZ international airliner movements and photos I have taken around the country. Comments, corrections or contributions are welcome, Steve - email@example.com
14 December 2012
Remote Adventures in two Cessna 185s
For some weeks now I have seen the following ad appearing in the Golden Bay Weekly and I wondered who is this Mitt???
All is now revealed in the register updates that Cessna 185A ZK-MIT (c/n 185-0504), which was previously ZK-SOW and ZK-CVF has joined Cessna 185 ZK-CKO in the Remote Adventures' stable. Remote Adventures no longer operate a scheduled service but in the past they have run regular services between Takaka and Nelson and Takaka and Paraparaumu.
Then, yesterday's Golden Bay Weekly had the following...
Jim Larsen from Remote Adventures
first flew in a Tiger moth in 1951 or 1952, and he says he knew right away that
flying was for him. Sixty years later he is still running Remote Adventures with
the trusty cessna 185 he has owned for 40 years but, starting this season, he
has the professional assistance of Mitford (Mit) Brererton. “I had heart
surgery and, while I was recuperating I notified Civil Aviation Authority that
my medicals wouldn’t be current. They stood me down but I hope to be flying
again in three or four months. I’ve had 60-odd years of trouble-free flying. I advertised
for a pilot and was lucky enough to get Mit.” Mit knew about Remote Adventures
because his family, who come from Feilding, have been holidaying at Ligar Bay
for a number of years. His family is immersed in aviation. Dad is an air
traffic controller at Ohakea and between them they own a several aircraft - a
Piper Cherokee, a 1946 Auster, an ex-RNZAF Harvard and two de Havilland Devons.
Mit, a flying instructor and professional pilot, had recently returned from
overseas where he had been doing low-level airborne investigation for mining
and oil companies. He has flown in 26 different countries in that role. “I’ve
got 300-400 hours flying at 65 feet. In Canada we were looking for diamonds,
using sensors mounted on the back of the plane.” Mit says he will be running
Jim’s business with the express aim of “keeping Jim proud”. “The name will
remain the same for this season but next year we’ll change it to Adventure Flights
Golden Bay so that the name will help publicise the Bay.” If the Takaka
aerodrome gets the development work that has already been the subject of
submissions to TDC by Golden Bay air and other interested parties, Mit says he
will be in an ideal position to expand the business.