30 March 2013
The Cessna 402 - A New Generation of Third Level Aircraft
The introduction of the Cessna 402 to New Zealand skies ushered in a new generation of third level operation... The 402s were equipped with the latest IFR equipment and were fast and reliable. They saw service with many New Zealand third level airlines... these are just a few examples from Allan Wooller's collection...
Above, Air Central's Cessna 402 ZK-EHS at Napier. Air Central's arose largely due to the collapse of Air North which had used De Havilland Herons andAero Commanders. It tried to keep on good terms with NAC but its central North Island services weren't conducive for making a fortune. Bruce Gavin was written the definitive book on Air Central, Heartland High Flier. It is an excellent read which details the emergence of a typical third level airline in the 1970s. Copies are available from Bruce by emailing email@example.com
Operating at the same time as Air Central was James Air. Unlike Air Central James Air were primarily in competition with NAC on Cook Strait services from Wellington to Blenheim and Nelson. Like most of the third level airlines of the age James Air was to become another statistic of the airline industry of the time. For my profile about James Air see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/james-air-sun-city-airline.html.
Posted by Steve L at 9:48 AM