Scott Air Limited was founded in November 2000 by Chris and Eve Scott. The company began operations from Whakatane offering flight training with one aircraft and one pilot, using a Cessna 150 for basic training.
|Carrying both Scott Air and Air Rotorua titles, Piper Pa34 Seneca ZK-FNB at Rotorua in 2004. Photo : G Reid|
The Saturday edition of the Herald was much larger and the Seneca could not handle the whole load. The remaining papers were driven to Whakatane then flown over in the Cessna 172, if the weather was good. An opportunity arose to hire a larger 8-seat Piper Pa31-310 Navajo, ZK-JKW (c/n 31-819), from Universal Beef Packers. The Navajo was registered to Scott Air on the 2ast of August 2001 and was used on the Saturday service. The company hoped that it would also encourage an increase in charter work but this did not come to pass and the aircraft was cancelled from the register and exported on the 6th of December 2001.
|Piper Navajo ZK-JKW was used by Scott Air for about four months in 2001. It is seen here at Ardmore before going to Scott Air. Photo taken on 10 February 2001 by Photo : S Lowe|
With the newspaper service being the only regular work for the Seneca Scott Air never had a published timetable. For a time the company also advertised on its website an extension of the Gisborne service to Napier. This was operated on a charter basis meaning any passengers had to pay for the whole flight but there was no demand for the extended a service on this basis.
On the 29th of January 2005 Christ Scott was flying the company’s Cessna 172 ZK-LLB in the Gibbston Valley near Queenstown when the aircraft crashed resulting in the death of the pilot and a Queenstown policeman, Detective Travis Hughes.
Following the Chris’ death his wife Eve decided to close Scott Air. After the closure Dave Irvine, one of Scott Air’s pilots, founded Air Discovery which started operations shortly after in March 2005.
ZK-EJY (c/n 17269393), ZK-JFK (c/n 17262118), ZK-LLB (c/n 17272157), ZK-VCT (c/n 17276430)
ZK-CME (c/n 18266961)
Piper Pa34-200T Seneca
ZK-FNB (c/n 34-7970236)
Piper Pa31-310 Navajo
ZK-JKW (c/n 31-819)