08 October 2017

Bay Air Aviation



Bay Air Aviation was formed at the beginning of 1993 at Rotorua with David Ross as Operations Manager. The operation had a flightseeing division known as Scenic Air Tours with a desk in the Rotorua Airport terminal. Aircraft were hired according to requirement. 

From early 1993 Bay Air Aviation established a regular evening freight and courier flight from Rotorua to Auckland on weekdays. The flight left Rotorua about 6.45pm with the callsign BAY 1 to arrive at Auckland about 7.50pm. The return flight, BAY 2, left Auckland at about 8.45pm to arrive back at Rotorua at 9.50pm.  These flights carried freight on contract to Ansett New Zealand Air Freight and operated from the Ansett Air Freight building at Rotorua Airport. Cessna R172K Hawk XP II ZK-FGF was hired from the Rotorua Aero Club to operate this service, The aircraft was subsequently registered to Bay Air Aviation on the 23rd of  December 1993. Piper PA28-181 Archer ZK-ESK was also used

Cessna R172K Hawk ZK-FGF at Rotorua on 17 January 1996
Piper PA28-181 Archer ZK-ESK at Greymouth on 19 August 1994

In 1996 Leslie Aviation also took over Bay Air and it became part of the Air Rotorua operation.

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