NEW ZEALAND

Flying
3
Non-Flying
-
Preserved
13
Wreckage
2
TOTAL
18


C/N
Regn
Previous Identities
Owner Location
Status
Note
4363
ZK-JGB
4703 (BuNo)
N1699M
N69D
N1699M
N234Z
HZ-TA3
N234Z
ZS-MRU
N451ZS
Airscapade Affairs Limited, Te Anau Omaka, NZ
F
17
9420
NZ3503
42-23558
Air Force World Wigram, NZ
P
1
13319
17221
42-93410
Ferrymead Aero. Soc. Christchurch, NZ
P
2
13506
ZK-AMY
42-93579
VH-ASD
VH-CAN
Southern DC3 Limited Ashburton, NZ
P
15
13521
ZK-BKD
42-93592
VH-ANU
Smash Palace Wine Bar Gisborne, NZ
P
3
18923
ZK-CAW
42-100460
VH-ANM
ZK-CAW
VQ-FAI
McDonald's Restaurant Taupo, NZ
P
4
20051
ZK-BYF
43-15585
NC65393
G.A.P.S. Gisborne, NZ
P
5
15035/
26480
ZK-DAK
43-49219
PI-C486
VH-PNM
VH-SBT
Future Flight Limited Ardmore, NZ
F
6
15699/
27144
ZK-AZA
43-49883
NZ3531
ZK-AZA
VQ-FBF
DQ-FBF
Unknown Aitutaki (Cook Islands)
P
16
15945/
32693
ZK-APB
44-76361
NZ3534
Athol Murray Dipton, NZ
P
7
15995/
32743
ZK-AXS
44-76411
KN372
Wellington Airport Wellington, NZ
W
8
16387/
33135
ZK-AWP
44-76803
NZ3543
ZK-AWP
5W-FAI
ZK-AWP
A3-AWP
Air Chathams Limited Auckland International Airport, NZ
F
915
16567/
33315
ZK-BQK
44-76983
NZ3544
ZK-BQK
5W-FAH
M.O.T.T. & S.H. Auckland, NZ
P
10
16568/
33316
ZK-AZL
44-76984
NZ3545
Mystery Creek Field Days Hamilton, NZ
P
.
16732/
33480
ZK-AWO
44-77148
NZ3548
C. Rudge Omarama, NZ
P
11
16963/
34223
NZ3551
45-960
Air Force World Wigram, NZ
P
.
16967/
34227
ZK-APK
45-964
NZ3556
ZK-APK
VQ-FAH
Rangitikei River Adventures Mangaweka, NZ
P
12
?
unknown
unknown
Hector McLean Tokanui, NZ
W
13

 

 

AMENDMENT RECORD

[The latest amendment is at the top]


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
27
31OCT15
ZK-AWP has inaugurated a weekly scheduled service from Auckland to Whakatane. See Note 9 .
26
14OCT15
The nose section of ZK-APB now belongs to Athol Murray of Dipton. See Note 7.
25
12MAR15
The Airscapade DC-3 ZK-JGB has been advertised for sale. See Note 17.
24
23FEB15
The Airscapade DC-3 N451ZS was registered ZK-JGB on 16FEB15. See Note 17.
23
25JUN14
ZK-AMY was retired to the Ashburton Aviation Museum on 26JAN14. See Note 15.
22
04JAN14
The nose section of ZK-APB was sold to an unknown buyer on 15DEC13. See Note 7.
Added the Airscapade DC-3 N451ZS as it has seemingly taken up residence. See Note 17.
21
23DEC13
ZK-AWP has returned to NZ, arriving at Auckland on 22DEC13. See Note 15.
20
08DEC13
ZK-AWP has been reinstated. See Note 15.
19
01APR08
Chris Rudge confirms that he is still the owner of the nose section of ZK-AWO. See Note 11.
18
31MAR08
The nose section of ZK-AWO was noted at Omarama on 24MAR08. See Note 11.
17
29JUL07
Added ZK-AZA. See Note 16.
16
06APR07
ZK-AMY was registered to Southern DC-3 Limited on 23FEB07. Peter Layne, the compiler of this page, is a member of the syndicate. See Note 15.
15
28MAR06
The former ZK-AWP has been re-registered A3-AWP and continues to serve with Peau Vava'u of Tonga.
14
27MAR06
The former ZK-AMS has been re-registered VH-CWS and as a result has been transferred to the Australian census page. See Note 14.
13
04MAR06
ZK-AMS was removed from the New Zealand Register on 03 MAR 06 as exported. It is reported that the aeroplane has been sold to a new owner in Perth, Western Australia. Accordingly, the aircraft will be transferred to the Australian census page after it appears on the Australian Register. See Note 14.
ZK-AWP was removed from the NZ Register on 21 NOV 05 as exported. See Note 15.
12
31JAN06
ZK-AMY returned to NZ from Tonga on 02OCT05. See Note 15.
ZK-AWP is believed to be still in Tonga. See Note 15.
ZK-AMS is still in Australia but is advertised for sale. See Note 14.
11
05JAN05
This page has undergone a major update. The most significant change is that ALL Previous Identities are now listed in chronological order from the top. The most recent identity is that which appears in the column headed Regn.

Identities commencing "VH" but without a hyphen are radio call-signs which were carried concurrently with an RAAF A65 serial. In many cases, these radio call-signs were painted on the fin/rudder of the aircraft, otherwise they appeared only on the instrument panel.

Another significant change is that aircraft which were mistakenly allocated dual constructor's numbers are now listed under both numbers. The first number listed is the incorrect c/n and the second number after the slash is the correct c/n. The Index table below is linked to the correct c/n.
10
12DEC04
ZK-AMY and ZK-AWP have been sold to Peau Vava'u of Tonga. See Note 15.
9
26JUN04
ZK-AMS is operating in Australia on lease to Pionair Australia. See Note 14.
8
03JAN04
Added an unidentified fuselage section in use as a garden shed at Tokanui.
7
05FEB03
Update on ZK-AWP:
The aircraft was rolled out after repairs on 18OCT02. The NAC livery has now been replaced by the Pionair livery.
6
26JUN02
Ownership of ZK-DAK changed on 24JUN02 (new company name).

Update on ZK-AWP:
The aircraft suffered a much-publicised take-off accident at Glentanner, NZ on 19JUN02. Pionair advise that the aircraft will be temporarily repaired in situ and flown out to Fieldair for full repairs. It is expected that the aeroplane will be back on line within four weeks.
5
27MAY02
Layout changed to show "Previous Identity" column after the "Regn" column.
4
24MAY02
Ownership of ZK-AWP changed to Pionair Adventures Ltd on 24MAY02.
3
23DEC01
Ownership of ZK-AWP changed to Flight 2000 Ltd on 21DEC01.
2
19SEP01
Updated ownership of ZK-DAK & ZK-AWP.
1
17SEP01
Original Issue

 

NOTES

1
Nose section only held in storage.
2
U.S. Navy LC-47H on display at the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society (Inc).
3
Fuselage only in use as a wine bar.
4
In use at a McDonald's Restaurant. In Viewmaster configuration. Had been leased in Fiji as VQ-FAI.
5
Preserved as "NZ3547" by the Gisborne Aircraft Preservation Society.
6
Operated in RNZAF markings. Was once VH-PNM with Bush Pilots Airways.
7
Nose section only held by the Sports and Vintage Aviation Society (Inc). Sold on trademe.co.nz to an unknown buyer on 15DEC13. New owner is Athol Murray who collected the nose section in FEB14 and transported it to his property in Dipton, NZ.
8
Derelict cabin section used for fire-fighting drills.
9
On 21DEC01 ownership changed from N.Z. Aerial Mapping Ltd. (Historic Flight) to Flight 2000 Ltd.
On 24MAY02 ownership changed to Pionair Adventures Ltd.
The aircraft had been operated in NAC colours but during the repairs after the Glentanner accident it was repainted in Pionair colours and rolled out on 18OCT02.
On 24OCT15 ZK-AWP inaugurated a scheduled service each Saturday from Auckland to Whakatane, returning on the Sunday.
10
Preserved by the Museum of Transport, Technology and Social History in NZNAC colours.
11
Cockpit section mounted on a trailer. On 24MAR08 the cockpit section was noted in use as a roadside sign promoting glider flights at Omarama. The owner, Chris Rudge, stated on 01APR08; "AWO is still owned by me and is parked out near the highway in front of the Countrytime Hotel at Omarama to advertise glider flights. I have a shareholding in Southern Soaring Omarama Ltd and am the CFI and Manager. The nose section will be stored inside a hangar here over winter and be back out on the road next season starting in September."
12
In use as a tea room.
13
A camouflaged fuselage section of an unidentified RNZAF C-47A is in use as a garden shed at Tokanui.
14
ZK-AMS "Dulcie" departed Christchurch for Kaitaia and Lord Howe Island on 02MAY04. The aircraft arrived in Sydney on 03MAY04 on lease to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd. ZK-AMS entered service with Pionair Australia on 05MAY04. It is expected that the aircraft will be transferred to the Australian Register, at which time the aeroplane will be moved from the NZ Census page to the Australian Census page. In late 2005, ZK-AMS was advertised for sale at NZ$550,000. The aircraft is expected to be replaced on its Australian tour operation by a Convair 580. It is reported that the aircraft has been sold to an operator in Perth, Western Australia for use on tourist flights. ZK-AMS was removed from the NZ Register on 03MAR06. The aircraft was re-registered VH-CWS on 14MAR06 and as a result has been transferred to the Australian census page.
15
ZK-AMY "Lady Jane" and ZK-AWP "Lucille" were sold to Peau Vava'u Air of Tonga in December 2004. Both DC-3s had been operating in Tonga under charter since June 2004. (ZK-AWP arrived on 02JUN04 and ZK-AMY arrived on 24JUN04). Pioneer has a four year contract to manage Peau Vava'u Air. Both aircraft will remain in this census while they continue to operate under New Zealand registrations. ZK-AMY returned to NZ on 02OCT05 and is parked at Wigram awaiting sale. ZK-AWP was removed from the New Zealand Register on 21NOV05 and is believed to be still in Tonga. During MAR06, ZK-AWP was placed on the Tongan Register as A3-AWP (this was incorrectly shown as T3-AWP until 24AUG06 when the typo was corrected). The company expects to receive its Tongan Air Operator's Certificate in late March or early April 2006. ZK-AMY was registered to Southern DC-3 Limited on 23FEB07. New Zealand correspondent, Peter Layne, is a member of this syndicate. A3-AWP was placed back on the NZ Register on 25NOV13 to Air Chathams Limited, Chatham Islands. The aircraft has taken up its original name "Powhaitere". The aircraft arrived at Auckland on 22DEC13. ZK-AMY made her final flight to Ashburton on 26JAN14 after which she was retired to the Ashburton Aviation Museum where the aircraft will be maintained in a potentially airworthy condition. Accordingly, the status for ZK-AMY has been changed from F to P.
16
What remains of ZK-AZA ex RNZAF NZ3531 still exists at Aitutaki (NZ territory of Cook Islands). It sits on a trailer and comprises the cockpit section and lower fuselage sufficient to include the entire centre section. It arrived there many years ago with engines operational for use as a wind machine for a film. The engines have since been sold in the USA.
17
The Airscapade DC-3 N451ZS departed Lydd, UK on 25OCT12 to retrace the route of Jean Batten's 1936 flight from England to NZ. Carrying paying passengers, the aircraft arrived in Auckland on 16NOV12. By December 2013 it was still US registered, airworthy and hangared at Omaka. It has been included in this census having seemingly taken up residence in NZ. The aircraft was registered ZK-JGB (Jean Gardner Batten) to Airscapade Affairs Limited of Te Anau on 16FEB15. The aircraft was advertised for sale in MAR15.

 

For more historical information on New Zealand DC-3s, see Phil Treweek's
Kiwi Aircraft Images

 


INDEX
Note: This index lists only the most recent identity or that currently appearing on the aeroplane. Registrations in inverted commas are fictitious markings used for display purposes. It should be noted that many of the aircraft no longer appear on the New Zealand Civil Register. The Constructor's Numbers in the following table are linked to the relevant entry in the census table above.

REGN
C/N
REGN
C/N
NZ3503
9420
ZK-AZA
27144
NZ3551
34223
ZK-AZL
33316
ZK-AMS
Note 14
ZK-BKD
13521
ZK-AMY
13506
ZK-BQK
33315
ZK-APB
32693
ZK-BYF
20051
ZK-APK
34227
ZK-CAW
18923
ZK-AWO
33480
ZK-DAK
26480
ZK-AWP
33135
ZK-JGB
4363
ZK-AXS
32743
17221
13319

 

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