PIPER PA25-235 PAWNEE ZK-CEL C/N 25-2747

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QAM thanks Greg Ackman for this aircraft which was donated through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program.

Imported into New Zealand by the NZ Piper agents Airwork (NZ) Ltd., Christchurch. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Registered ZK-CEL to Airwork (NZ) Ltd. (Source: Peter Lewis)

First flight in N.Z. at Harewood, Christchurch. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Delivered to Auster Air Services Ltd., Timaru. Flown by Gerald George based at Naseby until an accident near Ranfurly on 11JUN66. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Damaged in forced landing near Ranfurly. (Source: Janic Geelen)

After repairs, returned to Gerald George who operated it out of Naseby until this date. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Operated by Wanganui Flying School and Air Services Ltd., Wanganui as a sprayer as they did not hold a topdressing licence. Flown by Doug Sanders until a crash at Kakatahi on 11NOV66. (Source: Janic Geelen)

The aircraft hit a tree stump breaking off the spray pump. The load was dumped and the aircraft returned to base. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Crashed at Kakatahi. (Source: Janic Geelen)

After repairs at Wanganui, flown by C. Plane, Dave Patterson, Don Judd and Malcolm Parkin. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Sold to Wanganui Flying School and Air Services Ltd., Wanganui. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Crashed at Gordonton near Hamilton while being flown by Malcolm Parkin. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Sold to Aerocraft (NZ) Ltd., Palmerston North. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Repairs completed by Aerocraft (NZ) Ltd of Palmerston North. The aircraft was completely dismantled and all components stripped for complete overhaul. Among several modifications incorporated was the installation of wing fuel tanks. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

An airframe log book received by QAM with the aircraft (believed to be Book No 2) commences on this date with a 40 min test flight. Total Time: 2117:55. Log book shows serial number as 25-2747R and construction date as APR64. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Next flight in log book 3:50. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

A "Travelling Log Book" (suitably battered and stained!) acquired by QAM with the aircraft commences on this date and concludes on 08DEC78.

To Makarau Co-operative Lime Society Inc., Wellsford. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Based at Warkworth and flown by D.B. Taylor until 13SEP73. (Source: Janic Geelen)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore. Repair carried out to bottom fuselage longerons at tail spring front attach area. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Became a spare aircraft until 21JUN74. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Repair to lower stern post above rudder stops by Manawatu Aerial Topdressing Co. Ltd., Feilding. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Manawatu Aerial Topdressing Co. Ltd., Feilding.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Manawatu Aerial Topdressing Co. Ltd., Feilding.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Feilding to Kaipara Flats. (3:00)
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Annual inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferry flight to Dargaville (1:10) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferry flight from Dargaville to Ardmore (1:10) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown (0:30). Next flight is 23AUG74. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore. Flown (0:45)
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Last flight for 74 (1:30) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Owner changed their name to Farmers Aerial Co-operative Topdressing Society Ltd., Wellsford. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Next flight after 04OCT74 (2:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Test flight (0:50) after CofA. (Total Time: 2757:05) CofA valid from 17OCT75 to 16OCT79. Aircraft was finished principally in Daytona White. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Regular flying resumes with a ferry flight to Dargaville (1:05). (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferry flight to Ardmore (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Kaipara Flats by Bert Caccinai (0:30)
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaipara Flats to Ardmore and return (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaipara Flats to Kaikohe (0:40) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing at Kaikohe (2:55) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing at Kaikohe (6:05) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:15) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Kaikohe (1:20) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing almost daily until 22NOV75. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:20) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore. Aircraft flown back to Kaikohe (1:20) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing almost daily until 04DEC75. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown to Ardmore (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Regular flying resumes. During the ensuing week, the following defects are recorded:
Nav lights u/s.
Stall warning u/s.
Port door catch slips open.
Tail wheel steering twisted.
Dust leaking in.
Mags hairy.
Brakes impossible to hold with load.
Hopper leaking. Needs adjustment.
Vent spring u/s.
Is octane rating as specified on wing?
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Kaipara Flats (0:40) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaipara Flats to Ardmore (0:35) No flying recorded since 10FEB76.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing (ex Kaikohe?) almost daily until 11MAR76.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferried from Kaikohe (1:10) for 100 hourly inspection by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing resumed almost daily until 27MAR76. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Maintenance carried out by Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd at Ardmore. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Regular flying resumes. During the ensuing week, the following defects are recorded:
Leaking dust around hopper (serious)
Fuel cocks keep seizing.
Tail spring-wheel assy shim missing.
Bungees fraying.
Generator not charging.
Port door catch disengages in flight.
Brakes weak holding by loader.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Dargaville (1:05) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing at Dargaville (6:35) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing at Dargaville (7:15) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Dargaville to Ardmore (1:05) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Kaipara Flats (0:45) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Nil flying. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Only flight in AUG76 (0:35) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaipara Flats to Ardmore and return (1:15) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Nil flying. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topressing, presumably at Kaipara Flats, until the end of November and into December. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Maintenance Release inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Nil flying in JAN77.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Damaged in a landing accident at Kaipara Flats. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)
Aircraft had been flown by Brian Wheeler from JAN77 until this date.
(Source: Janic Geelen)

Substantial repairs to port mainplane and port side of rear fuselage completed by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Regular flying resumed (2:05) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Lycoming O540-A1B5 s/n L-11800-40 installed by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Engine previously installed in PA32-260 ZK-DSQ.
(Source: Engine Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Port wing, aileron and elevator damaged in a landing accident. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Repairs completed and regular flying resumed. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Ferried to "KH" (1:10) (KH = Kaikohe?) same day. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing resumed to the end of November and into December.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Nil flying in JAN78.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Whakatane to Wigram (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Topdressing daily up to and including 17MAR78. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown Whangarei - "AK" - Whangarei (2:20) (AK = Auckland?) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown "AK" - Whangarei - "AK" (2:00) (AK = Auckland?) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from "AK" to Dargaville and Kaikohe (1:30) (AK = Auckland?) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:15) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Ferried back to Kaikohe same day (1:15). (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferried from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:10). (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Flown back to Kaikohe same day (1:10) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Ardmore (1:10) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly and annual inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Nil flying. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown Warkworth to Kaikohe (1:25) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Ferry from unknown and flown Kaikohe to Ardmore (2:25) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Ardmore to Kaikohe (1:25) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Flown from Kaikohe to Warkworth and return (2:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)
This is the final entry in the "Travelling Log Book".

Delivery to Ardmore (1:00) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Test flown at Ardmore after repairs by Dalhoff & King to corroded tubing in lower rear fuselage. The aircraft was painted white/cream with red registration and stripes.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Regular flying resumed (0:50) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Fitted with a full Transland spray system by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Withdrawn from service. (Source: Janic Geelen)

Test flown (1:00) after renewal of CofA and major repairs by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Both wings were recovered in Ceconite by Rexair at Taranaki.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Engine ground run weekly during storage period 20MAY80 to 11JUN81.
(Source: Log Book of Lycoming O540-A1B5 s/n L-11800-40)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Dalhoff & King Aviation Ltd. at Ardmore. Test flown at Ardmore (1:00). Aircraft had not flown since 13MAY80. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection carried out. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

To Fieldair Holdings (Northern) Ltd., Thames. (Source: Peter Lewis)

100 hourly inspection carried out. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

To Farmers Aviation Ltd., Hawera. (Source: Peter Lewis)
Flown by Bruce Aitken who owned Farmers Aviation Ltd. (Source: Janic Geelen)

100 hourly inspection carried out. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

50 hourly inspection and repairs to port mainplane outboard of aileron carried out.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection and annual inspection carried out by Rexair Taranaki Ltd.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Rexair Taranaki Ltd. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection and annual inspection carried out by Rexair Taranaki Ltd.
(Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Paul Muller Aircraft Ltd. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

100 hourly inspection carried out by Paul Muller Aircraft Ltd. (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

Crashed at Parihauhau. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Aircraft withdrawn from service (TT 4447:10) (Source: Aircraft Log Book)

To Ross Aviation Ltd., Rotorua (not rebuilt - for Ross Aviation Museum). (Source: Peter Lewis)

Registration cancelled. (Source: Peter Lewis)

Reported under rebuild by V & P Anderson of Katikati (after Ross Aviation Museum closed). (Source: Peter Lewis)

To Bill Salt who started rebuilding the aircraft at Archerfield, Qld., Australia.

Purchased at auction at Archerfield by Greg Ackman and loaned to QAM.

Trucked to Caloundra.

Donated to QAM by Greg Ackman.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Added an image of the aircraft at Wanganui, NZ in June 1966 thanks to Peter Garlick.

Issue: 09

DATE: 25 FEB 10

Added two images of the aircraft at Hawera, NZ in 1984 thanks to Deane Baunton.

Issue: 08

DATE: 12 FEB 10

Added an image of the aircraft on display.

Issue: 07

DATE: 19 DEC 09

Added an image of the aircraft under restoration.

Issue: 06

DATE: 21 NOV 09

Added an image of the aircraft under restoration.

Issue: 05

DATE: 12 NOV 09

Added details of accidents on 11JUN66 and 11NOV66 thanks to Janic Geelen.

Issue: 04

DATE: 30 JAN 08

Additions to history thanks to Janic Geelen (specialist on NZ ag aviation).

Issue: 03

DATE: 23 JAN 08

History greatly expanded after examination of aircraft log books.

Issue: 02

DATE: 28 OCT 07

Original issue

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DATE: 07 OCT 07

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