After going through this forum, I thought the following may be of interest. i loaded on the AG Daks part time from 1960 to 1962 at Ardmore and then full time from 1962 to 1969 when I started flying. First with Airland NZ Ltd and then James. My first flight ever was in AZL off Ardmore with Jack Humphries. The pilots I loaded over the years were Jack Priest, Jack Humphries, Dick Brooks, Murray Eastman (Australian), Gerry Oman, George Allan, Don Clow, Bruce Thompson (Lodestar), Bill Peterson and Gerry Kluck. I loaded AZL BYF, CQA, AOI, and BJM (Lodestar). I flew AZA for the first month that it was in operation as an Ag aeroplane. Bill Peterson and I were the first to carry a Fiat 500 in the back of the aeiorplane in 1965. After I left driving the Fiat was exchanged for a Mini. Airland NZ Ltd was formed by Fieldair Ltd, (Lodestars) James Aviation Ltd, (1 DC3) Rural Aviation Ltd, (1 DC3) and Air Contracts Ltd (silent partner). Air Contracts pulled out early in the piece, and James in December 1962. In the lower North Island area there were quite a few strips used. The places I worked both for Airland and James were, Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Whangarei, Ardmore, Hamilton, Waharoa, Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, Galatea, Rangitaiki, Wanganui, Ohingaiti and Tangiwai. Single Pilot operations started probably late 1959 or early 1960. The undercarriage and flap levers were modified so that the pilot could reach them without having to bend down. The feathering buttons were shifted to a position to be reached easily from the left hand seat. Also the hopper controls were changed to complete hydraulic operation using the old cowl flap operating levers. Later this was changed to electric/hydraulic with the opening and closing operated by an electric switch. In the early days entry was only from the hatch in front of the port engine. an extention ladder was used to enter and exit. Later entry was from a hatch from the port wing. A short ladder at the trailing edge of the wing. There are several photos on the website kiwibeavers.com which I have supplied.
Well travelled fert,railed to Horomanga siding from the Mount , unloaaded by clamshell, 10 miles by Bedford to Galatea field and then 70 miles by Dak at [by my chart] no less than 3000 feet A S L. Probably we can guess why it did not become a regular occurence.