Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 3, 2008 13:42:59 GMT 12
The Public Works Department of NZ (later to become Ministry of Works) had its own pilots and aerodrome section before the war but did they own their own aircraft or did they hire aircrfat when they needed them?
Post by Peter Lewis on Nov 4, 2008 20:56:59 GMT 12
They owned Miles Whitney Straight ZK-AFH from 1938 (this was the 90-mile beach seed-sowing trial aircraft) and DH60M Moth ZK-AFR from 1937 to 1939. Postwar they had Proctor 3 ZK-AHV and Miles Gemini ZK-AQO. No doubt they had access to military aircraft as well, particularly prewar.
According to ADF Serials - NZ, the PWD also operated the Air Department's Percival P.1D Gull Four III ZK-AES until it was impressed by the RNZAF (as NZ572) in August 1939. Can anyone confirm this was the case? (The Air Department owned Zk-AES from 12 August 1937).
It was the Civil Aviation Branch (CAB) of Air Department from 1937 rather then the CAD; that finally changed to the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) in early/mid 1950s, then the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA, about 1958?) and finally became the Civil Aviation Division of the ungainly Ministry of Transport in about 1964. This all changed in the 1990s, to present setup, although I will leave it to others to elaborate on these more recent changes. Also some of my dates in the above summary should be treated with considerable caution! David D
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