Island Air Charters
|Operating bases||Tauranga Airport|
|Headquarters||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|Key people||Paul Ensor|
The airline commened in August 1995 when its owner, Paul Ensor, acquired a Cessna P206 Super Skylane. In November 1996 a Cessna TU206A was added to the fleet. This was followed in November[when?] by a Cessna 172N. In September[when?] another Cessna 172K was added. In 2001 a Cessna U206C joined the fleet. By 2004 the fleet consisted of a Cessna TU206A and Cessna 172K. To these, in October, was added a twin-engine Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander.
Because of the increase in carrying capacity Island Air began advertising a regular summer service in 2005 from Tauranga to Great Barrier Island via Whitianga two days a week. In 2006 a third flight was added. This increase in flying and aircraft maintenance needs saw the Civil Aviation Authority suspending Island Air’s operating licence in November 2006 over unauthorised maintenance being carried out on the company’s aircraft. A new maintenance controller and chief executive were appointed to address the issues, however the operator’s problems compounded the following month when the Britten-Norman Islander suffered two forced landings on 22 and 28 December 2006.
The second forced landing ended with the aircraft crash landing on mudflats in the Te Puna estuary at Omokoroa near Tauranga on 28 December 2006 while being flown by Paul Ensor. Nobody was injured.
In order to keep flying Island Air used the operating licenses of other companies.
- http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/10/motiti-airline-island-air-charter.html compiled by Bruce Garvin September 2011
- "Crash pilot and his company grounded". NZ Herald. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Accident description for ZK-WNZ crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network
- Hero pilot admits flying unsafe planes retrieved 11 August 2015
- "Pilot fined $10,000 after putting cracked component back on plane". NZ Herald. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- "Island Air Charters Island Air Charters". islandair.co.nz. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- https://www.pilotcareercentre.com/Air-Carrier-PCC-Profile/2944/Island+Air+Charter+NZ retrieved 11 August 2015
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