Kiwi Beavers TM  ©
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A website covering photos and information on the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft that were imported into New Zealand. Most were used in the "topdressing" role from 1950. There are currently 2
Beavers still configured to topdress in N.Z., one of which is full time working. Also on this site, there are other types of aircraft used to fertilise the rugged hill country of this Island Nation.
And a few bits and pieces from Australia, Canada, the U.S.A. and other places. This is a work in progress so if you have or know of photos and info regarding this Industry, please get in touch.

All photos, information and other media on this site remains the intellectual property of the site owner, Graeme Mills. I am not responsible for the accuracy of said property but am open to be
corrected. If you require any photos in high resolution, please contact me, only too glad to share. I hope you find this site enjoyable. Thankyou for visiting.
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The photo at right is of Sydney By Seaplane's Beaver VH-SWB landing at
Palm Beach. Imported new into New Zealand in 1964, it spent 20 years as a
topdresser with Fieldair. It's NZ registration was ZK-CKD and after
retirement from the rugged East Coast hills, it was completely refurbished
by Frank Wright. New owners Steve Krug & Jenny Belfield purchased it in
1996 and flew it across the Tasman Sea to Darwin and set up their Float
Plane business. They then moved to Rose Bay in Sydney and have been
flying passengers in the area for the past 18 years. I can thoroughly
recommend a flight in this rugged aircraft. Contact Jenny on 1300-720-995
when in Sydney and take in magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge, the Opera House and the wonderful coastline, amongst other
places. Click on the brochure at left for more info.
Sydney By Seaplane page is here:
 Sydney By Seaplane
Complete Beaver Production
List link below
Alan Ayling has a Fletcher page here for all
you Facebook users:     
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Updated  29th January
Tribute to George Anderson & Robbie Solouota
Well, some good news for a ex-N.Z. Beaver is being prepared
for a journey back Down Under, to the Whitsundays along with another US
Beaver. C/n 1590, ex
ZK-CMU is due to ship sometime in August, along with C/n
826. More info and pics on Neil's site here:
A flashback to about 1956-57, sent
to me by Darby Dunstan who is 2nd
from the left in the photo. Lodestar
pilot James Austin-Greene is at left
and Gerry Oman far right.
      © Darby Dunstan
It is with deep regret that I announce
that Bob Allen passed away June 7th
2016 in his home at Loganholme,
Brisbane, aged 92 years. Bob joined
Fieldair in December 1951 as an
Engineer then went on to fly Tigers,
Beavers, Lodestars and DC3's until
September 1975. Bob trained many
pilots on Lodestars and DC3's. He and
wife Eileen moved from Cooroy in
Queensland down to Brisbane last
year to be close to their daughter

R.I.P. Bob, you were admired by many.
Above: Bob flying BUV
to Gisborne on it's last
flight in 1972 and at right
celebrating his 90th
birthday with wife Eileen
at Cooroy, 15/2/2014.
Recently, former Fieldair Pilot Bill
Luther and 3 others did The Great
Aussie Adventure, flying their RV
Sports from N.Z to Oz and a circuit
through inland Oz and home again.

The article recently published in the NZ
Sport Flying mag can be found here:

Great Aussie Adventure

A wonderful achievement for these
pilots to brave the elements.
I thought it best to leave posting this notice so as to
give the grieving families a bit of time and also show
my mark of respect.

On the 12th of December last year, a horrible, tragic
accident occurred in the Hangaroa district South
West of Gisborne, NZ. 37 year old Pilot George
Anderson and loader-Driver Robbie Solouota were
fatally injured when the PAC XL750 ZK-JPU struck
high tension wires.

This struck at the heart of many, many people,
including myself. I had met George on a few
occasions either at Farmers Air's base at Gisborne
Airport or out on strips photographing him working. I
have never met such an enthusiastic and generous
man who did his utmost to help me try and get the
best shots.

37 year old George leaves behind partner Carrie and
son Gus and another child on the way, plus his loving
family and hundreds of friends. I do not know much
about Robbie but he was such a well liked man who
had not been long in the job but from what I was told,
he was a gentleman and was very well liked by his
workmates and friends. I am also unsure of his family
details but I can only send on my commiserations to
everybody concerned.

I know the Management and Staff at Farmers Air are
absolutely devastated and to Andy, Eileen, Andrew
and Jake and the rest of the team, my heartfelt
sympathies go out to you all.

R.I.P. George and Robbie.
George inspecting the
hopper of JBC.
Tristan Abrahams
greasing Cresco JOF
while Glen Haroa and
George look on