Touchdown expected today

21:11, Jan 09 2014

Pilot Antony Sproull is scheduled to touch down at Queenstown Airport today after a 20,000km journey to ferry a new Air Milford Cessna from Greece to New Zealand.

Mr Sproull, 29, the Air Milford operations manager, is flying the new $2 million Cessna Caravan aircraft home for his father Hank Sproull, who flew to Australia on Wednesday to join his son on the last leg of the flight.

The father and son duo are expected to arrive in Queenstown this afternoon depending on flight conditions from Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea.

The flight, with assistance from 84-year-old Australian ferry pilot Jim Hazelton, tracked across the Greek Islands, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Southern Oman, the Maldives, Cocos Islands and Australia.

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