Thursday, 25 April 2019

Anzac Service Fly Over at Warkworth

Tiger Moth ZK-CCQ flew over the Anzac service at Warkworth this morning.

I imagine there would have been lots of aircraft fly overs at Anzac services across New Zealand today.


Interesting visitors post Easter continued to arrive at the Pauanui airfield including up from Dunedin the 1989 model Beech A36 Bonanza ZK-PVA,  which was imported from Australia in 2014.

Anzac Pup for Anzac Day

Photo of the Anzac Pup taken at this year's Wings Over Wairarapa airshow on 23 February:

The Vintage Aviator's Sopwith Pup ZK-AFS2 is painted to represent N6185 from 4(N) Squadron RNAS which was the aircraft flown by 21 year old Australian pilot Flight Lt Charles J Moir in May 1917.  It originally bore the code A but the letters NZAC were added. 

The first Anzac Day commemorations in New Zealand were held at Tinui near Masterton on 25 April 1916 and TVAL provide a fly over of some of their aircraft to the modern day Anzac Day commemorations at Tinui.

Nice Model of Sunderlnd ZK-AMK

When I was last through Wellington airport I took a wander up to see the new Rydges Hotel which had been recently opened.  I wondered if there would be any aviation related themes and I came across this really nice large model of the New Zealand National Airways Corporation Short Sunderland III ZK-AMK "Takitimu" in a glass case.

The real ZK-AMK was ex NZ4104 of the RNZAF.  It was registered ZK-AMK in December 1947 and operated from nearby Evans Bay to the Chatham Islands.  A very good summary of NAC's Sunderland operations to the Chathams can be found on our sister blog:

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

New A 22LS Foxbat ZK-JTF at Stratford

The Finer/Hardwick-Smith Syndicate of Eltham's new Aeroprakt A 22LS Foxbat ZK-JTF (c/n 346) was at Stratford on 20 April.

ZK-JTF was first registered on 5/2/19.

But wait!  There is more!  The Finer/Hardwick-Smith Syndicate also owns Foxbat A 22 ZK-FTA (c/n 136) that was first registered back on 29/11/05.  Here they both are at Stratford on 20/4/19.

Thanks for the use of the photos Nick.

Monday, 22 April 2019


 Both the relaxed Friday and the full on Saturday mornings began like this.
Calm and clear with just a hint of frost and/or heavy dew and with the sun pushing the moon above the horizon.

Harvard row - with covers removed and waiting for some heat from the sun to soak up the heavy dew.
And a time for the pre flight checks and last minute adjustments.

Sunday, 21 April 2019


The flow of interesting visitors over Easter to the Pauanui airfield continued with the Cessna U206 ZK-EDI up from Blenheim,  and looking very smart for being 50 years old

And from down the coast came Opotiki Helicopters'  MD500N ZK-IPR

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Polikarpov PO-2 takes flight

Polikarpov PO-2 ZK-POL/2, registered just a few days ago to a Wakefield, Nelson address, took to the skies above Ardmore for the first time yesterday. More photos HERE

Thanks to Agairnz for the photos!

Friday, 19 April 2019


A fine start to the Easter long weekend has brought a steady stream of visitors to the Pauanui airfield including up from Dannevirke the local Flying Club's PA28-140 ZK-EBL,  which was accompanied by PA28-180 ZK-DGL.    After lunch they departed for Great Barrier.

Up from Tauranga the Solo Wings Aviation Pipistrel Alpha ZK-JAT

From the RNZAF Whenuapai Aviation Sports Club the Cessna 172N ZK-JAZ in a smart new paint scheme

And on a Great Barrier charter Sunair's Piper Aztec ZK-PIX

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Kaitaia Aero Club's Cessna C 162 Skycatcher - ZK-KTC

Another aero club 2 seat trainer is the Kaitaia Aero Club's recently imported low time C 162 Skycatcher ZK-KTC (c/n 16200148).  This aircraft is powered by a 100 HP O-200D engine rather than the ubiquitous Rotax 912 and the Kaitaia Aero Club reckons it will be a great trainer for their needs.  It is registered as a LSA.

ZK-KTC was flown across the Tasman from Brisbane via Lord Howe Island, arriving at Kerikeri on 28 December 2018 and being registered here on 8/1/19.  It was first registered in the US as N6028R in September 2011 and then went to Australia as VH-OCM.