Yep - the Blue Bus was let out for a couple of hours this afternoon and managed a quick goosie around Rangiora Airfield.
A place where there is always some interesting action is Hangar # 72.
STOL Performance NZ works from there and today I found the Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-NVY (c/n 5770) nearing completion with its new rear fuselage and the Aero Design Pulsar XP ZK-MIV (c/n 294) is on the hoist having its wheel brakes worked on.
Still pounding the circuit after some forty four years is the Canterbury Aero Club's Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser ZK-DUP (c/n 28-7425382).
Mind you - it's not exactly the original machine having received a donor fuselage in 1995 following an incident at Loch Katrine.
ZK-JOR (c/n WAS0893530) is a Rans S-6ES Coyote belonging to the Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club Inc (CRAC).
This was built in tail dragger form but following an incident in 2007 resurfaced with a trainer wheel up front.
It is currently listed for sale.
JOR is on Trademe - a great way to get into ownership of an extremely well maintained aircraft at $25k.