It has been a very sad start to the year for sport aviation in the North. Dean Voelkerling was a friend of the blog and had sent photos of his aircraft ZK-DVS2 that we posted. Our condolences go out to the families involved with this tragedy.
However, the blogosphere goes on, and from Kaipara Flats airfield I now post a trio of aircraft that arrived on New Year's Eve for some local festivities having flown from Ardmore. When you hear a radial engine flying over in the direction of the airfield, a quick trip out there is always in order and I was able to photograph the planes before they were covered up.
2 (c/n 75-5064) This aircraft has an interesting history which is partly covered HERE
2 (c/n 22548). The background to the Bird Dog and the history of ZK-DAJ2 can be found HERE
And tail-end Charlie was Cessna 177B Cardinal (c/n 17702472) ZK-JDJ.