Saturday 28 January 2012

AOPA Fly through Rangiora 27-01-2012

AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) are currently on a bit of an outing. About midday Friday (27-01-2012) a selection of aircraft dropped briefly into Rangiora for fuel before proceeding up to join many others at Loburn Abbey for lunch. Some of these include:- Above: the Cessna 182R ZK-CAH2 (c/n 182R 68419) of Gynacc Air Ltd from Auckland.
Cessna 172M Skyhawk ZK-DHV (c/n 172M 61063); originally a New Plymouth Aero Club aircraft from 1973; now listed with Rutherford Associated Ltd from Geraldine.
Above is the John Rutherford Maule M-5-210C Strata Rocket ZK-FNG (c/n 6033C) down from Landsborough in North Canterbury. This Maule was originally imported in late 1986 for Pollux Aviation of Makarora.
An NZRT local, but also a participant, was the Cessna 182R Skylane ZK-JPN (c/n 182R 67795) of Stephen Brown.
Up from down Gore way was the Stoddard Hamilton Glastar ZK-NMG (c/n 5591) of Allan Brocket.
Bigger brother, Glasair Sportman 2+2 ZK-SPO (c/n 7071) is from Feilding with Graeme Donald
This is now powered with an IO-360 with a tuned exhaust - giving around 200hp.


  1. SPO is owned by Graeme Donald of Feilding

  2. Very interesting! Thanks for posting.

    My father was one the 3 co-owner/operator's of Pollux Aviation of Makarora, they imported 3 Maules which they used to operate out of Makarora, along with other aircraft.
    Good to see one of them still being cared for and flown!