Sunday 10 November 2019

Black Sands 2019

As has become almost traditional now, Black Sands 2019 was once again dogged by the weather.
Predictions of rising winds and low cloud would have discouraged a number of visitors from the north, while actual bad weather would have prevented southern-based aircraft from attending.

However I counted 29 aircraft on the field during the early afternoon of the Saturday, three of which were new to me.

These three were:

Maule MXT-7-180A ZK-RLT
As seen previous service in South Africa s ZS-PLT, and was registered here back in May2018 to an Auckland owner

Vans RV-8 ZK-PDN
Visiting from Napier, where it has been living since mid-2013

Prevuiously based in Nelson since 2015, now with a Tauranga owner.

Great also to meet up with the other spotters and enthusiasts from far-flung parts who usually gather at these occasions

Thanks also to Bruce Cooke and other members of the Waikato SAA chapter who put so much effort into arranging this event.

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