Saturday 18 January 2020

Northern Aviators Club Flyin at Mata Today 18-1-2020

As you can see from the photos the weather was great for the Northern Aviators Club flyin at Leo Johns airstrip at Mata today.  Leo's 700 metre airstrip is located about 5 nautical miles South West of Whangarei Airport and has the same 24/06 runway alignment as Whangarei and the same frequency of 118.6, which can lead to a bit of confusion in the circuit.  About 15 or so aircraft attended, and some of them were:

A new one to me was Savannah ZK-WTR that has been owned by James Matthews of Ruakaka since joining the Northland Savannah flock on 15/11/18.

Another new one to me was the Kaitaia Aero Club's Cessna C 162 Skycatcher ZK-KTC, which was flown down from Kaitaia by Mark Muller.

An early arrival was Carsten Mathieu in his P&M Aviation Quik GT 450 trike ZK-MAZ2.

A nice surprise arrival was Steve Wynne's Fisher R 80 Tiger Moth 75% scale replica ZK-DSW2 which was being flown by Colin Jordan and Geoff Pritchard (who both own RV 8s in Canada).  It is powered by a UL engine of 107 HP with direct drive to the propeller.

It lifted off very well with 2 up..

And climbed out looking very nice!

Brian Taylor was there when we arrived, then left for Dargaville in his Jodel D 11 ZK-DJQ.

Rusty Russell operated a taxi service across from Whangarei in the Whangarei Flying Club's Tecnam P 92 Echo ZK-KFP.

A couple of aircraft flew up from Waihi Beach:  Dave Evans in his Tecnam P 96 Golf ZK-JAN3.

 and Grant Nordick in his Vans RV 12 ZK-TFP.

Then another of the Northland Savannah flock arrived as Steve Williams flew taxied up in ZK-CVK2.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see Abbas Shahroodi fly up from North Shore in his Beech A 36 Bonanza ZK-NAZ.  It handled the strip easily.

It sure sounded powerful among the Rotaxes!

Altogether a great day of aviating and talking about aviating!

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