Sunday 24 January 2021

Whanganui Aero Club's open day Sunday 24th

Zac Yates was at Whanganui Airport today for the Wanganui aero Club's open day.
Here are a few of his photos from the day.
Scottish Aviation Bulldog Srs 120 ZK-WUF (c/n BH120/315) joined the NZ register in April of 2004.
It is Whanganui based with Paul Bayly and still wears its Cambridge University Air Squadron markings.

Richmond Harding's Supermarine Spitfire Mk26 Replica ZK-SPT (c/n 070) with its Chev V8 engine.

Super Air Ltd showed their Pacific Aerospace Cresco 08-750 ZK-PGE (c/n 016). 
This first flew as ZK-PNX2 in November 1996 before settling down in Armidale, NSW as VH-PGE until returning to NZ in September 2019.

Built by Mike Crene at Matamata for Michael Adams of Stratford was the Titan T51 Mustang U/L ZK-LSD ( c/n 172). You can just make out the 'Millicent Rhodes' name in yellow just above the exhaust stacks.

Pitts S-2A ZK-JAG2 ( c/n 2126) was originally ZK-FXT from 1991, changing to ZK-JAG in November 2006 and joining current owner Allan Higgie of Whanganui in October of 2015. That is the Pitts S-1E Special ZK-PEG to the left which Darren Luff took up for a couple of routies, father John doing the same with the Venom.

Over in the sand hills was the Mid West Helicopters (NZ) Ltd's Robinson R44 Raven II ZK-ILY (c/n 10968) which was imported from Japan in 2018 for a twelve yearly rebuild by Heli Maintenance Ltd of Christchurch. This also did passenger rides working on into Monday 25th as it is Wellington Anniversary Weekend.

The 1959 vintage Piper PA-22-160 Milk Stool, Pie Chaser TriPacer ZK-FJD (c/n 22-6815) was a late arrival in NZ in 2003 after many years in Australia. It moved to Whanganui in 2013.

John Luff picked up the De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-BEF (c/n 83323) in January 2018 from the Central Hawkes Bay Aero Club (Inc). Am not sure when the pussy cat joined the team !

The Air Chathams Ltd had their Douglas DC-3 ZK-AWP (c/n 33135/16387) on site flying scenics on Saturday and Sunday with all seats sold out by mid-afternoon Saturday.
Magnificent !


  1. Over two weekends, ZK-AWP completed 18 scenic flights each with a full load of 28 pax, 15/16 Jan. Paraparaumu (11 flights) and 23/24 Jan. Wanganui (7 flights). It is now back at its regular Tauranga base with another busy schedule lined up this coming weekend.

    Looking at the hangar cat photo, if you look between the struts below the cat you will see evidence of another cat KitFox ZK-KIT

    1. It was wonderful to hear ZK-AWP so busy over the weekend. As for the Kitfox, I did snap a photo but wasn't sure whether to submit it - the poor thing never seems to get much attention at these events, but on the bright side I have seen it flying once or twice in the last three years.