I think that the one new display team at Wings Over Wairarapa was Brett Emeny and Peter Vause flying their near identically painted T 28 Trojans. They were scheduled to fly at Warbirds Over Wanaka in 2020 but Covid put paid to that. So I reckon this was their first public display. Jordan Elvy took the photos:
Sunday 28 February 2021
I was at Wings Over Wairarapa in 2019 when the flyover by a USAF B 52 was cancelled, and everyone was so disappointed. The 2019 airshow also flirted with bad weather and the Sunday flying programme was cancelled. This was after the whole 2017 airshow was washed out....
So Wings Over Wairarapa 2021 was eagerly anticipated by many and it was great that the efforts of the organisers and the US Embassy resulted in the appearance of a B 52 in our skies on Saturday 27 February. Jordan Elvy was there are took the following photos of the huge bomber as it made several low passes. Thanks for the photos Jordan.
And then came the news of the latest Covid lockdown in the Wairarapa to Level 2 which forced the organisers to cancel the Sunday flying programme - I reckon that makes 2 practice days and 2 airshow days over the last 3 airshows (out of a possible total of 6 airshow days). Bummer!
I was not able to be at the Northern Aviators flying at Springhill yesterday until around 1.30 pm when the food was eaten and some of the aircraft had left. However there still were quite a lot of sport aircraft there including a nice lineup of Corbys and a muscular newcomer cousin. I am always drawn to neat little single seater sport aircraft so they were well worth a few photos as they left:
Saturday 27 February 2021
Springhill airfield just South of Wellsford has been closed for several years following the death of its previous owner and the machinations of the Overseas Investment Office who eventually approved the sale of the wider property to Chinese interests who propose to site a landfill nearby, much to the displeasure of the locals.
However the airfield is not part of the landfill site and due to the efforts of Tim Harrison the airfield has now been re-opened as a private airfield, and the Northern Aviators Club held the first post opening flyin and BBQ at the nice facilities today. Please note if you want to use the airfield you need to get prior permission from Tim Harrison.
There was a great turn out of around 25 aircraft to celebrate the occasion and the scones with jam and cream, and the BBQ went down a treat:
When I was out at Kaipara Flats airfield yesterday Tony Marsden arrived in his Tandem Dominator ZK-RCV
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Tuesday 23 February 2021
Sunday 21 February 2021
High Country Helicopters had 3 helicopters on hand for scenic flights including AS350B-3 ZK-IDQ which was acquired by the company in 2014. This was imported new in 1999 as ZK-IPV2 and reregistered in 2014.
Also with High Country is AS350B-2 ZK-HBT6 which was formerly part of the Inflite fleet and acquired by High Country in August 2019.
And over from Wanaka the 1963 model Cessna 172D ZK-CFD which has been refurbished since its current owner acquired it in 2016.
Saturday 20 February 2021
Alas no flying as we were all too stuffed!
From Dunedin came Zenair CH701 ZK-STK2 which was imported in 2012 from Germany.
From Alexandra came Magni Gyro M16 ZK-RAM4 which was imported in 2009 and acquired by its current owner in 2017.
And owned by a Dunedin syndicate since October 2020 is Vans RV12 UL ZK-DMB2, originally registered back in 2016.
English Electric Canberra B(I)8 WT346 arriving at Ardmore from the RNZAF Museum at Wigram
Close up of Cockpit
Arriving at the New Zealand Warbirds maintenance hangar and it's new home
The crane getting ready for the lift.
The lift happening.
Safely on the ground.
Friday 19 February 2021
No pie today - just a large belgian biscuit and a cuppa tea with the Zenair Mono-Z CH-100 UL ZK-RTI (c/n AACA/609) parked just out the door.
The new High Country Helicopters' base on HWY 94 between Lumsden and Gore offered their Kawasaki Hughes 369D ZK-HCM6 which was imported from Japan in 2004, and acquired by the company in 2012.
Te Anau-Manapouri Airport was a hive of movie activity with a fleet of Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters AS350B being kept busy, but otherwise in for maintenance were a couple of HeliOps Southland helicopters from their Otautau base. These were Bell 206B ZK-HRS2 which was imported from Japan in 2000 and joined their fleet in 2016
And R44 II ZK-HXM3 which was imported new in 2005 and added to their fleet in May 2020
Visiting Te Anau from Darfield was Cessna A185F ZK-TLV which was imported from Australia in 2019.