Sunday 16 April 2023

SAANZ 2023 Flyin at Ashburton

The Sport Aircraft Association of New Zealand finally held their 2023 flyin at Ashburton over the weekend.  It has been a long time between flyins after the 2022 flyin at Masterton was cancelled due to Covid and the 2023 flyin was postponed from Waitangi weekend due to weather.  Numbers were down a bit I think however I counted 44 sport aircraft at the flyin with quite a few doing fly outs and some only attending for the Saturday.

By my reckoning their were 11 aircraft attending their first SAANZ flyin and here are a selection of them:

Rex Newman flew his recently completed Waco UOC ZK-AEL down from Blenheim.  It is hard to do justice to the deep blue paint scheme in photos.

Michael Evans flew his Vans RV 6 ZK-XTC2 (c/n 23173) from Cromwell.  It is a 27 year project and has a registered colour scheme that features nice touches all over the aircraft.

Alan Caudwell flew his Titan Mustang ZK-TCV from Nelson for the day.

Mark Miller flew his Miller M1 Superchamp ZK-MMJ down from Feilding.

Ashburton based R & B Bearhawk ZK-NJB2 also has a registered colour scheme.

And Tony Den Haan of Cust flew in in his ICP Savannah S ZK-BIC3.  I understand that BIC stands for Born in Cust.  Tony also built Savannah S ZK-BIC2 which has now been re-registered as ZK-LAZ.

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