Friday 2 June 2023

More from Our Great Barrier Trip on 1-6-2023

We took off from North Shore airfield at 1138 hrs and headed out past the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Tiritiri Matangi and over the Hauraki Gulf:

Lift off from North Shore.

Martin's Bonanza is configured with five seats.  I was in the middle row which is rearward facing and actually was quite good for taking photos out either side.  The curtains are a nice touch!

On late downwind for Runway 28 at Claris.
We touched down at 1204 hrs giving a flight time of 26 minutes.  Here is the terminal with a Great Barrier Airlines Grand Caravan parked on the ramp.

VH-WHH with the cowls open to cool the engine (which after re-fastening makes for an easier start with a cooler engine).  It is a lovely plane to fly in.

While we were walking to the Fat Puku cafe another GBA Grand Caravan landed and pulled up to the terminal - ZK-SDB.  It was nice to see the Caravans in their other home.

It was my first time to visit Great Barrier Island so Martin graciously gave me an aerial tour of the island pointing out areas of interest.  This photo is looking down on The Needles at the Northern tip of the island with Aiguilles Island next in line.

Then it was time to head for home and we flew by Little Barrier Island on the way.

Arriving back at North Shore after the compulsory overhead rejoin.  Here we are about to turn onto the  base leg for a landing on Runway 21 with the distinctive tip tank in view.

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