Thursday, 26 May 2016

Trip to Taumarunui Today 26-5-2016

I flew from Te Kowhai to Taumarunui today with Noel Bailey in Neil Ashton's Sierra RG ZK-SRG2, which is ex ZK-SJS.  It sure beats the two and a half hour drive.

 Warming the engine at Te Kowhai...

 Some of the weather was a bit challenging...

 But Taumarunui airfield appeared on the nose.

 ZK-SRG2 in the sun with a typical Taumarunui backdrop.

 Kevin Vine's locally based Cessna 172N ZK-EJS.

And on the way driving back to Auckland I called into Mercer Airport where Cessna 172P  ZK-MAG was tied down.  It is owned by the Auckland Flying School of Pokeno (just up the road).

A new hangar is being built at Mercer Airport to house the Catalina.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Same day & time, different photographer!

As Sir Minty has previously posted, we spent a few hours enjoying the late afternoon sun chatting and photographing. Here is my take of the comings and goings at WLG

Golden Bay Air's  Piper PA 34-200T Seneca ZK-ZAG

Quantas Boeing 737- 800 ZK-ZQE "William Pickering", while in the background is  Qantus Boeing 737-800, ZK-ZQF "Abel Tasman"

Life Flight's British Aerospace Jetstream 32, ZK-LFW

Jetstar Bombardier Q315, VH-TQD off to Nelson

Air New Zealand Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXG departing to Auckland

An enjoyable time indeed!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Zig Zagging Across Cook Strait with Golden Bay Air

Golden Bay Air is a small airline that is based out of Takaka with scheduled flights to Karamea, Nelson and Wellington.  Their website is at
 They have a fleet of three distinctively registered Piper aircraft, two of which can be seen on their services to Wellington, as below:

ZK-ZIG is a Piper PA 32R Saratoga, seen here at Wellington on 23/4/15.  It is ex N8610 and was first registered in New Zealand on 12/12/05 to Capital Air of Wellington.  Capital Air changed its name to Golden Bay Air in 2009.

and ZK-ZAG is a Piper PA 34-200T Seneca, seen here arriving at Wellington on 20/5 16.  It was first registered in New Zealand on 17/2/11 and is ex C-GOKO.

Taxying in (The aircraft is photo'd through the glass of the terminal).

and about to disembark passengers at Gate 20.

Golden Bay Air's other aircraft is the Piper PA 28-181 Archer ZK-ZOG.

The Great Aussie Air Adventure Update

If you look on Spidertracks, you can see the three aircraft ZK-WLL, ZK-WLK and ZK-VRV have just flown by Cape Reinga.

Spidertracks is at:

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Great Aussie Flying Adventure is Underway

The Great Aussie Flying Adventure is underway with the three aircraft tucked up at Kerikeri tonight.

The above photo from the Facebook page shows Bill Luther's RV 7 ZK-WLL, David Wilkinson's RV 8 ZK-WLK and Peter Merwood's RV 6 ZK-VRV at Kerikeri this afternoon.

You can follow their progress on Spidertracks at: