Yet another reason for the trip to the 50th Anniversary AACA/SAANZ flyin at Bridge Pa aerodrome was the number of local homebuilt aircraft that are based on the field, and that I have never seen or photo'd. So I was delighted that there was a hangar opening scheduled for the Saturday morning.
In the back of the photo you can see Cliff Johnston's helicopter that started life as Rotorway Executive ZK-HUB in the 1980's. Cliff purchased it from the Wellington area and has extensively rebuilt it with many modifications. One to look out for in the future.
And finally, not a new aircraft at its first SAANZ flyin, but I thought I would include Gavin Grimmer's other aircraft, his Maranda Super 14 ZK-JGR, nicely placed in front of the Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club clubrooms. The aero club members were excellent hosts of the flyin. ZK-JGR is also powered by a converted Lexus V 8 engine. I include it here because of Gavin's sterling work in driving the Follow Me quad bike during the flyin, when I am sure he would rather have been flying.
You can see from the above, that there is a large variety of interesting homebuilt aircraft based at Bridge Pa aerodrome.