Saturday, 15 October 2016

Te Kowhai Airfield

Coming to the end of my time back in New Zealand before heading back to the Middle East i dropped into Te Kowhai airfield just NW of Hamilton to see what was around .Only recently the airfield was put up for sale but thanks to a  group of welcomed aviators and local business persons help secure the site and keep it as an airfield.

I big thank you to Regan Brown who I met at the flying club and he quite happily showed me around and i was able to take some pictures and was told there are around 50 aircraft hidden away in all the hangars and some more are planned to be built.There are facilities there for some food and drink and at weekends various light aircraft drop in as the airfield has fuel available .Check out their website

I recent addition to the NZ register was this Poorboy Aviation PB-1 ZK-BEE parked up in the only opened hangar on the airfield.

Parked in side the hangar adjacent to the Clubs office was this Foxcon Aviation Terrier 200 ZK-SOD with an amusing caption no-less.For UK spotters this is an occurring gesture in British airfields!!!!

1 of a couple of Piper PA18 reside here at Te Kowhai was ZK-BTU.

Vintage Cessna 172  still in a good condition was ZK-BUZ and just to the front of the cowling is Vans RV-6A  ZK-VIA.

Long time resident here is Tobago TB-9 ZK-TRW which seldom flys apparently !!!Shame,as it is a nice machine.

Jabiru UL-T ZK-CJP 

Arion Aircraft Lightning ZK-TDT looking slick in a colour paint scheme design.Behind are ZK-JRL,ZK-OBH ,ZK-CZR and ZK-WAX.
ZK-OBH Zenith CH-60 XL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Visits to Hawkes Bay region

Continuing on my weekend away was a visit to Napier and Hastings -Bridge Pa airfields and due to the rain virtually all hangars were closed which can of ruined the trip but here are a few pixs that i managed to takeover the 25th September

First Hastings-Bridge Pa Airfield

ZK-RDG Quad City  Challenger II which at present is advertised for sale

Noted in Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club,s Hangar were the following .Piper Pa28 ZK-FQQ

ZK-KIX  Rans S-6ES Coyote II

Cessna 206 ZK-DVI

Cessna172 N Skyhawk ZK-EKG

Escaping from Nelson is Auster J1B ZK-BAQ

Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club,s facilities at Hastings Bridge Pa Airfield

Parked up next to the Cessna510,s hangar was Cessna 206E ZK-FJH

Cessna172RG ZK-EWB formally resident at Ardmore

Finally Hawkes Bay and East Aero clubs latest purchase is Former Wellington resident PA34 Seneca ZK-ROC going through minor maintenance .
I would like to thank the Female chief flying instructor for Hawkes Bay club to allow me to take  pictures and be able to wander around this nice airfield.Shame that all most all hangars were locked up !!!!

Followed up by Napier

Jetstar,s DHC-8 Dash 8 VH-TQM departing a wet Napier bound for its daily flights to and from Auckland .

Skyline Aviation Beech 200 Super King Air ZK-PLK taxiing back to the  hangar

Air Napier operate various aircraft.seen here is PA34 Seneca ZK-MSL

Piper PA31 Navajo ZK-NPR.(appropriate reg)

Staring into the Flight Care hangar window was all the ex-RNZAF C/T4 Air Trainers stored here when they were replaced by the Texan II as the new RNZAF trainers.Seen here is ZK-PTL with PTB in front.

Finnally Mount Cooks ATR72-212A  ZK-MVH departing possibly to either Wellington or Auckland.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Visits to Taupo,Napier and Hastings-Bridge Pa Airfields

During my 3 week stay in New Zealand ,I grabbed my wife for a weekend away from Tauranga and headed off down to Hawkes Bay via Taupo,and despite the bad weather in the region over the last 2 weeks or so,i did manage to get some shots all though all 3 airfields were quite because of the rain.!!!

So on the 24th September I managed to picture the Australian Challenger 604 VH-VLZ parked up alongside Sounds Air PC-12 ZK-PLT at the Taupo terminal ramp.And of course a visit to the local McDonald's doesn't  go a miss with the DC-3 still attracting the customers !!!

Challenger 604 VH-VLZ c/n 5573 operated by Sunshine Air Services P/L seen parked up in Taupo.

Sounds Air PC12 ZK-PLT awaiting its passengers heading for Wellington.

Myself pictured next to the McDonalds DC-3 in Taupo high street.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Trip back to NZ

A trip back to is my new country New Zealand is always special,so leaving a hot and humid Abu Dhabi was a blessing in disguise.So boarding  a B777 of Etihad Airways A6-ETS   heading for Sydney  arriving just over 13 hours later .Arriving in the early morning of friday gave me time to witness the early Chinese Carriers before Air New Zealand,s B767 ZK-NCI arrived and after 3 hours waiting boarded NZ102 flight for Auckland on possibly my last flight on a ANZ B767 before they are retired from service.
A smooth flight to Auckland in under 3 hours allowed me to have a chillout moment at Auckland airport and then experience my first ever domestic flight in New Zealand.

My only complaint was the domestic terminal!!!Where was the viewing area inside the terminal..Anyway Mount Cooks ATR72 ZK-MCX awaited me and just 30 mins later was touching down into a dark Tauranga Airport and my 3 weeks of relaxation awaits me.

Captioned outside my window seat was B777 A6-ETB

As we taxied out towards 13L R/way the Royal flight ramp at Abu Dhabi is visible with Emiri,s Bahrain B747  A9C-HMK parked up along side the Abu Dhabi Royal fleets 

Landing at Terminal 3 in Sydney ,a rare sight these days is a B747 HS-TGZ of Thai Airways

An influx Chinese Carriers arriving into Sdyney with Air China A330 B-5927 seen her taxing past.

My flight awaits me.NZ102 B767 ZK-NCI at Sydney

B737 ZK-PAQ of Parcel Air parked up outside the Airworks hangar in Auckland.

Fokker 50 

Jetstar,s recent addition to the NZ domestic flight routes is DHC-8 VH-SBI seen here being towed to the maintenance hangar

Monday, 12 September 2016


A group of 7 Micro-Lights from the South Island called into Tauranga on Sunday for an over night stay on there Tiki tour around the North. Most were from Rangiora, .