Nothing but a number? Aircraft age explained

The pandemic has put a number of older airplanes into expedited retirement this year, pushing down the world’s average fleet age. Still, it wouldn’t be unusual to fly on a commercial plane that’s been...

Takaka Dawn Flyin from Above

Jordan Elvy flew across to the Golden Bay Flying Club's Takaka Dawn Flyin in Cessna 172M ZK-DRP from Paraparaumu.  They were one of the last to arrive and Jordan took this photo of the...

Another Cessna 172 Taildragger – ZK-BQG

Coincidently following on from Blue Bus's post on the Cessna 172 taildragger ZK-BSU, another example was at the Golden Bay Flying Club's Dawn Raid at Takaka over the weekend: ZK-BQG (c/n 28480) is Ray Patchett's...

A Couple of Pioneers from Takaka

The Golden Bay Flying Club held a Dawn Flyin at Takaka on Saturday 12 September with a good turnout.  There were a couple of Pioneer aircraft there that were newly repainted or re-registered: Pioneer 200...

Cessna 172 ZK-BSU

 Cessna ZK-BSU c/n 29604 was ferried into Ashburton for Alpine Aviation Ltd yesterday after a major rework at Flight Fix at Norfolk Road. It is now powered with a Continental engine from a Cessna Hawk...

Unveiling of Sir Keith Park Memorial at Thames Today 13-9-2020

A memorial to Sir Keith Park was unveiled at Thames aerodrome today with celebrations that included the NZ Warbirds Bristol Fighter replica ZK-PRK, marked in the colours of an example that he flew in...

Yak-3M ZK-VVS at Ashburton today.

 Carrying out passenger flights out of Ashburton today was the Yak-3M ZK-VVS c/ n 0470106 of Fighter Flights Ltd I believe it returned to Omaka later in the afternoon.


 Anchored down at Waimate International Airstrip was the Pacific Aerospace 08-600 Cresco ZK-LTV c/n 15 of Ravensdown Aerowork Ltd - with 'Cresco 750' on the engine cowling. And a very interesting sky above.

Oamaru pie run on Friday

 Alas no pies available but reasonably priced diesel fuel at the pump between the old flight service tower and the Aero Club. There are two main operators based here  - The New Zealand Airline Academy...

More from down south

Noted at Ashburton was the Piper PA-28-140 ZK-DEH (c/n 28-712555) as listed with the J K Syndicate of Okuku soon to receive another set of wings. Below we see the Piper PA-28-160 ZK-BZH (c/n...

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