|The Parakai Story , 'Pacific Wings' Sept 2007.|
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Update to 2017: Since the article below was written:
The syndication referred to in the article below did not take place, and the property remains wholely owned by the Lockie family.
The runway has been sealed, and concrete taxiways and hard-stand areas laid. A house has been built for Simon Lockie, the Airport Manager, who lives on the airport. There is a Pilot Lounge for local and visiting pilots, with a briefing room for flight training.
In 2011 the facility was renamed as 'West Auckland Airport Parakai'; extensions to the NW motorway reduced the drive from Auckland CBD to 33 minutes; and a new 'Tower' building was constructed with offices and more engineering space for Leading Edge Aviation on the ground floor, space for the Airport owners upstairs, and a tower.
In 2012 the Airport was allocated its own radio frequency, 123.5 mhz, for use within 10 nautical miles.
There are now 15 hangars, two owned by the Airport and the rest with private owners who have a formal ground lease with rights of renewal.
Tourist Skydiving and the NZ Skydive School operate their aircraft from the Airport, with flying schools carrying out flight training in Gyro and fixed wing aircraft. A Tecnam Echo Super is 'on line' as trainer for students of the Flying Schools, and for hire by suitably licenced pilots.
Simon, Bryn and Harvey Lockie have all gained their instructor ratings, Harvey at ATO level. Tim Lockie holds a CPL in fixed wing, and PPL in helicopters.
Bryn Lockie's Leading Edge Aviation engineering company now operates from a permanent hangar in the tower building and is the authorised Southern Hemisphere supply / installation / repack station for BRS 'whole aircraft' parachutes.
Harvey now flys a DynAero 'Club', and Bryn is restoring a Mooney for his own use.
To enable the Airport to meet its obligations to be able to accurately report Aircraft Movements to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), handle H&S requirements, and efficiently bill landing fees: the Lockies developed what became known as the 'Aimm' Movement Monitoring computer system. This has been taken up by 40 other airports across NZ and Australia and is a significant spin-off from the Airport.
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