Commercial Aviation in West Auckland:
Commercial Opportunities: The airport is open to all types of Aviation related operations. All businesses operate on a 'non exclusive' basis with others free to start up and compete with existing businesses at any time, including those wishing to compete with an established Lockie family business.
Special Events: If holding a special event, such as large BBQ, fly-in, or video production... anything that is going to spill beyond the buildings you rent or involve non-aviation people going airside, please check with the Airport Management to book space and for pricing details. Click on Special Events at West Auckland Airport Parakai for the requirements for special events.
Looking west from the taxiway near the hangars. Visible in the distance is the Pilot Lounge and Airport Office , which is the building with the big windows partly obscured to the left of the hangars. The Manager's House is the curved roof building behind the helicopter. The threshhold of runway 07 is just visible to the left. The Hall and Tower buildings are out of sight behind the hangars.
New Business Ventures: The Airport Management is available to talk to anyone wishing to start a new Aviation Related venture on the airport. Or to open a branch of an existing operation to tap into the large tourist population of Auckland City, and those Auckland residents (around 250,000 in West Auckland) for whom West Auckland Airport is the nearest airfield. Since the NW motorway was extended in 2011, the airport is 34 minutes by road from Central Auckland (Spaghetti Junction).
New businesses wishing to establish at West Auckland need to be adequately capitalised and have a simple business plan showing how they intend to promote the business to become fully viable in a short time.
Of most interest are those operators able to provide a 'complete package' to customers... for example, rather than considering Scenic Flights to be just an aviation activity, flights should be considered part of a complete adverture package for tourists... with a significant advertising budget, professionally produced advert materials, organised pickup from hotels, photos of the passengers in the plane, and perhaps a Tee shirt for those clients wanting a momento, and delivery back to their hotel with brochures to give their friends. Many of these services could be subcontracted out or done in conjunction with other operators on the airfield. It is seen as important that all businesses operating out of West Auckland Airport have a polished and professional 'complete' package in order to be successful and enhance the development of the airport.
For new operators getting established with no existing business infrastructure, the Airport can provide temporary shared use of the Pilot Lounge and its briefing area. This would be no charge for up to three months and then a new business would be expected to be viable enough to rent (part of?) the Hall or other buildings. The Airport can provide a page on this website at no charge.
Overview: West Auckland Airport Parakai is owned by the Lockie family, 'The Parakai Story', Pacific Wings Magazine. They are continuing to develop the airport to serve West Auckland, with a full range of aviation related services and all types of GA operation supported. The airport manager, Simon Lockie, lives on the airport to provide a good level of security for aircraft, buildings and equipment.
View from inside the Pilot Lounge, looking into the Airport Office.
Resource Management and Planning Consents: An airfield was established at Green Rd Parakai in the 1960s, and moved to the current site in 1984. Rodney County Council 'Planning Consent' (as it was called then) was obtained in May 1984, allowing for construction over time of a runway up to 1000m x 60m with aircraft manouvering areas, hangars, control tower, terminal and ancilliary buildings. In 2002 the Rodney District Council (RDC) formalised the existing height protection for a 1:20 approach fan out to 1200m from each end of the runway as part of the RDCs requirement to prevent any change that would interfere with the operations of the airfield as an essential infrastructure amenity for the district. There is 860m of usable runway, and the terrain allows this to be extended to 1000m if a new operator requires more length for their operations. The runway is set to the Western end of the property in order to give maxmum clearance from the high ground of Mt Rex to the East. The facility was known as 'Parakai Airfield' until it was renamed 'West Auckland Airport' in 2011.
West Auckland Airport (Parakai) from the South West, May 2009. Since then an additional eight hangars have been built and the concrete taxyways extended. The property is rectangular, just over 1km long.
There are many local adventure tourism operators in the area (Horse trekking, Quad bikes, Tree Adventures, Hot pools, Paintball, Flight Experience, Skydiving, Aerobatics), and the Airport encourages other Tourist Adventure Operations. A new operator could share the Pilot Lounge and briefing areas with the existing smaller flying schools, during establishment.
Existing Operators 2019:
Skydive Auckland: Operates a commercial tandem skydive business, with its aircraft taking off and landing at the Airport, and its ground operations and parachute landings across the road giving enough separation to allow simultaneous aircraft and parachute landings.
NZ Skydive School: A division of Skydive Auckland, providing skydive training for both students wanting to become commercial skydive tandem masters, and for recreational jumpers. Skydive Auckland has accomodation for students on their property with others staying in the Parakai / Helensville area.
CPD Aviation: Provides flight training leading to a Microlight Pilot Certificate in the Airport's advanced microlight, a high wing Tecnam Echo Super ZK-CDL... to contact click on the advert to the LHS of this page.
Auckland Flying Training: Has their own Tecnam training aircraft, a low wing Tecnam Bravo, and also makes use of the high wing Tecnam ZK-CDL to provide a variety of aircraft types for students in the later stages of their training... to contact click on advert to the LHS of this page.
Other: There are also part time instructors who provide flight training in various aircraft.
All training aircraft have two side-by-side seats and full dual controls. The Airport's Tecnam ZK-CDL is fitted with a 'Whole-aircraft' parachute for use in case of emergency. It is available 'on line' for hire by approved licenced and experienced pilots, most of whom are previous students.
Leading Edge Aviation Holdings Pty Ltd (Whole-aircraft Parachutes): Bryn Lockie's Leading Edge is distributor and authorised servicing station for all three brands of 'whole aircraft' parachutes, and services Australia, NZ, the South Pacific, and SE Asia.
Leading Edge Aviation (Engineering): Provides a full range of aircraft engineering for Certified and Microlight aircraft, and Bryn Lockie is an 'Inspection Authority' able to fly in to carry out Annual Reviews of Airworthiness (ARAs) on behalf of other engineering businesses at their home airfield, and to sign off after major rebuilds. Leading Edge operates from its engineering hangar in the Tower building at West Auckland. The Leading Edge engineers can also carry out minor jobs at an aircraft's home hangar at North Shore or Whenuapai airfields, or fly to remote airfields on rescue missions.
'Aimm' Aerodrome Management System is a 'Cloud' (Internet) based computer system that aircraft monitors movements for many aerodromes in NZ and Australia. Aimm has its physical base at West Auckland Airport.
These businesses bring a lot of commercial activity into the Parakai / Helensville area, and create many local jobs both on and off the airport.
Aircraft being serviced at Leading Edge Aviation's maintenance hangar.
Looking east from the additional office on the West side of the carpark.
Office: A shared serviced office is available for early stage businesses operating from the Airport, providing customer reception, copier, computer and printer, broadband, briefing room and links or pages on this West Auckland Airport Parakai website.
Pilot Lounge: Is available for local and visiting pilots, and their guests. Usually accessible to pilots 24 / 7 / 365.
Fuel: Avgas and Mogas 95 octane are usually available for visiting aviators during business hours (or after hours by arrangement). Skydive Auckland have JetA1 for their own use.
Tauranga Aero Club Rally waiting for their briefing in the hall
Hangars: Space is available to ground rent for those wishing to build their own hangars. A full commerical ground lease for 6 years with right of renewal is available for the security of those wishing to build. As at December 2019 there were 14 privately owned hangars plus two owned by the Airport for its own use.
-- For Airport Operational Information, fuel sales (when available), new business enquiries, building of hangars, hangar space etc: Airport Manager, Simon Lockie, Ph 09 420 8010. Email: Simon@ParakaiAirfield.co.nz
-- For Aircraft Maintenance, Repairs, BRS 'whole-aircraft' Parachutes, Import/Export of aircraft: Bryn Lockie, Leading Edge Aviation Ltd, Ph 021 681-900. Email: Bryn@ParakaiAirfield.co.nz
For Fuel sales, Flight training, Licence conversions and BFRs, and other business enquiries refer to the businesses concerned... see adverts on the LHS of this page.
- Mogas 95 and AvGas are usually available. Avgas sales handled by Simon Lockie, Ph 09 420 8010. Email: Simon@ParakaiAirfield.co.nz
- AvTur turbine fuel is owned by SkyDive Auckland, contact details on LHS.
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