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West Auckland Airport, 76 Green Rd, Parakai, West Auckland. Road Map.. Ph 09 420.8010
 

 

 

West Auckland Airport Parakai is available for General Aviation, drop-in visitors welcome. Radio 123.5 in MBZ.  Due to frequent skydiving, please join downwind, base or final (not overhead).  Visitor parking by the hangars down taxiway 'B'

 

Hooked Cloud:    David Horner sent this photo from a flight up the harbour...  a dark cloud with a hook descending towards the water.   This could be the result of strong windsheer creating a horizontal rotating air mass that then turned itself through 90 degrees, and if it hit the surface would become a waterspout, or small tornado.   Any kind of rapidly rotaing vortex would really stress the airframe... and the pilots.

It could be something else and quite harmless, but the pilots wisely decided to stay well away from it.     Harvey writes: "I was a passenger in a Cessna 172 one time, when right on touch down a series of swirls of dust (willy-willys) appeared in front.  As we went through them the whole plane suddenly shifted 5m to the side, and the landing was normal enough, just not where we expected.  There was no time for the pilot to do anything at all.  Discussing it later we think we flew into a small tornado, fortunately very small.  Not keen to do it again, and the one in the photo (if that is what it is), is much larger and best avoided.."

 

  • Hooked cloud  (David Horner photo)

     

    West Auckland Airport Parakai: Facilities & Services. Visitor facilities with tea / coffee / cold drinks / toilets in Pilot Lounge.   Icecreams and more cold drinks are often available at the skydiving base across the road.  

    Courtesy car for aviators by arrangement (35 mins to Auckland CBD, 30 mins to Albany, 25 mins to  Silverdale), and Studio apartment on airport can be booked for overnight stays.

    Aircraft Engineering, Aerobatics, Skydiving, Introductory flights and Flight Training for PPL/CPL, Microlights and Gyrocopters. Aircraft parking, Hangarage, Hangar building sites.

    Phone first 09 420 8010 if you will need fuel, as sometimes we're all off flying. Commercial opportunities exist for new operators at West Auckland.

     

    Whangarei NZWR:    Joining for Whangarei, photo taken on long left base for runway 24.   Behind the airport can be seen the shipping port with the city in the valley in the background.   There is a good cafe open most hours in the airport passenger terminal (exit through the GA gate 100m or so to the West of the terminal), and the active Whangaeri Flying Club in the hangar at the western end of the hangar row.  

  • Whangarei NZWR

     

    Tapora on the Kaipara Harbour, Looking north up the many rivers that give this harbour such a long coastline.

     

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    Coming Events:

     

    12th - 14th October:   Tiger Moth Spring Fly-in, Taumaranui. Annual return to the Tumaranui Club's roots... Contact Graeme Wood 027 293 2318  or woodsy@clear.net.nz.

     

    2nd to 4th November:  Black Sands fly-in at Raglan, NZRA.   Annual fly-in organised by SAA, and always a very well attended event with often more than 100 aircraft on the ground at once.  Fly-around, food, socialising, and beach landings depending on conditions.  Contact Bruce Cooke, 021 112 2364.  bmcooke@waikato.ac.nz     web www.saa.org

     

     

     

    1st January 2019:  Lower North Island new year's day fly in.  Airfield t.b.a.   Always the first aviation event of the year (anywhere) because of NZ's summer time being 13h ahead of UTC.    Aircraft fly in from all round the lower half of the North island, with usually some from Auckland, and the South island.  A good chance to see some different aircraft.   Moves around the local airfields... sometimes at Athbey Farm.

     

    26th to 28th January 2019:  Autogyro Assn fly-in at Dannevirke.  Annual get together for gyros, with fixed wing also welcome.   Flyout to Athbey Farm, socialising, AGM, lunches and more.   For details see www.autogyro.org.nz

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    Northland Aviators Club Events for the Coming Year.   At the recent committee meeting discussion was held about the programme of flying events for the coming year, and the following is a draft programme.  The Poker Run – to be organized by Paul Hopper, time to be advised  Christmas Flyin at Kaipara Flats – to be organized by Tim Harrison/Keith Morris  Whananaki Flyin – to be organized by Martin Farrand, 30 December  Mata Flyin – to be organized by Brian Millett – in February  Mangawhai Flyin – to be organized by Steve Williams  Kaikohe/Cape Reinga/Beach Landing/Dargaville – to be organized by Willie Morton  Waiheke Flyaway – to be organized by Trevor Dance, to be held mid-week  Possible flyaway to Whitianga (every Wednesday afternoon).


    RECURRING EVENTS:

    DARGAVILLE: Every Saturday. Fly in for lunch. Famous throught the north for it's lamb on a spit, and usually draws a good crowd of hungry aviators. Clubhouse Ph 09 439 8024. Click here for airfield details.

    COROMANDEL: Lunch 2nd Sunday of each month from 12:30. Clubhouse Ph 07 866 2055. Click here for airfield details.

    WHANGAREI: Last Saturday of each month at hangar 10, the Western end of the row of hangars.  Whangarei Flying Club meeting at 10:30 with lunch to follow.  Clubhouse phone 09 436 4053.  Click here for airfield details.

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    Tower and Engineering

     West Auckland Airport Parakai, from the NE on mid right base for 25. Click for larger photo

     

     West Auckland Airport Parakai, from the SW (non traffic side).  Click for larger photo

    This is webpage is updated weekly, apart from 'Coming Events' which are updated as soon as known.Parakai Aero

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