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West Auckland Airport, 76 Green Rd, Parakai, West Auckland. Road Map..  Airport 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 to the West of the Leading Edge Engineering hangar, or on grass in summer.

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America's Cup:   Make certain you know the airspace on the day and have the required briefings etc, before flying anywhere near the America's Cup races...

Qwilton Biel of the Auckland Airspace User Group writes:

Hi everyone,

For those that don’t know, I am the airspace coordinator of the upcoming America’s Cup in Auckland.  AIP SUP 74/20 (copy attached) was recently released containing details of the restricted airspace associated with the event.

If you are wanting to fly overhead the event during race time (i.e. within the restricted airspace) you will need a copy of the Briefing Package for Pilots and to submit an application form.  Please email me back and I will send these to you.

If you are wanting to know when the restricted airspace is active so you can avoid it, I will be running an email notification list so please email me back and ask to be placed on this.  Each race day you will get an email from me advising which racing/airspace area will be active that afternoon along with activation/deactivation times.

Regards,

Qwilton Biel America’s Cup Event Ltd, M: +64 27 493 5655, E: qwilton.biel@americascup.com  W: www.americascup.com

 

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Proposal for a “Parakai CFZ” and “Parakai MBZ” to become a TM area.

1. Introduction: This proposal is designed in the interests of improving situational awareness and clarity on expected radio frequency use in the area surrounding Parakai Aerodrome – NZPI – West Auckland Airport, Parakai. It is based on consultation with our Airport Safety Committee, CAA, local operators and users. We propose a Common Frequency Area (CFZ) encompassing the South Head and South Kaipara Area through to Waimauku and Muriwai Beach. Also for the existing ~3NM radius Parakai Mandatory Broadcast Zone (MBZ) to become a Transponder Mandatory area (TM).

2. Key Points: • The CFZ on will encompass: The existing Parakai Mandatory Broadcast Zone (MBZ) South Kaipara Harbour and South Head Peninsular Low Flying Area L165 • The CFZ and L165 will use the MBZ frequency – 123.5 • The MBZ will become a ‘Transponder Mandatory Area’ • Where possible the CFZ will match the heights and boundary contours of existing neighbouring North Shore CFZ & Whenuapai MBZ. • The CFZ will be SFC – 2500 • Eastern boundary follows the power lines marking the Western boundary of the NZNE CFZ, but extending further North to the Hoteo River Mouth at Tauhoa. • Northern boundary runs from the top of South Head Peninsula following the NZWP 30NM radius line to Tapora, then a straight line to meet the Eastern Boundary at Hoteo River Mouth. • Southern boundary follows the Northern boundary of the NZWP MBZ Western Boundary Options: A. 1NM seaward of the coastline – Our preferred option. B. Follows the coastline C. Follows the ridgeline

3. The advantages of the proposed CFZ as we see them are:
• MBZs, CTZs and CFZs are normal in the Auckland area. The Parakai area is an anomaly by not being one. • A defined CFZ that keys into existing airspace boundaries should be easier for pilots to visualise. • The current MBZ is effective, but small and the size is a limitation to its functionality. • Without making the MBZ larger, we think it can be augmented with an encompassing CFZ. • This avoids further restricting any NORDO users in the area, such as paragliders and vintage aircraft.
• Making the existing MBZ ‘Transponder Mandatory’ will enhance operational safety as our skydive & most flight training aircraft are equipped with ADS-B Out and In. • As NORDO traffic is already excluded from the MBZ, we anticipate soon there will be very few aircraft flying that have a radio, but do not have a suitable transponder. Therefore, we believe this would not inconvenience anyone. 4. Overlayed on the VNC Chart below are:

• Proposed Parakai CFZ North, East and South boundaries in Magenta • Proposed Parakai CFZ Western boundary options A, B and C in Green From left to right respectively





5. The Satellite image below shows:

• Existing NZPI MBZ in Cyan • Existing NZNE & NZWP zones in Blue • Proposed Parakai CFZ North, East and South boundaries in Magenta • Proposed Parakai CFZ Western boundary options A, B and C in Green (from left to right respectively)



6. Comments and Feedback:

We welcome any discussion, comments or feedback on this proposal before we submit it to CAA.

Kind regards,


Simon Lockie

Airport Manager West Auckland Airport, Parakai West Auckland Airport Authority E: simon@westaucklandairport.co.nz W: www.westaucklandairport.co.nz P: 09 420 8010 M: 021 354 458 International: +64 9 420 8010

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Future Airport Possibilities:   The Airport Company is interested in working with an equity partner to develop West Auckland Airport Parakai into a Regional Airport to serve the 400,000 people for whom it would be the nearest Domestic Airport.   It would have a larger population catchment than any other Regional, e.g. larger than the successful Regionals at Tauranga, Nelson or Hawkes Bay.   For more information and a detailed discussion paper, click on Strategic Intentions .   To show the possibilities, a photo of Nelson Airport is superimposed on the area at the same scale...  note that the Airport could be developed without disturbing the existing light aircraft runway or any houses.

 

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Weather Station back again.   After multiple failed attempts to set up a reliable weather station, it finally looks as though we have one that does work consistently to show the weather conditions at the Airport...  developed by Hangar Owner George Richards.   Just click on the 'Airport Weather' link at the top LH corner of the West Auckland Airport website, www.WestAucklandAirport.co.nz to see current and past weather, and camera to see fog / cloudbase to the South.

 

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First Microlight Solo.   Rob Waters after going solo again, in a Microlight this time, many years after having last used a PPL.   Congratulations Rob and welcome back into the air... and also well done instructor John Issott for returning another aviator to the air after a long break.

Rob Waters being congratulated by Instructor John Issott

 

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.  

Aircraft Engineering, 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.

 

Fuel Types for Wet Wings.   If your aircraft has composite 'wet wings' (where a fuel tank is created by sealing off part of the wing, rather than a separate tank), then the choice of fuel is important.   The oil companies will meet the stated Octane and RON,  but that doesn't mean a particular blend is suitable for every aircraft.   The aircraft designer will have made sure that all components are compatible with the straight chain hydrocarbons that make up the bulk of petrol, but they might not have allowed for ethanol.  If the chemical design was done before ethanol blends were available, its possible that those blends could partly dissolve some sealers, fuel pipes, or the matrix in composite wet structures.  A slightly more subtle possibility is that the aromatics (cyclic hydrocarbons) that are used instead of lead to boost the octane in modern Mogas, also dissolve things differently, so theoretically this could give a similar effect.

For metal wing aircraft like the Tecnams in the West Auckland fleet, no problem...  aluminium isn't going to dissolve in any kind of fuel.    Its possible that the seals and fuel pipes could be affected leading to slow leaks, which would become obvious in plenty of time.   And simiarly, a composite tank that is separate from the structure will develop leaks gradually if its affected.   But gradual weakening is not acceptable on a structural component like a wing.   

For this reason, the Mogas we use at the airport avoids known ethanol blends, and the Airport's all composite 'Corporate Jet'  ZK-WIK uses Mogas or AvGas in its separate centre tank, but for its wet wing tanks it uses AvGas only. 

 

RAANZ Defect Report:  Possible fuel induced problems.

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Looking after the Airport's Environment:

Weed Control:   The Airport has been researching and experimenting with non-chemical control of the Alligator weed that has long invaded the ditches on the Kaipara and choked the drains.   Letting in controlled amounts of seawater has proven effective, and is much kinder to the Inanga and juveniles of other fish species that breed in the harbour, compared to spraying weedkiller or using diggers to clear the ditches.    Further work is being done in conjunction with the Council waterways biologists and the method developed is likely to be rolled out by the Council to other properties on the Kaipara Harbour and its rivers.

Bird Control:  Work on this has also been quite effective, and by studying the habits of the birds and making the airport less attractive to them, its been possible to make the birds spend more time elsewhere.   Skydive Auckland runs a bird scaring device on their swooping pond for the same reason... that's what causes the loud 'shotgun' type booms at regular intervals.   The birds are not keen to settle if they think there are shooters in the area.  With our 'Aimm' Movement Monitoring service now used by nearly half the active NZ airports, we use our client newsletters to spread the suggestions for non-lethal bird control to many other airports in NZ and Australia.

Low-emission Aircraft: The Airport's flight training aircraft have been low-emission for a long time, and produce less than half the emissions of a Cessna or Piper training aircraft.    Partly this is due to the lighter weight of the Tecnam aircraft used at West Auckland, but mainly because their 1990s designed Rotax engines are considerably more efficient than the 1950s designed Lycoming and Continental engines traditionally used for training.  The Rotaxes also use unleaded road vehicle fuel ('MoGas') getting a similar Km/Litre to an efficient car,  rather than leaded aviation fuel ('Avgas') so there is a worthwhile benefit there too.  All suitable tasks are carried out using an electric ground vehicle, and the Airport is actively investigating moving to electric training aircraft as soon as practical.

 

West Auckland Airport NZPI from the SW, non traffic side.

 

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Coming Events:    Landings by Airport owned aircraft at non-AIP airfields require approval of an instructor, and insurance may not be valid.

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Northland Aviation Club events: Keith Morris of the NAC writes...

 

Thames Wings and Wheels, Saturday 30 January 2021 10am to 3 pm. Stratford Aerodrome Open Day, also on Saturday 30 January.

SAANZ Great Plains Flyin, Ashburton, 5 – 8 February 2021.

 Mata Flyin at Leo Johns airstrip, Saturday 13 February. Details to follow.

Warkworth Wings and Wheels, organised by Brian Millett and the Rodney Aero Club, Kaipara Flats airfield, Sunday 14 February. This is not a NAC event but if any NAC members wish to volunteer on a personal basis, Brian Millett would be very grateful for their help – 09 4255887. Brian would like 3 volunteers to man the gate in the morning for an hour each, and also 3 or 4 more to help with trial flights with the emphasis on escorting people safely to and from the aircraft.

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Sat 30th Jan 2021: Stratford NZSD.

Stratford Sport Flyers will be hosting an Open Day. At Stratford Aerodrome.
STRATFORD AERODROME OPEN DAY SAT 30th JAN. Starts 10am through 4pm.
Everyone Welcome. If Flying in Camping Next to your Plane OK. Avgas on site Credit Card & EFTPOS.
Contact Nick 020 404 28854

Stratford NZSD

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Sat 13th Feb:   Mata flyin.    Mata is a private strip a few miles to the South of Whangarei NZWR, with the annual fly-in noted for its excellent scones and a good turnout of aircraft from the Far North.   Find it  by lining up the Whangarei Airport and Shipping Port, mata is to the South of the main road.   

Click here for airfield details.

 

Mata airfield

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RECURRING EVENTS
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DARGAVILLE NZDA: 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 NZCX:  Second Sunday of each month from 12:30. Clubhouse Ph 07 866 2055. Click here for airfield details.

WHANGAREI NZWR: 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

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