Leading Edge Engineering
Leading Edge Aviation Ltd (Bryn Lockie, L.A.M.E and I.A.), are licensed aircraft maintenance engineers at West Auckland Airport (Parakai).
Leading Edge are able to carry out major work and scheduled maintenance on Certified, Sports and ML aircraft. Petrol, diesel and turbine engines. Aluminium, glass and carbon fibre airframes. Chief Engineer Bryn Lockie is Inspection Authorised (I.A.), and is able to certify Major Repairs/Modifications and Annual Reviews of Airworthiness (ARAs).
Aviation Engineering Services
Apart from carrying out normal scheduled servicing of aircraft, Leading Edge Aviation specialise in: major rebuilds, corrosion and damage repair, refurbishment of aircraft, aircraft recovery from remote locations, import/export of aircraft, and assistance to home builders including completion of stalled projects.
Import / Export of Aircraft:
A complete package for importing aircraft including customs and agricultural clearance, unpacking the container, assembling the aircraft, making any mods required for NZ specs, arranging CAA inspections and placing the aircraft on the NZ register, for fly-away from West Auckland or delivery anywhere in NZ. Likewise for export of aircraft, a complete package... aircraft can be flown into West Auckland or picked up from anywhere in NZ, and will be disassembed, packed into a container and export arranged to final destination with documentation.
Flying Doctor' Service:
Available for those who strike problem at a remote strip and need an engineer to rescue aircraft, or to check for airworthiness before it is flown off. Bryn can fly or drive in, and has a low loading aircraft recovery trailer for recovering aircraft from difficult situations. He will also fly/drive into other airfields north of Auckland to carry out Annual Reviews of Airworthiness (ARAs) on aircraft at their home airfield.
Major overhauls of aircraft are a specialty at West Auckland, to any level including engine overhauls, uhholstery, paint, avionics. Both restoration and upgrading.
Assistance for Homebuilders:
For people who would like to construct a Kit/Experimental class aircraft, but are a little daunted by the size of the task, Leading Edge Aviation can provide assistance. Even once all the structural things are finished, connecting the wires and cables on a modern aircraft is a big job, as the photo below shows. If you are tempted to tackle a kit/experimental and would like to discuss ways to lessen the load, phone Bryn Lockie, 021 681 900, to discuss options. Or, If you've run out of time to complete an existing project and would like to get the aircraft into the air a little faster, Leading Edge can assist with any phase of construction... airframe (aluminium, glass fibre or carbon fibre), engine installation, avionics and wiring, control system installation, painting, certification, registration, and flight testing.
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A courtesy car is available no charge for those flying in for service. As Bryn Lockie lives close to North Shore Airfield he can often pick up aircraft there, fly them to West Auckland for service and deliver back when finished. Minor tasks can usually be carried out in their home hangars for aircraft based at North Shore or Whenuapai.
Bryn Lockie, Ph 09 973-5119, email info@LEAV8.com, for everything to do with BRS whole-aircraft parachutes and Leading Edge Aviation Ltd.
Some of our work
Masked up ready for undercoating...
Wings and tail back on, and Stage Two of painting...
ZK-TWT back on-line.
ZK-NSA being fixed at Tapora after a forced landing
ZK-DBK being restored
Wings stripped back to add anti corrosion sealer