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Terms and Conditions 

By entering the West Auckland Airport, Parakai:   You signify agreement to the latest Terms/Conditions/Fees as published on this website which are subject to change without notice.  

These terms and conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Airport Landing Plate found in the AIP Vol 4.

You are responsible for:

  • The safety of yourself and all people you bring to West Auckland Airport Parakai (WAAP). 

  • Confirming the suitability of the airport for any intended operations,

  • Ensuring that all aircraft, pilots and maintenance people have the appropriate CAA, OSH and other certifications and follow appropriate procedures.

  • You agree to indemnify us against any claims relating to WAAP activity of yourself, your aircraft, and anyone you bring to WAAP, even if caused by our negligence.

  • You agree to provide adequate public liability and third-party insurance for your operations. 

Airport Information:

Aircraft Based at the Airport:   Aircraft may only remain at the airport for more than 30 days with ‘agreement to base’ from the Airport Management, which may be withheld.   An Annual ‘Access Fee’ (which includes unlimited landings for named pilot(s) and aircraft) is to be paid for all resident-based aircraft for which a Participation Levy is paid to the CAA.

Non-payment of rent/fees for 30 days will result in restriction of use of the airport.


Visiting Aircraft:  Visitors should exit at ‘B’ and park on the hard areas near the hangars.  In summer they should park on the grass.  Aircraft parked overnight outside of a hangar may be changed a parking fee.

A courtesy car is available for visiting aviators wanting to go into Parakai, Helensville towns (5 mins), Hibiscus Coast or Auckland city (35 mins) ... no charge, so long as it is bought back with more petrol than when it was taken. Phone first to check availability.

Car Parking and Vehicles:   Park in the carpark and do not take vehicles ‘airside' unless there is a particular reason to do so: such as taking something heavy to the hangars or wanting to leave a car in a hangar overnight.  Only holders of an aviation certificate (or someone authorised by the Airport management to drive airside) is to take a vehicle airside.  The speed must be kept below 10 kph and flashing hazard lights used.   The airside gate must be closed, even if the airside visit is intended to be for only a few minutes.  


Ground vehicles are not to go to closer to the runway than taxiway 'W', except for airport maintenance, and emergency vehicles.

Walking on the operational area: Access to the airside is restricted to holders of an 'aviation certificate'.  If you take someone else airside, you are accepting full responsibility for their safety.  Airside dangers may not be obvious to a non-aviator, so if leaving someone on the ground while taking another for a flight, have them wait in the Pilot Lounge which is close to the carpark, has good viewing, toilets and other facilities.

Only cross Taxiway 'W' towards the runway when there is a good reason to do so and wear a Hi-Viz jacket at all times in this area.

Safety Committee: The committee is made up of members of each type of user of the airport. It meets as required to discuss incidents, complaints, and any matters of concern reported to it, and makes recommendations for changes when thought necessary. If you see a problem that has safety implications, take immediate steps to correct it if possible, and email the Safety Committee Secretary, Carreen Lockie, email:

Emergencies: Call 111.  The Helensville Fire Service is based nearby and can attend quickly with specialised knowledge and equipment. For initial assistance, a ‘Rescue Bag’ with fire extinguisher and heavy cutters, gloves etc is kept in a waterproof box at the corner of Hangar #10, the Leading Edge Engineering hangar. Additional fire extinguishers are in that hangar, the Pilot Lounge, and other hangars. If heavy lifting is required, the mower tractor has a front-end-loader and lifting chain.  Incidents are to be reported to the CAA as soon as possible. If anyone has been injured, do not move the aircraft involved until CAA approve that, unless necessary for rescue. If the runway is blocked by an incident, advise aircraft in the air to divert to North Shore Airport. 

Mayday Calls:   If heard, write down everything starting with the location. Do not reply by radio beyond ‘Mayday acknowledged’. Unless you hear the situation resolved quickly, phone 111 and advise, “I am at West Auckland Airport Parakai and have heard a mayday call from an aircraft saying   ……  “. Relay the Mayday to anyone in the air so that they can investigate and they can advise the Air Traffic Control at NZAA or NZWP. 

Noise: Noise abatement procedures are mandatory, with propeller tips kept sub-sonic at all times except when required for flight safety.   If doing repetitive flights vary the turning points and flight path. Noisy aircraft will need to fit extra sound reduction gear if quietness cannot be achieved operationally.

Booking Aircraft: Be considerate of other pilots by booking West Auckland Airport aircraft for the time required only. E.g. if intending to start a briefing at 2pm, book the aircraft from 2:30 so someone does not cut their flight short only to see the aircraft sit on the ground for time that they would have used. A  link to the aircraft booking website is on the home page of this website. 


Aircraft and Hangar Access: The Airport Management may enter hangars and move aircraft in an emergency. When required they may give access to appropriate people for maintenance to aircraft or hangars.


Commercial Operations: Commercial operations are encouraged, so long as the operator has prior approval of the Airport Management.  Flight training originating from the Airport is considered a commercial use.  Hiring out of aircraft to someone other than a ‘Named Pilot’ on more than one day a month is considered commercial use.


CPLs, ATPLs and Instructors should not hesitate to take command if they see an unsafe situation developing.


‘Worksafe’ Regulations.  As the Airport is a workplace, the Worksafe regulations apply. More info here.

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