Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 26, 2019 22:34:52 GMT 12
Well apart from a change of chariot (ZK-JSP needs engine work, so we ended up flying ZK-JMC) it was a supurb day. Mrs Flyernzl was happy that the wind had dropped so not many bumps, and we were apparently the 60th aircraft to arrive on the field. I'd guess another 12 or so came after us, so that was a really good turnout. Shows what can be done when there is minimal red tape, a lack of road cones and no RAV4s equipped with flashing lights.
Even better, I found at least thirteen new-to-me aircraft among the fleet to salivate over.
P & M Aviation Quik GT450 ZK-MAZ/2, not something you'd see at many aviation events these days. All the way down from Whangarei apparently.
BRM Aero Bristell S-LSA ZK-NGT which normally hides out at Pokeno
Sonex ZK-SXR which hails from Auckland (I find the Sonex shape singularly unappealing!)
Vans RV-8 ZK-ZRV from Otorohanga
Titan T51 Mustang ZK-FDL despite being registered in 2012 has yet to fly.
Warren, the owner/builder, started this project when he was living in Auckland. He moved down to Thames a few years ago and has since then been occupied house building. However, he told me today that he has just had that signed off so is now ready to restart work on the T51.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 27, 2019 22:33:35 GMT 12
Fantastic Peter. Some nice looking and interesting aeroplanes there. I was meant to be coming across with Bruce but I ate something that disagreed with me and was crook, glad I decided not to take the log car trip with a jippy guts, but sad I missed the event.
Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 28, 2019 21:20:42 GMT 12
The star of the show for me - and judging by the interest it received from Joe Public - was the Cessna 195 ZK-AZK. One of only three of the breed ever to grace our local skies, the other two being ZK-MNY (sadly no longer with us) and ZK-BEB/2 based at Feilding.
AutoGyro MTOsport ZK-SHT also garnered at lot of interest while it was in the static park, particularly from the youngsters. It lives over the hill, in Whitianga.
The BRM Aero Bristell S-LSA ZK-NGZ is just one year old this month and hails from Taupiri. It is quite amazing what is classed as a microlight these days.
Then of course there is always the one that tries to get away. Brand new Aeroprakt A-32 ZK-WCV was registered to the Whangarei Flying Club on the 14th of January, and called in very briefly while apparently on its delivery flight north. Sorry about the quality of this one, biut it was that or nothing!
So yes, all in all an excellent day. Well done by the Thames guys, see you again next year.