Hi all, Every Wellington Anniversary Weekend is the Whanganui Vintage Weekend event. For the past few years Air Chathams has supported the event by sending down their DC-3 to do scenic flights and this year was no exception. Resplendent in NZNAC colours she seemed very popular.
Coincidentally the Catalina also came to stay for the weekend after her winter hibernation at Ohakea, and also flew flew several times over the weekend.
To round things out the Whanganui Aero Club also held an open day today which proved popular with the public - lots of families and interested folk. There was an informal air display with slots flown by Darren Luff in his Pitts, his father John in the Venom, Richmond Harding’s Tiger Moth and Spitfire replica, and several others.
I’ll post photos later but in the meantime, here are some videos!
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2020 18:48:05 GMT 12 by ZacYates
Here are some photos I took over the weekend, and I've had some constructive criticism to help get prop blur in future photos Apologies if the captions seem too obvious, I've copied-and-pasted this from an overseas forum I posted at originally.
18/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Richmond Harding's scale Spitfire replica, based at his private strip just north of town, arriving for the weekend.
18/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr The Civil Aviation Authority's site tells me this is an Aeroprakt A-32 LSA from the Hawera Aero Club. I lived in Hawera for a while and it's about an hour's drive from Whanganui.
18/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Piper Tomahawks aren't spectacular as such, but ZK-FRS is a stalwart member of the Whanganui Aero Club fleet and the aircraft I had my first lessons in, so she's special to me at least.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Our other Pitts Special was tucked up in the Aero Club's hangar, and amazingly is the one I flew in with my friend Adam in Queenstown in 2010! Also, he learned to fly Tigers in the aforementioned ZK-BEF. NZ is a small place!
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr This tidy gyrocopter flew a handling display but I was at the runway so had to watch from afar.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Resident Super Cub ZK-BTU was demonstrating STOL ops in front of the crowd.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Neville and Les Worsley's Acro Sport also came down from Hawera.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr This very smart Cessna 180 went up to do a photo flight with the Catalina.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Another Cessna showed up and tried to outshine the Super Cub with a short landing.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr Richmond's two lovely machines together, with the Cat in the background.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr John Luff's Swiss veteran de Havilland Venom J-1630/"WE434"/ZK-VNM is always a star at the aero club's open days. For the last year or so he's taken to flying her without the tip tanks. VNM also has the (IIRC) only live civilian ejection seat in New Zealand.
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr No visit to Whanganui Aero Club is complete without checking in with Sherman, resident hangar cat. There's great photos on Facebook of him going up in a Cessna and not being at all helpful!
19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr 19/01/2020 by Zac Yates, on Flickr I was also surprised to meet a second hangar cat, the delightfully fluffy Hangar. Seriously - I asked the name on the club's Facebook page. This one was very spoiled with bits of sausage from visitors!
So there we have it! Should you want to trawl through my whole album you can find it here.
Post by johnnyfalcon on Jan 25, 2020 15:33:07 GMT 12
ZK-BJV! My father used to fly this one and ZK-BEZ. I have memories as a kid going places in both. BJV had been domiciled in Rangiora (stored) for a long time and I was not aware there had been a move to return her to the air. Lovely to see sibling ZK-BJX complementing