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West Auckland Airport, 76 Green Rd, Parakai, West Auckland. Road Map.. 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 by the hangars down taxiway 'B'

 

South Island Passes:   The scenic destinations like Wanaka, Queenstown, Mt Cook etc in the Southern Alps are embedded in mountains... not surprisingly as that is why they are scenic.   So VFR aircraft have to wait for the right conditions to get over the mountains, or go a very long way around and up the valleys from the sea, which is not always possible either. 

Heading North from Wanaka, the way is blocked by the Hawkdun Range with peaks to 6000ft, not particularly high by South Island standards but sufficient for it to often have its head in the clouds.    The Lindis Pass provides a way through into the McKenzie Basin with the road topping out at 3000ft and a little more required for planes.    The terrain is unforgiving and the pass involves some winding through the mountains where you can't see what's ahead, and in some places not enough space to turn around...  so not a place to scrape through with only 500ft to spare.

 

Lindis Pass tracking North.  Ideal conditions with the ability to climb for safety if required.  Road at 3000ft

 

The McKenzie Country has many airfields ...   Omarama, Pukaki, Tekapo, etc and gives access to the valley leading further into the mountains up to Glentanner and Mt Cook.   The way out of those to the North and down onto the Canterbury Plains is blocked by the Rollesby Range, which again is not particularly high by local standards but high enough to be often in cloud.  The Burke and McKenzie Passes let both the road and aviators through.    McKenzie pass looks to have been especially made for the convenience of aviators, being short and straight so you can see though to the other side before committing yourself, and provided with helpful power pylons as a navigation guide.

 

McKenzie Pass tracking North in ideal conditions.  The pass floor is around 2000ft altitude, and narrower than it looks when you get into it.   Over the sill is the Canterbury Plains.

 

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.  

Courtesy car for aviators by arrangement (35 mins to Auckland CBD, 30 mins to Albany, 25 mins to  Silverdale), and Studio apartment on airport can be booked for overnight stays.

Aircraft Engineering, Aerobatics, 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.

 

 

New Weather Station:   The old weather station had become increasingly unreliable, so has been replaced with new gear that also has a wide angle camera and is enable for mobile devices.   The current skyview gives a good idea of the conditions right now, and the timelapse shows the last 24 hours so you can see what is developing.  The camera is on the tower and looks directly south over the runway, so the direction of travel of the clouds shows the wind direction changes for the last 24h.

At the moment we're trying to find out how to display in Celcius degrees and Knots on a PC...   on the mobile App you click on the  'F' to toggle to 'C'.   But Fahrenheit and MPH are a lot better than no indication at all, so for now "we'll take it" and do the mental conversion.

The link is on the website 'weather' buttons, and is  http://map.bloomsky.com/weather-stations/faBiuZWsmKKkrZWp

 

Proposed changes to Whenuapai NZWP area:   The proposed changes to the Te Henga transit zone are to be extend it inland a little, and raise it from 1500ft to 2000ft...  the extra height being most welcome when transitting that very rocky and unforgiving coastline.  Similarly the transit zone on the East Coast Bays will be higher at 1200ft.   Click on the map or link to download the full .pdf doc.       

Link:   images/temp2017/NzwpAmended-30nov17.pdf

 

 

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Coming Events:

 

Sunday 31st Dec 2017,  Whananaki New Years Eve Flyin. Martin Farrand and NMC welcome all pilots and crew to a BBQ lunch at his property adjacent to the Whananaki airstrip.  Tea, coffee and food supplied. All welcome. Ph 021 933 804.    Click here for airfield details,  and if landing to the south fly a close circuit with left base down the harbour entrance rather than over the houses on longer final.

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Monday 1st January: New Year's Day fly-in Koputaroa (NZKP).    The Lower North Island fly-in on New Year's Day is the first aviation event of the year...   anywhere, due to NZDT being 13h ahead of UTC.     Attracts a large crowd of lower North Island aircraft, and often one or two of those aircraft with long legs from the top of the North.   

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Sat 6th January:   Pauanui Flyin 2018. Saturday 6th. Tea and coffee from 10am. Excellent food organised by Trevor Barrett. $15. Come for the day.  Click here for airfield details.

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Sat 20th January,  Classics of the Sky ...  Tauranga City Air Show.   At Tauranga Airport, NZTG.  Afternoon and evening shows with gates open 13:30.  Show at 15:00.   Black Falcons and more including vintage military display. Free parking.  Tickets available from Eventfinda   http://www.tcas.nz

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Sat  - Monday 27th to 29th January:   NZ Autogyro Assn fly-in at Dannevirke:   AGM and plenty of gyros coming and going.  "Don't be shy to turn up and ask questions and ask for a ride".  Details on http://www.autogyro.org.nz.

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Sat 10th Feb 18:   Te Kowhai (NZTE) Market day and Fly-in:   Annual event that is always a lot of fun to fly-in.

Click here for airfield details.

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Sat 10th Feb 18:   Dargaville Flyin. (NZDA) Fly-in and open house, 10 February 2018.
Focus is on gyrocopters and trikes, but all aerial conveyances most welcome. BBQ lunch, coffee and tea, and the usual DA hospitality.. ..
http://dargavilleac.weebly.com/
Click here for airfield details.

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Fri 16th - Sat 17th - Sun 18th February:   RAANZ National Flyin at Stratford (NZSD).  Details as above.

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Mata Airfield

Sat 24th Feb:   Mata BBQ: NMC/Mata BBQ Flyin at Leo John’s airfield at Mata across the harbour to the south of Whangarei Airport. Tea, coffee and scones from 10am.   Click here for airfield details.


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Recurring Events:

DARGAVILLE: 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: Lunch 2nd Sunday of each month from 12:30. Clubhouse Ph 07 866 2055. Click here for airfield details.

WHANGAREI: 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

This is webpage is updated weekly, apart from 'Coming Events' which are updated as soon as known.Parakai Aero

 
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