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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'

 

 

US Pilot Tips website:   Looking for traffic?

"When ATC calls traffic for me, I never see it until I’m passing it - even when it's at or near my altitude. Is there any trick to this? " - Shawn R

"The best advice really comes down to angles.

Suppose traffic is called out to us at 12 o’clock, five miles, same altitude. Instinctively, we look to the horizon because we’re terrestrial beings most of the time and that’s where we think we are. However, that’s not quite correct due to the curvature of the earth. Even only 1000 feet in the air, the horizon in the distance is 1.5 degrees below level. By 10,000 feet, that’s about two degrees, and by FL410 it’s about 3.5 degrees.

Two degrees is about the width of one finger held out at arm’s length. So if we’re flying at 10,000 feet or lower, we need to hold our arm out in front of us at arm’s length and put the bottom of our finger on the horizon. The traffic is somewhere behind that finger—which is a really small slice of the sky just above the horizon. Put the finger down now and look for traffic right there.

Suppose the traffic call was 12 o’clock, five miles, 1000 feet below. Would you look much lower? Not really. A point 1000 feet below you and ten miles away is only one degree down visually. So 1000 feet below and five miles away is two degrees down. If traffic at your altitude is directly behind your finger held at arm’s length, then traffic five miles away and 1000 feet below is just below your outstretched finger. Traffic five miles away and 1000 above, is a just above that finger.

In other words, look for traffic two finger-widths above the horizon to one finger width below. That’s where all the traffic is that matters when it’s approaching—and where it will stay if it really matters!"

 

 

 

Skydiving 'Sporty Boogie'   weekend of 1st to 4th March.   Skydive Auckland advise that they will be holding a major 'Boogie' at West Auckland over a long weekend 1st to 4th March.   There will be plenty to see with some 'swooping' experts trying out the swooping pond, and some novice swoopers to provide extra entertainment.   The Big PAC 750XL will be in action, and an even bigger Cessna Caravan to help with the loads.   

No interruption to normal flying... just make sure to stick to the rules of remaining over the runway centreline and below 500ft until well clear of each end of the runway.   Skydive planes sometimes takeoff downwind, but they have 750HP on tap and many thousands of landings in their pilots' logbooks...  so don't assume that they runway they are using is the one in general use.  Ask them for the 'runway in use' if unsure.   When refuelling push the plane back onto the grass so you're not rushed by the arrival or departure of heavy metal.

 

 

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.

 

 

Some of the sights when flying around NZ by light plane...

Mt Cook Airport NZMC:  Ski Plane on the apron at Mt Cook Airport, just back from a landing on an icefield high up the mountains... note the snow still on the tail skid, melting rapidly.

The loading apron at Mt Cook Airport

 

Landing at Glentanner, NZGT.   A nice long runway in an isolated area part way between Mt Cook NZMC and Pukaki NZUK..   At Glentanner there is very little on the ground, except some tourist helicopter operators and an excellent cafe serving those on the long drive (or short flight in this case) on the way to Mt Cook.

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Glentanner Airport, NZGT.  Good cafe.

 

Alexandra Airport, NZLX.  The town is in the background to the right.  There are a lot of new hangars under construction at Alexandra, with  the recreational aviators moving from Queenstown...  which has become very busy with Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) Operations.    

Alexandra Airport NZLX

 


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Coming Events:

Sat 24th Feb:   Dargaville Aero Club.  Gyrocopter and Trike Flyin (weather permitting) Club open day and Model Aircraft.   Gyro and trike pilots who flyin - free lunch.  Sausage Sizzle + normal Saturday Lunch a 12:30pm.  All Welcome.

Click for   airfield details.

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Mata Airfield

Sat 3rd March:  (changed date) 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

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