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Recovery Systems (whole-aircraft parachutes).
Edge Aviation Ltd (Bryn Lockie, L.A.M.E and I.A.), are
licensed aircraft maintenance engineers at West Auckland Airport
(Parakai). Leading Edge are able to carry out major work and scheduled
maintenance on Certified, Sports and ML aircraft. Petrol, diesel
and turbine engines. Aluminium, glass and carbon fibre airframes.
Chief Engineer Bryn Lockie is Inspection Authorised (I.A.), and
is able to certify Major Repairs/Modifications and Annual Reviews
of Airworthiness (ARAs).
courtesy car is available no charge for those flying in for service.
As Bryn Lockie lives close to North Shore Airfield he can often
pick up aircraft there, fly them to West Auckland for service and
deliver back when finished. Minor tasks can usually be carried out
in their home hangars for aircraft based at North Shore or Whenuapai.
from carrying out normal scheduled servicing of aircraft, Leading
Edge Aviation specialise in: major rebuilds, corrosion and damage
repair, refurbishment of aircraft, aircraft recovery from remote
locations, import/export of aircraft, and assistance to home builders
including completion of stalled projects.
/ Export of Aircraft: A complete
package for importing aircraft including customs and agricultural
clearance, unpacking the container, assembling the aircraft, making
any mods required for NZ specs, arranging CAA inspections and placing
the aircraft on the NZ register, for fly-away from West Auckland
or delivery anywhere in NZ. Likewise for export of aircraft, a complete
package... aircraft can be flown into West Auckland or picked up
from anywhere in NZ, and will be disassembed, packed into a container
and export arranged to final destination with documentation.
Leading Edge Aviation Ltd's engineering hangar Feb 09.
Doctor' Service. Available for those who strike problem
at a remote strip and need an engineer to rescue aircraft, or to
check for airworthiness before it is flown off. Bryn can fly or
drive in, and has a low loading aircraft recovery trailer for recovering
aircraft from difficult situations. He will also fly/drive into
other airfields north of Auckland to carry out Annual Reviews of
Airworthiness (ARAs) on aircraft at their home airfield.
being fixed at Tapora after a forced landing. It was flown off by
Dawson Boles from here, becoming airbourne before the fence (which
was dropped just in case) on the ridge in the background.
Aircraft: Major overhauls of aircraft are a specialty at
West Auckland, to any level including engine overhauls, uhholstery,
paint, avionics. Both restoration and upgrading.
Cessna 150 ZK-TWT was flyable but looking neglected with poor
paint, some corrosion, scratched windscreen, torn seats, damaged
trim and generally it didn't inspire confidence in passengers or
pride for the owner.
out, windscreen removed, initial preparation...
and tail are in the hangar....
up ready for undercoating...
and tail back on, and Stage Two of painting...
ZK-DBK had a
pre-purchase inspection that revealed corrosion in some of the major
spars in the wing structure. Corrosion is never good news, but better
to find this out on the ground than in the air.
the job started, the wings were removed (not a trivial job on Mooneys,
which are a very solidly constructed aircraft), and opened up...
The skins had to be de-rivetted and peeled back for the affected
spars to be exposed.
brown colour under the skins is anti corrosion sealer. Decisions
could then be made on exactly what needed to be taken out and replaced,
and new parts ordered. An addition to replacing the affected spars
the engineers took advantage of the opportunity to apply new anti-corrosion
to all the normally inaccessible places. Shouldn't be any corrosion
problems in this wing for a very long time.
Looking more closely at the photo above, you can see that the fuselage
is suspended by the engine crane at the front and a chain block
from the roof at the tail. Meanwhile the wings, which are one very
solid unit on Mooneys, are being accurately position underneath
on the wheeled platform ready for everything to be reunited. This
all has to be done carefully as precise alignment is important,
and these are heavy components where you wouldn't want something
Once in place the physical reattachment is still quite a big job
as there are hundreds of bolts and rivets, typically more than a
week's work to remove and reattach a Mooney wing.
better... ZK-DBK not far off its test flight, a good rescue of a
very nice aircraft that could have been headed for the junkyard.
Now restored to health, ZX-DBK should be good for many more hours
of active life.
for Homebuilders: For people who would like to construct
a Kit/Experimental class aircraft, but are a little daunted by the
size of the task, Leading Edge Aviation can provide assistance.
Even once all the structural things are finished, connecting the
wires and cables on a modern aircraft is a big job, as the photo
below shows. If you are tempted to tackle a kit/experimental and
would like to discuss ways to lessen the load, phone Bryn Lockie,
021 681 900, to discuss options.
the instrument panel on a well equipped modern aircraft. For examples
of Electronic Flight Information Systems (EFIS = Flight Computer)
installations, click here
you've run out of time to complete an existing project and would
like to get the aircraft into the air a little faster, Leading Edge
with any phase of construction... airframe (aluminium, glass fibre
or carbon fibre), engine installation, avionics and wiring, control
system installation, painting, certification, registration, and
Lockie and Simon Lockie unpacking a container of Cessnas from the
Bryn Lockie, Ph 09 973-5119, email info@LEAV8.com,
for everything to do with BRS whole-aircraft parachutes and Leading
Edge Aviation Ltd.
Avgas or Mogas at West Auckland
Airport (Parakai), contact Simon Lockie 09 420 8010)
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