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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'


Rangitoto Lighthouse:  A familiar sight for boaties and aviators in the Auckland area.  This photo looks West over the shipping channel, then the Devonport peninsula with the inner harbour visible behind.    As Rangitoto Island is almost round and looks much the same from all directions, it is not easy to know from sea level exactly where you are on its circumference, so the lightouse is useful to establish this... and to keep boats off the rocks that extend out from the shore at this point. 


Rangitoto Lighthouse



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.


Big Helos ... Twin Squirrel:  One of Helitranz's big Twin Squirrels at the Airport having the door refitted after a lifting job.   These big helos with dual turbine engines (either of which is able to keep it aloft by itself), are often used for lifting as a sling lift requires the helo to be stationary at a height AGL of only 100ft or so... not enough height to recover from an engine failure, so having 2 x engines is a major safety factor.   

Heletranz 'Twin Squirrel' having the door refitted.


Rescue Helo:  Another big visitor is seen here doing takeoffs and reversal turns over the runway.   Rescue helicopters are an increasingly important part of the medical evacuation and ambulance services, as people can be transported to whatever hospital is best equipped to deal with their problem...   in a few minutes of generally smooth transport, rather than bumping over roads and perhaps traffic jams for a lot longer.    During a recent emergency the Police established a ground base in one of the Airport's hangars for ground/air transfer, and as a place that could provide a controlled access staging base for their operations.   

Familiarisation exercise for a pilot new to the aircraft type




Coming Events:

13 October to 15 October, Taumarnui.  Tiger Moth Club Spring Fly-in Taumarunui . Annual optimistic
welcome to decent flying weather and return to the club’s roots 48 years ago at magnificent
grass aerodrome; some flying competitions. Contact secretary Graeme Wood Ph: 027 293 2318


4 November to 05 November, Raglan.  : Black Sands Fly-in Raglan. Annual fly-in, air rally/fly-around,
food, much socialising. Organised by SAANZ Waikato-Thames Valley Chapter. Contact Bruce
Cooke Ph: 021 11 22 364 E:

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.



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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