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'
Two new Gyros arriving: Always an exciting moment to open a container... has the manufacturer sent what you ordered? Here Leo has a first look at the 2 x Gyros he's just imported.
Gyrocopters are becoming very popular in NZ, especially for those with their own short farm strips as they have pre-rotators for good short-field performance.
Leo with his new arrivals...
Packed in like sardines. With careful packing it is possible to get 2 x aircraft into the same container. With the mast head rotor gear removed, and sitting carefully on the disk brakes with the main wheels off, it is just possible to get the Gyros into a standard container. The rotor blades are in the metal boxes secured to the floor.
All good inside. It will take some time to undo all the packing and straps that made sure nothing moved at sea.
'Nec Minit' ... not quite 'nec', but two days later they're assembed and ready for their test flights. Aircraft development moves on quite quickly, especially in the Microlight category where these is less drag and turbulence from Red Tape. These fully enclosed gyros have side-by-side seating and a good quality interior fitout, and are a long way from the early Gyros in performance, comfort and safety.
Ready for test flights. The interior of this new pair is nicely fitted out to a good standard for general farm use... a more 'plush' fitout is available for city flyers, but this pair of aircraft have the more easily cleaned utilitarian fitout as their new owners will be using them from farm strips... grass, gumboots, mud.
Gyro importer contact: Leo Levine: Phone number 0210 284 2049 and email email@example.com and www.magnigyro.co.nz
Skydive Loading Gate: To keep the holding point 'A' and the apron clear for other aircraft, and keep tourists well clear too, there is a new airside gate for skydivers. This comes into the airside behind the Skydive plane's wing, so there is little chance of someone wandering the wrong way or getting close to other traffic on the new 'W' taxiway.
Skydive Jump ship at its loading gate
New Briefing Room: To provide a quiet place for student briefings, the little back office off the kitchen has been fitted out as a separate briefing room. This is available for instructors to brief students... or any pilot who wants a quiet space to do their flight planning away from the comings-and-goings of the Pilot Lounge.
Computer Security: Recently a major overseas credit rating agency was hit by hackers, and the confidential personal details of many millions of people in the USA and the UK were stolen. The password that gave access was said to be 'ADMIN'... hard to believe, but it security experts do find a lot of such passwords in use. As do hackers. The advice is to use a long random password and not to write it down, which sounds difficult. But a practical way to do this is to think of a phrase and use the first word of each, such as 'My Cessna flaps lower at 70 knots'... or 'MCfla70k'. This is easily remembered, and after the first few times can be typed quickly. The combination of upper/lower/numbers and 8 characters gives 62^8 combinations, averaging 3000 years to crack at 1000 tries / second. This makes it a lot more secure than 'ADMIN' or 'Fluffy' which will be found in a few minutes. Remember, "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Computers are from Hell."
13 October to 15 October, Taumarnui.
Tiger Moth Club Spring Fly-in Taumarunui . Annual optimistic
4 November to 05 November, Raglan.
: Black Sands Fly-in Raglan. Annual fly-in, air rally/fly-around,
Saturday 25th November: Whitianga. The RAANZ AGM 2016 will be held at Mercury Bay Aero Club clubrooms, Whitianga Airfield, 10:30am warmup for 11:00am takeoff. Morning tea for those arriving early, BBQ lunch. Duration approx 2-3 hours depending on remits and discussion items.
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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