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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'

 

History:  Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) Operations:    For a time during the 1990s Parakai Aviation Ltd operated a Scheduled  Passenger Transport operation between Parakai NZPI and Great Barrier NZGB / Okiwi NZOX, using a Partenavia and a new (and very expensive at the time) Cessna Caravan ZK-VAN.   These aircraft also lifted skydivers between their passenger transport duties.

An advert in the Nor-West Newsbrief 30th Nov 1995

 

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.

 

Brokenwood Airport:     Now that episode with the cut paractute of 'The Brokenwood Mysteries' has been screened, we can use the photos taken when we became Brokenwood Airport for the day.  It was great to watch the video professionals going about their work.

 

Signage on Brokenwood Airpport

 

Lights, Camera, Action, with the green screen to the RHS wheeled into position to be replaced with appropriate scenery for the scenes taken in the air.  The jumpers dropped onto the pads behind the lights.

 

Signage on Brokenwood Airpport

The airport has been the location for quite a few video shoots, both for Film/TV scenes that involve aviation, and for adverts and Trade events that require a secure location with just one entrance down the end of a no-exit road well away from any public land or other roadway.  

This attribute has also been used by the Police/Rescue services when they need a secure facility as a staging base and for air/ground transfers near the West Coast.

 

 

Air Training Corps  Annual Camp at West Auckland: :The ATC will be holding their annual camp at the Airport on the weekend of 1st to 3rd December.    For some years now, with help from some kind pilots, every cadet has had a flight... which is the highlight of the year for many cadets, and very satisfying for the pilots to introduce a young person to flight, some of whom will get bitten with the bug for a lifetime.

Volunteers required:   Instructors to take up cadets for a turn on the controls, and passenger rated pilots to take them for a flight (but not on the controls.)   We already have two volunteers and more would be appreciated, even better if they can use their own plane so the cadets can all get a flight at around the same time.

Airport's Tecnam Echo, ZK-CDL

 

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Coming Events:

 

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.   Click here for airfield details.

 

 

1st Dec to 3rd December weekend,  ATC  Annual Camp at West Auckland:  The Air Training Corps will be holding their annual camp at the Airport on the weekend of 1st to 3rd December.    For some years now, with help from some kind pilots, every cadet has had a flight... which is the highlight of the year for many cadets, and very satisfying for the pilots to introduce a young person to flight, some of whom will get bitten with the bug for a lifetime.

Volunteers required:   Instructors to take up cadets for a turn on the controls, and passenger rated pilots to take them for a flight (but not on the controls.)   We already have two volunteers and more would be appreciated, even better if they can use their own plane so the cadets can all get a flight at around the same time.

 

 

 

Date TBA:   NMC Pre Christmas BBQ Flyin. Tim Harrison's hangar, Kaipara Flats. Tea, coffee and scones from 10am.
No charge for the BBQ although a donation to the Rodney Aero Club would be appreciated.   Click here for airfield details.

 

 

1st January:   Whananaki New Year Flyin. This event, and the Athbey Farm fly-in, are the first aviation events of the year (anywhere... due to NZDT being 13h ahead of UTC).

Martin Farrand and NMC welcome all pilots and crew to a BBQ lunch at his property adjacent to the Whananaki airstrip. 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.

 

1st January: Athbey Farm fly-in at Woodville.  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.    Contact and confirmation of event to come.

 

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.

 

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.


 

 

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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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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