Sunday, November 06, 2016

Final post from the Flying NZ Cook region competitions

Here is the final post from the regional competition sat Paraparaumu this past weekend. In hindsight, I should probably have gone to the grid in the morning to watch the landings, but never mind!

Congratulations to all who competed on the weekend, especially the winners and placegetters! From a team of six competitors, Wellington had one win and three other placegetters, so a good result overall [I think I have counted correctly]!

Well done to Flying NZ and the Kapiti Districts Aero Club for putting on a great event, and well done to everyone for a friendly, yet competitive environment and a fun day! :-)

Anyway, on to the aircraft. First up is a Wellington Aero Club aircraft, a Piper PA38-112, ZK-ESG. In addition to this, we took another PA38, a PA28 and a C172. The Nanchang CJ6 came along to visit also.

Piper PA38-112, ZK-ESG, operated by Wellington Aero Club

The next aircraft is a Piper PA18, ZK-BQX. This is very similar to the Super Cub I have started flying, except I understand it has a 90hp engine, instead of the 150hp in the Super Cub. It would be very interesting to fly this some day. This aircraft is operated by Cub Partners and I believe it is based at Paraparaumu aerodrome.

Piper PA18, ZK-BQX, operated by Cub Partners

This Vans RV6, ZK-VRV, is registered to a Porirua address, but also based at Paraparaumu aerodrome.This aircraft and pilot flew across the Tasman Sea to Australia earlier this year [click here for info]!

Vans RV6, ZK-VRV

Last up is a cool looking machine from Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club, a Rans S-6ES Coyote II, ZK-KIX. This is a class 2 microlight [meaning it has two seats]. This looks like a really nice aircraft and I wouldn't mind having a fly one day... maybe I should have asked on Saturday :-) Still, there's always the chance of a trip to visit.

Rans S-6ES Coyote II, ZK-KIX, operated by Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club

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