Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School at Matamata

On a warm cloudy day on Tuesday 18th January myself and Peter Mole attended Matamata airfield to check out the Walsh Memorial Scout event.


Nanchang CJ-6 ZK-MAO arrived from Wellington where it is operated by the local flying club.









S.M.A.N Petrel ZK-JAQ which hides away here in the owners hangar.Such a shame it never sees light or day

Seen here being assembled is newly imported Just Highlander N419EC c/n JA183-01-09







The Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School has its annual flying scheme programme yearly here at Matamata Airfield where up to 72 students arrive on mass and pitch up tents during Wednesday 10th to Wednesday 24th January 2018. 

Mass flying activity descends with portable ATC pitching up to tackle the 5-6 plus in the circuit at anyone time to prevent any disasters.

Here is the list of current aircraft that are operating on behalf of the Walsh Scheme.

PA38 Tomahawks
ZK-EVD / ZK-WAJ / ZK-PAF / ZK-WAC / ZK-LAD / ZK-COP / ZK-TDL / ZK-JFE 

Cessna 152,s
ZK-NAG / ZK-JDB / ZK-TAY / ZK-FLH / ZK-FGD / ZK-BUD / ZK-TUT /ZK-ETZ

Also present on the airfield were other aircraft indirectly involved with the event.

ZK-CRH Champion 7GCBC from Arrowtown
ZK-EXC Erco 415-D  from Tauranga
ZK-DOC Cessna A185F also from Tauranga
ZK-EJS Cessna 172 from Taumarunui
ZK-XXI AESL Airtourer T3A from Tauranga
and finally
ZK-MAO Nanchang CJ-6 up from Wellington.

Some local residents were on view .
Middle Earth Flying school fleet 
ZK-NPA/ZK-KOL/ZK-JEZ/ZK-VAT all C172,and ZK-EOJ C152
and around the hangars
ZK-JLD/ZK-MIJ/ZK-JAQ/ZK-PMH/ZK-NPS and new arrival in to the country was
N419EC Just Highlander 

No doubt during the week and weekend do expect some visiting aircraft to pop in and savor the atmosphere and event and hopefully some  of the local airfield hangars may be opened up to show there presents 
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