Saturday, 9 July 2022

Peter Mole RIP

 I am sorry to announce the sudden parting of my co-founder/close friend Peter Mole early last week after being diagnosed with terminal Cancer.

Peter was a fellow Brit who immigrated to NZ years ago and both of us had the same passion for aviation as we did in England and was co-admin to our TaurangaSpotter blogsite highlighting Tauranga airport and the wider NZ GA  within the country.

So on the 7th July ,his wife Celia organized a funeral service at the Classic Flyers Hangar at Tauranga airport, and a big thank you to Grayson Ottaway and Mike Condon for their great tribute speeches towards Peter.

And finally, it was a great gesture for the Tauranga airport ATC to allow the Tauranga Aircraft Community to pay their respects with 9 local aircraft carrying out an individual flypast display over the Classic flyers hangar Again thank you ATC and Tauranga Airport Management.

The Aircraft involved where

  1. ZK-GSU    Pipistrel Taurus 
  2. ZK-TAC     Cessna 152
  3. ZK-YAC     Yak 52
  4. ZK-ECQ      Piper PA31 Navajo
  5. ZK-WWH    Cessna  U206G
  6. ZK-HLO      Robinson R-44
  7. ZK-XAF      Boeing Stearman
  8. ZK-EAD      Tecnam   P92 Echo Mk II
  9. ZK-MOR     Auto Gyro MT-03 

Pixs Curtesy of Warwick Hamilton and Video by myself

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Trip to Pukekohe east strip,Ardmore and Te Kowhai

 Travelling up to Auckland for the All Blacks game on 2nd July, I had time to drop into the airstrip at Pukekohe East and Ardmore before popping into Te Kowhai on the 3rd July on my return leg.

First Pukekohe East on 2nd July

DBL D Locke Minitwin MKII

EOK  Cessna 172 M

JDY  Thatcher CX4

JVG  Jodel D.18

NTO  Gippsland GA200C

SFL   NZ Aerospace FU24

XMC  Wittman Tailwind W.8UL

A few noted at Ardmore on the 2nd July

CJN         Bolkow Bo 208 C Junior
IJA          Robinson R44
HCB Eurocopter EC 130 T2
IWO Robinson R-44
VHC Aeroprakt A-32 LSA
IBN         Bell 206L-4
IDK          Eurocopter AS 350 BA

And finally on the 3rd July Te Kowhai

DOL  Vans RV12
DKC   Cessna 172 M
CJP    Jabiru UL-T
PXB   Aero Designs Pulsar
TZA   Robin  DR400/500
BTC  Piper PA18
CJV  Cirrus Designs SR20
CEH  PA28 Cherokee
N5JP  Cessna 150
DOQ  PA28 Cherokee 
SAJ    Aeroprakt A-22LS