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29 March 2016
Today we flew out youngest passenger yet - three year old Jessica
Skene! Jess also got to wear our new kids flying jacket. After going to
Warbirds Over Wanaka, she had been motivated to go flying for days. Good
on ya Jess! On Wednesday afternoon, Chris got to fly in a Cresco with Greg
and Blair to Dansey's Pass.
Jess Skene models our new kids
flying jacket after her first flight in a small aircraft - an open-cockpit
Buchon Me109, which flew at
Warbirds Over Wanaka on Saturday.
Blair loading the Cresco ZK-OAL
at Dansey's Pass.
Chris gets his first flight
in a Cresco topdresser thanks to Greg Bayliss and Otago Airspread.
17 March 2016
February was our best month ever with a record number of flights,
including the most flights to Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier in a one-month
period. Compared to last season, we have more than doubled the number of
Alpine Adventure flights - helped in part by an increase in the number of
clients and also good weather.
An early start for a flight
to Timaru for the aircraft's annual check with Avtek.
Lake Ruatainwha - New Zealand's
most colourful lake is the clearest we have seen in five years.
Looking down on the Ball Glacier
with Mt Tasman beyond during a flight on the 9 March with Eric Keusch.
The new lawn and trees
on the section are growing well - a great place to have a picnic while friends
or family fly!
A STOL Highlander microlight ZK-MLT flown by Grant Coldicott visits Pukaki
on 3 March 2016.
21 February 2016
The 2015/16 season is shaping up to be our busiest yet. Although
the last week in January was a bit wet (great for grass growth and keeping
the fire risk down!), the first two weeks of February were fantastic with
hot days and little wind allowing for plenty of flights to Mt Cook and
The upper Tasman Glacier -
New Zealand's finest.
Returning from Mt Cook 6.40
pm 21 February 2016
Petra Freihoff and Stefan Rathie
from Germany after a beautiful evening flight to Mt Cook and the Tasman
Marcel Engelberger enjoys the
view of Mt Sefton on the 7th of February.
17 January 2016
2015 ended on a high with our busiest December on record.
Flights to Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier have become increasingly popular,
particularly with the great summer weather we have recently had.
Catherine and Connor Hatton
from Long Island, New York, get to experience the majesty of the Southern
Looking from the Grand Plateau
towards Tasman Saddle on a recent flight. Plateau Hut is at extreme lower
Looking back to the Grand Plateau
and Mt Tasman from near ANZAC Peaks.
23 December 2015
We have been busy over the last couple of weeks with lots
of flights to the Tasman Glacier and around Mt Cook, as well as the West
Coast glaciers. Today was perfect for flying with light winds and clear
skies for the whole day.
Snoopy called in recently but,
despite his enthusiasm, he won't be taking over the piloting duties! We
wish everyone a Happy Christmas!
Flying past Mt Cook and the
Hochstetter Icefall on a flight with Diana and Gary Rhodes on the 9 December.
Rhodes prior to flying to Mt Cook with her husband Gary. Diana's father
(and Chris's great uncle) Havelock Williams was the first to photograph
Franz Josef Glacier from the air back in 1924 from an Avro 504 biplane!
back up Lake Benmore on a Dambuster flight with Brian and Robyn Hudson
on the 6 December.
Calm conditions over Lake Ohau
6 December 2015
Today we had perfect flying conditions for a flight around
Mt Cook and over the West Coast Glaciers.
flying conditions allowed us to fly over the West Coast glaciers today.
Mt Tasman is at the left and Mt Cook centre.
Koeppel from Switzerland after a flight to Mt Cook this morning.
12 November 2015
Regular rain, irrigation and the application of fertiliser
has seen our section at Pukaki Airport looking very green this season.
At this stage we have not seen the hot dry conditions climatologists were
predicting for summer.
lawns around the section are looking very green. We have added a picnic
table for people to sit at and have lunch or a drink while others are
5 November 2015
Today our DC3 cockpit changed back into its original
wartime colours. It will continue to be used to advertise our flights
but, rather than words on the side, we will use flags.
DC3 (C-47) cockpit at the start of painting. Originally olive drab when
it was built in 1944, it has changed colours many times.
New Zealand Air Force NZ3548/ZK-AWO back in its original wartime colours
The gravel helicopter pad that
was in front of our section was dismantled last week and replaced with
soil prior to levelling and sown with grass seed.
31 October 2015
October 2015 was our best October on record despite
the month also having the two windiest days we have experienced! On six
days we had wind gusting over 40 knots.
Neilson and Peter Andrew after the first of two flights today.
surprise visitors this year have been two dotterel chicks that have been
eating insects on our section.
17 October 2015
Today Chris and Tarn flew to Omarama to support the
Omarama Airfield Open Day. We did three scenic flights before heading
back to Pukaki.
and Roger Harris at Omarama with Roger's dog. Roger was a long time member
of the Canterbury Gliding Club.
Tarn in the front cockpit as
we return to Twizel.
4 October 2015
Today was the windiest day we have experienced at Pukaki.
At the height of the storm, winds were averaging 46 knots and gusting
62! Despite having blue sky above, visibility reduced to less than 100
metres at times due to soil being blown off farmers fields upwind.
the height of the storm, we couldn't see the highway just 50 metres from
Soil from recently ploughed
paddocks lifts into the air during the morning. A change in wind direction
brought the soil over Pukaki Airport later on. All aircraft were grounded.
27 September 2015
Between flights this month we have been developing
the section at Pukaki Airport and now have new trees and shrubs planted,
as well as putting down 400 square metres of lawn. Now we just need some
warm weather for the grass to grow!
transplanted from the new lawn area.
Directors meeting with Tarn
and her lovely homemade fruitcake!
being raked prior to planting grass seed.
6 September 2015
We completed our first flight of the new season
two days ago with Bevan Ryan from Cheviot in North Canterbury. This
was only two days after we had snow to low levels throughout the Mackenzie
Basin. Since then the sun has been shining.
snow on the Ben Ohau mountains today.
Ryan after our first flight of the new season.
lying on the section on the morning of the 2nd September - not the
best weather for flying!
5 August 2015
Yesterday, the Ag-Cat passed its two-yearly avionics
check with flying colours. Today we flew John and Leanne Weatherall
from Wanaka after giving the aircraft its monthly winter flight.
John, Jeanette and Leanne Weatherall after today's flight.
Flying over Lake Ruataniwha
with snow on the Mt Benmore.
Reflections in Lake Pukaki.
11 July 2015
With clear skies and frosty mornings, we did three
commercial flights today and yesterday around our winter monthly maintenance
flight. With air temperatures of only 3'C however, these were our coldest
flights to date but all passengers loved the experience and views!
Judith Wright and son Luke,
both from Kaitaia, about to head away on a flight to Lake Ohau.
The view down the Ben Ohau
mountains from the largest of the Lord of The Rings filming locations.
A small rock makes its appearance
from melting snow.
story in the Saturday edition of the Timaru Herald covering our coolest
flight to date!
crystals on the car with an air tempetraure of -8.4'C.
11 June 2015
Great to get in the air today with two UK visitors,
Alastair Denholm and Amy Cotterill. With fresh snow on the mountains
we had picture-perfect weather.
A frosty start to the day with snow on the Ben Ohau mountains.
Alistair Denholm and Amy Cotterill after today's flight.
The new display cabinet installed
in the Portacabin.
8 May 2015
Today was our last for the season - our best
yet! The first four days of May were busy with great weather and
flights every day. Although we will be taking time off over winter,
the aircraft will be flying in the first week of each month so, if you
want a winter flight, give us a call!
The Ag-Cat after the last flight for the season.
Clouds over the Ben Ohau mountains after recent rain.
24 April 2015
After the fog cleared today we did back-to-back
flights including an evening flight over the Fox and Franz Josef
The view of Mt Tasman in perfect flying conditions this evening
Approaching Mt Cook from above
the Fox Glacier
Looking down on the Franz Josef
Marilyn Tan and Jeremy Lee
after their flight to the glaciers
15 April 2015
The first winter snow arrived on Sunday -
even though it isn't winter yet! Apparently it is the heaviest April
snowfall in over 50 years.
A clear evening in late March.
winds preceeded the snow on Sunday night. Note the Moon photo-bombing
Greg Bayliss departs early
one morning to begin a day's topdressing in Otago
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