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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 biplane!

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 glaciers.

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 Glacier.

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 Alps.

Looking from the Grand Plateau towards Tasman Saddle on a recent flight. Plateau Hut is at extreme lower right.

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.

Diana 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!

Looking back up Lake Benmore on a Dambuster flight with Brian and Robyn Hudson on the 6 December.

Calm conditions over Lake Ohau this morning.

6 December 2015

Today we had perfect flying conditions for a flight around Mt Cook and over the West Coast Glaciers.

Smooth flying conditions allowed us to fly over the West Coast glaciers today. Mt Tasman is at the left and Mt Cook centre.

Daniel 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.

The 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 flying.

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.

The DC3 (C-47) cockpit at the start of painting. Originally olive drab when it was built in 1944, it has changed colours many times.

Ex-Royal 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.

Paul Neilson and Peter Andrew after the first of two flights today.

Some 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.

Tarn 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.

At the height of the storm, we couldn't see the highway just 50 metres from our section!

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!

Tussocks transplanted from the new lawn area.

Directors meeting with Tarn and her lovely homemade fruitcake!

Soil 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.

Fresh snow on the Ben Ohau mountains today.

Bevan Ryan after our first flight of the new season.

Snow 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.

Half-page story in the Saturday edition of the Timaru Herald covering our coolest flight to date!

Frost 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 glaciers.

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 neve.

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.

Gale-force winds preceeded the snow on Sunday night. Note the Moon photo-bombing this shot!

Greg Bayliss departs early one morning to begin a day's topdressing in Otago

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