29 May 2014

New Flight School for Ardmore

Southern Wings, the Invercargill based pilot training school is to open a new branch at Ardmore Airfield this winter. According to their website, southernwings.co.nz, the Auckland base is to commence operations on July 7th 2014.


The school operate a fleet of Alpha 160A for ab initio lessons, Piper Archer's for cross country and advanced training, followed by transition to a Piper Seneca fitted with a Garmin 530 GPS suite for multi engine instrument ratings. At this stage, the school will be taking students to the Southland base for the IF section of their tuition, where they also have a iGate S623 fixed base simulator at the NZNV headquarters.

16 May 2014

DC3 Flightdeck Video

Now that I'm based back at Ardmore, I've been lending a hand to the Fly DC3 team over the weekends, helping out with some marketing and acting as ground crew for their scenic flights in ZK-DAK.

One of the projects we've been working on together is the production of a new promotional video, using GoPro's in the vintage airliner to capture flying footage which will be edited together in the coming weeks.

Whilst we experiment with some different camera angles, check out this recording below from last Sunday's City Scenic- with the cruise sped up to 3x speed on Vimeo:



For more updates, head over to the Fly DC3 New Zealand facebook page, and click Like to be notified of future videos!

03 May 2014

Ardmore Airshow June 2014


As long as the weather holds out, this should be a goodie with the possibility of two Strikemasters to be involved with the flying display, and the usual assortment of WW2 radial powered heavy metal!