Visiting Aircraft

    The normal traffic at Kerikeri/Bay of Islands Airport is an interesting mix of Air New Zealand Link, Salt Air, Swannair, BOIAC,  parachutists, top-dressers and local private aircraft. Every now and then a stranger drops in and creates much interest. Our President, Steve Watson, has recorded many of these unscheduled arrivals with his camera and all the photos below are from his collection.
Red Checkers

   In 2012, the RNZAF celebrated its 75th   anniversary. That year the "Wise  Owl"  camp (the final exercise for the Wings Course Students)was held at Kerikeri and on their open day the Red Checkers put on  a display.

CT4 in 75th Anniversary Livery

C130 delivering supplies to the "Wise Owl" camp.
Dash 8  

Air New Zealand Link Dash8 Q300 in its "All Black" livery.
R66 x 2  

Two Russian Robinson R66s
Convair 580  

Convair 580


Citation Sovereign

 Citation Sovereign. 10-12 April 2015
RNZN Seaspright

RNZN Super Seaspright - 13 May 2015.

   P2-OMC     PAC 750X STOL 10 July 2015 On delivey to Central Aviation, Mt Hagen, PNG. Had radio failure on first attempt to get to Norfolk Island and returned to KKE. Finally departed on 15 July after radio replacement in Hamilton and improved en route weather.

 ZK-RRV    11 July 2015 A brief visit from Papamoa

 ZK-MYH    31 July 2015. Cessna 208 Caravsn. Brief stay with private charter.

 ZK-VMF Be200GT of Tasmans Aviation. On a private Charter 4th August 2015

Nanchung  ZK-CVI  26 october 2015

F-JSUB Aerospool WT-9 Dynamic... Noumea based, on a two week tour of NZ. Shown prior to setting off for Norfolk Island. 21 November 2015
Air Chathams

Air Chathams DC3 8th December 2015
Embraer Phenom              

 Overnighting on 30th December 2015, was this Aussie registered Embraer Phenom 100 VH-PNM after arriving from Queenstown. Normally based at Essendon, Melbourne this is the first visit of the type to Kerikeri. Single pilot operation.
Cessna 210           

   An interesting visitor on Sunday 10th January was this well travelled Cessna 210 VH-SUX of Thomson Aviation Geophysical Survey Pty. The aircraft stopped at Kerikeri for fuel and customs/MPI then continued South.

  Cessna T206 Stationair YJ-RIR arrived at Ardmore with the Air Ratua, Port Vila based aircraft arriving 10 January from Norfolk Island and Kerikeri. YJ-RIR was delivered to New Zealand in March 2011 as N22629 and was first noted with its Vanuatu registration on 11 March. It departed 31 March for Kerikeri and Norfolk Island on its delivery flight.

 Sounds Air Pilatus PC12 transiting Kerikeri. 27 January 2016

  Inbound with a charter and outbound ferry back to Auckland. ZK-CIC Fairchild SA227 Metroliner belonging to Air Chathams. Fuselage colour work is apparently "stuck on”. (30 January 2016)

   Visiting today 4th Feb was this Citation 550 Bravo N112BR. Per the FAA database it is owned BR Aero Holdings LLC based in Sedona USA but believed to be temporarily based in Auckland.

   Brand new Air New Zealand ATR72-600. ZK-MVI arriving at Kerikeri on Waitangi Day, 6/2/2016

Arriving on Sunday 21st Feb from Nelson was this Hawker 900XP N580RJ registered to Hincojet LLC of Kalamazoo USA. It'll be staying for most of the forthcoming week. It's DH 125 origins
quite plain to see but a vastly different aircraft from those early exec jet days.
Lancair Legacy


  Cessna 510 Citation Mustang ZK-JAK of Air Hawkes Bay on a private charter at Kerikeri today 24th Feb.

Todays picture is of VH-LNZ (Love New Zealand...get it?). A Lancair Legacy that came across from East Devonport Tassie via Norfolk Island for the Wanaka Air Show along with some other Aussie aircraft. Around two hours from Norfolk at a TAS of 240 plus 30kts tail wind. Quite a sexy plane. registered to a company called Apple
Air PTY. It departed 2nd April after waiting for Norfolk Island weather to pick up.

Bell 429 ZK-HXW of Advanced Flight parked at the Bay of Islands Aero Club 10th April 2016.

The Bell 429 first flew in Feb 2007 and cruises at around 150 kts. Usually 1 pilot and 7 passengers, one of which sits next to the pilot.

VH-SUX This Cessna 210 came through on 26th May 2016 on its way to Norfolk Island. It was equipped with a sensor for mapping the earth’s magnetic field. The same aircraft passed through Kerikeri on 10th January 2016.
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