I’m flying in New Zealand!!

Flying the Tiger Moth

Flying the Tiger Moth

I’m visiting the fine country of New Zealand, the land of wooly sheep, kiwi birds and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. New Zealand has it all; flat lands and snow-covered mountains, rolling hills, volcanic craters, wetlands and fiord lands, all snuggled between ribbons of mostly untouched, pristine coastline.

As a pilot, it would be impossible to visit New Zealand and not want to soar across their beautiful land in whatever your dream machine is. In my case, make that two dream machines! 😊

At this moment I’m sitting in the Jean Batten International Terminal at AKL awaiting my flight away from this wonderland. I leave here a very happy lady since I was lucky enough to fly two of my favorites – an early 1940’s Tiger Moth and a 1957 Supercub. I’m still smiling.

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With instructor Graham

Getting settled in with my Kiwi instructor Graham who just happens to fly the gamut of amazing aircraft based at this airport – Ardmore.

No tailwheel here, on original skid

No tailwheel here, an original tail skid

imageimageLady taildragger pilot Neroli Henwood and husband Bill invited us to spend a few days with them and lucky for me it included getting to fly their newly rebuilt Supercub.

Olivia Henwood preflighting her mom and dads Supercub

Olivia Henwood preflighting her mom and dad’s Supercub while Bill fine tunes the other end.

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

Flying the Supercub with owner, CFI and 787 FO Bill Henwood

Flying the Supercub with owner, CFI and 787 FO Bill Henwood

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I couldn't leave until we got this one last photo. The Henwood ladies (and me) all decked out in their new LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirts!

I couldn’t leave until we snapped this one last photo! The lovely Henwood ladies (and me) all decked out in new LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirts!

Oh no, I have so much more to show and tell but my flight will be boarding soon. Thank you to the entire Henwoid family including Bill for sharing the Supercub with me. Neroli Henwood just completed a full recovery of the Cub using the Stewart system and did an impeccable job! Also many thanks to Graham for sharing his expertise flying the Moth. I admit I was sweating bullets shooting touch and goes in the crosswind and was thrilled when I felt like “I got it!” Can’t wait to get that time logged in my logbook!

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