The Bazflyers airplane of choice for long distance flying is a Piper Comanche. Powered by a Lycoming IO-540 engine, this modernised and refurbished airplane has been at the centre of Barry and Sandra’s life style for the past ten years. It has taken them to many a nook and cranny around New Zealand, Australia and the South West Pacific region. 

Registered ZK-BAZ, the Piper Comanche when not in the air resides at the ‘BAZBase’ on Taupo Airport (NZAP) located beside great Lake Taupo in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.

ZK-BAZ has seven fuel tanks with a total fuel capacity of 140 US gallons (530 litres). Standard fuel provides a cruise range of up to 1,450 NM (2,680 KM) at 155 KTS (290 KM/HR).



During the past 9-years Bazflyers have made fourteen flights in ZK-BAZ over the Tasman Sea as well as flights to a number of South West Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. In total they have more than 18,000 NM of oceanic flight experience in their Comanche.   

The following safety equipment is carried in the aircraft -

  • Life Raft :: Survival 4-person TSO, FAA 91 kit

  • Life Jackets :: Baltic 150

  • Survival (Immersion) Suits :: Switlik ETSO

  • Emergency Locator :: Kannad-406AF ELT + Kannad-XS4 PLB

  • Survival Kit :: Grab Bag with specific contents

  • Oxygen System :: Sky Ox 9CF Portable (2 x 9 cub/ft bottle)

  • Flight Tracker :: Garmin inReach Mini


Modern avionic and hf radio

  • Primary Flight Display :: Aspen EFD 1000 Pro Max, Synthetic Vision

  • GPS/NAV/COM-1 :: Garmin GTN 650 (PBN Approved)

  • GPS/NAV/COM-2 :: Garmin GNS 480 (PBN Approved)

  • Multi-Function Display :: Garmin GMX 200, with Jeppesen Charts

  • Transponder ADS-B :: Garmin GTX-330ES

  • Active Traffic System :: Garmin GTS800 

  • HF Communications :: Codan NGT 

  • Auto Pilot :: STEC 50 / Alt. Hold / GPSS

  • Engine Analyser :: EI UBG-16

  • Fuel Totaliser :: EI FP-5

  • Standby Alternator :: B&C BC410-1