Kite surfer delays takeoff

James Pocock





A modern-day Icarus surfing with a kite flew so close to Hawke’s Bay Airport on December 28, 2021 that amedical flight was delayed and the coastguard called out. Hawke’s Bay Coastguard skipper Henry van Tuel said the coastguard was told by police about 3.50pm that a kite surfer had been spotted operating in the flight path of Hawke’s Bay airport, delaying the departure of a Medevac plane. Van Tuel said the rogue kite surfer was already gone by the time the coastguard responded. Police were informed about 4.15pm that it was safe for take off. The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council navigation safety bylaw 2018 bans kite surfing, as well as paragliding and any other activity involving people in the air, within the Napier Pilotage area over Westshore and the Ahuriri inner Harbor near Battery Rd beach unless they have received special permission from air traffic control at the airport.