AS WITH an aircrew medical, aircraft are stripped to the basic essentials and given a thorough check with an additional facet not available to aircrew — scheduled heavy maintenance. For a Boeing 747 the work is, literally, a jumbo task. With an extensive network and high utilisation, time is of the essence in maintaining flag carrier Air New Zealand's five strong Boeing 747-200 fleet.
WINGS correspondent Peter Clark recently followed ZK-NZX through a heavy maintenance check (HMV) at the airline's Mangere engineering base.
Mog Mail, Luckless Liberators, Jacquinot Bay, The Fleep
This February CAA/MOT plans to hold a one day symposium on Helicopter Air Ambulances. In this article Associate Editor Ross Ewing backgrounds the topic and looks at how many other countries have been down this road before. He discovers that the United States has a rich history in this area, much of which is applicable to the New Zealand scene.
An industry initiative aimed at significantly reducing helicopter accidents
Photographic coverage of the ABAS
Additions, deletions and changes of ownership on the New Zealand Civil Register
Dragon amid the hot air - Richmond October 1988. Ross Macpherson photograph