Four aircraft on one farm is probably not unique in New Zealand — but when they are all veterans of another age of aviation there is certainly more than a tinge of the unusual. And this is the situation on John Galpin's property near Te Puke, where two De Havilland Tiger Moths, a Moth Minor and a Rearwin Sportster form the nucleus of a fine private collection of vintage aeroplanes.
VOR, a very high frequency (VHF) omni-directional radio range is an en-route and terminal radio-navigational aid. It utilises a ground transmitter beacon and an aircraft receiver together with some form of cockpit display. VOR gives the pilot horizontal position information in the form of magnetic bearing of the aircraft to or from the ground beacon, but does not give distance or altitude information. In this article WINGS looks at the way the aid works and how it is set up in New Zealand.
NZ4600 is but one of the many time machines on display at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. But it is the only one capable of taking ex RNZAF Ventura flight crew back over 33 years to a youthful association with an aircraft well remembered for its idiosyncratic behaviour. Open the fuselage door, glance up the fuselage, recall the roar of two Double Wasp engines, and go back at warp speed to circa 1944.
Helicopters have been flying out of Wanganui for the last twenty two years. Not only have helicopters been assembled there —they have been exported and imported by air freight to and from Wanganui Airport. Last year over thirty different helicopters were seen at the aerodrome. From one company in 1956 there are now five working out of Wanganui
Feilding Air Training Corps Cadets came a little closer to getting airborne recently when they finished building this ACBT9 visual flight simulator in a local garage.