John King holds a current PPL, took up gliding as a cheaper substitute in 1970 — found the two don't compare, so does both. He holds a Silver 'C' badge with aspirations towards the Gold. Power activities are mainly towing and the occasional vintage —hasn't entered a nose-wheel in his log since 1976. John is also compiling a history of the New Zealand gliding movement. In this article he takes a look at some recent Paraparaumu happenings.
PROBABLY MORE US pilots have been initiated into the mysteries of flight by Cessna's ubiquitous 150 than any other aircraft, so it's perhaps not surprising that when the time came for a change, it's successor followed fairly closely the already well proven formula. It's now two decades since, the first 150's emerged, straight-tailed and razor-backed, from the Wichita works, but the intervening years have seen the jaunty little two-seater progressively refined and upgraded to keep pace with the increasingly sophisticated demands of the burgeoning primary training market.
WE HEARD that someone had purchased a Beaver with a view to filling it up with tourists. So as part of our 'round the airfields' expedition WINGS dropped in on Wanaka in the heart of Central Otago in our trusty C172. Sure enough, there it was — ex Fieldair and Rangitikei Air Services' topdressing veteran — DHC-2 Beaver