LAST month was quite a month. Receivership appeared to be the order of the day. Ron Connell's RCS International was placed in receivership by Broadbank, followed by the not entirely unexpected news of NZ Aerospace Industries being placed in the same position by major debenture holders, the ANZ Banking group.
New Zealand has always had close connections with Fijian aviation. It was two New Zealanders, Leo Walsh and Arthur Upham, who — in June 1921 — made the first flight in the group. The aircraft was a Walsh Bros Supermarine Channel flying boat contracted by the Fijian government for survey flying. Since then many NZ pilots have been involved in the ups and downs of Fijian aviation, primarily in various commercial enterprises. The history of Fijian aviation has been covered in a profile in the October 1972 WINGS. WINGS gliding editor.Ross Maclntyre recently went on holiday to Fiji and decided to take a look at aviation in the small Pacific nation. There wasn't a glider to be found, anywhere. Nor was there much in the way of private owner activity, and nothing by way of recognised flying training. But of airline and charter work based around tourism and communications within the far flung group there was ample evidence.
The current scene — aircraft and developments new to NZ skies.
The main event in the Homebuilder's calendar — the annual fly in. Photo-coverage of this year's Taupo fly in.
COMBINE TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY WITH YESTERDAY'S WIND IN THE WIRES AERONAUTICS AND YOU HAVE WHAT MUST BE THE ULTIMATE IN FUN FLYING — THE MICROLIGHT. VETERAN PILOT PAUL LEGG CAME ACROSS TWO EXAMPLES OF THE MICROLIGHT AT THE RECENT AACA FLY AT TAUPO AND, BY KIND FAVOUR OF KEN ASPLIN AND MARTY WALLER, WAS ABLE TO TO SAMPLE THE PURE SEAT '0 THE PANTS FLYING OFFERED.
A tale of shifting cattle by air in the Australian outback by NZ pilot Rob Hall
The story of New Zealand's first Cessna aircraft
An ex-RNZAF Dakota, bound for the Comores via South Africa, watches the departure of a SAFE Air Argosy from Mangere.