The Pilatus Porter is arguably the very definition of a STOL aircraft - rugged, simple, powerful, and able to land just about anywhere. New Zealand's latest and fifth example of the type is ZK-PCI, and ex-CIA machine that still has the scars from its previous master. Owner and pilot Andrew Wallace describes some of this aircraft's history and characteristics
The costs of certifying new aircraft and product liability issues have bequethed to the aviation public a legacy of barely-adequate 50-year-old-and-still-aging aircraft designs. Rob Neil visited Wanake recently to see how electronice cockpit technology offers a completely new lease of life to the new-build, older technology aircraft designs
Callum Turrel offers some thoughts on the current pilot hiring deluge and offers some advice on what recruiters look for, and the alternatives to flying for an airline
Pacific Wings took a brief look at Bell's 407 during its recent demonstration tour of New Zealand, and discovered that the type is Bell's best single-engined helicopter yet.
Tigers from Britain and a tribute to Ron Flintoft, By Alex Mitchell
Additions, deletions, and changes of ownership on the NZ civil register. By Dave Paull