Now established with two other world air forces, the CT/4 Airtrainer is about to begin duty training military pilots for the RNZAF
The initial part of the new programme got underway some 18 months ago when all advanced pilot training was transferred from Wigram to No. 14 Squadron at Ohakea where, for the first time, all RNZAF pilots now receive jet training as part of their normal flying training.
The arrival of NAC's new Friendship 500F ZK-NFA (National Friendship A) early last month marked a departure from the normal manner of purchasing aircraft by the airline. Motivated by the need for conservation of overseas funds and with cheaper labour rates available through the use of the airline's own engineering facilities at Christchurch, it was decided to fit out the new F27 in New Zealand.
This is WINGS' first survey of the aerial work industry, and lists present operators and a summary of aircraft in use. Helicopters are not listed as they appeared in an earlier issue (May 1976 WINGS).
AT THE end of last month a 15-man team from the Ohakea air force base began an expedition to recover, for a museum at the base, a former RNZAF Grumman Avenger which was ditched in the sea off Gisborne in 1944. Bad weather intervened, however, and the work of the expedition was severely limited by high seas and poor underwater visibility. In this article, the project leader, Squadron Leader Roly Parsons, details preparations for the recovery and some of the work that was undertaken.