Summer is with us again, and with it comes the airshow season. Among the first this season were the dual pageants at Labour weekend organised by the Nelson and Motueka Aero Clubs. These pictures of the action by WINGS photographer Gavin Woodward.
At the beginning of September NAC introduced a nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander into its fleet to fly on services into Northland, alongside a similar aircraft of Mount Cook Airlines. The move was a contradiction of NAC's policies of the past few-years that it would not be involved in any way with light twins. Earlier this month, WINGS editor Ross Dunlop flew on the Northland operations of both NAC and Mount Cook Airlines to see what they involve for the airlines
Computer-based flight simulators are in regular use in the pilot training and proficiency programmes of Air New Zealand, NAC and the RNZAF. Now, modern technology brings their benefits to the world of the general aviation pilot, without massive cost.
THE allocations for October contain an interesting selection of types though none is in fact new to New Zealand skies. Perhaps the most interesting is the Pitts S.IS Special ZK-PAC (see photo) which exhibits the new trend of issuing out-of-sequence registrations. PAC was previously registered N76NZ and as such has been seen around the country since it first flew at Christchurch in February. Pam Collings also took N76NZ to the world acrobatic championships in Kiev, Russia, in July and it has now returned to New Zealand from these.