Living in a rural cottage in one of New Zealand's sunshine provinces — orchards and seas nearby — and being taught the finer skills of flying just has to be one of the better ways of spending 10 weeks.
All this, and more, is currently available at the new Nelson Aviation College which was recently established at Motueka, 25 miles northwest of Nelson, by Mr Walter Wagendonk.
From off the New Zealand Aerospace Industries' drawing boards and onto the hangar floor at their Hamilton base is a bold new aircraft. Based on — and outwardly looking much like — the well-known Fletcher FU24 topdressing workshorse, the new aircraft is radically different in engine, in performance and in internal structure, although there is considerable commonality of parts between it and the Fletcher. It has been named Cresco, which literally translated from Latin means "I grow".
AT LAST, it's arrived —the aircraft which Piper assures us that 10,000 flight instructors have helped to design: the new technology purpose-built trainer that's going to show Cessna and Grumman the way such affairs should be handled. Does it succeed? Will Piper's new two-seater become the standard by which training aircraft are judged? WINGS report pilot (and Boeing 737 aviator) Chris Barlow recently flew the Tomahawk with these questions in mind.