Part four of the history of No. 14 Squadron, RNZAF
The Turner Search, Full Throttle in the Climb, and further details on Puss Moth ZK-AJN
Captain Ian Bradley RNZN (ret.) takes a look at New Zealand Naval Aviation
Airtrainers of the RNZAF's Central Flying School are reviewed, seven years after replacing the North American Harvard in the training role
A bimonthly review of the New Zealand aero club scene
Additions, deletions and changes of ownership on the New Zealand Civil Register
A Royal New Zealand Navy Westland Wasp about to land on an RNZN Frigate at sea. RNZAF official photograph
THE predawn refuelling operation gave the Excalibur, all lights on and connected to the mini-tanker, the appearance of a large airliner being readied for departure. Ewan Smith, managing director of Air Rarotonga, and I were scheduled for a 7.00 a.m. departure from Rarotonga in the company's Beechcraft Excalibur, ZK-TAK. The small, ten passenger, fourteen year old piston twin was about to leave on what is probably the longest regular air taxi flight flown today by a piston engined aircraft. The over ocean flight would take us 740 nm to an atoll 8° south of the equator with the only navigational aid to look forward to being an old-fashioned battery powered NDB. A further 190 nm hop would be made to another atoll, with no radio communication or navigational aids at all, before heading south again.