New shape in pilot training role
NEW Zealand led the world with the conversion of the Fletcher FU24 ag aircraft from piston to turbine power, with the Hamilton aviation firm of James Aviation to the fore in the project. Today, the company is prominent in the local aspects of converting another agricultural workhorse, the Hiller UH12E helicopter, to the wonders of the small, lightweight turbine engine
TWENTY TWO years ago, New Zealand's international flag carrier, Tasman Empire Airways Ltd, took delivery of its first land planes, three Douglas DC-6's. These were to provide the airline with the transition from the Short flying boats that had been its equipment since 1940 to the long range fleet that today numbers eight DC-10's and three DC-8's. Today, two of those same DC-6's continue flying in the United States, but in a very different role from that which they served in New Zealand.