HER Majesty's Royal New Zealand Air Force, perhaps, but apparently the presence of the Queen herself at the Royal New Zealand Aero Club national air pageant at Taieri Airport last month was not deemed by those in power to be reason enough for allowing an RNZAF appearance at the event.
Although it looks as though it comes straight from the pages of a child's comic the perky Italian Partenavia P68 is picking up the Aussie accent, and looks set to catch on in New Zealand.
A MOST successful competition with good flying conditions and interesting flights over four courses totalling 786 kilometres. That was the first Air New Zealand Sailplane Derby which started in Auckland on February 26 and ended at Paraparaumu airport six days later.
In an era of third level airlines and increasing business flying in this country, Cessna offers an all-singing, all-dancing bic brother to its popular 402 twin.
IN READING through the New Zealand Civil Aviation Regulations and CASO's one gets the message that general aviation multi-engine aircraft are considered safer than singles. A close look at US Federal Aviation Administration accident statistics, however, reveals just the opposite picture. Twins prove to be little more than an expensive ego-building status symbol.