Recognising the Walsh Brothers’ NZ Aviation Legacy.Ross Ewing summarises the outstanding history of two of New Zealand’s greatest aviation pioneers—Leo and Vivian Walsh—whose efforts and achievements, he says, deserve far greater recognition. Article Details |
Aviation Factors expert Ross Ewing celebrates the ditching of the US Airways A320 by Captain Chesley Sullenberger as an outstanding example of effective CRM combined with “real” piloting skills. Article Details |
Fatigue is a serious problem for all pilots, but its insidious nature and its seriousness are often not fully appreciated by GA pilots. Dr Ross Ewing, an aviation human factors expert, talks about recognising and dealing with fatigue. Article Details |
One of New Zealand’s greatest aviators has finally been honoured for his outstanding and selfless contributions to aviation safety around the world. Ross Ewing reminds us how much the global aviation community owes to Gordon Vette. Article Details |
Much Of The Debate That Surrounds Richard Pearse Centres On Whether Or Not He Beat The Wright Brothers Into The Air To Become The First Powered Aeroplane Flier Of All Time, But A More Fruitful Question To Ask Might Therefore Be, ""Where Did Pearse Stand As An Inventor Of The Aeroplane?"" In This Article, The First Of Several Forthcoming Essays That Pacific Wings Will Present To Mark 100 Years Of Flight, Ross Ewing At Richard Pearse'S Life And Searches For An Answer To This Question. Article Details |
I HAVE never been one to dwell much on the past. To my mind there is plenty going on in the here and now to keep me more than occupied. But when I was told by NZ WINGS Editor, Ross Macpherson, that there was a chance of stepping back in time by 25 years - of riding in a Skyhawk again - I jumped at it. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
This February CAA/MOT plans to hold a one day symposium on Helicopter Air Ambulances. In this article Associate Editor Ross Ewing backgrounds the topic and looks at how many other countries have been down this road before. He discovers that the United States has a rich history in this area, much of which is applicable to the New Zealand scene. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Motorised hang gliding is where power flying began over 77 years ago. Recent years have seen a resurgence of aviating by the seat of one's pants — firstly in hang gliders, now — with the assistance of a new generation of lightweight engines — the microlight,is rapidly coming of age. John King reports from the NZ homebuilder's Mecca at Te Kowhai on the recent inaugural meeting of the Microlight Association of New Zealand. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
AS noted in last month's WINGS, the New Zealand branch of the Australian Aviation Medical Society met in Auckland recently. The society provides a meeting ground for doctors in the armed forces, those involved in civil aviation, those who hold pilot's licences, and others interested in the medical problems of flying. In particular the society is valuable for those medical examiners designated by the Civil Aviation Division of the Ministry of Transport to conduct routine medical checks of pilots. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Fast fading from the RNZAF inventory is the twin engined de Havilland Devon. The traditional home of the Devon, RNZAF Base Wigram, no longer sounds to the rhythm of twin Gipsy Queens and there are but a few of the distinctive de Havillands remaining at Ohakea, with No. 42 Squadron. These too are expected to be disposed of in the near future, while in the meantime the F27 Friendship has replaced the Devon on the line at Wigram.
Before this aging aircraft leaves RNZAF service for good, WINGS takes a look at its military history — as seen by two of the many aviators who were at one time familiar with the Devon. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
SINCE THE last WINGS directory of New Zealand flying training facilities in November 1977, the number of flying training establishments has reduced by around nine; several of these have been amalgamated and some simply demised. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
It was eight years ago that New Zealand's well known wartime bomber squadron —No. 75 Squadron —turned in their aging Vampire FB5 and T.11 aircraft for 14 brand new A4K and TA4K McDonnell-Douglas Skyhawk jet fighter/ bombers; the RNZAF's obsolescent B(1)12 and T13 Canberra light bombers were also being retired, and by the end of 1970 the Skyhawks had become this country's front line 'sharp end' strike force. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Three air arms met in Auckland recently to take part in Operation Bullseye , a bi-annual airdrop fly-off between New Zealand and Canadian aircraft, on this occasion being joined by another Hercules, of the RAAF. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
The idea of large passenger aircraft moving about among snow-capped mountains is incongruous, yet it becomes a reality in New Zealand's Southern Alps almost every day. In an operation unique to Mount Cook Airlines and its fleet of Hawker Siddely 748s, passengers are ferried to and from mountain airfields — some very meagre, and one no more than a grass airfield — in a tourist airline venture that has grown from one DC-3 in 1963 to today's four 748s. WINGS assistant editor Ross Ewing recently flew for two days with an MCA airliner crew to find out a little more about the country's third airline, and the 748. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE Harvard. For thousands of New Zealanders it is probably the RNZAF's best known aircraft. It features in the log books and experience of thousands of young men who have trained as pilots with the RNZAF since 1941, and to people throughout the country it is synonymous with a rasping engine sound (caused by the direct drive propellor and resulting high tip speeds) and the trailing smoke of Air Force aerobatic teams.
By the time the last Harvards are withdrawn from the RNZAF at the end of this year the type will have seen service in this country for close on 36 years. It will have been the Air Force's longest-serving type Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
BETWEEN 1968 and 1972 RNZAF pilots had the opportunity to test their skills as FACs in an operational environment when members of No 75 Squadron were detached to work with the United States Air Force in Vietnam. The first pair to go were the squadron commander, Sqn Ldr John Scrimshaw, and one of his senior pilots, Flt Lt Ross Ewing, who was prevailed upon by WINGS and who (eventually) agreed to write of his experiences as a FAC in the war zone Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
Anti-Submarine warfare was highlighted last month when the annual four-nation Fincastle Trophy cometition was held in New Zealand waters for the first time.
Anti-submarine flying is a "sensitive" military area and one normally closed to civilians. In this article, especially written for WINGS, the RNZAF;s public relations officer, Flt Lt Ross Ewing, tells of the Fincastle competition and what goes on when maritime aircraft set out to hunt submarines Full Text in Archive | Article Details |