John King holds a current PPL, took up gliding as a cheaper substitute in 1970 — found the two don't compare, so does both. He holds a Silver 'C' badge with aspirations towards the Gold. Power activities are mainly towing and the occasional vintage —hasn't entered a nose-wheel in his log since 1976. John is also compiling a history of the New Zealand gliding movement. In this article he takes a look at some recent Paraparaumu happenings.