Alan Mitchell outlines NZALPA’s drive to encourage more general aviation members and introduces the inaugural A-Category Instructor Rating scholarship funded by NZALPA’s Contingency Fund Trust
When he visited the world’s biggest air show this year, Mike Friend found that the economic misery affecting the rest of the world didn’t appear to have dampened the spirits of the exhibitors or the thousands of visitors who flocked to Oshkosh.
Fifty years ago, Murray Kirkus was one of those who attended the historic opening of Wellington’s new international airport. He shares his rare colour images and a summary of the event with readers.
Don Haggitt outlines the history and recent restoration of ZK-BLM—an ex-RNZAF Tiger Moth. Another “fifty years on” story, this article highlights the incredible skills, patience and determination of the kinds of people who bring vintage aircraft back to life.
Ken Kersley was lucky to just miss active service at the end of World War Two. Having begun his training as a military pilot, he continued his interest in aviation after the war and could still fly at 80 years of age. Ken reflects on a fascinating aviation past.
This light-hearted look by John Ewing at the most “interesting” aspect of learning to fly will undoubtedly resonate with many readers. Pacific Wings looks forward to featuring more of John’s illustrations in future issues.
In his latest “Letter from War”, Don Harward talks from the heart about what it means to be a military aviator—and the timeless poignancy of camaraderie, survival and loss.