HAMILTON BRANCH

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NEXT MONTHLY BRANCH MEETING

DATE:  Wed 23 August 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm

VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.

GUEST SPEAKER :  John Mounce

SUBJECT: Aviation and Philately


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John completed his apprenticeship at De Havillands, Hatfield in 1968 and came over to NZ in 1970 joining NAC. He had 33yrs with the airline, leaving in 2003 and starting his own consultancy which was largely associated with commercial aircraft movements around the world. He started collecting stamps as a school boy and like so many put the hobby aside when work became a priority. Re opening his interest a few years ago, he is now the President of the Pukekohe Stamp Club and becoming an active member of the Auckland Philatelic scene. One of his collection themes is "Aircraft on Stamps" and he has amassed many thousands of stamps in this category. He will share some thoughts of this hobby with us and will bring along some of his albums to show us. His presentation is by power point and he may well add a few slides to showcase some of his memorabilia collection which he has recently taken out of storage!!

Thanks to those (20) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Alan Reynolds, (ex- W/O RNZAF, Armourer),gave us all a very interesting talk to explain all the various pieces of armament and other items of various a/c that have served with our AirForce.Some of these items were from Alan's own private collection, and others he borrowed from the Classic Flyers Museum,Tauranga. After this we were given a short powerpoint presentation showing just how these items were fitted and used on the a/c, which included some photo's of live ordanance being used in air to ground gunnery and rockets of various sizes,all in all,a very well presented lecture, so thanks Al, for stepping up into the breech!!

Okay folks, some sad news and good news from Warbirds. Last week well known Visitor Centre Manager, Mr.Vale Les Larsen, whose attention to detail kept him on the go, and the hangar was "his own" garage, passed away at home and was farewelled on Thursday by a good contingent of Warbirds personal.

Now for some good news, on Sat/19th and Sun/20th of August, Otorohanga is hosting Steamfest 2017. Woodsy will take the Fox Moth DH83, (ZK-APT) and do joyrides on Sat, and on Sun he will race a train and a Model T in the afternoon. I've just become an official associate member of Warbirds, so I hope to keep you all up to date with what's going on.

Note: the Jean Batten Lecture 2017

"The NZ Contribution to the Air War-WW1", by Brian Lockstone,FRAeS,AHS.

BOP Branch RAeS,Classic Flyers Museum,Tauranga Airport.

6pm Friday 1st/Sept/2017, gold coin donation, supper, tidy dress. RSVP by 25th/Aug/2017.

Next month's meeting will be on Wed/27th September, when Mr. Peter Stockwell, Mng/Drtr of L3 Airline Academy NZ ( formerly called CTC Flight Training)) out at Hamilton Airport will speak to us.

SUBS;A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment action (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for. If in doubt, check with our Treasurer. Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.

HUGH McCARROLL Branch Chairman, WARWICK JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

BRIAN SUNDERLAND; Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.

E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379
Website: http://www.raes.org.nz/home

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Updated:  17 August 2017 PB



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DATE:  Wed 26  July 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Alan Reynolds
SUBJECT: Items of Military Aviation

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Alan will present items of Military aviation from his own collection and from Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga. This will be interesting and may just have some surprises, so grab a friend or bring your wife/partner. Just remember guys, if everyone was to bring a friend, then we would double the number at our meetings, which as you know is getting very low. This talk will be aided by slides and powerpoint presentation.

Thanks to those (16) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Bruce Belfield from South Pacific Home Rotors,Te Awamutu gave us all a very informative talk on his Safari 400 and helicopters in general. I'm sure we now all know how they work a lot more than we did before his talk. This was another win for a Kiwi local who saw an opportunity in the market and ended up making modifications to an existing make/model and improving it to such a degree,that the manufacturer now buys his product and incorporates his ideas into their production models. So well done Bruce,and thanks for your time and expertise in the rotary world and sharing it with us.

I have always found the development of carrier aviation such a fasination. Its history and developing foresight from the first bird flight takeoff which was from the American cruiser Birmingham in 1910 by stunt pilot Eugine Ely. Through private fundings and grit cheek, he had secured the use of the cruiser's aft deck for this inaugral flight deck takeoff, but only for the day. As the weather began to pack in, he was resolved to the launch regardless of conditions. As he revved up the (pusher) engine, he desended down the makeshift 83 foot deck as the bird fought for lift, the wheels nearly touching the water, spray off the water, he assended keeping his craft aloft. He flew on to land at a nearby Army post airfield. The takeoff was highly successful. However, the Navy brass were not impressed. Just a mere stunt they said. The media was electrified and embalished the reporting of the event with such headlines as 'Eugene Ely Revises Worlds Naval Tatics'. The following year, he secured the cruiser ship Pennsylvania and had a longer platform ramp fitted over the stern. Together with ropes laid across the deck, sand bags, pulley systems and hooks fitted to his craft, he proposed a daring landing onto the short ramp. On January 18, 1911, he took off in his Curtiss Pusher from a nearby Army airfied and flew toward the waiting anchored cruiser. As he approached, he cut the throttle back when 50 feet from the deck, and set the plane down, stopping it within 30 feet of touchdown! Captain Chambers then announced to all that "this was the most important landing, to have occurred since the dove flew back to the Ark in Biblical times". Eugene then turned his craft around and positioned it for takeoff. He roared down the 120 foot ramp and flew off back to the Army airfield and landed safely. The event raised the hackles of the traditionalist Admirals who could see no further than their heavy battleships. Hence, no aircraft flights were performed in combat or obserevational sorties during WW1 using ships for a base. These flights had to succeed as Eugene Ely could'nt swim!! The rest is history. ::: Brian.

Next month's meeting will be on Wed 23rd August,when Mr Peter Stockwell, Mng/Dir of CTC Flight Training at Hamilton Airport will speak to us.

SUBS; A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are now due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment Reaction (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for.

Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.

HUGH McCARROLL Branch Chairman WARWICK JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

BRIAN SUNDERLAND; Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.

E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379
Website: http://www.raes.org.nz/home

Alan's July Jottings,

While making digital copies of some of my photographic slides I was reminded of the times I was one of five or six guys manning the air-to-ground weapons range at Raumai on the coast, about a half-hour drive northwest from Ohakea. 75 Squadron Vampires and 14 Squadron Canberras were our regular customers dropping small (up to 25lb) practice bombs and/or firing rockets, the Vampires also used their 20mm guns. The range was close enough to Ohakea for the aircraft to be seen in the distance from there while they were in the range circuit. The range was not licensed for high explosive weapons, only practice ones. It was also used by our later strike aircraft too.

The four gunnery targets were 10ft X 10ft canvas with a central large black-painted spot and these were mounted at an angle of about 60 degrees between posts. Four aircraft would be in the circuit at a time and firing at their own target so when they had all fired-out some of the range party would go and count the hits on each target with the scores being sent back to Ohakea. Years later, the gunnery targets were acoustically scored by well-protected microphones. Bombing and rocketing targets were an old army tank until it was battered to pieces followed by 44 gallon drums mounted on vertical railway iron within a large target ring.

For someone with a camera (me, on many occasions) some good aircraft shots good be taken if you were quick enough. I recall on one occasion a flight of four Vampires had finished their gunnery and enjoyed themselves beating-up at LOW level the range team scoring the targets. I had my camera with me and recorded some photos as the aircraft came over. At one stage I stood on the front platform of our Landrover to record shots until I was forced to duck smartly after recording a good photo. On another occasion, which I didn't record, a Vampire was late on a pull-up from gunnery and vanished behind the sand-hills a short distance from our master quadrant (range head-shed). Several of our team were running for the Landrover to get to the scene of what we expected was a horrible accident only to be stopped in our tracks as the Vampire re-appeared and flew unsteadily back to Ohakea – a close call that one! There was already Vampire remains in those sand-hills from a crash before my time there. I managed a couple of flights on weapons sorties to Raumai and it was great to see things from a different perspective.

Another range used for practice weapons was the centre rock of the three large Volkner Rocks in the Bay of Plenty near White Island, but this being offshore, was un-manned. It was used both day and night with parachute flares dropped for the night sorties until our combat wing was $*?#@*& scrapped. I had a couple of flights to that range, one day bombing sortie and one night flare dropping sortie, very enjoyable.

 If high explosive weapons were to be used, then it was either Waiouru army range or the air force range on the South Kaipara Head, both of which I visited on occasion as a ground observer and once from the air, once again very enjoyable. High explosive weapons could also be used against sea targets such as burned-out ships or barges (not many enough of them for us) so long as the area was declared off-limits to all others for the duration of the exercise.

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DATE:  Wed 28 June 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER :  Bruce Belfield
SUBJECT: My aviation career and the Safari 400 Helicopter
AGENDA:
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Bruce is Australasian agent for Canadian Home Rotors, operating as South Pacific Home Rotors from his Te Awamutu base. He will talk about his involvement in aviation and his Safari 400 helicopter; an earlier model (ZK-HIV) is actually up for sale on Trademe. These machines got their nick name ''Baby Bell" from the obvious look-alike to the famous Bell 47G-3B1 (Mash movie) and, ironically, the one in NZ has also just popped up on Trademe. Last year Bruce had the satisfaction of being awarded Best Metal a/c and Best Rotorcraft at the SAA Convention with over 70 a/c in the competition, so well done Bruce.

BRANCH RANTINGS:
Thanks to those (22) who attended last month's meeting, when Mr. Graham Lister gave us all a very thought provoking talk titled; "My Side of Erebus" which covered the part Graham was assigned to as Air NZ Liaison with the NZ Police in Operation Overdue,when on the 28th/Nov 1979 ANZ flight TE901 crashed on Mt.Erebus in Antarctica. This operation managed the recovery of all the bodies of the passengers and crew of this tragic event.

Bantam B-22J (ZK-ZAF)Terry Goldsbro then got airborne and the bright yellow Rand X-Air (ZK-JCK) one of two owned by the Waikato Microlight Club took off to do some circuits.Larry Spicer then vacated the field in his Flight Design CTLS (ZK-FDB). So guys,if you get bored at home,go for a drive and get some fresh air and see what's happening at Te Kowhai.PS. Don't forget the coffee van is operating too.

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DATE:  Wed 31 May 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
GUEST SPEAKER : Mr Graham Lister
SUBJECT: My Side of Erebus

AGENDA : This covers his part in the NZ Police Operation Overdue to manage the recovery of the bodies of the passengers and crew from Flight TE901 which was lost in Antarctica on 28th/Nov 1979. Graham was assigned to Operation Overdue as Air NZ Liaison, where his background in air freight and his many industry contacts proved useful. Although Graham didn't get to Antarctica himself, he was awarded the NZ Special Services Medal (Erebus) in 2007 for the part he played in NZ. In compiling his material on Erebus, Graham has formed a view on the facts and the many opinions which were written about the accident. Some of these materials were acquired from the estate of the late Ross MacPherson, the former Editor of "NZ Wings". Graham's talk will be aided by a powerpoint presentation.

BRANCH RANTINGS:

Thanks to those (15) who attended last month's meeting when Neil McHugh (SAA) gave us a very informative talk on how he built his kit-set aeroplane. A Just a/c Highlander (ZK-MCQ), a fine looking a/c in a very attractive red/silver paint scheme, with a finish and detail that is a credit to his workmanship. So thanks Neil for a great talk from a first time builder, and enjoy the fruits of your labour.                                        

Thanks also to Hugh McCarroll for his presentation on POOP IN SPACE. An informative account of the NASA competition he entered into to solve a problem of isolating human waste within a space-suit over a 6 day period. His was a single man entry where most other entries were team orientated. It was rated in the top 15 from all globel entries. Congratulations Hugh.

On Sunday 14th May (Mother's Day) Gina and I went to the SAA Fly-In at John Hansen's strip Te Awamutu,where 4 a/c plus one helicopter flew in and enjoyed a lovely sunny day over a shared lunch and a chat about who was building what and where.Two Jodel's (ZK-KSD) Gary Williams/Otorohanga,and (ZK_MMB) Murray Belfield/Tokoroa were there,along with Cessna 172M (ZK_FGV) John Lissington/Otorohanga and Zenith Zenair CH701 SP (ZK_ESY) Adrian Van der Hulst/Te Awamutu. Supporting the rotary craft was Safari 400 (ZK_HXJ) Bruce Belfield/Te Awamutu,Murray's son. And of course our host with his very own Hansen Deuce (ZK_JFH) which won John 3 prizes at a recent SAA Fly'in down in Ashburton. Your's truly kindly accepted a short flight in this a/c and was suitably impressed with the performance of this well engineered home-built, so a credit to John's build, and thank you,much appreciated my learned friend. I've conned Bruce into giving us a talk in the near future.

Last Sun/20th/May,a beautiful clear day we dropped into Te Kowhai Airfield and saw a variety of a/c in and around the circuit and the guy's doing the development were busy too, having just put up the other new hangar,so it's all going ahead and steady progress which is good for aviation in general.Noted were two Piper Cubs,(BQV& BTU), Cessna 172P-SGW, 172N-TJL, RG Cutlass-ETG, Yak-TYS, Technam P-96 Golf-TEB, P-92 Echo-Super, -PFL,Vans RV-6-VIA, and Bantam B-22-ZAF,and R-44,HRR. Two gyro's did touch and goes then departed for their homes as well.

EVENTS:
Mark your calendars for Sunday 4th/June for the Warbirds D-Day Open Day at Ardmore,from 10am-4pm, with flying displays at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Cost $20/hd.
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand.

Alan's May Jottings,
With the New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC) 70th anniversary coming up I am reminded of the many flights I have had around NZ in DC3s and the likeable (for me at least) Friendships, with a flight also in a Viscount. It saddens me that I am also reminded of the tragic loss of DC3 Skyliner ZK-AYZ on July 3 1963 with the loss of 23 lives when the aircraft crashed in bad weather on the western side of the Kaimai range. I was at Woodbourne at the time during my first year in the RNZAF and our course was called together to be told of the tragedy. 

During leave in my early RNZAF years it was a regular pastime to go tramping with my father somewhere in the Kaimai range, so during my Christmas leave in Tauranga that year my father suggested maybe we could have a go at tramping up to the site of the DC3 crash. So off we went early on Christmas eve, tramping up to the summit of Thompson's Track from the western side, then off on a side track to the top of Mt Ngatamahinirua and down to the crash site. It was a very sobering sight once we reached the crash and saw what remained of the aircraft.

We spent some time looking around the remains of the aircraft and trying to get our heads around what had happened. The fuselage was lying on its starboard side in a steep gully not far from the top of the ridge; another few hundred feet higher and the aircraft would have flown over the ridge. The remains of one wing was partly draped over the fuselage and the rear of the aircraft from the door back was relatively intact. The forward fuselage and other wing were hardly recognizable. After taking several photographs we both tramped our way back up to the mountain top in a very sombre frame of mind, then back down Thompson's Track to the car and home.

While it took a while for me to take in the tragedy and what we had seen I'm glad we did go and see for ourselves the worst air crash in New Zealand. Signs of the crash site and some wreckage is still visible from the Old Te Aroha Road if you know where to look. There is also a memorial alongside the road within sight of the crash site.

Download the full   MAY 2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf  (revised 22 May).
As usual,all members, guests and friends are cordially invited, and the usual refreshments will be available.

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DATE:  Wed 26 April 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
PRESENTATION SPEAKERS : Neil McHugh & Hugh McCarroll

Neil will be giving a presentation on the building of his aircraft, a Highlander ZK-MCQ, from construction to flying status. It has been seen flying in Raglan and Te Kowhai and looks to be an interesting presentation.

Hugh will give a short presentation on his recent design entry in a NASA international competition to solve a long term human life situation for living in space. Out of some 20000 world wide entries, Hugh's entry was classed in the top 25 of those entries. Come and hear how this was rated. Congratulations Hugh, we look forward to your presentation.

BRANCH RANTINGS

AGM OUTCOME::::Warrick has stood down as Hon/Sec but will continue as Vice/Chmn. He will also continue taking an active part in endeavoring to get quality speakers for our meetings. Hugh McCarroll continues the roll as our Chairman and will be seen more often taking the front line as spokesman in our meetings. I will continue as Treasurer with added responsibility as the Hon/Sec. and to collate contact details and newsletter information. The Committee members were returned unopposed. These were Alan Reynolds, Jon Wenham and Bob Wadley.

LIBRARY: Many thanks to Gina and Warrick in the sorting of all our library books (273),144 dvds and 149 videos from the storage room and cataloging these onto our RAeS laptop data-base and ensuring each has a card. So if you want to loan any items, fill out the cards leave it in the card box near the library. We have a great collection of books and many have never been read so we will be concentrating on displaying them for the next few months and some DVDs. Initiatives are underway for some form of portable book shelving in the future. While we are on the subject, would you all please check that you don't have any books,dvds or videos that should be returned for cataloging. At present we have some cards that have no home. Thanks everyone.

HELP: There are some members who get to the meetings early and help with the set-up of the tables and chairs. Please note we have to put everything back as it was at the end of the meeting. We will also need a hand with bringing down all the gear from our lockup upstairs and this has to be put away after the meeting. Please be aware not to put any furniture on the tiled area in front of the bar and elsewhere. We are required to vacate the premises no later than 10pm at management request. This help both ends of the meet will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

 

EVENTS

NZ Warbirds 2017 Forum was held at the Warbirds hangar,Ardmore Airport in early April.

The TeAwamutu Museum in Roche St, has a display THE DAMBUSTER RAID. The display is from the Air-force Museum and includes the history of the development, the raid and the aircrew. Particular reference to the Nz-ers who took part and the documentaries associated with it including the interview with Les Munro.

Movie night at the Museum features a free showing of the classic 1955 release "THE DAM BUSTERS". Time 4pm – 6 pm on Thursdays April 20; April 27; June 15. Popcorn & OJ provided!



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DATE:  Wed 22 March 2017

TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
AGENDA : 
Grant Finlay with coverage from the Air Force Tattoo 80th B/Day of RNZAF at Ohakea followed by the Avalon Airshow (Aust).+ Alan Reynolds will bring his best shots from Ohakea too.

Thanks to those (21) who attended our first meeting of the year on 22nd February for the 44th AGM of the Hamilton Branch of the RAeS. As most of you already know,I have stood down as Hon/Sec but am continuing as Vice/Chmn under Hugh McCarroll our Chairman. Our Treasurer Brian Sunderland has taken over the Hon/Sec position and continues to be Treasurer for the Branch. Brian will be handling all the contact details and newsletter information. I will still be taking an active part in endeavoring to get quality speakers for our meetings. The Committee members were returned unopposed. These are Alan Reynolds, Jon Wenham and Bob Wadley.

Gina and I have been busy taking all our library books (273),144 dvds and 149 videos from the storage room and we have catalogued all these onto our RAeS laptop and made sure each has a card. So if you can all make sure you fill out the cards when you take items out and hand the cards to Brian and he will enter them all into the system after the meeting. We have a great collection of books that have never been read so how about getting into some serious reading about all aspects of aviation, we have it all here, believe me. Now you will see why I was so adamant that we try to get a proper library set up as we have enough stock of excellent quality that needs a good home. While we are on the subject,would you all please check that you don't have any books,dvds or videos that should be returned as I have some cards that have no home. Thanks guys.

The other thing is,could some of you guys who get to the meetings early please help Brian with the set-up of the tables and chairs. Remember we have to put everything back as it was at the end of the meeting. At the request of the management of the premises, please do not put any furniture on the tiled area in front of the bar and elsewhere. Brian will also need a hand with bringing down all the gear from our lockup upstairs and this has to be put away after the meeting. The premises MUST be vacated no later than 10pm- management requirement for health and safety regulations.

The wings over NZ Warbirds Forum meet 2017 is at the NZ Warbirds hangar,Ardmore Airport Sat/1st/April at 10am,cost is $20 per person.Book by e-mailing Dave Homewood at dave-daasnz@hotmail.com So far two speakers are confirmed, Stan Walker Ex-RNZAF, Sunderlands No.490(NZ) Sqdn, and Steve Taylor,NZ Warbirds, specifically on the Hawker Sea Fury that he co-owned and displayed on the airshow circuit.

Next month our meeting will be on Wed/26th April,when Neil McHugh (SAA) will tell us how he put together a Just a/c Highlander (ZK-MCQ).I've seen his masterpiece at Raglan and Te Kowhai, and I have to say the colour scheme of red/silver makes it very attractive and the finish and detail is a credit to his workmanship.

Don't forget Airshow,Omaka,Blenheim Easter wk/end Classic Fighters, 14th-16th/April/2017

Apparently there is a Dambuster's exhibition on at the TeAwamutu Museum and the original movie from the 50's is being shown Thur/16th March at 4pm,and again on Thur/20th April and at later dates.

A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for.

Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.

 

W.F.JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

Brian Sunderland Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.

E-mail: tribri@maxnet.co.nz   Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379

Website: http://www.raes.org.nz/home


Download the full   MAR 2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.

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DATE:  Wed 22 February 2017
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm for our guest speaker
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton. 
AGENDA : The 44th AGM of the Hamilton Branch of RAeS ,followed by Grant Finlay with some photo's of various aviation events held over the holiday period. 

Welcome to the New Year everyone. It's sure getting hot and humid now, even if it has taken a long time to actually get into summer weather. But there have been a few catastrophes like earthquakes and floods already and we are still only into February, and many places are facing a drought with restrictions on water. The combination of high temperatures and strong winds only makes the situation worse. Never the less, we have still had some glorious days for flying, with clear blue skies and sparkling waters around the coastline of this wonderful country.

Thanks to those (25) who managed to get to our Xmas Dinner back on the 21st/Dec/2016, we had a nice relaxing evening with a superb roast dinner followed by exquisite dessert, and drinks to accompany it all.
NB: Please note that I made an announcement that I  am standing down as Hon/Sec of the Ham/Branch,but I will still be Vice/Chmn under Hugh McCarroll our Chmn and endeavour to still help arrange speakers etc, and sort out our library in the storeroom upstairs in the GV Club.
Okay, we called into the Thames airfield on Sat 14th Jan and just happened to see a group of a/c from the 
Gordonton Microlight Club, who had just come from Great Barrier Island and they said the weather was good and hot as. Also on the field was a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter  (ZK-ICB) doing a training flight from  Cirrus Helicopters, Drury, they refueled and headed back to Drury.
On Sat 21stJan 2017, we went to the Tauranga Airshow, but as Alan has covered this in his jottings, I will only make one comment,and that is, from an aviation viewpoint it was very disappointing.
Then on Sat 28th Jan we went to Ardmore and saw the BE2 flying, because it's size, it looks really graceful in the air. The P-40 went flying and the Catalina came in from Tauranga. I went flying with my learned friend, Jeff Hunter, in the Boeing Stearman bi-plane, and we went out over the gulf and did some aero's, looking down into the clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf, it was great and much appreciated.
Waitangi wk/end we went down to Whakatane via Rotorua and around past the lakes for a nice scenic drive and at the airport we saw the Air Chatham's/Whakatane Air Metroliner (ZK-CIC) take off, it has a very distinctive colour scheme and looks great. This was previously ZK-LFT, the Life flight a/c.

Last Saturday, we went to the open day at Te Kowhai, and along with 3 or 400 other people, enjoyed a great market with fresh fruit and veges and crafts etc, and then walked around and looked at some classic cars and motorcycles & a variety of aircraft from microlights to sport a/c, to home-builts and GA, including half a dozen gyrocopters which added to the atmosphere of a good summers day with food & refreshments as well. So all in all, a good start to the New Year for the NZTE, well done guy's & keep up the good work at Te Kowhai, I can assure you, we are all right behind you in this venture, so thank you all.

Upcoming aviation Airshows you might like to attend - as follows:
"Wings Over Wairarapa" Hood aerodrome, Masterton 17th-19th/Feb/2017
Ohakea Tattoo RNZAF 80th/B/Day  24th-26th Feb/2017
Omaka, Easter wk/end Classic Fighters, 14th-16th/April/2017

Our  Branch Treasurer, Brian Sunderland has asked me to remind you that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are well overdue.
Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for.
Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00. 
Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch. 

Download the full  FEB  2017 Newsletter  to read, or as a printable pdf.

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