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NEWSLETTER QUESTION: WHY DOES THE PILOT IN COMMAND ALWAYS FLY THE AIRCRAFT FROM THE LEFT HAND SEAT?

Interesting question with a few possible answers. We accepted:

Tradition and custom

Because in WWI all the pilots came from the horse cavalry and they mounted from the left handside. Therefore, the pilot entered from the left handside.

Many of you googled the answer and came up with this one (word for word almost):

"The reason pilots (at least the Captain or PIC) sit on the left side has to do with original 2-seat single-engine prop-driven planes, and Newton's third law which states that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. 

In most original aircraft engine designs, the aircraft propellor rotated to counterclockwise when viewed from the pilot's seat. Mr. Newton says that when you apply power, the aircraft will rotate along its longitudinal axis clockwise, or to the right. Therefore, if the pilot occupies the left seat when s/he is flying by him/herself, then that slight change in the lateral Center of Gravity will help compensate for the prop torque. So the left seat PIC position has been standard practice since the 1930's, even though more modern props turn clockwise" (source https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060915002405AArq1TN). 
 

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MOSQUITO - THE FLIGHT OF A LIFETIME

After the air show was over, event organiser Tom Williams was also given the chance to fly in the Mosquito, this time it was from Masterton to Matamata. Here is his story.

When the Mosquito was scheduled for its first flight on September 29, 2012, aviators from far and wide set off for Ardmore; such is the mystique and pulling power of this famous World War Two Fighter-Bomber.

My previous visits to Ardmore were made to keep in contact with Warren Denholm, boss of AVSPECS, to check on the progress of the Mosquito's rebuild during the lead-up to its first air show flight at Wanaka.  During a meeting with the Mossie's American owner, Jerry Yagen, I suggested a deal that would bring KA114 / ZK-MOS to Wings over Wairarapa.

As we as air show organisers were paying for the Mosquito to fly from Ardmore to Masterton, I suggested that we put one of our sponsors in the navigator's seat on the way down.  Needless to say we would have one very happy sponsor.  When asked who it was that we wanted to put in the spare seat on the way back.  I said I had an old bloke in mind but, after further questions, I had to fess up and say it was me!

The Mosquito flight was all that you could expect and probably more. The take-off runway was 24 with a light breeze from the south.

Keith Skilling was pilot in command on this occasion.  He and David Phillips have done all of the Mosquito's test and display flying so far. Taxiing down to the 24 threshold, my first impression was how hot it was in the cockpit, even with the two small windows open.

I couldn't help but notice a reasonably-large crowd sitting on the Gold Pass grandstand while waiting to witness what was probably the last Mosquito take-off from Hood Aerodrome for a very long time. Keith pulled the aircraft up facing the sealed runway and started his cockpit checks.

I was taught to fly by a veteran Mosquito Pathfinder pilot Berek Dalcolm, CFI at the Wanganui aero club in the late 1950s, so the cockpit checks I learned then for the old Tiger Moth seemed to be still relevant as I watched Keith going through the same process.  I still remember the cockpit check list well.  Trim set for take-off; mixture, fully rich; fuel on and quantity sufficient; instruments checked; oil pressure ok; altimeter set at QNH; harness, tight and secure, so when I saw Keith going through the same process in an aircraft from roughly the same era as the Tiger, it could have been Berek sitting beside me in the pilot's seat.

With the cockpit checks finished, each engine was run-up to check for any mag-drop.  This was obviously no Moth; it was a very powerful Tiger! 

When we were all set to go, Keith closed both of the windows, opened-up the throttles and taxied out onto the sealed runway.  He checked we were clear left and right, lined-up on runway 24 and called Masterton's air traffic control tower to say we were rolling.  The big Merlins' growl grew to a serious roar.

Keith was very busy on take-off; initially with the wheel brakes then, when the tail comes up, the rudder.

The climb-out was fast and the speed built-up quickly.  As the wheels came-up there was a bit of a pause when the right gear didn't quite fully retract.

Keith waited for 30 seconds before recycling the gear.  Both legs came down and locked; then there was a pause before the gear up came up again.  By this time we were west of Carterton at 6,500ft and climbing fast.

The gear locked away safely this time.  Keith had the throttles, pitch and mixture set; both hands on the stick and then went hard right-hand down.  The Mosquito's wings went from parallel to the horizon to 180 degrees in an instant and we were heading down at over 300mph.

With the wings nearly level, the threshold of runway 10 arrived very quickly.  Again, Keith used both hands and plenty of muscle to bank steeply left around Masterton's curved display line at 350mph.  I managed a quick look at the crowd in the grandstand but, as we are going so fast, it was only a blur.  The 100ft minimum was reduced considerably and we straightened-up along runway 06 and climbed-out to 3,000ft on track for Turangi to the north.

Looking at the cockpit layout and instrumentation it all seemed basic and very 1940s; essentially the same as the Tiger Moth and Dominie, just more of them. 

Soon we approached Waiouru and on up the right side corridor of the Desert Road.  Keith made a radio call to alert any Desert Road traffic, then let-down to 600ft.  My imagination started to think about the 633 Squadron movie and its low-level Mosquito practise runs through the Scottish mountain valleys. 

The aircraft's 250mph speed was much more evident at low level.  We passed over Lake Taupo then in no time the town of Tokoroa was beneath us.  Continuing north, the towns of Putaruru, Tirau and Matamata followed, arriving over the latter at 3,000 ft.  After being cleared for a low and fast run from the north, Keith again used both hands on the stick and turned through 180 degrees, right hand down.  As we ran down Matamata airfield's grass runway, our speed exceeded 300mph and the G-force was noticeable; but not too much for an out of touch old pilot like me.

Keith made a quick climb-out to 1500ft and rolled from a hard-right to tight hard-left turn, bringing a bit more G-force before performing another fast-run down Matamata's north runway.

We pulled-up and out for a left-hand circuit.  There were no problems with the landing gear this time but the grass runway looked short!

Keith was keen to get us down on the threshold a.s.a.p. so there was a bit of a double landing but she settled down well on the main wheels.

The roll-out was the same as the take-off with Keith having plenty of work to do on the wheel-brake.  We taxied up to the club house and, after run-down checks, Keith pulled the fuel cut-off handles and then…silence, apart from my ears ringing from the roar of the two big Merlins.

When asked if I enjoyed it, I had no answer!!  Yes of course it was the flight of a lifetime.

 


FOUR MONTHS TO TAKE OFF!

Now that summer is almost here all stops are out in the planning for Wings Over Wairarapa 2013!  Taking place on Wellington Anniversary weekend (18-20 January) next year we hope that it is already firmly in your diary as well!

DISPLAY AIRCRAFT UPDATE

Keep an eye on our website for on-going announcements of feature aircraft – along with, we hope, a couple of very nice surprises to come!  The confirmation of the Avro Anson and the Vintage Aviator Aircraft have been posted in the last week along with some well known crowd favourites.

FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

In 2013 we are bringing back the very popular Food & Wine Enclosure that was such a feature of previous shows.  Featuring 8 Wairarapa wineries matched with 4 gourmet food outlets this area will give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the very best of the Wairarapa while sitting back and watching the show.

MOTORHOME PARKING

We will again be providing a FREE OF CHARGE designated motorhome park adjacent to the air field.  This will be open to all self contained motorhomes and will give you the chance to be on-site for all the action!!  Keep an eye on our website for details of access times, criteria, etc.

WITHOUT WHOM IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN!

We have, as in the past, been particularly fortunate with support from our strategic partners without whom (and this is no platitude!) the show quite literally would not happen!  They include Trust House, Classic Hits, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Masterton District Council, South Wairarapa District Council, Masterton Trust Lands Trust, Bayleys Real Estate, Earthcare Environmental, Tui Brewery, Frucor Beverages, ANZ, Paper Plus, PGG Wrightson, Tranz Metro, Positively Wellington Tourism, Air New Zealand and the RNZAF.

CORPORATE HOSPITALITY OPPORTUNITIES

A lot of interest is already being shown in our new corporate hospitality opportunities.  These include Private Corporate Marquee's on the flight line, Corporate VIP Gold Passes Packages and Tables of 10 in the new VIP Enclosure.  For further information please contact Liz Pollock (info@wings.org.nz).

REGIONAL TRANSFERS

For those of you planning a day trip from our neighbouring regions Tranzit NZ will be operating daily services out of Palmerston North and Nimon & Sons will be offering the same from Napier on the Saturday.  Details of these, and other, regional transfer options are outlined on the How To Get There page on our website.

INTERISLANDER GIVES SOUTHERNERS AN ADDED INCENTIVE

Interislander is offering a discount of 30% off the Easy Change fare to anyone attending Wings Over Wairarapa 2013.  This applies on Kaitaki sailings only and is valid for online bookings for travel 15 -25 January 2013. This is available for the ticketholder and passengers in his/her vehicle.

AIR SHOW TRAIN

For anyone basing themselves in Wellington for Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 we will be running an air show train on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event.   Seats on these services are restricted so make sure you book your train tickets when you are purchasing your show tickets through all Ticketek outlets.

TICKETS ON SALE

Ticket to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 are on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets, by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or on-line through www.ticketek.co.nz.  Of interest especially to visitors coming from overseas will be the introduction of a Print Your Own Ticket option meaning that you can have all you need in hand before you leave home!

REMEMBER OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

For those of you who have not yet discovered out Facebook page check it out at http://www.facebook.com/WOWairshow and make sure you sign up as a friend to catch up with the regular updates of photos from previous shows, and more frequent news updates about the show.  Make sure that you tell your friends about it also!

We look forward to keeping you in regular touch with our progress over the next few months but in the meantime please do let us know (email: info@wings.org.nz) if there is any specific information about the show that you require. If not watch this space for regular newsletters and show updates!

Cheers

THE 2013 WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA TEAM!



TRUST HOUSE WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA 2013

May 2012

NINE MONTHS & COUNTING!!

Hard as it is to believe the relatively unremarkable summer of 2012 is over already and we are now only 9 months out from Wings Over Wairarapa 2013!  Taking place, as always, on Wellington Anniversary weekend (18-20 January) next year planning for the show is already well underway.


NEW LOOK

For those of you that we caught up with at the recent Tauranga, Ohakea or Wanaka shows you would have seen our new branding for the 2013 show.  This ‘new look' is just one of the many positive changes that have evolved since the 2011 show and is also extended to our new range of merchandise which is on sale now directly from our fantastic apparel sponsors Tui Brewery through their website www.thechangingroom.co.nz.


WINNER –GOLD PASS DRAW

From our trade sites at the various air shows over the summer we ran a series of competition to win Gold Passes to the 2013 show.  We would like to congratulate the following winners and will be forwarding their passes out to them shortly.

TAURANGA CITY AIR SHOW -Gavin Lee, Remuera, Auckland

RNZAF 75th ANNIVERSARY OHAKEA AIR SHOW - Barbara MacKay, Taupo

WARBIRDS OEVR WANAKA - Doug Elliott, Buddine, Queensland, Australia


2013 TRADE SITES

We are already receiving a significant number of enquiries for trade sites at Wings 2013.  See our website for the various options available.  PLEASE NOTE - for those of you that had trade sites at Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 we are happy to honour the promised 15% discount on sites at Wings 2013 in recognition of the disruption of last year's show.  Please contact Penny Ryan (admin@wings.org.nz) for any further information.


CORPORATE HOSPITALITY OPPORTUNITIES

In 2013 we will also be introducing a number of new corporate hospitality opportunities including Private Corporate Marquee's on the flight line, Corporate VIP Gold Passes Packages and Tables of 10 in the new VIP Enclosure.  You might even like to look at packaging these options up with daily helicopter transfers ex Wellington or maybe with family passes for your clients.  Whatever your preference we can put together a package to suit most styles and budgets.  One thing we can promise you is that your clients and staff will have a day out to remember.  For further information please contact Liz Pollock (info@wings.org.nz).


LEISURETIME TOURS UK TOUR

And if you haven't quite had your fill of Air Shows for the year Leisuretime Tours are offering you a unique opportunity to visit 4 of the UK's largest and most popular – within an 8 day period!  These include:

ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO – FAIRFORD; FARNBOROUGH 2012 INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW; “FLYING LEGENDS” AIRSHOW, DUXFORD;

SHUTTLEWORTH COLLECTION's MILITARY PAGEANT AIRSHOW,

GRAND TOUR OF ENGLISH AVIATION MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS

OPTIONAL LANCASTER TAXIING RIDES! And much, much more!!

AND they include 2 nights in No 617 (Dam Busters) Squadron Officers' Mess!!

Tours depart in June so if you are interested book now to avoid disappointment.  For further information on the Grand Aviation UK Tour 2012 or to book visit:

www.leisuretimetours.co.nz


TICKET ON SALE NOW

Ticket to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 are on sale now through all Ticketek retail outlets, by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or on-line through http://www.ticketek.co.nz/.  While you are there if you are, or plan to be, based in Wellington you might like to also purchase your air show train tickets at the same time.  Or maybe look at getting a group together and take advantage of our great group discounts!


DESTINATION WAIRARAPA

Accommodation in the Wairarapa at the time of the show is always at a premium.  There are however still some great deals available at the wide variety of accommodation in the region.  Check out http://www.wairarapanz.com/ now and book now to avoid disappointment!


COAST COACH LINES

For those of you based on the Kapiti Coast, the good people at Coast Coach Lines have put together daily packages to get you to and from the show on both the Saturday and Sunday of Wings 2013.  Departures will leave each morning from Wellington, Plimmerton, Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin & Palmerston North at a cost of $85pp (including show tickets).  For further information and bookings ring Dave 0800827827 or email coastcoachlines@clear.net.nz.


REMEMBER OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

For those of you who have not yet discovered out Facebook page check it out at http://www.facebook.com/WOWairshow and make sure you sign up as a friend to catch up with the regular updates of photos from previous shows, and more frequent news updates about the show.  Make sure that you tell your friends about it also!


We look forward to keeping you in regular touch with our progress over the next nine months but in the meantime please do let us know (email: info@wings.org.nz) if there is any specific information about the show that you require. If not watch this space for regular newsletters and show updates!


Cheers

THE 2013 WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA TEAM!

 

NOTHING SAYS A NEW ZEALAND SUMMER LIKE A MOSQUITO!

December 2012

 

Not that every day in the world of Wings Over Wairarapa isn't an exciting one but today is a bit of a standout!  We can now confirm that the only flying de Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber in the world has been confirmed to attend Wings in January!

 

To give visitors to the show the once in a life time opportunity to see this unique aircraft fly, especially alongside 12 other de Havilland aircraft ranging from an early World War I bi-plane to the Vampire Jet, is something that we are absolutely delighted to be able to do.  Not to mention just fractionally excited at the prospect ourselves!

For those of you who aren't as well acquainted as some with the Mosquito it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in World War I and the only one to be constructed almost entirely of wood. Nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder" it first flew in November 1940, and was faster than the Spitfire with a top speed of over 400 mph, meaning bombing missions were dramatically shortened, lessening the risk to air-crew. Its versatility meant it was also used in other roles including day-time tactical bombing, high-altitude night bombing and photo-reconnaissance. Around 6,000 Mosquitos rolled off the British production line; others were built in Canada and Australia. Around 80 ended up in New Zealand and were used by the RNZAF.

Originally built in Canada in 1945, the aircraft you will see at Wings is owned by American Jerry Yagen. It has been painstakingly restored by Warren Denholm and his team at Avspecs at Ardmore Aerodrome in Auckland over the last seven years and is due to go to its new home in the States shortly after our show.

LEST WE FORGET

Celebrating WWII veterans has always been of the utmost importance to the Wings Over Wairarapa team and the 2013 show will be no different.  Any WWII veterans who would like to find out more about opportunities for them at next year's show can contact Reg Wellington on his email Poneke@ihug.co.nz

 HOW TO GET THERE

Make sure you keep an eye on the How To Get There page on our website as we are regularly updating it with some different, exciting options as to how to get to the show.  You might for example want to take a trip back in time and board a steam train out of Palmerston North to the show or catch a ride on a DC3 from Wellington – the options are endless!  Or you might prefer to take up a more contemporary option by catching the air show train running out of Wellington on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the show.  Remember you must book your air show train tickets through Ticketek which, to save time, can be done at the same time as you are purchasing your show tickets.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Some of you might like to note that for those who aren't as steady on their feet as others we provide access to the VIP carpark immediately adjacent to the aerodrome on the production of a Mobility Car Pass.  Once inside the ground wheelchair and mobility scooter hire will also be available.  To secure a booking in advance and avoid disappointment you might like to contact Mobility Wairarapa on +64 6 3701023 or email spike.racing@xtra.co.nz

 

ANOTHER WINGS WINNER….

While enjoying watching the Mosquito fly for the first time at Ardmore a couple of months ago we ran a competition to win two VIP packages to Wings which we are pleased to announce was won by Malcolm Lumsden from Huntly. 

 

TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 are on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets, by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or on-line through www.ticketek.co.nz.  If preferred Ticketek are offering a Print Your Own Ticket option this time of which you might like to take advantage.

 

REMEMBER OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

For those of you who have not yet discovered our Facebook page check it out at http://www.facebook.com/WOWairshow and make sure you sign up as a friend to catch up with the regular updates of photos from previous shows, and more frequent news updates about the show.  Make sure that you tell your friends about it also!

 We look forward to keeping you in regular touch with our progress over the next two months but in the meantime please let us know (email: info@wings.org.nz) if there is any specific information about the show that you require. If not watch this space for regular newsletters and show updates!

 Cheers

 THE 2013 WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA TEAM!

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FOUR SLEEPS AND COUNTING!

January 2013

Hood Aerodrome in Masterton has taken on a whole new look in the last 24 hours. 3 kms of fencing is in the process of being put up, over 100m of marquees erected, grandstands are being placed and what appears to be an extraordinary number of vintage military vehicles are driving through the gates! After two years in the planning its full steam ahead in preparation for this coming weekends Wings Over Wairarapa air show and we can't wait!

FLYING PROGRAMME

The Display Planners have put together a fantastic weekend of flying displays for this year's show – you might like to check out the indicative flying programmes for each day on our website – www.wings.org.nz.

Obviously the Mosquito is a star of the show however the crowd will also enjoy for the first time at a civilian air show in New Zealand a six jet formation containing three different jet types. Three L39's, two Vampires and a Strikemaster will be flying in formation over the crowd on both days. This alongside the other stars of WWII, the Vintage Aviator's always impressive WWI display and a huge turnout by the RNZAF are just a few of the other highlights on offer – it would be fair to say it is shaping up to be an aviation enthusiasts dream weekend!

TRADE SITES

We have a record number of trade sites at this year's show – from clothing to aviation supplies; jewellery to family portraits; books to homemade sweets – it will be a shoppers dream!

While enjoying the different sites keep an eye out for Glen Martin and his Martin Jet Pack simulator – believe me anyone that grew up watching with the Jetson's will want one of these!

FOOD & WINE ENCLOSURE

This year sees the return of the very popular Food & Wine Enclosure showcasing the best of Wairarapa hospitality. Two boutique breweries and five vineyards will be in attendance including Borthwick Vineyard, Gladstone Vineyard, Paulownia Estate, Johner Estate, Loopline Vineyard, Peak Brewery and Matsons Brewery. These will be complemented with stunning food provided by Entice Café, Wazoo Pizza, La Bella Italia, and Palatabull serving Bullbabs and Bulldogs! Make sure you call in to see why the Wairarapa is known for its award winning wines!

EYES TOWARDS THE SKIES ON FRIDAY!

Any of you that will be in Wellington on Friday keep an eye on the skies over the city around lunchtime and you may be in for a wee taste of what's to come over the weekend by way of a teaser!

WOTIF YOU NEED ACCOMMODATION??!

For those of you that have not yet booked accommodation WOTIF have once again put together some fantastic offers for the Wings weekend. Click on the following link to see great accommodation offers both in the Wairarapa and in Wellington still available over the weekend.

AIR SHOW TRAIN

For those of you that are based in Wellington over the weekend remember to book a seat on the air show train (details are on the HOW TO GET THERE page on our website) travelling out of Wellington on both days of the show. Train tickets can be purchased with your show tickets through Ticketek or a STRICTLY LIMITED number will be available on the day.

If travelling from slightly further afield our fantastically supportive strategic partner Air New Zealand is still offering some great fares into Wellington or if you prefer to fly yourself then check out the AIP supplement on our website for arrival times, etc.

HIGHTECH!

This year there will be free WIFI access throughout the aerodrome during the show. Go to our website while you're at the show to check out the updated flying programme and enter the draw to win a flight in a vintage WWII aircraft each day!

TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets to Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 are on sale through all Ticketek retail outlets, by phoning 0800 TICKETEK or on-line through http://www.ticketek.co.nz/. If preferred Ticketek are offering a Print Your Own Ticket option this time which you might like to take advantage of.

There will be General Admission single day only tickets available at the gate on each day however these will be at a premium price – check out details on the TICKET page on our website for details.

REMEMBER OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

For those of you who have not yet discovered our Facebook page check it out at http://www.facebook.com/WOWairshow and make sure you sign up as a friend to catch up with the regular updates of photos from previous shows, and more frequent news updates about the show. Make sure that you tell your friends about it also!

We look forward to seeing those of you that can join us for what promises to be a pretty special time in the Wairarapa this weekend. If there is any specific information that you require that isn't on our website please contact Liz Pollock on info@wings.org.nz.

Travel safely and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Cheers

THE 2013 WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA TEAM!

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