President Report November 2016
It’s certainly been busy since I last put a report in the newsletter.
Recently the NZAWA Executive held a meeting at my place. I believe we achieved a lot with a little fun thrown in as well. We missed Pip (who was flying to Cairns) and Bianca who had enforced stopovers (due to bad weather) flying back from her Instructors course in Invercargill.
The main points coming out of the meeting are that we decided on future Rallies- following the Wanaka Rally – 2017, Whitianga- 2018, We are positive about a central location – 2019
While the website has been upgraded recently and has been vastly improved, we are going to have more work done on it to make it much more user- friendly. We believe it is a really important promotional tool.
I had a call from Neroli Henwood with an invitation to hold a Rally at Te Kowhai Airfield (just north west of Hamilton). The airfield recently changed ownership and the new owners are keen to promote it. We decided that we would have a regional fly in there in January. It is really promising to have had 2 invitations to host rallies in the last few months.
The 80th anniversary of Jean Batten’s historic record breaking flight from England to Auckland has caused a flurry of activity. I hope you were able to listen to the National Radio interview with Jan Chisum and Frances Barnes. Thanks so much to Jan and Frances for stepping up to the challenge and for the fascinating insight into early aviation. I also had an interview on the actual anniversary of Jean’s landing in Auckland. As part of the interview, they broadcast Jean’s actual speech which was so interesting as well as commentary on her landing.
It was great to go to the Jean Batten Show held at Motat in early October. Alex Ellis is a very talented actress and what made it extra special was the stunning backdrop, in amongst all the historical planes in the Aviation Hall. Thanks to all the NZAWA girls who came along.
I hope you have been able to see the Jean Batten movie with our very own Jan Chisum, starring in some of the flying parts.
Our honorary member Malcolm Campbell (and Joan), called in recently and asked me to proof read his writings on capturing the history of the Te Aroha Airfield. I learnt to fly there and was delighted to be asked to do this task. It is so good to record our aviation history and I have enjoyed learning many new interesting facts about this area.
Congratulations to our Past President Sue Telford, for achieving a B Category Instructor Rating. We also congratulate Bianca Barbarich-Bacher for passing her C Category Instructor Rating.
We do want to hear from you if you have any achievements such as Sue and Bianca – so whether you have flown your first solo or got new ratings or an exciting event in your life we would like to put it into a Snippet Section in the Newsletter.
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and all the very best for coming New Year
Safe flying girls!