President Report March 2017
I can’t believe it’s newsletter time already.
I really enjoyed going to the prize giving dinner for the Walsh Memorial Flying School in Matamata in January. Congratulations to the recipients of the NZAWA Awards - the winner was Jaimie Miskelly, from Kerikeri. The two Runner Ups were – Caitlyn Ferner from Wellington and Carmen Haybittle from Auckland. We would love to see you girls at the Wanaka Rally at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. I sat alongside Caitlyn for dinner and it was great to share her excitement to receive ours, plus 2 other awards on the night. Actually the dinner had quite a slant towards NZAWA with our member Lea Giblin, as the captivating guest speaker. Captain David Morgan spoke on diversity in the airlines and unconscious bias. He also introduced a female Captain from Mount Cook Airlines – she spoke of her 3 year old son saying he did not want to be a pilot like Mummy, because “ that’s a girl’s job”. It was great to catch up with Bianca who was instructing at the Walsh and was excited at having her first students achieve solo flight.
I’m saddened to hear that one of our members Val Scrivener, passed away on Waitangi Day. There is an absolutely fabulous photo of Val in the Silver Wings Book (page 117) standing in front of some Tiger Moths following a flight where she flew a moth from Tauranga to Invercargill. We have sent condolences to her family.
Our very own Sarah Colliver was interviewed recently by the NZ Women’s Weekly for an article for their series “How I Live”. She was interviewed while shopping in the Warehouse with five children – talk about great multi tasking Sarah! This was followed up by having hair and makeup done for a photo shoot. I’m really looking forward to reading the article soon and expect to see Sarah looking very glamorous posing in front of their distinctive RV10.
This is the final reminder for the Fly In to Te Kowhai on the 18th March. It is so central, that the flying time from most parts of the North Island shouldn’t take too long, so we look forward to seeing many of you there. I was asked to take a wedding that day but had to decline, because flying comes first! There is a spot landing competition on arrival and lunch is $10/head. We have ordered fine weather that day – fingers crossed.
I hope you have started planning for the Rally in Wanaka and marked it in your diaries. Sue Telford and her team have been really busy putting the programme together with the theme of stars. As I missed the last Wanaka Rally I’m really looking forward to that Southern hospitality.
I have just returned from an amazing trip to Chile, Argentina and the highlight was definitely Easter Island (Rapa Nui). I broke out in goose bumps when I saw 15 moai (stone statues) lined up at Ahu Tongariki. It is a gorgeous laid back Polynesian island and if you love travel, then I’d recommend that you put it on the bucket list. Their language is so similar to Maori with some words exactly the same. The runway is 3 km long and spans the width of the island, going from coast to coast. It was extended in 1961 by NASA to be an emergency landing site for the space shuttle, however it was never used. It has had Concordes land there in the past and there are daily flights to Santiago in Chile now. Mataveri Airport at Easter Island is said to be the most remote airport in the world and the closest airport is 2,603 km away in French Polynesia. Another amazing jaunt there was to climb the highest volcano there called Maunga Terevaka. From the top you can see the whole island and for 360 degrees you can see the sea on the horizon.