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New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation

March 2017 Newsletter

2017 Rally - June 2nd - June 5th - Wanaka
2016 NZAWA Executive Committee

Julie Bubb

Elizabeth Hogarth
Lynn Holland

Pip Schofield 
Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
Ann Fosberry
Erin Spencer 

Rhona Fraser 

Scholarship and Project Fund Trustees:
Edith Robinson
Dee Bond
Judith Grant 

Newsletter Editor:
Minou van Vliet
Enya McPherson

Library and Archives Committee:
Pam Collings
Sue Telford
Pat Campbell
Bernice Hintz 

New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation
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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.
Safe flying

The Runway at Easter Island.
The Moai (stone statues) on Easter Island.
NZAWA Wanaka Rally Information

Here is the link to registration and competition entry forms!
These will also be emailed to you directly. For now - the link to the dropbox. 
Youth Soaring Development Camp

NZAWA Award Recipients

My name is Alexandra Thompson (but everyone calls me Allie) and I am the lucky recipient of the 2017 YSDC NZAWA Top Female Pilot award.
I first started gliding when I was 12, on the 11/01/15. I was given a trial flight at the Hawkes Bay and Waipukurau Gliding Club from my mother’s parents. My parents didn’t reckon that I would be keen to continue on with it, but I didn’t stop talking after the flight, and my parents had to ring up and ask if I could come back again the following Sunday. Since then I have flown for over 80 hours, 164 flights and have flown from Omarama, Greytown, Taupo, Waipukurau and Bridge Pa, where the club flies every Sunday. I was lucky enough to attend the last two Omarama YSDC, where I completed two out of three stages of my gold and silver badges; the 3000-meter height gain and 5-hour solo duration. That flight was very challenging for me as the moment I got of tow, I hit sink, but managed to climb away from it. Also, about an hour into the flight, I was following some friends to Mt. Cook, when my oxygen failed on me. I was forced to turn around and fly around little Ben and Big Ben so that I was close to the field in case anything happened. I have to do a 5km straight (silver badge) flight and a 300km flight (gold badge) to complete these badges, which are both recognised at a national stage. At the 2017 camp I also won the most promising commercial pilot, with 4 others and the most progressed soaring pilot, with five others. In both of these I was the only female pilot. I would like to say a huge thank you to Yvonne Loader who helped me in the preparation for my 5-hour flight and gave me a huge amount of confidence when I doubted that I had the experience to do it.
I look forward to meeting you all at Wanaka soon!
Thank you,
Allie Thompson

Hi I'm Terina Wardley, however more commonly known as T. I was lucky enough to receive the NZAWA Second Runner-up award for Female Student.
Aviation has been a part of my life from the day I was born with my Dad being airline pilot for Air New Zealand and my mum previously being a flight attendant for Air Nelson. I've always enjoyed planes and aviation in general, however being so young, Dad said I would have to wait until being closer to sixteen before I could start flying for my private pilot's licence, due to solo requirements. As you can imagine waiting to get in the sky is awfully frustrating when all you want to do is fly. 
However one day in October 2016 Dad flew to Shanghai with Roger Reed. They quickly got to talking about the YSDC in Omarama and with Dad all about that 'seat of the pants' flying, he thought it would be an amazing introduction to 'real flying'. In all honesty, he couldn't of been more right! 
The Youth Glide camp in Omarama was such an amazing experience and I was completely hooked from day one. Everyone was so welcoming, filled with smiles and questions. It was wicked getting to spend ten crazy days with like minded people, who would join in on your 'plane talk' rather than telling you to be quiet about it. Having my first glider flights in Omarama was both good and bad for the same reason, I started my gliding at the best of the best meaning nothing quite compares! I was so lucky to have the opportunity to fly in Omarama at the end of last year and I'm really looking forward to YSDC 2017! 
I can't wait to meet all the dedicated women who I share such an amazing passion with at the Rally in Wanaka! See you all there!

Laura Wagstaff NZAWA Second Runner-up award for Female Student: 
Thank you for the scholarship! So happy I received it and looking forward to the Rally! 
A bit about my gliding past: I come from an aviation family who has been gliding for the past 3 generations, my dad is my influence in aviation and he glides and has his PPL as well. My brother is working on his apprenticeship for aircraft engineering. I started gliding in may 2016 and working through my syllabus's to get my license, hopefully by the end of this year or close to it. 
From this award I hope just to gain more knowledge of aviation, further grow my passion and explore different paths within aviation that is outside of gliding. 

Laura Wagstaff


Top from left: Lea Martinez, Allie Thompson, Anna Bisset, Annie Laylee, Abbey Delore, Yvonne Loader, Tish Telford, Uma Tuffnell, Karen Morgan

Bottom from left: Laura Wagstaff, Karo Lina and Terina Wardley. 

Hopefully everyone has been out enjoying some of the beautiful summer flying weather that has been around the country! Minou has been getting her first few hours of instructing done as well as becoming the flight leader for the Young Eagles Programme at Auckland Aero Club. Last weekend the club had a BBQ and it was off to a great start! Enya has been busy with post graduate study for Medical Imaging and enjoying working full time in the health field.

We should see details about the next annual rally in our inboxes soon- Bring on Wanaka 2017. Please email us anything you would like to have included in the newsletter to
Walsh Memorial Flying School

NZAWA Award for Top Returned Student

I am Caitlin Ferner, one of the recipients of the NZAWA awards presented at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School this year. I'd like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all involved in making this award happen.

I have attended Walsh for the past two years and both years have presented me with challenges and experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. I have found that the skills I gained and lessons I learned while I was flying were just as important as the ones I learned on the ground.
At Walsh it is all about being able to apply those lessons of leadership, perseverance and confidence throughout your time there and after. I came into the 51st school with far more self-assurance than the one before as I am now familiar with how things run and I was not entirely clueless about flying this time.

While Walsh and the Aviation Industry as a whole are making immense progress it is still a very male dominated place. Because of this I appreciate how important it is to recognise girls doing well in a "traditionally" male field. I believe that the girls and women at Walsh  -this year in particular - have done incredibly well.

This award is an honour to receive and I can genuinely say that I am a proud member of the New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation. I would love to stay part of this organisation further into my aviation career, hopefully as an Air Traffic Controller.

Thank you so much again for sponsoring this award.

From left: Julie Bubb, Jaimee Miskelly, Caitlin Ferner, CarmenHaybittle and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
Pam Collings' trip to Kaikoura 

Yesterday was a great flying day so I thought it was time I checked out the Kaikoura coast. I flew from Forest Field to Clarence and back, with a neighbour.  The number and size of the slips between Kaikoura and Clarence will be a massive clearance job.  Several helicopters were working with monsoon buckets to sluice the top of one of the slips.  They were mere dots in the scale of the exercise and are not visible in my photos from 3500 feet.  On the right hand side of the slip with the road around it sits a train locomotive wrapped in plastic.  South Bay of Kaikoura Peninsula displays many more rocks than before.

Val Scrivener

A Tiger in the Family
Both my parents were pilots, and growing up around aeroplanes and flight has its own vocabulary. My sister and I knew about rudders and ‘flaps’ that control roll and pitch. We knew what a ‘joy stick’ did, and why an altimeter was necessary. We learned the names of clouds; cirrus, stratus, cumulus, nimbus, and what they implied for the weather. We became familiar with the names of aerobatic manoeuvres; barrel rolls, dives, stalls, falling leaves, and loop-the-loop. The phonetic alphabet remains in memory, particularly Alpha, November, Quebec.

I search the internet for ‘Tiger Moth’, the open-cockpit bi-planes my parents flew when I was a child, then short-list the search to ZK-ANQ, the identifier of my father’s plane. There are clips of her in aerobatic flight: stalled in a yawing dive, propeller still until the engine catches and she powers into a triumphant rising arc with a roaring burst of throttle before eventually losing altitude and crabbing sideways toward earth for the typical short Tiger landing.   

            Memories rush in. Suddenly I’m flying again, my sister and I strapped together into the worn leather seat of the front cockpit. I smell oil and high octane. Wind whistles above the thunder of the 130 horsepower engine. Behind cracked glass dials, rapidly shifting needles tell our speed and height. The joystick moves constantly under the invisible direction of our father in the rear cockpit. We head for the sun, faintly blurred before the spinning two-meter mahogany propeller. Over the edge of the vibrating cockpit, earth recedes and the sea stretches to a distant horizon.

            That first flight remains a visceral memory of rolling, spiralling, spinning earth and sky. Our father could never resist the exhilaration of putting the Tiger through her aerobatic paces, and he didn’t hold back that day. My mother waiting on the tarmac, pale and grim-knuckled, thought he went too far. 

            My sister and I often flew after that, one child with my mother, usually piloting ZK-BEF, and the other in ZK-ANQ with my father. We ‘raided’ small airfields, called in on farmers with enough flat area to take a tight landing, and visited deserted beaches where landing was probably illegal.

            Many of the flying community were regular visitors to our house at Ocean Beach Road in Mount Maunganui. Often these visits were in the form of ‘buzzing’ the house – flying in from the sea and over the house at just above roof top level. The first we would know of it was the roar of an engine at close quarters and my sister and I would run outside to identify the plane. One of the regulars who buzzed our house was Bill Paterson in his Fox Moth as he flew in from his farm on Motiti Island.

            In 1962, when I was about 11, my parents, Ron and Val Scrivener, and their friend, Gordon Spence, made an epic flight in three Tiger Moths to Invercargill. They were away for several weeks, landing in small and far away places, sleeping under the wings of their planes, and leaving at dawn to move on to the next landing place. Tigers, made of wood and fabric, are very light and, if outdoors, are tied down at night to prevent wind throwing them around. I could imagine their morning start; the swinging of the propellers until the engine caught, the call for “chocks away”, and the plane taxiing to takeoff for another two hours in the air. We followed their journey via the newspapers.

            We heard many tales of daring flying exploits perpetuated by my father who had a reputation for low flying and landing, not always successfully, in unusual places. However, on that long adventure, my mother apparently did the most daring takeoff. Even dad was impressed. There was a strong wind at ground level, making take-off difficult. Apparently, two men ran beside the plane holding the wings stable until mum became airborne. Take off speed into wind was 40 mph, and I’m unsure how far the runners managed to stay with her. However, even take off in a Tiger is a high skill accomplishment requiring a firm hand at the controls. Tigers are very basic planes without brakes or steering. The pilots put their head outside the plane to see, and steer using revs and rudder, resulting in an ungainly waddle.

            Not long after their return from the South Island flight, mum became Captain of the Tauranga Aeroclub – the first woman in New Zealand elected as an Aeroclub Captain. We were all very proud of her. My parents continued flying for a few years, although ZK-ANQ found another home. I understand the old plane is Wellington based, and still flying. But, for a memorable few years, we had a Tiger in the family.
(Part of this story was previously published in the Bay of Plenty Times, 12/01/08 in the Write Place column, under the title: “Memories spin high and wild across sky”.)
NZAWA Rally/Aviation Events Safety Course -

Hosted by CAA, Wellington (Thursday 4th May)

NZAWA Rally/Aviation Events Safety Course" hosted by CAA Thursday 4th May 2017 in Wellington 9am-4pm

NZAWA and CAA invites Members and AWA event organisers to attend this free event looking at: 
  • Ground & Air Practices 
  • Incidents & Accidents & contingency planning
  • reporting and statistics and how they can help
This is a really important opportunity to build a cohesive safety format for our future rallies and events. It also provides excellent up-skilling and learning opportunities to our members. Please register with me at It will be great to see you there.

Recently the airfield at Te Kowhai was sold to a partnership of local aviators. They immediately began to implement a rejuvenation plan and the place has been buzzing ever since. It is very exciting to see the vibrancy back and the hanger doors are open. The airfield is home to around 60 aircraft, from basic microlights to a Yak and everything in between. It is an essential alternative to Hamilton Airport for the recreational pilots in the Waikato. There are several businesses now operating from the main building, a coffee cart (operating until a cafe is opened), Pilot Brewery, computer/internet equipped Pilot Lounge and BP Avgas. The fence which cut the runway into two has been removed and we now enjoy 980 meters of grass runway. Local NZAWA member Liv Henwood has joined the staff and she is keen to see some ladies fly in for lunch at Te Kowhai. Liv is currently working towards her CPL and flies our TE based Piper Cub, ZK-BQV. After talking with Liv and Julie Bubb, we decided it was time to have a girls fly-in.'s the plan. Please cross your fingers for lovely, calm, sunny weather on the 18th March and head to Te Kowhai for lunch. We are planning for 10am onwards and we will be awarding prizes for the best spot landings on arrival. Lunch will be available at $10pp and coffee/cold drinks will be available from the coffee cart too. Please spread to word to any ladies you know, gather a gaggle together and we are more than happy for boys to come too.

This will be an informal day to relax and socialise. Usual landing fees will apply. For catering purposes it would be helpful if you could please text Neroli 021 0637159 with numbers attending or if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you soon
Neroli Henwood

Wanaka Rally 2017 - Diary this!

Arrive Friday 2 June

Meet greet - flytalk aviation - laugh among flyers - social Saturday and Sunday

Depart  - tired & smiling - Monday 5 June AFTER the farewell breakfast.

Also, make time to visit the southern South Island this month of June and visit Tekapo, Mt John - you will be pleased you did.

Newsletter Dates 2017

Below is a list of issue, cutoff and publishing dates for the NZAWA newsletter. There are regular reminders posted on the NZAWA facebook page, please do submit something. We love hearing from you all. 
Issue Cutoff Publishing
January 15 January 25 January
March 28 February 10 March
May 30 April 10 May
July 30 June 10 July
September 30 August 10 September
November 30 October 10 November
Terina Wardley @Mount Cook

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