Air force in town

Picture by Paul Rickard

Ten Royal New Zealand Air Force trainee pilots, their instructors and ground support team are making Gisborne Aerodrome their home for two weeks for a military training exercise.

Exercise Wise Owl 102 is designed to test the pilots and supporting Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel in establishing a deployed operating base in an unfamiliar area, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Defence Force said.

“The pilots will conduct flying operations around Gisborne as part of the No. 18/1 pilots course in the local air space using T-6C Texan II aircraft, which are purpose-built for military pilot training and have the latest technology.

“Operating in an unfamiliar environment is a great way to train our people so they have the skills to operate in any location anywhere in the world. This training provides an excellent opportunity for the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a whole to practise and train personnel in their various roles.”

Once the trainee pilots have completed their initial pilot training they will continue their training on either fixed wing or rotary aircraft.

Ten Royal New Zealand Air Force trainee pilots, their instructors and ground support team are making Gisborne Aerodrome their home for two weeks for a military training exercise.

Exercise Wise Owl 102 is designed to test the pilots and supporting Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel in establishing a deployed operating base in an unfamiliar area, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Defence Force said.

“The pilots will conduct flying operations around Gisborne as part of the No. 18/1 pilots course in the local air space using T-6C Texan II aircraft, which are purpose-built for military pilot training and have the latest technology.

“Operating in an unfamiliar environment is a great way to train our people so they have the skills to operate in any location anywhere in the world. This training provides an excellent opportunity for the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a whole to practise and train personnel in their various roles.”

Once the trainee pilots have completed their initial pilot training they will continue their training on either fixed wing or rotary aircraft.

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