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Student Pilots Descend on Tauranga

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release
14 July 2005

Student Pilots Descend on Tauranga

The Air Force will swoop on Tauranga this week as part of Exercise Wiseowl.

Seventy personnel will live in a tent city on the airfield from 19-28 July as part of the pilot training exercise.

The very distinctive black and yellow Airtrainers will be deployed to Tauranga for the eight student pilots and their instructors from RNZAF Base Ohakea.

Working away from home, the student pilots will get their first taste of operating in the ‘field’ and flying in unfamiliar territory.

The camp will be self-sufficient; to support the exercise there will be a field kitchen, medical facility, administration unit, communications centre, as well as a maintenance centre for the aircraft.

An open day will be held on Saturday 23 July, which will include a flying display.


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