Sunday, September 19, 2010
This here young fella from Japan Makoto dropped by so spent some time showing him what real Aircraft are like. He seemed rather impressed by it all. Looking at doing instructor rating tried NPAC they told him to go to Wanganui strange but true..............
I had a call from Wayne Harrison CFI at New Plymouth Aero Club regarding my comments above. He advised had talked with Makoto re instructor rating but advised they had just completed an instructor course and needed a Minimum of 4 pupils to do another. He advised didn't have the quota as yet to start another course. The Wanganui thing may have been a langauge thing as Wayne advised didn't tell hiom to go there.
Let it not be said I don't gve both sides of the story.
Wayne also said possibly on the look out for Cessna 152 replacement all very interesting. They tried a Tecnam but decided to light of construction fer flying training. The Cessna Skycatcher be to long wait and expensive (in the hundreds of thousands NZ) they are considering the Jabiru as they have them on line at Tauranga and being composite less hassles with corrision being so close to the sea. The other thing is you can get a custom Cockpit fit to suit your requirements usually now. Another option maybe the LSA version of the Foxcom Terrier 200 http://www.foxcon.com/home.html just some thoughts. Really the Cessna 152 and Tomahawks are getting passed it now especially with the new technology around today. The cost of doing up the panels etc would be more than the aircraft are worth.
Just thinking out loud here......
Also the power of the wind the last couple days. Spotted this about half way down York Road where I live.