2 April 2009
Up to four Air Force Iroquois together with flight crews and maintenance personnel will be taking part in night flying exercises over the coming weeks.
Exercise Pekapeka – the Maori name for a native New Zealand bat - will be held from 2-9 April and 4-8 May.
Using Night Vision Goggles (NVG) the crew will fly a number of missions each night.
The Exercise is designed to train the aircrew in NVG operations and maintenance personnel in aircraft maintenance at night.
From 2-9 April aircraft will be operating out of RNZAF Base Ohakea and around Waiouru. The second phase will see the crews conducting missions in the lower North Island from 4-8 May.
For more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.
Currently 427 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.