23 June 2010
Napier Aerodrome will return to normal operations as the Royal New Zealand Air Force pack up their tents and head back to Ohakea as Exercise Wiseowl comes to an end.
The Air Force has been in Napier since 14 June for the biannual exercise that saw student pilots hone their skills at formation flying and flying in an unfamiliar airspace. The exercise also gave ground crews and trades the chance to operate in a deployed base environment.
Over the course of the exercise CT-4E Airtrainers, with the student pilots and their instructors aboard, have been a regular sight in the skies over Napier; while a number of local schools have taken the opportunity to visit the deployed base.
Detachment Commander for the exercise, Squadron Leader Anthony Budd said it had been a successful exercise, and the people of Napier had been very supportive.
“I extend my thanks to the staff of the Napier Aerodrome who made every effort to ensure the exercise ran smoothly. I would also like the thank those involved in Saturday’s Open Day which was extremely well supported by the people of Hawke’s Bay, and I hope showed a glimpse of what life is like in the Air Force.”
For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286.