28 January 2013
Aircraftsman Philip Paskwietz in front of the RNZAF's new A109 helicopter at the Masterton Air Show 2013.
A self-confessed technology geek, Aircraftman Philip Paskwietz has been fascinated by aircraft for as long as he can remember, so it made perfect sense to him to join the Air Force.
After attending Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Philip has now been in the Air Force now for two and a half years.
He first considered being a pilot but soon changed his mind when he looked at the trades and Avionics Technician appealed to his technology passion.
Being part of the NH90 team at Ohakea Air Base, Philip (22) says he is impressed with the level of equipment.
"The NH90s are kitted out with the latest technology. This is serious Gucci stuff. It’s great to be around it."
Philip was part of the NH90 team at the Wings Over Wairarapa Air Show showcasing the latest acquisition for the New Zealand Air Force.
He said it was the best part of the job to be around the high tech equipment and was often guilty of being a technology geek around people who were not in the Air Force.
"I do a bit of recruiting with friends and try and give them a nudge to join."
But it’s not all work and no play as Philip also enjoys playing sport. In fact if it there’s a ball involved, so is Philip.
"I play volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis and cricket."
And when he’s not doing that he’s looking at further options in the Air Force after he has achieved his Avionics qualification.
"I’m looking at becoming a qualified parachute jump instructor."
Philip said his grandfather was in the Air Force and would love to get a ride in an NH90, but he has had to tell him that won’t be happening.
"I think he’d like to fly it to be honest," he said laughing.
For more information please contact Squadron Leader Lyn Coromandel, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0738 or 021 420 899.