Air Force Helicopter Training in Palmerston North Region

NH90 by night – photo courtesy of Mr Anthony Pecchi
NH90 by night – photo courtesy of Mr Anthony Pecchi

04 May 2015

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will be conducting routine military training of RNZAF and Army personnel in urban flying operations over 5-8 May 2015 in and around Palmerston North, including the central business district.

“These are regular training exercises conducted by No. 3 Squadron based at RNZAF Base Ohakea using the Air Force's NH90 and A109 Helicopters,” said Air Component Commander, Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy.

“Exercising in an urban setting prepares us for being able to operate in the city when we are called upon, typically in emergency situations, so it is an important part of our training. All RNZAF flying operations are conducted with safety in mind and meet civil aviation regulations.

"The Manawatu region is an excellent training location for us and we are appreciative of the local support we receive,” said AIRCDRE McEvoy.

The exercise, which will be run by 3 Squadron, will involve daytime and evening flying with RNZAF helicopters taking off and landing at Ohakea Military Air Base, and Linton Military Camp.


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This page was last reviewed on 5 May 2015.