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Air Force sets up camp at Kerikeri

Two CT-4 Air Trainers on Ex WISEOWL 96 over northland

Kerikeri Aerodrome will become a tent city when around 80 personnel from RNZAF Base Ohakea deploy for Exercise WISEOWL 96 on the 17th of September. The exercise is a Pilot Training Squadron deployment designed to test military student pilots in Formation Flying.

"Operating away from their home base at RNZAF Ohakea the student pilots will get the chance to extend their flying skills in an unfamiliar airspace and to see what it's like to work in 'field' conditions for the first time," said the Detachment Commander, Squadron Leader Matt Alcock.

"The deployment and redeployment of the aircraft, supplies, camp pack-up equipment and personnel, is a logistics exercise in itself."

Accommodation will be in 40 tents that will be erected on the airfield. They will provide for field catering, a field medical facility, an administration unit, an operations headquarters, a logistics unit providing camp supplies and spares, as well as a maintenance centre for the aircraft.

Exercise WISEOWL is a chance for schools, organisations, and the public to visit the camp and meet Air Force people and to find out more about the Air Force.

"We will also be holding an OPEN DAY at the campsite for the public on Saturday 22nd September between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. The Open Day will include a static display as well as short aerial flying display," said Flying Officer Sam Thompson.

Exercise WISEOWL takes place between 17th to 27thof September 2012.

Eight Air Force Airtrainer aircraft, pilots and their instructors will be deployed to Kerikeri for the exercise.

The Airtrainers may be seen flying within 200 kilometres of Kerikeri.

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