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NZDF Conducts Urban Flying Training

NH90 Helicopter by starlight – courtesy of Mr Anthony Pecchi
NH90 Helicopter by starlight – courtesy of Mr Anthony Pecchi

22 May 2015

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is conducting urban flying operations training of Air Force and Army personnel from 24-28 May 2015. The training will occur in and around the Kaipara Air Weapons Range and in the Auckland Central Business District. All flying will be concluded by 10pm each evening.

Head of Air Operations Air Commodore McEvoy says the training is essential to maintaining Defence Force readiness for emergency situations.

“The NZDF is always on standby to respond to any crisis or emergency situation in New Zealand. By training regularly in different environments our people are well-equipped to deal with any situation.”

The public may see NH90 and A109 helicopters flying over the city in formation during the day and at night.

All Defence Force flying operations are undertaken in accordance with Defence and NZ Civil Aviation regulations. Base Auckland at Whenuapai is the hub for the training activity.

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For more information please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980

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