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Exercise Wiseowl takes to the skies above Napier

11 June 2010

The Royal New Zealand Air Force is set to fly into Napier next week as part of Exercise Wiseowl. Napier Aerodrome will be transformed into a Deployed Operating Base when around 100 personnel set up for the biannual exercise, which runs from 14-24 June.

Exercise Wiseowl aims to give Air Force pilots under training the opportunity to hone their skills at flying in an unfamiliar airspace, while ground crews and trades operate in a deployed base environment.

During the exercise bright yellow CT-4E Airtrainers, flown by the student pilots and their instructors, will be a regular sight in the skies above Napier and members of the public have the chance for a closer look during the Open Day on Saturday 19 June from 10.30am – 2.00pm.

Detachment Commander for the exercise, Squadron Leader Anthony Budd says everyone is looking forward to setting up base in such a beautiful part of the country, conducting plenty of close formation flying and meeting the friendly people of Napier during the Open Day on Saturday.

“Although it is a challenging exercise for the young pilots, learning to fly in unfamiliar airspace is an important part of their training. It is also a great opportunity to set up base operations in a different environment.”

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Media interested in talking to participants and/or visiting the camp should contact Flight Lieutenants Murray Thompson or Paul Allen-Baines on 021 477 2278.

For information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

There are currently 742 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 operations, UN missions and defence exercises in 10 countries around the world.

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