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Air Force Pilots get their Wings

Lieutenant General Tim Keating inspects the parade during the 13/2 RNZAF Wings Course Graduation parade held at Ohakea Air Force Base.
Lieutenant General Tim Keating inspects the parade during the 13/2 RNZAF Wings Course Graduation parade held at Ohakea Air Force Base.

Seven newly qualified Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) pilots celebrated a milestone in their careers with the presentation of their ‘Wings’ or brevets by the Chief of Defence Force at a graduation parade at Air Force Base Ohakea today.

Lieutenant General Tim Keating said presentation of the pilot’s brevet signifies the successful completion of tough flight training.

“The award of the pilot’s brevet or ‘Wings’ represents a milestone in every military pilot’s career, and is the culmination of a very demanding but rewarding period of training. 

“This new generation of New Zealand Defence Force pilots shows the continued capability of the organisation,” he said.

The RNZAF pilot’s course is difficult and challenging. The graduates started with Initial Officer Training at Base Woodbourne. After this they completed aviation medical training and survival training. The next step was at Pilot Training Squadron learning to fly the CT-4E Airtrainer, culminating in 130 hours flying time. The final step was at No. 42 Squadron learning the complex systems of the King Air aircraft and flying as single pilot captains accruing a further 90 hours.

The new pilots will go on to fly A109, NH90 or Seasprite helicopters, C-130 Hercules, Boeing 757s or P-3K2 Orions.

The 2015 graduating pilots are:

FGOFF (Flying Officer) Patrick James – Havelock North
FGOFF Andrew Sunde – Ohai
FGOFF Christopher Fon-Lowe – Auckland
FGOFF Max Longdill - Kumeu
FLTLT (Flight Lieutentant)  - Alexandra Borlase – Nelson
FGOFF Alastair Brown – Auckland
FGOFF Tristan Nysse - Wellington

ENDS

  • The graduating pilots are available for interviews. Contact Defence Public Affairs. Photos of the graduates can also be provided

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