Pilots Get Their Wings
Pilot Officer Timothy Jones on parade at the graduation parade for the 11/2 Advanced Wings Course, held at Base Ohakea.
Seven pilots graduated from the 11/2 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) “Wings” Course at Base Ohakea today, receiving their coveted RNZAF Pilot Brevets from the Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell.
Following the Primary phase conducted on the CT-4E Airtrainer, the Advanced phase is conducted on the B200 King Air. This latest group of pilots completed the Advanced phase on the Air Force’s upgraded fleet of B200PL aircraft, a newer and more capable version with upgraded avionics.
Two Wings Courses are run each year after rigorous selection processes.
The seven graduates hail from all over New Zealand including Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Masterton. Most have University degrees and one gained his private pilot’s licence at the age of 17.
Several trophies were also awarded to the graduates who excelled in the course.
• Bagient Shield – PLTOFF Tim Jones – Christchurch. Awarded to a graduate with exceptional results during ab initio (initial) pilot training. It has been awarded only six times since 1955. It was last awarded in 2007.
• The De Lange Trophy – also PLTOFF Tim Jones – Christchurch. Awarded to the pilot who gains the highest final flying mark on graduation from pilot training.
• The Wigram Trophy – FLTLT Byron Wagstaff – Dunedin. Awarded to the pilot who graduates with the highest final academic mark.
• RNZAF Sword of Honour - PLTOFF Simon McKay – Masterton. Awarded to recognise excellence on the RNZAF Pilots’ Course. The graduate must achieve at least a Distinguished Pass in both the Primary and Advanced phases of the Pilots’ Course.
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