The Story of Nelson Aviation  by Richard Waugh & Graeme McConnell 

the story of nelson aviation
Aviation’s influence on Nelson has been profound. With challenging road access, no rail link and the barrier of Cook Strait, Nelson had the reputation of being a ‘sleepy hollow’. It was isolated and in some ways still is, yet has never been the same since the first aircraft visit in 1921. After aero club beginnings, a pioneering scheduled airline was established at the Stoke Airfield in 1935. The opening of Nelson’s new airport at Tahunanui in 1938, close to the city centre, was a key milestone for the region’s social, economic and tourism future. The airport led to a wartime air force station and a growing post-war airline scene. It became the main commercial aviation centre for the upper South Island, including helicopter work. Illustrated by many rare photographs, this book tells the story of Nelson aviation – its aircraft, personalities, innovations and events – and how it helped develop the whole sunny province. Nelson Airport serves more than 750,000 passengers annually, is the hub for the country’s largest regional airline and is the fourth busiest airport for scheduled flights in New Zealand. CONTENTS Introduction Forewords: Member of Parliament for Nelson, Hon. Dr Nick Smith Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Airport Ltd, Kaye McNabb Mayor of Nelson City, Aldo Miccio Mayor of Tasman District, Richard Kempthorne Locality Map Acknowledgements Chapters: AERIAL AWAKENINGS – Features: J.H. ‘Jack’ Cock – A.R. ‘Reg’ Kingsford – Nelson Men serving in the RFC, RNAS and RAF during World War I – P.K. ‘Shorty’ Fowler – Tom Newman & Sir Jack Newman AERO CLUB INFLUENCE – Features: ‘Mac’ McLaren – Noel Chandler – Rex Lucas – Faith in Australia & Southern Cross – Motueka AIRLINE UNDERWAY – Features: E.H.’Ernie’ Thomson – George Bolt – DH89A Rapide ZK-AGT/ZK-AHS NEW AIRPORT – Features: Nelson Harbour Board/Port Nelson Ltd – Arthur Clouston – “Men Behind the Air Services” by Leo White – Golden Bay WARTIME ADVENTURES – Features: Nelson’s Spitfire – No.23 (Nelson) Squadron, Air Training Corps – Len Trent – Bill Reid’s Avro Anson Restoration – John Smith’s Collection of Wartime Aircraft – Nelson Aviation War Dead POST-WAR DEVELOPMENTS – Features: Jack Delaney – Air Traffic Control – Airport Fire Service – Arthur Bradshaw & Thelma (John) Bradshaw – Stan Smith & DH84 Dragon ZK-AXI – “Dominie Aircraft have made Timaru near neighbour to Nelson” by Geoffrey Harte – Brian Chadwick and Brian Waugh – “Down the Island to Christchurch by Air” by Dick Huffman ADVANCE – Features: John Reid – Ron King – Nelson (Lakes) Gliding Club – Bill Evans – Nelson’s “Pre-Dawn Chorus” – Nelson Parachuting & Skydiving – Murchison – Denny Atkinson – Allan Kenning – Meteorological Service DEREGULATION AND EXPANSION – Features: Peter Lacy – Walter Wagtendonk – Nelson Aviation College – Murray Turley – Air Albatross – Murray Clarkson & Dave Moore – Kevin Allport – Bristol Freighter ZK-CLU Merchant Buccaneer – Robert Inglis & Nicki Smith – Air Nelson NEW CENTURY – Features: Helicopters (NZ) Ltd/HNZ New Zealand – Jim Wilson – Origin Pacific Airways – Nelson Aircraft Restorations – \Aviation Plaques and Place Names – Homebuilts/Microlights/Gyrocopters – Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Afterword Appendices: Endnotes Air Service Operators Serving the Nelson Region since 1935 Nelson Airport Superintendents, Managers, Directors & Businesses/Organisations
Soft cover 297x210mm 336 pages

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