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CIVIL AVIATION

facilities IN N.Z.

POLICY ANXIOUSLY AWAITED

• Special. WELLINGTON, this, day | j | " We are anxious to learn the policj of the Government in respect to civi aviation," said the president of th< j Royal New Zealand Aero Club, Mr !' w - H - Shepherd, of Dunedin, at the . annual meeting of delegates repre : senting aero clubs throughout the f {Dominion, held in Wellington to-day 11 i It was urgent, said Mr. Shepherd ■jjl "to know the Government's intentions, He had a list containing thousands pi names demobilised airmen, all of whom had automatically become members of the aero clubs through ,} *■ out the country. Thousands more 1 men would soon be demobilised, |j according to the statement made by the Minister of Defence, Mr. Jones, j) | on Monday. Aero clubs were destined to become ■ the voice, of the air servicemen of the war. From one end of New Zea'■land to the other, clubs were receivtA'ing insistent demands for information «•' concerning flying facilities for the |lj near future. Quick Decision Necessary ' 1 It was necessary that something '.j, should be decided quickly by the jj Government as flying men were just (j;j ,as much entitled to consideration in 3|.> irespect to petrol allocations as the • ordinary motorist; flying and motorI' ing serving largely the same purpose t i,, >—pleasure and business. B'jf Mr.. Shepherd read the following •i-!;;extract from a letter h« had recently written to the Minister of Defence: 1 "At the. outbreak of the war the aero Jclubs handed over to the Air Force as a going concern their aerodromes, 1 ' aircraft, instructors and engineers. Si To-day there appears to be aircraft in plenty and some flying fields availK| able; instructors and engineers could ||]be made available by the Air Depart--1 • ment and petrol should soon be availi; i iable. !'Even if the Department gave p us the word to go to-morrow, there ||woulcl be a considerable time lag 1 before things got moving. We are, ff therefore, extremely anxious to have K i some knowledge of the Government's >J policy in regard to civil aviation, and {l-jaero clubs in particular, at the earlij! I est possible moment, so that some t: j organising could be started and the j!; time lag reduced when we are per- | Emitted to go. Four Questions Asked | : "The following information would |;ibe welcome:—(l) What flying fields I" [and buildings are available or will jbe available in the near future? "(2) What aircraft are available and on what terms? (3) What instructional | and engineering staff can be made j available and when? (4) When will j petrol be made available?" I' Mr. (Shepherd said the aero clubs | expected to train many young men j who had completed their ground course with the Air Training Corps, land whose services might not be required-in the Air Force. Those M who did not get into the Air Force | j would be. keen on flying, and it was | the intention of the clubs to ask the S I Government to make use of kll clubs Ito organise those men into a civil | reserve of pilots. Many men in the ] ground staff had no opportunity I of flying, but most of them were | eager' to get into the air.

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CIVIL AVIATION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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CIVIL AVIATION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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