20 April 2011

Paraparaumu Preparations for Air New Zealand Service

Paraparaumu Airport's new $3 million runway was christened last week. Work on resealing the runway started on March 14 and was completed late last week, paving the way for a new Air New Zealand service to Auckland, scheduled to take off during Labour Weekend. Mrs McDonald, a Kapiti Aero Club and Paraparaumu Aviation Museum life member, used to fly from Nelson to Paraparaumu in the 1940s, and commended the new runway for being "so smooth". Wearing a scarf given to her by the first patron of Kapiti Aero Club about 1953, she found being taken for a spin around Kapiti Island in the Partenavia plane on Thursday rekindled her passion for flying and brought memories flooding back. "I can't smell the fumes and not want to be flying the plane myself. I want to do more - I will have to rob a few houses." She hoped the thrill of the flight would encourage Air Training Corps cadet Kylie to join the New Zealand Air Women's Association. It was only Kylie's second flight. She said it was "really fun", although landing was "a bit freaky".

Source : http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4899331/Kapitis-new-3m-runway-opened

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