29 November 2020

Malcolm Campbell RIP


Sad news in the obituaries of Saturday's Waikato Times, Malcolm Campbell, founder of Eagle Airways, passed away on 27 November 2020 in Hamilton. My deepest sympathy to Malcolm's widow Joan and his family. 

Malcolm Campbell and Anna Pohlen, the company’s first customer, in Victa Airtourer
ZK-CXU. Source : Celebrating Eagle Airways’ First 35 Years

It was a real privilege to meet Malcolm and Joan Campbell who were guests of honour on the final Eagle Air flights between Hamilton and Palmerston North on 26 August 2016. Malcolm founded the Eagle Flying Academy in 1969. Eagle Airways started air services between Hamilton and Palmerston North on the 3rd of October 1975. Malcolm says his most significant move was introducing the Embraer Bandeirante to the airline's operation. In my opinion this was the most significant event in the history of regional air services in New Zealand and led to most regional airports in New Zealand having multiple flights each day making the aeroplane the most important mover of people around the country over trains and buses.

A new generation aviation enthusiast... this young man and his mum flew up from Christchurch to fly on the final Eagle flight

The Eagle Air story can be found here...

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