Kapi-Mana News : January 24th 2012
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2012 FEATURE 4272079AA D n ā u R n | R u n The three study levels in this programme will help you develop your artistic skills in ways that will enable you to capture and enhance the essence and H w y u' udy This programme uses mixed mode delivery that includes lectures, Fu he udy All programmes and enrolments are subject to minimum class numbers and programme confirmation Every effort has been made to ensure that the content of this advert is correct at the time of print. www w n | 0800 I www w n S.TTT032 INGOT METALS BUYERS OF ALL SCRAP METALS & MACHINERY Email: email@example.com 37 Raiha Street, Porirua (04) 237 5322 •0274 454 725 3596010 • Steel • Copper • Aluminium • Brass • Old Cars • Electric Motors • Batteries • Whiteware The Old Cobham Mill, 161 SH58, Pauatahanui www.oldmanmac.co.nz 04 234 7632 ... timber supplies and landscaping products. Macrocarpa Specialists ec Untreated macrocarpa Kitset or ready-built from$199 PLANTER BOXES... • Ear Hygiene • Discharging Ears • Dermatitis • No referral necessary For Adults and Children For appointments Ph 0800 100 833 Clinics in Wellington CBD, Lower Hutt, Johnsonville, Upper Hutt, Mana and Kilbirnie www.earhealth.co.nz Resthome clinics by appointment Removal of wax by micro-suction 4306719AA 4232101AA 3706336A J Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More All Fitness Gear from Sky captain: The Vintage Aviator's test pilot and production manager Gene Demarco is one of the world's most experienced pilots in World War I aircraft. Photo: PIERS FULLER Magnificent man in his flying machine By PIERS FULLER CONTINUED Page 11 Lounging: An FE2b pusher biplane midair with the Ruamahanga River meandering along the Wairarapa Valley below. Photo: PHILIP MAKANNA/GHOSTS The Vintage Aviator has quickly become one of the most important manu- facturers and restorers of World War I aircraft in the world and is making an incredible contribution to aviation's living history. With a workshop in Wellington and hangars in Masterton and Omaka, The Vintage Aviator has brought to life some extraordinary machines that can be found nowhere else. A key member of the team is production manager and test pilot Gene Demarco. The New York native has flying in his bones and his passion for early aircraft goes right back to when his father was an inspector for Pan Am during the golden age of commercial flight and his mother was an air stewardess for the same airline. As a kid, Demarco was fascinated with aeroplanes and was privileged to fly on some commercial flights when flying was a mode of transport reserved for the wealthy. He built scale models of many classic aircraft, including the big World War II fighter, the Vought F4U Corsair, one example of which is now housed in the Masterton hangar which is also home to many of the Vintage Aviator's classic fighters. Demarco started his flying lessons when he was just 14 years old and flew solo for the first time when he was 16, earning his pilot's licence shortly after that. Demarco is one of the world's most experienced pilots when it comes to flying World War I aircraft and knows how to build them. In fact, he restored his first aeroplane, a 1940s Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser, when he was 16 and in 1980 flew it around the United States solo -- at the ripe old age of 17. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I have fantastic memories of landing in airfields and people were really nice to you. Like here, they are often small tight-knit flying communities,'' he says. He flew across 32 states and had no problems with his trusty J-5. After that adventure Demarco went to college and graduated as a mechanical engineer. He got a job with IBM, which he hated, and left when he became too busy with a flying wholesale rose delivery business that he had started in college. He bought a Cessna 182 with the profits of the business and started another venture in upstate New York, leasing an airfield from where he operated a range of aviation services. During that time he was restoring more aeroplanes and started his own restoration business.
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