Episode 163 – The Forum 3

Guest: Dee Bond, Mike Slack and Brett Nicholls

Field Report Guest: Brendon Deere

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 25th of September 2017

Released: 26th of September 2017

Duration: 2 hours 41 minutes 5 seconds

In this episode three more aviators join Dave Homewood on The Forum panel to discuss news and views, and tell some great aviation stories. The panel in this episode are Dee Bond, Brett Nicholls and Mike Slack.

Dee is a Captain and co-owner in the Catalina ZK-PBY syndicate. She’s also an air racer, an adventurer, a precision flying expert, an aerobatics pilot and an airfield owner, among other things.

Brett is a warbird pilot. Formerly the owner of two BAC167 Strikemasters, he also owns Harvard NZ1065 outright, and he is a syndicate member in Harvard NZ1052. He is on the committee for New Zealand Warbirds Association Inc. and is a big advocate for flying warbirds.

Mike is an Air Traffic Controller, working in New Zealand’s busiest control tower at Auckland International Airport. He is also a keen aerobatics pilot and competitor, and he’s a member of the Giles 202 ZK-NUT syndicate.

News Discussed:

•  Graeme Frew’s Yakovlev Yak 3M “Full Noise” at Reno, Nevada

•  Full Noise on the WONZ Forum

•  Polikarpov I-16 For Warbirds Over Wanaka

•  Gavin Johnston RIP

•  Bring Our Birds Home Wanaka Announcement

•  Pioneer Aero’s de Havilland Hornet Project

•  Mosquito Pathfinder Trust

•  Auckland Fuel Crisis

•  Sanson Man Moaning About Jet Noise From Ohakea

•  Eurofighter Typhoon Crash

Additional to the discussion it seems this was not the first fatal Typhoon crash, here’s another from two weeks ago!
•  Saudi Typhoon Crash

•  Mustangs Touch At Duxford Airshow

•  Vintage Air Rally 2018


Upcoming Events

•  WONZ Missing Wingman Trust Dinner, Cambridge 8th of Oct 2017

•  Tiger Moth Club Spring Fly-In, Taumaranui – 13-15 Oct 2017

•  Taupo Gliding Club 50th Anniversary – 21-23 Oct 2017

•  GAPS First Light Wings And Wheels, Gisborne – 4th of Nov 2017

•  Black Sands Fly-In, Raglan – 4-5 Nov 2017

•  Warbirds Open Day, Ardmore – 12th of Nov 2017

•  South Island Akro Fest, Omaka – 22-24 Nov 2017

•  WONZ Christmas Party, Ardmore – 2nd of Dec 2017


Guest Spot Discussion Links

•  Air Race Classic Kiwi Express

•  Air Race Classic Website

•  Air Race Classic Facebook Page

•  23rd FAI World Precision Flying Championships 2017

•  Mercer Airport Website

•  Mercer Airport on Facebook

•  Mercer Airport on Wikipedia

•  Airways New Zealand

•  New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority RPAS, UAV, UAS, Drones & Model Aircraft Rules

•  Airshare NZ Drone Rules

•  New Zealand Warbirds Association Website

 New Zealand Warbirds Association Facebook Page


BBC Space Programmes (I meant Apollo 13, not Apollo 11, by the way)

The Women Who Flew For Hitler by Clare Mulley

• The Women Who Flew For Hitler author Clare Mulley with Dan Snow

• Hidden Figures

• Rocketlab on Facebook

• NASA Balloons at Wanaka


Xtended Podcast Episode 73 – Fairey Barracuda

Dunkirk (2017) on Facebook

Photos of the Spitfire on the Beach on FlyPast Forum

Brendon Deere’s Spitfire PV270 ad Biggin Hill Hangar RNZAF Facebook Page

• Jurgis Kairys flying his routine

New Zealand Aerobatics Club Website

New Zealand Aerobatics Club Facebook page


Above: Dee Bond (photo Dee Bond)

Above: Mike Slack in the Auckland International Airport control tower (Photo Mike Slack)

Above: Brett Nicholls closest to the camera in his Strikemaster jet with Dave Brown (Photo Brett Nicholls)

Above: Dee Bond, left, and co-pilot McKenzie Krutsinger, after winning the 41st Air Race Classic i June 2017 (Photo Dee Bond)

Above: Mike Slack pulling G’s in the Giles 202 aerobatic aeroplane (Photo Mike Slack)

Brett Nicholls, right, discusses a flying manoeuvre with Gavin Conroy at Masterton (Photo Dave Homewood)

NOTE: Apologies for the occasional strange noises that were coming over Skype during parts of this recording. We could not find the source and it was random. It’s rather annoying but the noises are short lived, so please persevere.

Theme Music For This Episode is Wild Flower by Joakim Karud

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