Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS A Most Popular Place to Live! For further information: phone Dianne (09) 424 2719 Email: email@example.com www.baycrestvillage.co.nz Baycrest Village, Walbrook Road, Whangaparaoa. Baycrest Village is a Registered Charitable Trust Z Sunny Z Generous storage Z Spacious Z Private indoor/outdoor living Z Garage Z We have Low Weekly Service Fees For Sale: 2 Bedroom Homes from $340,000 3288673AA 3419715AA PUBLIC FORUM Warkworth interchange on the Puhoi to Wellsford Motorway The Warkworth Area Business Association invites all business owners, landlords and representatives from interest groups to have your say on the Warkworth interchange on the Puhoi to Wellsford Motorway at a public forum run by a professional, neutral facilitator. Bridge House Lodge Wednesday 19, January 2011 5.30pm Up and away in Tiger Moth Moth man: David Bruce first learned to fly in a Tiger Moth, so for his 80th birthday his two sons arranged a trip down memory lane. By MICHELE ONG David Bruce took to the skies for his 80th birth- day, the first time since he stopped flying almost four decades ago. It was only a flight and I didn't land at all,'' the Whangaparaoa resi- dent says. But it was a lovely memory flight. I wasn't expecting it. I thought we were just going to Hamptown Downs to see the motorcycles, which we're a great fan of.'' Mr Bruce's two sons organised a flight in a Tiger Moth at Ardmore, Papakura. It's his favourite plane, and also the type he first learned to fly. I've flown Cessnas and Pipers but I like the Moth best because it makes me feel very much part of the plane when out in the open air. I really enjoy flying. I used to fly around New Zealand a lot,'' he says. His best flying memor- ies were when he was flying with the guys'' and the many local com- petitions, which were always fun, along with cross-country flights. I remember the first time I flew solo cross country in the Moth. It was a cold frosty morn- ing and I was flying over the Waikato, which was all white. We had to keep a flight log. The log was strapped on my thigh and I had to record where I was and how far I'd flown. My fingers were frozen. It made writing impossible,'' Mr Bruce says. Another obstacle he had to tackle was sheep on the landing strip. You had to make sure you've a bit of room before landing,'' he says. But the sheep usually scatter as soon as they hear you.'' Mr Bruce, originally from Whitianga, learned how to fly at the Mercury Bay Aero Club, and got his private pilot licence in 1957. A farmer allowed us a piece of land to build an airstrip. Then me and the other guys worked hard and eventually bought a Tiger Moth,'' he says. A mechanic taught Mr Bruce and his friends to fly, and a former airforce officer encouraged their aero pursuit. However, he did not renew his pilot licence when it expired in the early 1970s because he got busy with voluntary work. That included helping out lots of services including the fire brigade and paramedics. Mr Bruce taught woodwork at Orewa North Primary for 20 years and retired in 1996, but continued relieving the class into his 70s. Church plays an important part in the lives of Mr Bruce and his wife Edna. He is the sax- ophonist in Whanga- paraoa Baptist Church's music ministry.
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