Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Date 01 Dec 2011


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Tauranga gets New Zealand’s first certificated adventure aviation business

Tauranga’s Double X Flight makes history tomorrow when it will be presented with New Zealand’s first operating certificate, issued under new adventure aviation rules.

CAA General Manager General Aviation John Lanham will present the first ever Part 115 certificate to Double X Flight Chief Executive Peter Meadows tomorrow.

“This will be the first time in New Zealand history that it is legal to take fare-paying passengers for adventure flights in a warbird,” John says.

“The new adventure aviation rule presents the opportunity for New Zealanders and visitors to safely experience these historic aircraft.”

Double X Flight will operate a Yak 52, a Russian fighter trainer.

Peter Meadows says the aircraft enters the loop at 320 km/h, pulling 4Gs.

“We can offer a scenic cruise over Tauranga city as well.”

Media are welcome to attend tomorrow’s presentation at 10am, and weather permitting, see the aircraft in flight.

Double X Flight
Hangar 4
Aerodrome Rd
Tauranga airport

Learn more about Part 115 Adventure Aviation – Certification and Operation

How the civil aviation system works in New Zealand (PDF)