Nor West News : July 24th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Thursday, July 24, 2014 TODAY Safety call Familiar faces will pop up in a road safety campaign around South Kaipara – P3 Family foundation: Kenny Murray celebrates with his wife Elaine and daughter RNZAF Corporal Rhea Hornby at a special gathering at RNZAF Base Auckland. FLIGHT Sergeant Kenny Murray has clocked up 10,000 flying hours. To mark the milestone the Parakai resident was surprised with a decorated cake in a Boeing 757 returning the New Zealand D-Day 70th Anniversary delegation home. Another celebration with his 40 Squadron followed back at his RNZAF Base Auckland, along with accolades from his community including Kaipara Memorial RSA. ‘‘It’s a ride, it’s a blast,’’ says the 40 Squadron air loadmaster. He knows of only one other military person with the same achievement. ‘‘I was totally unprepared for the celebrations. I didn’t want the hoohah.’’ He looks forward to more goals to add to his second log book including 5000 hours on the Boeing 757, which he loves flying for its versatility, speed and reliability. ‘‘Fortunately I’ve done 18 years on the 40 Squadron and I’d like to do 20 years. Air time: Flight Sergeant Kenny Murray celebrates 10,000 flying hours while over the the east coast of India at 35,000 feet. Photo: RODERICK MACKENZIE ‘‘In my first years of flying it was nice to get 500 hours of flying time and then the milestones were going up to 10,000. ‘‘When I thought I could attain that goal I was watching it carefully.’’ The 56-year-old’s military mindset reflects his knack of YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. Pilot marks 10K hours ❝ By RANI TIMOTI I was totally unprepared for the celebrations. – Flight Sergeant Kenny Murray remembering statistics, understanding systems and structures. His first squadron was the No 42 VIP Squadron at Ohakea in 1980. He flew dignitaries around New Zealand including military and government heads and royalty like Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the Queen, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana. ‘‘Prince Charles remem- bered me as I’d flown him around previously on the Andover and he asked to borrow my headset. He used it every time.’’ He can’t single out any particular highlight but his first flight as qualified air crew in 1981 resulted in finding a missing yacht off Wellington’s Cape Campbell. Be in to win Readers of the Nor-west News love entering our competitions as proven by the number of emails. Check out the latest ticket giveaway to a fun show – P4 ‘‘I look at all flights as memorable and it’s the people I fly with and the place that are memorable,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve been given a very unique opportunity to fly and see the planet, but at the end of the day it’s good old Aotearoa that’s the best.’’ If there are any regrets, he says it’s losing time with his family. He has been married to Elaine for 32 years, and their son Kane was born when he was flying the Queen. Daughter Rhea is now a corporal at the same Whenuapai base. When he retired from the RNZAF in 1997 he spent six years as the Riverhead School Board of Trustees chairman. He worked with trusts including the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust, Pacific Air Ambulance, Child Flight Air Ambulance and then a year as secretary/manager of Helensville Golf Club before returning to the air force in 2003. ‘‘When you join the ser- vice, you join the service family,’’ he says. What’s up? E-EDITION Who’s been barking up the wrong tree – and got rescued? – P5 The Villain Go to nor-westnews. co.nz to read The Villain column and find out how the Western Pioneers rugby team fared in their last game. From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks’nWords afterschool tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual’s needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts 836 3123 Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT – BOOK NOW!
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