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New Wing Commander for Wanaka Flight Training


Ex RAF Pilot joins Wanaka Flight Training team

Andy Hailey a former RAF pilot joined the Wanaka Flight Training team as an instructor on 1st October.

Andy joined the RAF in 1992 and, following fast jet pilot training, spent the rest of the 90’s as an operational frontline Tornado pilot.

Having completed the Qualified Weapons Instructor course in 2001, Andy was selected to be the chief instructor pilot at the UK’s equivalent of the US Navy’s ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot School. 

In 2003, Andy was selected to become one of the RAF’s first Eurofighter Typhoon pilots.  As a Trials and Instructor pilot, Andy was charged with developing the Typhoon’s systems as well as teaching the RAF’s Typhoon pilots.

Andy has seen operational service in Europe, the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.  He retired from the RAF with the rank of Wing Commander having accrued over 2600 flying hours.

Along with his Kiwi wife and their two young sons, Andy emigrated to Wanaka in August 2012 in order to take up employment as a Flight Instructor with Wanaka Flight Training.


Wanaka Flight Training new pilot
15, October 2012

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