The cockpit of the Flying
Unit's Fokker F.28-1000 Fellowship VH-ATD.
The pilot on the left is Flying Unit Superintendent Robin Tainton, ex
South African Airways. The other pilot is Max Buchanan. The aircraft is
at Launceston in 1982 and, as the gear is down full flap is selected,
they are landing and not doing an ILS calibration approach.
F.28s were fitted with a non-standard comprehensive package of navigation
aids for flight survey work including dual INS, VOR,
ADF, DME(A), DME(I) and TACAN.
light was fitted in the aircraft's nose to enable the ground-based Optical
Tracker to track the aircraft's flight path. Two consoles
for the Flight Surveyors were installed in the cabin.
Departmental pilots who undertook this work were known as 'Airways Surveyors'
until 1989 when the roles of Examiner of Airmen and Airways Surveyor were combined
into the Flying Operations Inspector job classification.
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