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NZ receives full complement of King Air trainers

12th December 2018 - 09:39 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) received its fourth and final Beechcraft King Air 350i trainer aircraft last month.

The aircraft belonging to 42 Squadron, known as the KA350 in RNZAF service, are stationed at Ohakea Air Base. They are leased from Hawker Pacific New Zealand and so do not actually belong to the air force.

The first of the turboprops arrived at Ohakea in March 2018. Minister of Defence Ron Mark announced on 10 May that the first aircraft had been certified for use.

Mark commented at that time, ‘These smaller aircraft have proved cost efficient for the

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