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Classic Cubs has been providing flight training and aircraft hire since 2007. It is our mission to provide quality flight training in classic Piper Cub aircraft. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is train pilots wishing to extend their experience and broaden their horizons by flying taildragger aircraft. 

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Bill Henwood is the Managing Director and Chief Flying Instructor. He has had a life long interest in aircraft, reading most of the Biggles books as a lad. He would often spend rainy days at Paraparaumu airport (then the bad weather alternate for Wellingtons Rongotai Airport) watching F27 Friendship aircraft come and go. Photography was also a passion, and combining the two passions has resulted in a large collection of NZ aircraft photos from the 70s and 80s. Those interests extended into a part-time business in equestrian and aerial photography, Heirlooms Photography, and then flight training in a Super Cub.

Bill currently works for a large NZ based airline as First Officer on  Boeing 787 aircraft, an occupation that gives enough time to also keep a 1957 Piper Cub in good condition and flying often. Operations include taildragger training for pilots, BFRs  and private hire to suitably qualified pilots. Bill has amassed some 19,5oo flying hours, in a range of aircraft from Jodel D9 single-seater, to most Piper and Cessna single-engine, Austers, DH-82 Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, Cub, Pawnee, Airtourer, Boeing Stearman, twin-engine GAF Nomad, Cessna 421, Piper Seneca and Navajo Chieftan, Embraer Banderante, Metroliner, Convair 580, Boeing 737, 787 and A320. Included is 4,000 hours instructing on most of the above types, except for the Boeings and Airbus. Bill has a current B Cat instructor rating allowing him to conduct ab initio training, conversion training, mountain flying, aerobatic training, and BFRs. The wide range of aircraft type ratings allows him to conduct BFRs in our aircraft or yours.

Neroli Henwood is the Associate Managing Director and co-owner. She is slightly younger than Bill, but with a wide range of life experience. She has worked in the horticultural, medical, veterinary and aviation industries in various capacities, and held a Private Pilots licence until the late 80s. Her 450+ flying hours has meant a speedy transition to taildragger flying, and she flys most weeks with Bill to maintain and extend her skills. Neroli recently regained her Private Pilots Licence, having to resit the exams and a flight test after a layoff of some 24 years since originally holding a licence. . 

Bill and Neroli share two daughters who rode and competed horses, hence the equestrian photography business.


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