Wanaka does not need jets to access Auckland – pilot [Crux, 25/09/19]
Wanaka based airline Captain Terry Hetherington has researched and calculated that turbo-prop aircraft, specifically the ATR 72-600 which are already in use in New Zealand, can indeed fly between Wanaka and Auckland. His workings have been peer reviewed by two experts who make these calculations frequently. Terry Hetherington is part of the Protect Wanaka lobby group.
I’ve been tracking the developments relating to Wanaka Airport since well before Wanaka Stakeholders Group Inc. was formed. I’m troubled by the lack of information shared with the community, and with the lack of transparency from QAC and QLDC.