100 Years ago today, Ross Brodie (Snr) completed his training with the Canterbury Aviation Company gaining his 'ticket' and allowing him to join the Royal Flying Corps in England. The following excerpt is from his diary: "Did a few more landings & got on much better than on the 12th. Then did three circuits, this being the first time on a circuit myself. Col. Chaffey came and observed Sutherland and myself take our tickets. This completed my training with the Canterbury Flying School; having had 4 hours 50 minutes in the air including time taken on the ticket."
This made Ross Brodie (Snr) the first trained pilot from South Canterbury.
The colleague Ross refers to in his diary was Ernest Sutherland. Sutherland was the first ever pilot of Maori decent, he too joined the Royal Flying Corps after completing training. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who came to the Brodie family's 100th anniversary of flying celebrations! Despite the problematic spring weather, there was still a great turn out with at least 30 aircraft attending. Special thanks goes out to those who travelled from further afield to make it, attendee's came from as far south as Gore and as far north as Cambridge. Also a massive thanks to the Rowley family and Ben for looking after the BBQ and doing a great job of keeping everyone fed over the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
Make sure you keep an eye out for us on Seven Sharp, tonight at 7pm on TV1! ... See MoreSee Less
On Rangitata Island, against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains lies the Brodie family home. It's housed four generations who have all been passionate about anything sky-bound.
We're with them as...