The adventures and misadventures of a New Zealand helicopter
Tighten up both your belt and your sphincter - the pilot
Ken Tustin, New Zealand's most dedicated moose hunter,
unsuccessful to date, has penned a book about another passion
in his life, flying helicopters.
Tustin is a terrific storyteller. His book is crafted like a
TV series full of drama, danger and suspense, and it's hard
to put down as the pilot describes his near-misses as well as
Based at Wanaka, when the deer capture days dried up, Tustin
flew heliskiers, filmed movies, caught goats and even threw
lollies to kids while dressed as Santa Claus before the
fun-killers put a stop to that type of activity. He writes
about events Otago people will remember.
He also flew five seasons in the Antarctic for the Italian
Antarctic Research programme, where he lived the dream, and
then from the freezer to the fire - he flew in the steaming
jungles of Burma and Laos, followed by a stint in Oman where
the high chance of politics going sour was infinitely more
dangerous than the flying.
It will not help the author make his fortune, but my copy has
already done the rounds of three mates.
- Stephen Jaquiery