Learn More About New Plymouth's Most Qualified Pilot - Jim Finlayson
Jim is a specialist flying instructor, Flight Examiner, and CRM instructor. He served 21 years in the RNZAF and has now spent 12 years in General Aviation. In the RNZAF Jim flew CT4B Airtrainers, BAC167 Strikemasters, and A4K Skyhawks, then changed to helicopters initially on the Bell 47 Sioux, then the UH-1H Iroquois. In 1991 Jim completed a flying instructors course and instructed on CT4's and Airtourers, followed by a helicopter instructors course and instruction duties at the Central Flying School on Bell 47's and Airtourers. Jim returned to No 3 Squadron as an instructor on the Iroquois, flying primarily in the South Island of New Zealand. As well as his flying experience, Jim served operational tours in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and Bougainville. He was made a Member of the British Empire for his services in Sarajevo in 1992/1993.