Crewman hits milestone 1,000 flying hours | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Crewman hits milestone 1,000 flying hours

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Crewman Graham Spiers has reached an exciting flying milestone – 1,000 flying hours.

Spiers has crewed for the Palmerston based rescue team for nearly 11 years, first as a volunteer before moving into full time, paid position, 4 years ago.

Base Manager Chris Moody said, ‘1,000 hours is a massive achievement and represents both Graham’s professionalism and his willingness to help those in his community. Well done Graham and thank you.’



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