The manoeuvres of an aeroplane over Cambridge yesterday afternoon attracted much attention. It was the light Avro-Avian ‘plane piloted by Captain George Bolt, who had with him as a passenger Mr. Innes Taylor, of Hamilton Road. When over Cambridge the pilot “stunted”, doing two vertical banks and a half-roll; to the delight of the gazing residents. "Just like a big bird," said one resident, and it truly did, as its silver wings and white fuselage showed in the sunshine.
Representatives of the Goodwin Chichester Aviation Co., of Wellington, the 'plane was brought from Pukekohe to hamilton on Tuesday by Captain Bolt, with whom is associated Lieutenant Lett. While in Hamilton the flying men made observations for suitable landing places in this part of the Waikato. The visitors came to Cambridge yesterday afternoon and landed at Mr Innes Taylor's, Hamilton Road.
Captain Bolt and Lieutenant Lett are staying in Cambridge until next Thursday, and will be conducting private flights during the whole of that period, as advertised in an advertisement elsewhere in this issue.
The type of machine and also details concerning the pilot are outlined in a circular which is also included in today's issue.
Captain george Bolt is the grand engineer and pilot for the Company, while Lieutenant Lett also acts as pilot and travelling business manager. Captain Bolt was with Walsh Bros., of the Flying School at Kohimarama, for about eight years, and is the best known pilot in New Zealand; incidentally he has always been recognised as a very clever engineer. Lieutenant W.H. Lett is also a very capable airman, and was with the Royal Air Force in Egypt during the Great War.
It will be noted in the advertisement that while in cambridge the machine will be situated at Mr Jas Taylor's "Bardowie".
Questioned this morning as to the prospects of commercial aviation ion New Zealand, Lieutenant Lett said he was convinced that it was bound to come. Although not the scope as compared with Australia, the country of New Zealand was quite suited to permanent route flying. Asked as to the suitability of the country around Cambridge for a permanent landing ground, Lieutenant Lett said the type of the country was good, and there should be little difficulty to select a suitable site. It was a matter the Borough Council or the local authorities might have in mind, so that they would be prepared when the opportunity offered.