Merv North, Patron of the Auckland Aero Club, sadly passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Merv was a well respected figure in aviation circles and this was recently recognised with the Club's second Cessna 162 Skycatcher being registered in his honour, ZK-AMN. Merv's father, Fred, was among the founding members of the Auckland Aero Club and online records indicate he also built the "Tui" biplane.
A fitting farewell was held for Merv at Ardmore Airport 10 May with a flypast conducted at the conclusion of the memorial service by the following aircraft:
Cessna 152 ZK-FLF
Cessna 172 ZK-JRA
Grumman AA1 ZK-FVR and ZK-FVS
Cessna 162 ZK-AAC and ZK-AMN (carrying the name Merv on the tail).
Tiger Moths ZK-ALM, ZK-BEC, ZK-BFF, ZK-BLI
Harvards ZK-ENG, ZK-JJA, ZK-MJN
And a shot of the Tui replica at MOTAT (also see http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/homebuilt-aircraft-at-motat.html)