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Innovating by the seat of their pants: The million-dollar Kiwi helicopter sim made out of Japanese tsunami scrap

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Innovating by the seat of their pants: The million-dollar Kiwi helicopter sim made out of Japanese tsunami scrap

In a nondescript hangar at Whangarei Airport, a bunch of Very Clever Chaps have built a million-dollar helicopter simulator out of a tsunami-damaged Japanese plane and a collection of off-the-shelf computer gear. Idealog columnist and aviation editor Vaughn Davis overcame his prejudices against helicopters and headed north to see just how the Northland Emergency Services Trust did it.