Brownlie recognised for aviation efforts

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 31/12/2013

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Bruce Brownlie's efforts to develop an air ambulance service, Feilding's airfield and run Palmerston North's rescue helicopter have been recognised in the New Year honours list.

The Feilding resident has received a Queen's Service Medal today for services to aviation and health.

Brownlie is a director of Air Manawatu Ltd and president of the Feilding Aerodrome.

As chief pilot of Air Manawatu, in partnership with the Philips Search and Rescue Trust, Brownlie established a fixed wing air ambulance service for the MidCentral District Health Board.

He has also provided back-up air ambulance services for other district health boards.

Brownlie has been involved in developing national air ambulance standards.

He has been chairman of the Feilding Aerodrome since the early 1980s. Under his watch the airfield has grown from a grass paddock to a 1000-metre sealed runway with lighting. The facility is now home to two aircraft maintenance companies, a flight training school, three flying clubs, a gliding club, and almost 100 aircraft in 30 hangars.

For 12 years he was the base manager for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

Brownlie sold his family business, TRC Toyota, in April 2010.

His father established the Feilding business in 1946, when it was originally called the Tractor Repair Company, and  Brownlie extended TRC Toyota to Levin and Masterton.

Since then Brownlie has developed an overgrown section of land into a park area populated with native trees, shrubs and birdlife. He received a Manawatu District Community Honours Award last year and the Civil Aviation Director's Recognition Award in 2004.

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