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    Unhappy Sad News from New Zealand!

    From a post on the Aerodrome Historical Forum by a New Zealand member news that Gene DeMarco the renowned WW1 Replica pilot has been charged with Fraud over activities in his role as nominal head of The Vintage Aviator Co owned by Sir Peter Jackson. Court hearing later this year.

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    Looks like this situation has been rumbling on for quite some time, it'll be interesting to see the outcome.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/953...stigation?rm=m
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/111...-fraud-charges

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    i hope that it doesnt affect the operation of the company (not that ill ever be able to afford one if its products lol).

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    Saw a short article on FB yesterday - I forget which feed - I believe it said he was an American? Thanks for posting the links - I shall have to check them out, Dave. It's a shame that someone could 'screw up' a classic operation like that...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Saw a short article on FB yesterday - I forget which feed - I believe it said he was an American? Thanks for posting the links - I shall have to check them out, Dave. It's a shame that someone could 'screw up' a classic operation like that...

    All the best,
    Matt
    Yes Matt he is an American & was involved with the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for many years & it seems there was a bit of a scandal about him back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milcoll73 View Post
    i hope that it doesnt affect the operation of the company (not that ill ever be able to afford one if its products lol).
    It's not screwing up the operation at all. A couple of weekends ago it was the final pilot practice/currency weekend, with lots of aircraft flying -- the sixth or seventh such weekend this (southern hemisphere) flying season.

    At some stage further down the track it's likely that TVAL will start doing some more public displays again, but at this stage there's no word when that may happen. Irrespective of that, the company is certainly still alive and strong, and it's expected they will be for quite some time to come.

    Allan
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    Had a chance to read the articles, Baz - interesting, if short and slight on hard info. I shall have to see if I can find any Rhinebeck info on him...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Just went to the TVAL homepage and they have two 'banner' articles right up front and large on the page, dealing with DeMarco and the fraud allegations. I think one of them is one that Dave links above. Certainly looks like they are trying to be 'up front' about things, to some degree...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Waiting for August to find out what happened, I guess.

    A bit more information here: www.rnz.co.nz - Man in court over sale of vintage airplanes
    Mike
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    Lawyers to the rescue!
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