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This is a second-hand hardcover book. Inscribed and signed by Piet on the first page (please see photo).

Condition: The dust jacket has fading, creasing to the top edge, and heavy wear to the top edge around the spine area. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 198 x 268 mm
Pages: 188
Publisher: Grantham House
Publication date: 1986 first edition

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Piet’s Eye in the Sky: The Story of New Zealand Aerial Mapping
By Geoff Conly

Piet van Asch was ahead of his time, when in 1936 he established NZ Aerial Mapping Limited as the first private enterprise 'eye in the sky' to map New Zealand from the air. Some tentative aerial survey had been undertaken by the Air Force but, when war intervened in 1939, it was left to NZAM to fly the vital fortress areas for the Armed Forces and from there to go on to city, rural, river, mountain and coastal vertical photography to meet the needs of farmers, developers, engineers, town planners, surveyors, prospectors, irrigators and foresters. The white city footpath symbol which identifies some underground service is a reminder of the relationship between ground engineer and the aerial surveyor, photographing with near magic cameras from 15,000, 20,000 or even 30,000ft above the earth's surface.

NZAM is the oldest aviation company in New Zealand to boast a record of continuous operation under its one name. Tight flying and engineering discipline have ensured an accident-free record, competition has been met head on (but never suppressed, in a live and let live policy), so that for half a century NZAM has dominated the aerial mapping business in New Zealand.

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