Phal­lic flight for can­cer

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

A pi­lot took a pe­nis-shaped flight­path over Auck­land on Satur­day in the name of can­cer aware­ness.

The 50-kilo­me­tre stunt aimed to raise aware­ness about tes­tic­u­lar can­cer preven­tion through the launch of a new web­site gob­all­ which went live on Mon­day morn­ing.

The site en­cour­ages peo­ple to use their ex­er­cise track­ing apps to cre­ate phal­lic ‘‘mas­ter­pieces’’.

Vaughn Davis, the owner of ad­ver­tis­ing agency The Goat Farm, was be­hind the pe­nis out­line in the skies above Auck­land.

Davis said Tes­tic­u­lar Can­cer NZ had seen him cre­ate an ac­ci­den­tal pe­nis dur­ing a flight in Welling­ton in Oc­to­ber and asked if he could im­prove on it.

Davis cre­ated the phal­lic flight path by fol­low­ing a care­fully planned GPS route in his four-seat Piper Ar­row air­craft.

He had to get clear­ance from When­u­a­pai’s mil­i­tary con­trol tower to en­ter re­stricted airspace to com­plete the picture and there was no room for mis­takes.

‘‘As my flight was tracked con­tin­u­ously by radar I had to make sure that I kept pre­cisely to the planned track, any de­vi­a­tion would have shown up in the fin­ished im­age.’’

The route went from above Orewa down to Piha, over part of the Tas­man Sea and then back in from Muri­wai.

April is Tes­tic­u­lar Can­cer Aware­ness month.

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