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From shearer to airline pilot, seaplanes and helicopters, this story follows the journey of Captain Norm Sanson through sixty years of adventure in a dozen different countries, mostly in the South Pacific.

Tales of encounters with murderers, celebrities and royalty, interwoven with accounts of pioneering characters dating back to the infancy of aviation – and of dreams come true.

This unusual tale is not your standard airline pilot’s career path.

It is definitely a case of having taken ‘the road less travelled by’


"In this entertaining, eventful, illustrated autobiography, Norm spins some excellent yarns. Really, though, it’s a book about Oceania, its magical islands, and the role played by Norm and his planes – especially the splashdown ones. If a sequel to “Tales of the South Pacific” ever gets written, he’d have to be in it."

Alexander Frater, author of “Beyond the Blue Horizon”

“A Deviation from the Norm” is not just a story of one of New Zealand’s pioneer airmen. It is also an entertaining and invaluable history of some of New Zealand’s and the Pacific island’s smaller airlines. Once you pick up this book, you’ll find it very hard to put down."

Ewing Stevens, Radio Live Talkback Host

Jimmy Buffett:  I'll fly the wire with you any day! 

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