THERE were red faces on Stonecutters Island yesterday morning as the Governor's helicopter landed in the wrong spot and caused a large canopy to fly away, leaving VIPs exposed to the hot sun during a passing out parade. Instead of landing on a nearby football field, the Sikorsky S76, flown by a Government Flying Services (GFS) pilot, landed in the middle of the parade ground itself, leaving the surprised crowd grabbing for their hats and programmes. No one was hurt, but while umbrellas were quickly found for the front row VIPs, everyone else was left in the full glare of the sun while they watched what could be the last passing out parade of new recruits to the Military Service Corps. ''It's an embarrassment: we went through a full dress rehearsal a week ago, with everyone there except for the Governor himself,'' said an army spokesman. ''It all went smoothly until the Flying Services helicopter turned up.'' However, the GFS denied they were to blame, saying the pilot was not the one who had been at the practice, and that the mistake happened as a result of a change in arrangements not being communicated efficiently. ''It was a misbooking on the part of Government House,'' said GFS operations manager Rick Howell. ''They changed the landing place from Kowloon Zero Five to Kowloon Zero Five Alpha and no one told the pilot. It was that simple.'' He said the flying service was planning to introduce additional measures to ensure the incident would not be repeated. ''We are investigating to find out why the message did not get through,'' he said. ''We are also introducing a procedure whereby the ADC (aide-de-camp) calls in the morning to go through the arrangements, and trying to ensure that the pilot who does the recce is also there on the day.'' Yesterday's passing out parade of 54 new recruits and 19 senior non-commissioned officers could be the last one for the Military Service Corps. ''We are not recruiting at the moment,'' said Major Ian Chapman, the depot adjutant. A spokesman said that no firm decision had been made about whether more recruits would be taken in future. ''The one thing that is certain is that the Military Service Corps will not continue after 1997,'' he said. The recruits, who could now be sent to any of 25 British Army units, showed no signs of dismay that their careers in the corps would end abruptly at the end of their four-year contracts. Recruit Ho Ma-tin, 19, said he was optimistic of his chances of finding a good civilian job after four years in the army. ''I like the army life, and I am not at all worried about what will happen in the future. ''I think there will be many opportunities to find work. At the moment I am planning to be a driver,'' he said.