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Model Flying New Zealand promotes and manages model aircraft flying in New Zealand. We run national competitions, help modellers to complete overseas, support fun fly-ins and rallies, develop safety guidelines, produce a magazine (five times a year) called Model Flying World, supply insurance for members, encourage clubs and liaise with Government bodies, the Civil Aviation Authority, Radio Frequency Services and other organisation. In short, we do our best to see that you can fly your model in as safe environment as possible and enjoy this fun sport.

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Christchurch glider pilot Alex Hewson wins world champs
Kiwi hand glider pilots dominated 120 competitors from 33 countries to win the 2015 F3K World Championships in Croatia last week.

It was the end of a two year journey for Christchurch man Alex Hewson, who described the win as  "totally surreal" and "a dream you don't wake up from" in an interview over Facebook last night before boarding a 40 hour flight back to New Zealand.

F3K is a classification code for a type of radio-controlled model glider and competitors are required to launch the craft by hand, with a similar technique to a discus thrower, before completing several different endurance-based tests and stunts.

Hewson spent around $7000 on flights, accommodation and costs to compete in the tournament and will now hold the world champion title for two years.

He flew in with three others from Team New Zealand, including Kevin Botherway, Joe Wurts and Jonathan Shorer, who also took out the team gold medal.

"[The] atmosphere was great, very tense at times, some teams were quite relaxed and were there to have a good time but most teams were very serious," Hewson says. 

"It is a community most of all, an awesome bunch of people and a very addictive, fun way to spend your time."

The pilot says he is the second model aviation world champion in New Zealand's history.
Story by 3 News

New Zealand successes at NSW Free Flight Society’s Scale Champs
New Zealand free flight scale fliers recently had success in events in this year’s rally for free flight scale events in the NSW State Champs, held at Richmond, north west of Sydney in July, in ideal flying conditions.

F4A Power scale

Don Spray had a great flights from his Zlin 37T low winger that flew realistic circuits of the field and made 4th. He has trimmed this unusual free scale choice to fly well and found the Webra Piccolo ample power for good flights. Stan Mauger had a small Antarctic Auster C4 to fly in this event and it proved to be a reliable flier, and with the advantage of a takeoff bonus, won the event .

Rubber Power scale for the Reg Jude Trophy

Don Spray put in excellent flights with another Zlin 37T, taking him to third place. Mike Mulholland had a clear advantage in this event with his new DH Tiger Moth that was both lightly built and well detailed. It was a great outing for this new model built from the Avetek kit and proof of how well this design can fly. It was a well deserved winner in this event.

A fuller report on the rally will be published in the September Model Flying World.

Mike Mulholland’s DH Tiger Moth in rubber scale, being set up for a great flight.
Mike Mulholland’s Tiger Moth looked great flying in slow open circuits.

Stan Mauger’s Antarctic Auster C4 in the early morning mist, before a great day’s flying.
Don Spray’s Zlin 37T showed how well this low wing subject can fly.

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New CAA Rules

New rules are now in place for RPAS, UAV, UAS, Drones and Model Aircraft
. These laws came into effect on Saturday 01 August 2015.

Please visit to get up to date on the latest changes and how they effect your current activities.

Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) must use the right radio frequencies, so they don’t cause harmful interference to vital radio systems such as air traffic control, cellular phones, or emergency services.
People who use the wrong frequencies for their RPAS can be prosecuted under the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001.

Check out for all the frequencies allowed for remotely piloted aircraft systems
Click to view the full proposal.

Up and coming Club Events
(click on photo to enlarge event advert)
   Lake Forsyth Float & Field
Lake Forsyth
29th-30th August 2015
Highbrook Scale 2015
Highbrook, Auckland
15th November 2015

NDC 2015 Calendar
Soaring Calendar