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Sat, 18 October 2014

Congratulations are in order this month for Alex Turnbull and his wife Asami, who had a healthy baby boy 4 weeks ago. Also, Tom Dalton had his first solo flight in the C152 EFD. Well done everyone!

Tom Dalton - First Solo

ZK-JMG Back in the Fold
Sat, 10 May 2014

ZK-JMG is now back online at the Wakatipu Aero Club. It's a pretty tidy 172SP with a 180hp fuel-injected lycoming. With 415kg of useful load, it can easily haul four adults with 3.5 hours of fuel. Member price is $302 solo, $357 dual. It will mostly be used for aero club work, non-members and training, with the occasional charter work.

Aero Club End of Season BBQ
Sat, 3 May 2014

The Wakatipu Aero Club end of season BBQ was a success.

Tragic Loss Of Julianne Kramer
Fri, 9 November 2012

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the tragic loss of our CFI Julianne Kramer. JK was the sole occupant of a Robinson R22 helicopter flying from Wanaka to Queenstown, which crashed in Cardrona Valley at approximately 20:30 last night. As you can appreciate we have few details about the circumstances at present. Once arrangements have been made regarding a funeral we shall send out more information, as we are sure those that are able will want to attend. Undoubtedly all pilots that have flown in the area will be moved by this tragedy, as JK was such an integral part of the aviation community in Queenstown. Many of us owe a great deal of our aviation knowledge and skills to JK and it is unbelievable that this incredibly experienced and capable pilot is no longer with us.

Fri, 12 October 2012

Congratulations to Antony Sproull on passing his PPL flight test today.

Another Successful ATTTO Program
Wed, 26 September 2012

This years ATTTO program concluded today with the four participants each doing a 30min introductory lesson. The program introduces local high school students to the world of aviation. Over the past few weeks they have visited the control tower, airport company, several maintenance providers and other operators on the fields. The idea is to give them a well rounded view of the industry.

ZK-RNX Is Back
Thu, 13 September 2012

After a spell away RNX is back online. This C172N has a 180hp Penn Yan conversion so is a real performer. RNX has a leather interior and modern radios. She was much loved when here a year ago so it is nice to have her back.

Wakatipu Aero Club Twitter Account
Sun, 12 August 2012

The Wakatipu Aero Club now has a Twitter account: @WakatipuAeroClb
Follow this for regular updates on activities at the club

New Aircraft Online: ZK-ZGR C152
Sat, 28 July 2012

We're proud to announce the addition of a C152 to the fleet, ZGR. It's quite tidy on the inside, and cruises at just over 100 knots indicated. Perfect for training, hour-building and short cross country flights. Prices for members as of today: $199/hr solo, and $254/hr dual.

Walter Peak Flyaway
Sat, 28 January 2012

Fourteen members and guests, including two-year-old Luke Hutton, took part in this year's flyaway to Walter Peak.

Gusty conditions made the approach fairly challenging as the four Cessnas (ETN, ETT, EJT and JMG) touched down after the short flight from Queenstown.

Walter Peak's famous barbecue lunch is now an annual feature on the club's social calendar.

First Solo
Sat, 14 January 2012

Congratulations to Darryn Wilkie on his first solo flight today and we wish him the best of luck with his continued flying. He's now one of the newest members of the solo aviators club. Well done.

WAC President Inaugurates New Runway
Tue, 13 December 2011

Wakatipu Aero Club's president, Adrian Snow, was given the honour of making the first take-off and landing on Queenstown airport's recently sealed runway 32.

Flying the circuit in his own Cessna 172, ZK-FIG, Adrian also had on board 93-year-old Robin Muir, a former RNZAF pilot.

The airport's chief executive, Steve Sanderson, says the sealing of the runway will reduce the number of disruptions caused by bad weather, although many pilots believe it should have been made a few metres wider.

Three More CPLs
Mon, 28 November 2011

Congratulations to Tom Watson, Andrew Green and Gareth Allen who passed their CPL flight tests this month.

Tom is not sure what he'll do with his newly acquired qualification, but we're hoping Andrew and Gareth will be flying for Air Wakatipu before the end of the year.

Their achievements are particularly timely as another operator is interested in employing our existing commercial pilots. 

Mitch Brennan's First Solo
Thu, 6 October 2011

Congratulations to Mitch Brennan who completed his first solo flight in EJT (C172).

Mitch, who started his flying training at Sydney's Bankstown airport, is working steadily towards his PPL and is already thinking about higher qualifications.

Changes at the Top: Peter Daniell and Adrian Snow
Wed, 28 September 2011

Peter Daniell announced to the club's annual general meeting that he was stepping down from the position of president, as his aviation career has taken a different direction (at Alpine Air).  Peter has guided the club through some very difficult times since he took on the role in 2007 and his energy and enthusiasm will be missed.  However he says he'll remain a club member and assist with club activities.  Peter continues as chief executive of Air Wakatipu until the CAA approves his replacement.  Adrian Snow, who's served as vice-president for the past year, now occupies the top spot but has reminded us that running the club is a co-operative effort, requiring strong input from the committee with backup from all of the club's members. 

New Committee Elected at Annual Meeting
Wed, 28 September 2011

The recent resignations of Peter Daniell (president) and Matt Murphy (secretary) mean the new committee will have to work hard to keep the club on track.  However we believe we have a good mix of experienced people and new faces in this year's line-up: 

President:   Adrian Snow

Vice-President:  Alex Turnbull

Treasurer:   Alex Turnbull

Secretary:   Ian Webb

Club Captain:  Adam Sakareassen

Others:   Ray Crow, Ian Clearwater, Kazu Iwamoto, Hamish Hutton, Andrew Green, James McNamee

Recent Achievements
Sun, 31 July 2011

This month congratulations go to Hamish Hutton and Luke Burfitt who passed their PPL flight tests.  It was a race against the clock for Luke as he was leaving New Zealand the following day for a stint of work in Europe.  Meanwhile Nick Clarke flew his first solo and is now progressing steadily towards his PPL.   More experienced pilots also have to go through the hoops now and then -- our CFI, Julianne Kramer, has just had her B-Cat instructor rating renewed.

Matt Murphy Moves On
Tue, 5 July 2011

Our conscientious secretary, Matt Murphy, tendered his resignation at the July committee meeting as he now has full-time employment with Air Safaris at Lake Tekapo.  He'll be sorely missed in Queenstown where he made a major contribution to the success of club activities and commercial operations.  We are particularly indebted to Matt for his help in marketing Air Wakatipu and promoting Aerostunts.  We wish him the best in his future career and have no doubt he'll go a long way.

Fri, 17 June 2011

Congratulations to Michelle Molloy on passing her PPL flight test. Volcanic ash caused a nervous wait to see if the examiner could make it to Queenstown. In the end Charlie Elliott drove to Queenstown for a beautiful days flying. Michelle is now planning to go on to complete her CPL.   

Sun, 12 June 2011

Recently we were treated to a demonstration of the Tecnam P2008 single-engine aircraft and in July it will be the turn of the Cessna Skycatcher 162.  Anyone who'd like to put Cessna's light sport aircraft through its paces should contact Julianne Kramer as soon as possible. 

Another aircraft which could be on the move is the Piper Cub.  So far only one of our members is close to obtaining a rating on this plane, and the owner is concerned that he may be forced to take it away from Queenstown unless the demand for it increases.  So if you've been thinking about learning to fly a classic taildragger, now is the time to jump in the cockpit.

Sun, 12 June 2011

Two students from Wakatipu High School will be allowed time off classes in the third term ( starting 2nd August 2011) , so they can find out what flying is all about.  As participants in the government-sponsored Aviation Gateway programme, the 17-year-olds will be at the club every Tuesday morning in August and September. 

The programme will include some flying training as well an introduction to airline operations, maintenance regimes, air traffic control and other airport services such as fire and rescue.

Fri, 10 June 2011

A special barbecue was held on Friday 10 June so that booking agents could become more familiar with the Aerostunts brand and what it offers.  It was also an opportunity to remind them about Air Wakatipu's Milford flights and our Pilot A Plane product. 

Possibly because of deteriorating weather, the turnout was not as large as anticipated, but those who attended found it most worthwhile --  particularly the lottery winners.   A young lady won an aerobatics flight with Kazu in STX , while Ezra Batg the son of the Queenstown Bella Vista managers won a trial flight with Alex in JMG. 

Thanks to those members who helped to make the evening a success.

Wed, 1 June 2011

After completing his Pitts and aerobatics ratings and his OCA, Alex Turnbull is now qualified to join Kazu Iwamoto as an Aerostunts pilot. 

Alex invested considerable effort in obtaining the qualifications in just a few weeks.  It was physically and mentally -- not to mention financially -- challenging.

Tecnam Visit
Tue, 24 May 2011

Mary  Patterson, the Ardmore-based Tecnam agent, has visited Queenstown to demonstrate the new high-wing P2008.  It's a stylish aeroplane and those who've flown it say it handles well.  Mary is confident that Tecnam have ironed out problems that were experienced with earlier types.

Aerostunts in Action
Fri, 20 May 2011

Aerostunts is well into its second month of operations and attracting customers from far and wide.  Because of low tourist numbers, it's a difficult time of year to establish a new enterprise, but a good ski season should help the business to grow.  Alex Turnbull has obtained his aerobatics and Pitts ratings, and will join Kazu Iwamoto as an Aerostunts pilot.

Pilots on the Move
Fri, 20 May 2011

Roydon Wells has completed his duties as an instructor at the Wakatipu Aero Club as is now living in Gore while he prepares for a new life in America. His plan is to move to Dallas, Texas and upgrade his qualifications there.  Colleagues and friends gave Roydon their best wishes at an impromptu barbecue at the club. 

Alexandra-based Nick Taylor is helping to fill the gap left by Roydon's departure.  Nick, a very experienced GA pilot and instructor, is flying for the club on most Fridays and Saturdays.  The rest of his week is spent renovating an old farm.

Schools Training Program
Mon, 16 May 2011

The club has agreed to take part in a joint venture with ATTTO, a government-backed organisation which sponsors aviation work experience for high school students.  The project is aimed not only at teenagers who want to become pilots but also those who have an interest in any aspect of the industry.  It's anticipated that two or three students from Wakatipu High School will take part in the program in the third term.

Recent Achievements
Mon, 9 May 2011

Congratulations to James McNamee who recently completed his first solo.

And best wishes to Maike Furgber and Rudolf Bester, two instructors from South Africa who travelled to New Zealand and recently obtained their NZ commercial pilot licences.

Sun, 8 May 2011

Because of disappointing turnouts in recent weeks we are discontinuing the weekly barbecues until spring returns.  Of course, there's always the chance that we'll arrange something in the meantime for some special reason, but there's clearly not much interest in the Friday night gatherings during the cold short days of winter.

New Aircraft on the Block
Thu, 7 April 2011

Recently the club has acquired three aircraft, all Cessna 172s, which are available for members to fly. 

FIG, which is owned by our vice president Adrian Snow and his predecessor Roy Thompson, is a 180hp SP model.  Pilots wishing to fly FIG need to have logged 100 hours already. 

JMG, another SP model, belongs to Nico Matsis, who was a previous owner of the ill-fated FKS. 

ELF is a 160hp normally aspirated N model 172, also owned by Nico. 

For those not in the loop, FKS has been written off but the future of CHO is uncertain.  Discussions between the insurance company and the owner, Paul Beardsell, are continuing. 

If any members have opinions about other types of aircraft that should be on line, the committee would be interested in hearing your views.  If anyone is thinking of buying an aircraft, individually or in a syndicate, we would also like to hear from you.

Tue, 5 April 2011

The club is going into the aerobatics business to fill the niche left by the demise of Jagair.  We will be operating STX, the only Pitts S-2B in New Zealand. 

Kazu Iwamoto will be at the controls, while Andy Love will be responsible for training.  The aircraft will be available for type ratings and aerobatics ratings. 

We are operating the aircraft under the AOC of Christchurch-based Aerostunts, initially for a period of 12 months. 

It was stated in the Lakes Weekly Bulletin (29 March 2011) that we would be honouring vouchers issued by Jagair which have not yet been redeemed.  No such agreement has yet been made with Jagair.

Fri, 1 April 2011

A new financial year means a new membership year, so it's time for all members to get financial.  Your subscription has to be up to date if you want to fly at club rates and be covered for the insurance excess. 

The good news is there's been no increase in the fees -- $80 for membership, $40 for insurance, and an optional $25 for membership of the RNZAC. 

Please make sure you complete a membership form when paying up -- and when we say complete, we mean do it completely, so that our records are kept current.

Open Day
Sun, 6 February 2011

On Sunday 6 February the club held an open day so that non-flying members of our community could find out what aviation is all about.

People were able to get close to the aeroplanes, and take scenic and trial flights if they wanted to have a more intimate experience with the technology.

Over a leisurely sausage sizzle, instructors were on hand to explain what's involved in obtaining a pilot licence.

Unfortunately conditions were less than ideal, with strong winds aloft, but that didn't deter a number of visitors from checking out what we have to offer.

5 people bought trial flights, others expressed a desire to learn to fly at some future time, and the raffle for the Wakatipu Youth Flying Trust scholarship raised $268

There was particular interest in the Piper Sport which flew in from Hamilton.   JK took a test flight and the verdict is a quiet, roomy, comfortable, ergonomically pleasant aircraft which would make a good trainer and a good tourer.  All we need to do now is find an owner who'd like to put one on line.

January News Letter
Thu, 20 January 2011

The January edition of the news letter is now available, click here to view.

Sat, 15 January 2011

An unhappy reminder this weekend about the forces of nature.

 On Saturday night a mini-tornado dislodged Cessna 172, FKS, and flipped it upside down onto another 172, CHO, which was parked next to it beside the perimeter fence. The gust pulled out the pickets at all three of FKS's anchor points, but the knots securing the tie-down ropes to the aeroplane remained intact. Fortunately nobody was nearby so there were no injuries. During the freak gust two other non-aeroclub aircraft on the field also broke free from their pickets, one of which was severely damaged.

Glentanner Breakfast
Thu, 13 January 2011

Nine pilots in four aircraft took advantage of superb conditions to fly to Glentanner for the local cafe's all day breakfast.

It was actually lunchtime when our fleet arrived -- FKS, CHO, WAK and a Tecnam from Wanaka.

In the afternoon the aircraft headed north up the Tasman Glacier for some spectacular sightseeing before returning to Queenstown.

It seems one crew was sufficiently distracted by the scenery to wander a considerable distance off track on the return flight! 

Piper Cub Arrives
Sat, 8 January 2011

Occupying the hangar space recently vacated by the Chipmunk ZK-CPY is a Piper Cub, ZK-BTM 

It's owned by Andrew Cronin, was previously based in Rangiora, and was flown to Queenstown by Andy Love. 

Any member wishing to fly the Cub should speak to Julianne Kramer.

Friday Barbecues Resume
Fri, 7 January 2011

After a hiatus during the festive season, our Friday evening barbecues resume on 7 January.

These gatherings are an ideal opportunity for club members and Queenstown's other aviators to spin a few yarns and catch up with the latest gossip.  

Walter Peak Fly-Away
Sun, 19 December 2010

Grey skies were the order of the day as 17 members and guests took off from Queenstown in six aircraft and headed to Glenorchy for an intermediate stop on the way to Walter Peak.  For those of us in Cessnas, Rupert MacLachlan's Yak flying in formation made an impressive sight.  Conditions were calm as we departed Glenorchy and headed back down the lake, but a light tailwind seemed to take a few pilots by surprise touching down at Walter Peak.  The barbecue lunch was up to its usual high standard and the venue, of course, was magnificent.  Conditions were not so pleasant for the return to Queenstown where there was a stiff easterly wind on arrival.  The Walter Peak excursion is always popular and undoubtedly will appear on our calendar for future fly-aways.

Club Captain, Bar and Barbecues
Fri, 10 December 2010

At the December committee meeting, Adam Sakareassen offered to fill the position of Club Captain which sadly has been vacant for some time.  This means we can expect to see more flying and social events on the club's calendar, especially during the warmer months of the year.  The social activity has already been ramped up with the first  barbecue of the season held at the clubhouse on 10 December.  Thanks to Matt Murphy for leading the crusade to revitalise the bar area.

New Computer for Club Members
Wed, 1 December 2010

Blair Huston has kindly donated a new computer and printer for the Aero Club members to use. It will now be much easier for members to obtain and print weather briefings, NOTAMS and file flight plans. Thanks Blair!

ZK-FKS Has New Owner
Wed, 1 December 2010

FKS, a Cessna 172 on line at the club, has changed hands.  The new owner is Joe van Der Grouw, and we wish him a happy association with the club.

The aircraft, which is frequently used for training flights, needs a little tender loving care and Joe was busy before Christmas giving her some attention.  It's hoped that a new windscreen and a more audible stall warning horn will help to restore FKS to her former glory.

Club 40th Anniversary
Fri, 19 November 2010

On Friday 19 November 2010 more than 60 people gathered to celebrate the club's 40th anniversary.  The function was held at the Bingbong Bar in the Queenstown airport terminal, with legendary South Island aviator Jules Tapper the guest speaker.  Among other guests were the club's first president, Don Mahon, and Henry Kramer, a founding member of the club and the father of our current CFI.

The club's first aircraft, ZK-BVP, was also present -- parked on a part of the tarmac that is normally occupied by B737 or A320 aircraft.

The evening's entertainment included an aviation trivia quiz which was won by Alex Turnbull and Adam Sakareassen's team.  Their prize was a $100 gift card donated by Hamills restaurant at Remarkables Park.

Aero Clubs first Aircraft - BVP
Thu, 18 November 2010

As part of the celebrations for the Aero Clubs 40th Birthday, we had a visit from the clubs first ever aircraft, ZK-BVP. BVP is an original Cessna 172 Model built in 1958. This aircraft lives at Taieri Aerodrome and has been kept in imaculate condition. Wakatipu Aero Club members enjoyed some flights in BVP over Lake Wakatipu, re-living the early days. Thanks to Paul Beardsell for flying BVP betweeen Taieri & Queenstown for the celebrations, and a special thanks to the Parks family for lending us the aircraft.

Ardmore Flying School - Mountain Flying
Wed, 17 November 2010

This week we had another group from Ardmore visit for Mountain Flying Training. A great week for flying. Looking forward to hosting the next group.

Newest Scenic/Charter Pilot
Thu, 11 November 2010

Congratulations to Matt Murphy on completing his OCA. Matt has been training at the Wakatipu Aero Club over the past few years, achieving his PPL, CPL and Mountain Flying Training. Matt comes just in time for the up-coming busy summer season. Well done Matt.

Wed, 6 October 2010

Congratulations to Matt Hughes on passing his PPL flight test today. Matt has been in Queenstown for four years gradually working towards his private pilots license. He is now heading back to Europe and we all wish him well with his flying there.

Mon, 4 October 2010

Thank you to all the club members that attended the AGM. The committee would like to thank Peter Daniell for continuing on as Club President and welcome our new Vice President Adrian Snow. Please see the about us page to find out more about Adrian.

The Club turned forty in September of this year, also discussed at the AGM were plans for a 40th anniversary celebration. This is provisionally to be a combined Christmas/40th anniversary party at the end of November. All past and present members are encouraged to attend. Stay posted for further details.

It was also noted at the AGM that hours have been down recently, now we are heading into summer it would be great to see as many members as possible taking advantage of the better weather.

Club Competitions
Sun, 26 September 2010

We are holding a Club Competition day on Sunday 26th September! It will involve about 25mins flying time each for the competitions and will include a bombing run, spot landing and a forced landing. Bring the family along and join in the fun!

Remarkables Primary School
Thu, 23 September 2010

This week we had a visit from two large groups of primary school children from Remarkables Primary School. All the children were keen to learn about planes and were shown around a couple of our aircraft. They even got to sit in the pilots seat and were shown how some of the controls worked. They came prepared with lots of great questions to ask our Instructors and overall had a great experience with lots of smiles :) It is always a pleasure teaching the young generation about what we do and hopefully we have sparked some interest and hooked them into becoming future aviators!

Ardmore Pilots - Mountain Flying Training
Mon, 26 July 2010

We were pleased to host yet another group of pilots from Ardmore Flying School. 10 Pilots ranging from C cat trainees to B cat Instructors took part in a week long Mountain Flying Course looking at the basics of mountain flying. During the week, most of the pilots also enjoyed a spectacular trip to Milford Sound, putting their new skills to the test. We look forward to seeing the next group soon.

Night Flying
Fri, 16 July 2010

This winter we are pleased to be able to offer Night Flying instruction through co-operation with the Gore Aero Club. Roydon, one of our senior staff is experienced in teaching Night Flying and uses the fantastic facilities at the Gore Aerodrome. Night Flying is a wonderful experience and adds another element to your flying, Dont miss out!

Wed, 7 July 2010

We have a Chipmunk here available for ratings and rides. Don’t miss a great opportunity to fly in a beautiful classic entry-level warbird. 

Private Pilots - Helicopter
Tue, 1 June 2010

A huge congratulations to Julianne Kramer (our CFI/ops manger) on achieving her Private Pilots Licence Helicopter. Julianne loves anything to do with flying and a helicopter PPL has always been on the 'to do' list. She says, "Helicopter flying is lots of fun and gives different sensations than fixed wing". Julianne wishes to eventually build enough experience for a CPL heli. 

Membership Night
Fri, 26 March 2010

6pm Friday 26 March 2010 there's a free sausage sizzle BBQ at the club. It's an ideal opportunity to renew your membership but really all that admin is a nonsense - what we'll really be doing is drinking beer (or maybe learning to crochet) and making new friends. Please feel free to turn up and find out what the Wakatipu Aero Club is all about. New faces very welcome. Bring your buddies.

Top news: On the day you can join the club or renew your full flying membership at the old rate!

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New Line Pilots
Tue, 9 March 2010

Congratulations to William Clark and Mackenzie Gardyne on achieving their OCA. 

Commercial Pilots
Sat, 27 February 2010

Awesome effort this month for two of our club pilots, Matt Murphy and Paul Beardsell, both achieving their Commercial Pilots Licences. Well done guys.

Mandeville Fly In
Sat, 20 February 2010

Mandeville's annual fly in is being held the weekend of 20 & 21- 
Feb. Vintage/ Classic aircraft, steam engines and machines. Joy rides. A fantastic weekend and great opportunity to fly there in a club aircraft.

Legend of the Skies
Fri, 5 February 2010

Another interesting event for flying enthusiasts at the Wakatipu Aero 
Club:  The Douglas DC-3  AMY operated by Southern DC3 Ltd will be visiting 
the club.  Have a look, go flying in a beautiful historic aircraft! See you there.

ETN returns
Wed, 3 February 2010

A frustrating few months having one of our charter aircraft unserviceable due to manufacturing faults with Continentals engines. ETN has now had replacement parts fitted and test flights conducted and released to service, immediately resuming operations to Milford Sound.

Poker Run
Sun, 31 January 2010

5 airstrips, 5 cards – best hand wins! Perfect flying conditions on the day lured many members to come join the fun. Every club aircraft took to the skies stopping at Branches, Glenorchy, Greenstone, Upper Von and finishing at Walter Peak for a nice buffet meal. Card hands were then submitted with Ian Clearwater winning with a Full House 2’s over Kings.

Newly Licenced Pilot
Thu, 28 January 2010

Congratulations to Katie Smallwood for achieving her Private Pilots Licence. Katie came to us from USA in Winter 2009 and diligently worked her way to becoming a pilot while enjoying her hobby of Skydiving in her spare time. Katie has since left us and returned home, she will be missed.

Broadening her Horizons
Wed, 18 November 2009

Congratulations to our very own CFI - Julianne Kramer on achieving her First Solo Helicopter!

Julianne has recently been studying and training towards a PPL helicopter. She took a trial flight many years ago and loved the experience and thought "one day, Id love to learn to fly these". After just a month of weekend lessons in her spare time, Julianne flew her first solo Helicopter flight, a fantastic achievement! Well done!

Party Time
Fri, 6 November 2009

Keg of beer and a huge roast lamb was enjoyed by many to celebrate Alex achieving his Instructor rating and Roydon logging 1000 hrs Flying time. Well done guys!

New Instructor
Sat, 31 October 2009

A huge congratulations to Alex Turnbull on achieving his C Category Instructor rating. He comes just in time to better cope with the busy summer season ahead.

Sat, 24 October 2009

Just 1 month after having a brand new engine installed we receive an emergency Airworthiness Directive to immediately ground the aircraft. Continental found that a number of engines recently manufactured were found to have faulty Camshafts and followers. All Continental IO-520 engines affected worldwide required a full disassembly of the engine, checks and replacement parts. Poor timing as we head into the start of the season... thanks Continental! 

RNX Returns
Mon, 5 October 2009

We welcome back ZK-RNX which now has a brand new engine upgrade to 180Hp. Perfect timing as we head into the busy summer season of charter work. Performance specs for this model with the new engine are fantastic and this aircraft prides itself with the most useful 'useful load' of any light 4 seater aircraft we've ever flown. A very tidy and great performing aircraft that is always a pleasure to fly.

First Solo
Wed, 5 August 2009

Congratulations to Hamish Hutton and Katie Smallwood who flew their first solo flight. A very memorable experience, well done!

Tue, 21 April 2009

7pm at the club.

Private Pilots
Thu, 26 March 2009

Congratulations to Russell Barker and Jim Rooney who recently achieved their Private Pilots Licence.

ZK-RNX retired
Tue, 10 March 2009

The well-liked RNX, one of our Cessna 172s, has had to be returned to its owner as the engine has gone over the life permitted for aircraft used for training. We hope to see it again once its engine has been replaced/overhauled.

Private Pilots
Tue, 27 January 2009

This month we congratulate Debbie MacColl and Frank Shiller on achieving their Private Pilots Licence. Debbie is a local girl with a family history in aviation while Frank comes all the way from Germany! Well done.

New B-cat Flight Instructor
Sat, 6 December 2008

We warmly welcome Roydon Wells to the Wakatipu Aero Club. Roydon has been instructing in Invercargill and holds a B-category flight instruction qualification. This means he can conduct just about any training we might require from trial flights and ab initio PPL training through to BFRs and CPL exercises. He arrives just in time to help us cope a little better with the usual increase of activity over the Summer months. Already we've been struggling to meet demand from members owing to lack of instructors and we are still recruiting for at least one more instructor. But your chance of having an instructor to fly with has now greatly improved. Phone and book or come in and have a chat with Roydon.

New commitee member
Tue, 25 November 2008

Ray Crow has been co-opted onto the Committee.

In-house OCA Examiner
Tue, 25 November 2008

Commercial pilots need to pass an operational competency assessment (OCA) annually with the organisation for which they fly. Julianne Kramer is now licensed to assess the operational competency of commercial pilots. No longer will the club have to use an external assessor for the pilots of our airline, Air Wakatipu. And we are able to offer OCA's to other local operators.

Alex Turnbull CPL
Sat, 1 November 2008

It's all happening to schedule (and quicker) for Alex!

Rats and ships
Wed, 1 October 2008

Matt Cameron is now flying the Cherokee 6 for Glenorchy Air but is still to be found at the club and he remains a valuable committee member.

Jennie Rolston bravely stayed the winter but she is unfortunately no longer instructing except possibly on an occasional basis. She will be flying out of Te Anau, where she lives. That commute was just too much.

Another aircraft
Mon, 1 September 2008

ZK-RNX is now one of the aircraft on line at the club.

Matt Murphy PPL
Thu, 24 July 2008

Congratulation to Matt Murphy on passing his PPL flight test today!

Another OCA
Thu, 3 July 2008

Congratulations to Ray Crow on passing his OCA, keeping up the recent run of successful flight tests at the club.

Two OCA's and a PPL
Sat, 14 June 2008

Congratulations to Andrew Elcock on passing his PPL flight test this week. Peter Daniell and Matt Cameron also passed their OCA's so are able to come online with Air Wakatipu as commercial pilots.

WHY's back with a new windscreen
Sat, 14 June 2008

When ZK-WHY came online with the club in March this year everybody who flew it made the same comment: “great plane just a shame about the windscreen”. Well WHY has been in maintenance for the last week and now has a new windscreen.

ZK-MDR has been withdrawn by its owner. We hope to see it back one day.

Welcome to Jennie Rolston
Sun, 11 May 2008

We are very pleased to welcome Jennie Rolston to the club. She is a B-category flight instructor who has instructed in Invercargill and, more recently, in Fiji. Jennie is able to provide for most members' training needs, from ab initio PPL instruction, through to BFR's, as well as training towards CPL and the C-category flight instructor rating.

Russell Barker First Solo
Wed, 7 May 2008

Congratulations to Russell Barker on his first solo. Something he has been looking forward to for a while, Russell took to the sky himself in ETT this afternoon.

CPL For Ray Crow
Fri, 25 April 2008

After unfortunately narrowly missing out on the first attempt Ray got back on the horse right away and made the trip to Dunedin for another CPL flight test, which he passed, congratulations!

Flight Test Successes
Fri, 28 March 2008

Congratulations to Matt Cameron and Peter Daniell on passing their CPL flight tests. Also to Julianne Kramer, our newest B Cat instructor!

Members' achievements
Sat, 15 March 2008

This week congratulations are due Alex Turnbull, who passed his PPL flight test, and also to Debbie MacColl, who flew solo for the first time.