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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.


Find a model club in your area
Complete with google earth map which pin points locations of flying sites around New Zealand. A list of model clubs can also be found. 
 
Magazine
Click to view the latest and previous 'Model Flying World' magazine online.

Join the online discussion
Link to MFNZ discussion forum. Anyone is free to sign up and join in the conversation.


    

MFNZ Latest News

Buying a drone/multirotor/quad/model aircraft for Christmas, here are some rules....

There are 12 key things that are required under CAA Part 101 - you must:


1. not operate an aircraft that is 25 kg or larger and always ensure that it is safe to operate

2. at all times take all practicable steps to minimize hazards to persons, property and other aircraft (ie, don’t do anything hazardous)

3. fly only in daylight

4. give way to all crewed aircraft

5. be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (eg, not through binoculars, a monitor, or smartphone) to ensure separation from other aircraft (or use an observer to do this in certain cases)

6. not fly your aircraft higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level (unless certain conditions are met)

7. have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area you want to operate

8. not fly closer than four kilometres from any aerodrome (unless certain conditions are met)

9. when flying in controlled airspace, obtain an air traffic control clearance issued by Airways

10. not fly in special use airspace without the permission of the administering authority of the area (eg, military operating areas or restricted areas)

11. have consent from anyone you want to fly above

12. have the consent of the property owner or person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above.

Consent
The rules also requires operators to obtain the consent of property owners and people that they are flying over. It is a two step requirement:

First, a operator must not use airspace above people unless they have the consent of people below the flight; and

Second, an operator must not use airspace above an area of property unless prior consent has been obtained from any persons occupying that property or the property owner. (City Council Parks etc)

Links
Please visit
https://www.caa.govt.nz/rpas/index.html to study up on the rules around the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).


The CAA is working closely with Airways, Callaghan Innovation, and aviation participants to promote RPAS/model aircraft safety.Airways have created a web site, airshare™ to be a hub for RPAS operators, owners, agents and manufacturers.

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 https://www.caa.govt.nz/rpas/index.html to get up to date on the latest changes and how they effect your current activities.

Frequencies
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 http://www.rsm.govt.nz/consumers/remotely-piloted-aircraft-systems-drones/ for all the frequencies allowed for remotely piloted aircraft systems
.
 


Up and coming Club Events
(click on pic for event details)


6-7th
Feb
Models Over Mandeville
Mandeville Airfield

Feb Warbirds Over Awatoto
POSTPONED

12-14th
Feb
New Zealand International Jet Spectacular
Tokoroa Airfield

14th
Feb
Highbrook Model Airpark - Model Airshow & Open Day
Pukekiwiriki Place, Highbrook, Auckland

20-21th
Feb
Auckland Scale Days
NSMAC Green Road, Dairy Flat, Auckland


28th
Feb
Springhill Aviation Club Inc - Open Scale Day
Springhill Aviation Club Inc

12-13th
Mar
Kapiti Aeromodellers Annual Rally
Queen Elizabeth Park, Paraparaumu 5034, New Zealand

12-13th
Mar
NZ Jet Modellers Day
Tokoroa Airfield

20th
Mar
Palmerston North Aeroneers Open Day
Spur Road West, Colyton.

26-27th
Mar
68th MFNZ Nationals - MANZ and Jets Rally
Hood Aerodrome




NDC 2016 Calendar