Help available to keep your Christmas drone flying safely

Drones are popular Christmas presents, and this year Model Flying NZ wants to help keep them safely in the air after New Year.

Model Flying NZ represents thousands of people who enjoy flying remote control model aircraft including model helicopters and multi-rotor drones.

Model Flying NZ Secretary Jonathan Shorer says every Christmas people are disappointed to find that using their new drone safely can be quite a bit more complex than would appear from the advertising. 

"Sadly, too many of these expensive craft are damaged or lost for lack of some friendly advice and help from someone with experience,” says Mr Shorer.

"Our members are experienced and enthusiastic flyers of a wide range of craft, and many are happy to share their knowledge with new drone pilots."

We want to keep New Zealand’s skies safe for all flyers, from the smallest multi-rotor drone to passengers on commercial flights. The best way to do that is for everyone to learn how to fly safely."

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Mr Shorer says Model Flying NZ is proud of its safety record.  “Our association's members have an enviable history of safety and responsible behaviour when flying drones and model aircraft over many decades throughout New Zealand.”

“There have never been any deaths attributed to the recreational use of multi-rotor drones anywhere in the world.  While the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) records reported drone ‘incidents’ we are not aware of any significant accidents in New Zealand, and there are fewer ‘incidents’ reported for drones than for manned aircraft.”

“Model Flying NZ is keen to ensure that every new drone operator has access to the help, assistance, knowledge and information needed to ensure that drones are used in a safe and considerate manner.  To this end, members of the organisation are more than happy to assist.

MFNZ has 79 affiliated clubs, and many have keen and highly experienced drone pilots as members.  For example, the Northern Model Helicopters Club in Auckland and the  Wellington Model Aeroplane Club have active programmes.  Here’s a video of model flyers in “action”. Other centres also have active clubs and contact details are on our website.

For more information contact Model Flying New Zealand Secretary
Jonathan Shorer 027 225 1952

In Memory of Paul Henry Lagan, 6 July 1941 – 6 November 2018

How to Safely Fly Your Drone

If you are operating a drone, you are a pilot and therefore have a shared responsibility for the safety and security of everyone.

There are basic rules you must follow to ensure you are flying your aircraft safely:

Welcome to Model Flying New Zealand (MFNZ)

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 (four 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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