Ian Barber (1916 - )
became interested in Aeromodelling as a teenager and is best known
for his Radio Controlled Soaring World record, built up over a
period of time, finally achieved in 1960 with a time of 9hours
4minutes, and not exceeded as a World record for 5 years and stood
as a New Zealand record until 1995,
thus establishing his own position as a
noteworthy exponent of radio controlled flying and contributing
substantially to New Zealand's reputation as a pioneer in that
Actively involved with the Wellington Model Aero Club, Ian was
on the committee in 1955 - '56 and edited the club bulletin in
1958 - 59.
Ian was a
competitive modeller in the '50,s and '60,s with successes in
local and National competition in Free-Flight, Indoor and Radio
MacDonald Memorial award was presented to Ian in 1960 in
recognition of his aeromodelling achievements.
gliding was a passion and until recently Ian was the oldest glider
instructor in New Zealand.