Alan Barnes (1929 - )
Barnes was born in March 1929 in Wellington. The family moved to
New Plymouth area in 1936 and Alan commenced model flying in his
teens, joining the New Plymouth Model Flying Club in 1945, when
this disbanded he joined New Plymouth Model Aero Club in 1955.
interest in Free-Flight saw him represent New Zealand at World
Championships and Trans-Tasman events seven times, with creditable
placings on many occasions.
interest in engines and engineering lead to eleven appearances at
World and Trans-Tasman Control-Line contests.
held numerous New Zealand records, mainly in Control-Line Speed
and Team-Race events, but on two occasions held the NZ, FAI, F1B
Wakefield record. If he attended a National Championships, he
always took home a good collection of trophies, usually for first
usually know as "Barney") started modifying engines about 1975,
improved performance and hand fitted parts lead to the manufacture
of his own piston/cylinder parts and ultimately to the production
of his own complete engines. Many people who have flown F/F or C/L
international events in the last 20 years have had "Barney" work
on or check their engines. R/C Pylon contestants have also
benefited from his touch and his engine work has been recognised
overseas by "Model Engine World" magazine published in the U.K.
generous with his time when working for the club, Alan has been
New Plymouth club President and Committee member for many years,
has served on the Control-Line Technical Committee and was
instrumental in the construction of the New Plymouth concrete
Control-Line circle, offering to loan and guarantee the money to
build the circle. This, the first, paved circle in N.Z. enabled
the C/L Trans-Tasman contests to continue.