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John Malkin (1931- )

John Malkin has been an active modeller and competitor for over 50 years in nearly all classes of aeromodelling. He painstaking develops his own model designs, has always sought to improve his own and his models performance and is often the first to try new methods and techniques. He published "Airfoil Sections" in 1971, which quickly became an international reference work. This was reprinted in 1981 due to strong demand. Not only a dedicated modeller and competitor, he has also served in key administrative roles in the NZMAA on several occasions.

John Malkin was born in Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay in 1931 and has been an active competitor for over 50 years in a wide range of disciplines including Free Flight, Control Line, R/C Thermal Soaring, Vintage, and Indoor. He has represented NZ at Trans-Tasman and World Championships on 22 occasions, 18 of these being in his preferred class of Wakefield. He has been Champion of Champions at the Nationals and has held many NZ records.

John's "Miser" Wakefield design has become a classic NZ model and it gave satisfaction and success to many other aeromodellers. He painstakingly develops his own model designs, has always sought to improve his own and his models performance and is often the first to try new techniques. In recent years, he has become a well-known and respected competitor at International contests, particularly in USA. In 1971, John published a book "Airfoil Sections" on wing sections for models that became an essential reference work internationally. It was reprinted in 1981 due to strong demand.

John joined the Wellington Model Aero Club in the early 60s after being a key member of the contest-oriented Upper Hutt Aeromodellers. John has held most positions on the WMAC committee since then including President and Recording Officer, and is now Club Patron. He has been a key member and a loyal servent of the NZMAA serving as an official on several occasions: President (1965-67, 1978-80, 1986) and Secretary (1972-73). John's presidency in 1986 was during a period of restructuring of the NZMAA. He is an NZMAA Life Member.