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Tokoroa Airport Closure

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:31 pm
by Stuart Hellyer
Good afternoon,
The Tokoroa Airfield is used on a regular basis by the NZJMA with approval of the owners, the South Waikato District Council.

Due to the potential erosion of safety standards by a lone individual intending to conduct experimental tests on the 2.4 ghz frequency, we have been asked to cease all model flying operations on the field until further notice by the owners.

Once this restriction has been lifted, we shall advise accordingly.


Stuart Hellyer
Chairman NZJMA

Re: Tokoroa Airport closure

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:51 am
by Stuart Hellyer
We are happy to advise the use of Tokoroa airport for model aircraft flying has again been approved. Although the individual responsible for the closure has indicated he will be conducting some experiments on 2.4 Ghz, the associated risks are to be no greater than nearby WiFi networks, which are considered very low. The NZJMA had a meeting a couple of weeks ago with 7 jets flying without incident. We also had a number of smaller aircraft flying there with members of the SWIM club, also without incident.

The South Waikato District Council have published a set of rules for flying at Tokoroa airport which can be found at our website link:

The council and the CAA have advised us this is an operational airport and all modelers are expected to obey the requirements of Civil Aviation Rules part 101. In particular, the requirement to either hold an MFNZ wings badge or be under the direct supervision of a holder is mandatory. Also the carriage of a VHF aviation band radio to Listen Only is mandatory.

The NZJMA has finished flying at Tok until September when the weather is hopefully going to improve. The club website has a calendar of events which will shortly be updated to cover the next season schedule. Hope to see a few of you down there.

Stuart Hellyer
NZJMA Chairman