February has passed by and autumn is here, great time of the year for flying. Cooler but the days getting shorter so make the most of it.
RAANZ National Fly-in was held at Stratford on the 16th-18th of February with a good number of Feilding pilots and co pilots attending. The weather was not the best but still a great weekend.
Feilding did well at prize giving. Mark Dean taking the trophy for best presented aircraft with his new Panther. Ross Williamson took second in the landing competitions and Peter Kernohan won the navigation trophy. Frank Vanderhulst didn't collect any trophies but he did take the Drifter to Stratford and back, entered in the competitions and showed the others what microlighting was all about a few years back. Well done Frank, you should have got a trophy just for that.
The weekend was well organised and the highlight was flying into New Plymouth for a walk around Brett Emeny's toys and a 20 minute flight in their Catalina, all at fuel cost only, brilliant. Next year the Nationals are being held at TeAnau / Manapouri. Looking forward to that.
Trial flights and new member numbers are still going well and we would like to welcome Jack Harvey to our club. Make yourself at home Jack.
Frank Koenders has decided to retire from instructing and we thank Frank for all his efforts with our
Club, especially over the last six months. We appreciate all he has done for us and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do next. Don't be a stranger and remember afternoon tea days. Thanks Frank.
We have a new sign at the entrance to the airfield. These signs have been made and erected at the airfields expense. Thank you to the airfield committee, much appreciated. Life and colour to the entrance.
Also don't forget to use the notice board in the car park if you have something for sale or want to notify others about anything to do with aviation. It's there for your use. Same goes for our website.
All club aircraft are serviced and ready for you to make the most of them and with several South Island events in March, Wanaka and Rangiora having a fly-in at their Oxford strip it's a perfect opportunity for a trip away. Some of us are heading down, if anyone else is interested let us know.
Don't forget afternoon tea at the on Sunday the 4th March, all welcome.