|Palmerston North Aeroneers
North is a large town located at the central southern end of New
Zealand's North Island. Palmerston North Aeroneers is the local
model flying club, founded in September 1946 as the Manawatu Model
Aeroplane Club. The original secretary, Mr Russ Johnson, is
still an active member of the club. The club is affiliated to the New
Zealand Model Aircraft Association.
North Aeroneers has around 70 members, flying mostly
radio-controlled aircraft, with a small dedicated group of free-flight
and control-line enthusiasts and there is also currently a strong
interest in aerobatics and gliding. Competitions in various classes of
flying are held throughout the year with a Scale Classics major
public rally held every March.
club has a flying site about twenty minutes drive from Palmerston North
city boundary, where they meet for flying every Sunday morning. There's
a good emphasis on encouraging newcomers to the hobby and dual-control
training is offered, with a glider and two powered aircraft available
for training purposes.
North Aeroneers holds a monthly club meeting every 4th Thursday of the
month. There is usually a guest speaker and members are encouraged to
bring along their latest building project for a "Show and
Tell" session - sounds great! The club hosts an occasional barbeque
and there is an annual dinner and prize-giving.
Club's website reflects their interest in encouraging new folk into the
hobby, with the pages on the site specially orientated to newcomers.
There's a very nice feature to introduce the various types of model
flying to those who might be keen to find out more.
down the left-hand side of the site is a large scroll-down panel
featuring a strip of pictures of various types of model subjects -
glider, scale, aerobatic, vintage, pylon racer, helicopter, control
line, free flight and radio control sets - and a click on any picture
brings up a nicely-designed page giving a brief explanation and
introduction to each subject. On the control-line page I was able to
confirm that U-control is the same as control-line flying - a
query I raised on the last ModelFlight but which went
unanswered - thanks PNA!
there is a page explaining the club's training facilities and what
dual-control training means, and another to show recent photos of club
The site has a real friendly
feel to it and would certainly encourage anyone thinking of taking up
the hobby to accept the warm invitation to go along to Palmerston North
Aeroneers field to "have a go". If I may presume to do so, I
congratulate whoever has been so busy in designing and building a very
good promotional site both for the club and the hobby in general!
are a couple of pictures of PNA members' models on the photo
The club website address
the Club Secretary is Jonathan Hogg, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org