The Marlborough Aero Club are specialists in airstrip flying training. We have over a dozen airstrips available within 30 minutes flying from Omaka.
The Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs is a Precision Landing, and STOL Takeoff and Landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim.
With eighty six years of training commercial and recreational pilots, Marlborough Aero Club has a long and proud history of fulfilling flying ambitions.
With over 300 members, an active and motivated committee, and the luxury of owning our own airfield, our club is a vibrant and exciting place to be.
The thrill of flight and magic of soaring across the sky was the inspiration for the group of aviation enthusiasts who established the Marlborough Aero Club in 1928 at Omaka Aerodrome.
Since then we've trained hundreds of pilots many of which have ended up flying all manner of aircraft across New Zealand and the world.
We are ideally located on our own airfield in sunny Blenheim, Marlborough. If you've dreamed of gaining your private or commercial pilot's licence, experiencing life from the sky, or gaining ratings, new skills or hiring aircraft for current PPL/CPL holders - we're here to help.
The next Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs will be held on the 4th February 2017 (Waitangi Day), with the reserve day being 5th February.
Last week club member Tim Johnson finally found fame and fortune on the walls of Westport International Airport. His reputation and piloting skills are clearly known far and wide, as I found his picture printed in blazing colour in several locations in the airport terminal.
The occasion was the opening of the new Sounds Air Wellington/Westport service. The district council and airport had arranged a grand opening, including brass band and sausage sizzle etc. Also organized was a kids colouring competition with the winners of several age groups got a free flight in Sounds Air’s new PC12.
Clearly Tim is the most googled pilot on the internet, as can be seen here ...
For myself personally, the Westport service and PC12 implementation has taken a lot of my time in recent months, and will continue to do so for the remainder of this year at least. So I apologise for my lack of time around the club of late. Sharn, Raylene and the team have things well under control though!