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 2015 show will be held over the three-day Easter weekend of 3rd-5th April. Friday is an official Practice Day, which includes the Marlborough Lines Twilight Extreme of sunset flying, concert and spectacular fireworks.
Saturday and Sunday are the main show days with over 100 aircraft participating, together with mock airfield attacks supported by ground theatre and pyrotechnics. There will be something on offer to suit everyone, with musical entertainment, delectable Marlborough wine and food, merchandise stalls, a kid’s fun zone and a grand array of classic cars.
Gates open at 8.00am on all three days. The Friday twilight show commences around 5pm and on Saturday and Sunday the programme runs from 10am-4pm.
Please note that due to safety concerns the airfield will be closed to the public on Thursday 2nd, to enable installation of infrastructure and equipment.
Tickets are available online, at the Blenheim i-Site as well as gate sales on the day.
For more information please see the website www.classicfighters.co.nz and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/classicfightersomaka?ref=ts
Where has the time gone! Christmas flew by followed by January and we are already well into February. I can’t keep up.
First of all a big thank you to all the volunteers that gave up their time and expertise to help us with the Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs. It was a very smoothly run event this year from the grid to the food. There was very little to improve on and we are hearing some great comments from the aviation community about the event. It goes to show how strong the membership is as a team to pull off a big event like that. For those of you who may not know this year we completely catered the event (lunch and dinner). I had a great team who helped on the grid. It did not go unnoticed. So thank you.
On the flying front we have already put 10 pilots through our airstrip flying course this year with more and more inquires being made all the time. Our student numbers are slightly low in terms of pilots wanting to gain licences so we are planning a student drive in the coming months. If any members have friends who have made noises in the past about wanting to fly now would be a good time to send them down to us for a chat. Don’t be shy people! We have our summer fly away coming up which is planned around the Marlborough Sounds. An email with the details should have gone out by now.
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