Welcome to the Marlborough Aero Club

Strip Flying

The Marlborough Aero Club are specialists in airstrip flying training. We have over a dozen airstrips available within 30 minutes flying from Omaka.

Healthy Bastards

The Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs is a Precision Landing, and STOL Takeoff and Landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield, Blenheim.

Learn to fly

With eighty six years of training commercial and recreational pilots, Marlborough Aero Club has a long and proud history of fulfilling flying ambitions.

Club Members

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.

About Us

The Marlborough Aero Club

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.

Upcoming Events

Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs 2019 

The 2019 event will be held on Waitangi weekend - Saturday 2nd February 2019



Latest Newsletter. M.A.C. Flyer. Vol 34 No. 4

Craig Anderson. May 21, 2015 Download the full Newsletter PDF

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! 

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