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 hundred 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.
Marlborough’s best kept secret has arrived-the pesky northwest winds. It has been challenging for our students and keeping us instructors on the ball. Nick Milne has started training part time for Sounds Air, therefore he has dropped back to part time at the club. We have also hired Joshua Evans, a C Cat from the Christchurch region, to take Nick’s place while we are super flat out at the club with numerous flight tests. Joshua has done some flying with us in the past gaining his tail wheel rating in OMK recently. We welcome him aboard.
Jake Hynd passed sat his CPL on the 1st October in OMK. We both went mountain biking the night before his test to blow off some steam and have a quiet beer to relax the nerves before flight test day. It must have done some good because he passed!
Bookings are getting tight at the club at the moment as we have our two trainee C Cats flight testing at the end of this month and 2 CPL’s flight testing in November and a potential couple of other CPL students on the horizon. So this is a good trend to have. Onwards and upwards.
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