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.
Time flies! Almost feels like just last week I wrote up the last report for the M.A.C Flyer however Hayley assures me this is not the case. There has been a lot of activity around the club over the past month.
We have had two writers from the NZ Aviation News come do a shortened version of our strip flying course. Both Bernice and Andrew had a great day out with myself and many good laughs and some great pictures were taken. Check out the latest NZ Aviation News for their articles and more pictures (We even made the cover). This will certainly get the M.A.C’s name out there in the wider aviation community and will hopefully bring in a bit more business.
Our 135 Charter Operation is on the way out. We are in the process of disestablishing it at this point.
Wellington Aero Club are a bit of a social bunch and we are co-ordinating some club competitions and hopefully a strip flying challenge with them. The inter club comp is on this Saturday (9th August). Watch for a separate email to come out with the details.
Our duty pilot system needs some more reliable people to stick their hand up and volunteer their time. We have had problems trying to cover some people when they are not available or just a lack of people turning up. We really need to tidy this up as over the weekend is when we get a lot of enquires and potential new students coming in. It’s important for the M.A.C to have a professional and friendly greeting to all visitors that come through. If you are interested in helping us out and you could spare a half day each month on a weekend, please get in touch with Hayley. It will be appreciated, after all a club is not a club without member support.