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North Island Akro Fest 2020

October 10th and 11th

Less than one month to go – is this in your calendar? We are a ‘Go’, all going well with weather and (of-course) a pesky wee virus.

Some of you have entered already, and paid too (thanks), and some of you may still be thinking about it.

Go to our Events page to enter, and get on the event mailing list.

Contact Grant for more info: 0210629929

Zlin Z50LS inverted – yeah, baby!

2020 NI Akro Fest – October 10/11

New Zealand Aerobatic Club


The Langley Marshall Trophy

WhereMercer Airport, South Auckland
WhenOctober 10th and 11th, 2020
(weather delay will be following weekend – October 17/18)
Time10 am Briefing both days
Cost$120 (includes lunch)

Goodbye summer winter and Covid 19, Hello to the first annual North Island Akro Fest, hosted by the NZ Aerobatic Club. This is also the new installment of The Langley Marshall Trophy competition, in memory of Brian Langley and Paul Marshall, passionate Northshore Aero Club aerobatic instructors and stalwarts.

There will be individual category winners and also the awarding of The Langley Marshall Trophy, presented to the pilot scoring the highest overall percentage across all categories in the judged competition flights. Past winners have typically (but not always) been from the lower categories, so everybody has a chance to win The Big Trophy, like this guy below did…

This two-day competition will allow (weather permitting) at least three competition sequence flights per competitor, in your selected category.

Categories:Primary / Recreational / Sports / Intermediate / Advanced / Unlimited
Sequences/flight order:1. Known   (A judged practice flight)
2. Known   (Competition flight 1)
3. Judges Unknown    (Competition flight 2)

· Maximum of two categories can be flown per competitor, at the Contest Director’s discretion.

· See ‘Sequences’ on the NZAC website or and look under; Library/2021/NZAC

Mercer Hotel Backpackers (, located on the airfield, is able to offer accommodation as follows: 

  • Bunk Beds   – $ 35.00 per person per night
  • Queen Beds – $ 70.00 per room per night

Facilities on site include a full kitchen, BBQ, TV lounge, and laundry facilities. All bed linen supplied but you will need to bring your own towel.

Contact Christine to book – Email:

Phone: 09 232 6767

Helpers are required both days to assist with ground duties (no helpers, no flying!) so please make yourself available if required. No experience is required for some of the roles, so get involved and get close to learn more about our sport.

Enter online at ASAP – Closing date September 10th (late entry fee $50 after that date)

Some have already entered and paid – thank you. Your continued entry intentions will be confirmed individually.

Contact Grant Benns for more details;                     021 0629929

2020 NI Akro Fest Postponement v2

Attempt two of getting the NI Akro Fest underway has failed, again due to poor weather forecast for Saturday, and a cold, unstable sou’westerly likely on Sunday too. Not fun.

Therefore, this is the official postponement notice for June 27th/28th – watch this space for the new dates, most likely to be in August.

If there is a silver lining to this delay, hopefully this will enable an extra competitor or three to get themselves and/or their mount ready.

Entries are still open (final date TBC).

It would be great to see some more RVs, Robins and Yaks etc having a crack at Recreational, so tell your friends to check out the sequences on our website.

Those who have either entered or volunteered to help are part of a WhatsApp group chat – contact me if you wish to be included for event-specific information.

Enjoy winter!

Grant 021 0629929