Final Newsletter before 2023 Nationals

Final Newsletter Feb 13th.

HI Everyone,

It is now only 2 weeks to go to our NZAC Aerobatic Nationals, I hope you are ready. This is a direct email to your email address received on your registration to give some relevant information to the Competitors and Volunteers.

Many thanks to Mike Fowler, Trish Stevens, Gillian Phillips, Noel Kinvig, Richard Wallace, Simone Barry, Kym Tull and Lawrence Robinson for offering to help through the week.

Our main form of instant information is via the WhatsApp application on your smartphone. If you don’t have it, please download it and set it up with your registered mobile phone number and I will be able to find you and add you to the two chat groups.

There will be two groups set up, “NZAC Nationals Official” will be for essential info for the event and I ask you to not clutter it up with chat as it will largely be for info from the contest director and essential questions regarding the competition.

The second group is called “ NZAC Nationals Chat”, and this is for your random chat, photos, jibes and fun. Please start using this one for that from now. If you do not seem to be on the groups, let me know.

It is apparent we will need a people mover van to get back and forward to the judge line, move people to their lodging and all other tasks so the organizers are obtaining a van and will ask for a contribution as required or utilized.

I have attached our Procedure Manual for the event. Grant Benns and Morris have worked hard to make this practical and correct list of our procedures and we expect you to read, understand and operate in accordance with this Procedure Manual. At the end of the manual is some guidelines learned from experience on how to do some of the ground volunteer roles.

To help you remember what to bring to the competition, I have attached a checklist, although there is a Warehouse and a Bunnings at Masterton if you need to buy some trousers or tools etc.

We appreciate and encourage those of you stepping up to learn to be judges, I have attached a Quick Reference Guide to remind you of the scoring points deductions. I will try to write one for the Scribes who write down the scores as the judges call them.

We can assign a mentor to any new competitors to guide you along the event and everyone please ask if you don’t understand any aspect or instructions, better safe than sorry. Our club attitude is to try hard to make it happen, and assist you to have a great week.

Thanks Grant and Andy for assisting the workload and helping me with my first go at Contest Director.

Regards Morris.

Final Newsletter before 2023 Nationals2023-02-22T23:20:49+13:00

2023 Nationals Newsletter #2

Entries close on Tuesday 31st of January… in only three weeks!  Entry form is here…

ASAP; Please give us organizers a heads up via any means; email, WhatsApp, text, that you are planning on attending; and get your documents together and sequences sorted and entry done online as soon as you can please.

The full information for the Nationals is on the website or click here;

Sort your accommodation ASAP. Now is the time to grab your friends and get a Book a Bach or an Air BnB asap. Alternatively, we have permission to erect a tent/camper/van ‘City’ adjacent to the Aero Club (like they do at Oshkosh). I do have an extra booking at The Gateway Motor inn if someone wants it, contact Morris.

The Aero Club has full kitchen and bathroom facilities to support us, so we should have a fun time being right on the field. If you have your own tent, van or camper – great! If not, flick us a message any way you can so that we can help sort out something for you. I can’t stress enough how important it is to sort out some accommodation ASAP.

Have a read of the rules and understand what sequences you need to submit to the CD. The close-off date is the 31st January.
Primary, Recreational and Sports do have a Free Program.

In Primary, you are ONLY able to fly the prescribed Known Compulsory again.

For Recreational and Sports, you MAY fly the Known Compulsory again, or you MAY design your own Free (use Open Aero / NZAC Rules – Free program)

For Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited, you MUST submit your own Free Known sequence, designed using the NZAC 2022/23 prescribed figures (use Open Aero / Power /NZAC / Free known/ Int / Adv or Unknown) The figures are also on our website in sequences.

Your plane (release to service etc. Calendar dates.)
Insurance – we need to see evidence of current Third Party insurance of at least $2 million.
Pilot License, medical, BFR, Aerobatic Bi-annual, LLDA need to be current. Prepare these docs for the entry form.

Entry Fees:
Payable now!  Bank account details are on the entry form. Lunch is being added to the entry fee.
Primary         $120
Rec/Sports    $180
Int/Adv/Unl $240

If you are keen, you can enter in more than one category, in a different aircraft only, and at the CD’s discretion.

Remember, you must be a paid-up NZAC member too. Membership is only $35.00
The subs form is here…


We need these back. If you won something last year, please engrave it with your name in the same style as previously, then polish it and either bring it back with you, or send it to us c/- the Wairarapa Aero Club.

Landing Fees; This year, the Hood Aerodrome will be imposing standard landing fees on all aircraft – $10 per aircraft / per day (unlimited movements).

Timetable and other activities:

Mon 27th – Tues 28th. Arrivals /Practice / Setup / Tech Inspections.

If you are interested in Judging, there may be a Judging Seminar on Tuesday, followed by Judge coaching throughout the day (Tuesday/Wednesday morning are unofficial practice days).
LLDA refresher, for anybody who needs it, will be Tuesday night.

Wednesday  1st Mar, 1pm will be the start of competition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday night will be the Club AGM. This is your notification. If you have any general business for discussion, send it to the Treasurer ASAP. If you would like to be part of the committee or nominate anyone, please forward an email to Morris.
AGM Commencing at 7pm. The agenda as follows;
Minutes from previous year, matters arising
President’s/Treasurer’s report
Election of officers
General Business

Thursday night will most likely be Unknown/Free Unknown handout night (weather dependent) so we will keep that one free. Pizza or BBQ at the club rooms for this evening.

Saturday evening will be the prize giving.

If you have any questions then please contact either Grant Benns (0210629929), Morris Tull (+971506449584/ +642102401094 when in NZ) [email protected] or Andy Love (021818816)

Cheers Morris.

2023 Nationals Newsletter #22023-01-09T09:03:14+13:00


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