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1 12, 2021

South Island AkroFest 2021


So it is that time again, lockdowns notwithstanding! Calling all aerobatic pilots/competitors/enthusiasts/supporters and all other aviators alike. Please find all  relevant info attached for the 7th Annual South Island Akro Fest, now run at Ashburton Airfield, hosted by the Mid Canterbury Aeroclub and Ashburton Aviation Museum.

We are all looking forward to spending the week down at Ashburton again this coming December. A huge thank you to Joe and his team at the Mid Canterbury Aeroclub for hosting us again this year. We have got a full compliment of categories open to fly in. Primary all the way through to Unlimited, and the Vintage Class, unique to the South Island Akro Fest.

Please read out latest Rules and Regulations

Accommodation: There are plenty of motel options in Ashburton. Mike Fowler has booked a large house, about 10mins on the Western side of the Motorway. It will sleep 8-10 easy. Please contact him direct for account details and cost. [email protected]. We will have transport to the airfield from the house. It is an awesome spot, a few of us stayed there for the Judges training weekend back in June. We will be hosting the Thursday evening BBQ there.

Timetable: Please see the attached doc for the timetable. Pretty similar to previous years.

Weather alternates: We do not have weather alternates for the event. If we do have interruptions, we will drop a flight as required to ensure we can still complete the competition on Saturday.

Safety Piloting: Please organize your safety pilot in advance if you think you may require one. I personally will not be available for safety piloting during this event but will be happy to assist with training/practice away from the airfield outside of the competition schedule.

Rental aircraft: South Canterbury Aeroclub and Canterbury Aeroclub have very kindly made their Alphas, ZK-VCC and ZK-VCF available for the event. Sarah has booked VCC already. Each pilot will need to contribute a set fee for contribution of the ferry cost. I will supervise sign-outs for both aircraft. Please advise if you would like to fly an Alpha. If we have more than 4 pilots asking for the Alpha will go ahead and book the second machine through SCAC.

Volunteering: We are always looking for volunteers. Some of you are aware of your extra roles assisting on the judging line this time round. If you are interested, please get in touch. Whether it be helping with filing paperwork or scribing, there is always plenty to do!

Registration: I have attached the registration form. Please send these through with payment to the Aerobatic Club in your earliest convenience. Cut-off for registration is 20th November. Once you have registered or signalled your initial interest, I will send an invitation for you to view the Online Registration database so you can see what stage your registration is at. It is also an opportunity to see personnel allocation and your fellow participants. Note: Registration is required whether you are volunteering or competing. 

Contest Communication / Notifications: We will be using WASAPP for communication again this year. Please include your cell ph number in registration and download the app so we can setup the chat in advance.

Trophies: Please return your trophies engraved and clean.

Saturday night Prize Giving/Dinner: A huge thanks to the Ashburton Aviation Museum for hosting us for the Saturday night function. Please advise your attendance for this in the registration and indicate how many will be accompanying you. Pay direct on the night. 3 course meal, fully catered.

Covid-19: Under the current restrictions, we are able to run this event. We will be following Mid Canterbury Aeroclubs protocols on this. Any queries. Please contact me or the Club direct.

Key Contacts:

Andy Love – Event Organizer – 021 217 9170

Lachlan Falconer – Contest Director – 021 258 1454

Russell Bell – Chief Judge

CFI Mid Canterbury Aeroclub – Joe Brown – 03 308 7850

Hangarage: Ian Begbie and the MCAC have very kindly made their hangars available to us so there are no issues regarding hangarage.

Sequences: Please check our sequences page for the current Known sequences. Free-Known compulsory figures are also found there.

Categories: We will be running a full compliment of categories this year.

  • Primary
  • Recreational
  • Vintage
  • Sportsman
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Unlimited

We are very much looking forward to the competition. You can never be sure what the weather gods will roll our way but we will make the most of whatever is dished out. I will not send a reminder out for registration but this will be circulated via social media. Any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Have a great week and get practicing!

Event Timetable

Date Description
Wed 1st Arrivals / Practice

Note: Briefing to be completed by Andy or Lachlan prior to flying in the box

Thurs 2nd 0800: Briefing (Aeroclub briefing room)
0900: Practice
1200: Lunch
1300: Knowns commence
1800: Box closed (Aeroclub Bar open at 5:00pm)
Fri 3rd 0800: Briefing (Aeroclub briefing room)
0900: Knowns completed. Free’s / Free-Knowns commence
1200: Lunch
1300: Free’s / Free-Knowns complete
1800: Box closed (Aeroclub bar open at 5:00pm)
1830: BBQ hosted by the Mid Canterbury Aeroclub (pay on the night)
Sat 4th 0800: Briefing (Aeroclub briefing room)
0900: Unknowns commence (Sports/Inter/Adv)
1300: Lunch – hosted by MCAC
1400: 4minute Free-Style
1700: Box closed. De-brief at Aeroclub
1700: Bar opens
1800: Dinner – Ashburton Aviation Museum
1900: Prize Giving
Sun 5th Departures, tidy up Aeroclub / hangar

South Island AkroFest 20212021-10-01T00:03:48+13:00
26 11, 2021

North Island AkroFest 2021


2021 North Island Akro Fest


The Langley Marshall Trophy

Hello summer! And hello to the second annual North Island Akro Fest, awarding the Langley Marshall Trophy, in memory of Brian Langley and Paul Marshall, passionate Northshore Aero Club aerobatic instructors and stalwarts.

There will be category winners and the presentation of the Langley Marshall Trophy 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.

To be involved (pilots and helpers), please enter here.


it is easier for us to manage cancelations than last-minute entries.

There will be category winners and the presentation of the Langley Marshall Trophy 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.

2012 Winner David Cranna with Paul Marshall

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

  • Primary
  • Recreational
  • Sports
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Unlimited
Sequences/flight order
  1. Known (Judged practice flight)
  2. Known (Competition flight 1)
  3. Unknown(Competition flight 2)

The 2021/22 Known sequences are on the NZAC website or on OpenAero (Library > 2022 > NZAC)

If you are new to competition aerobatics, there are many ‘how-to’ articles on the NZAC website too.

Hangarage, overnight parking and fuel available.

Mercer Hotel Backpackers (, located on the airfield, has accommodation:

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

Facilities include a full kitchen, BBQ, TV lounge, and laundry facilities. Bed linen supplied but BYO towel.

Contact Christine to book – Email: [email protected]

Phone: 09 232 6767

Helpers required both days to assist with ground duties


No experience required for many of the roles.
Get involved to learn more about our sport.

Please register too (no membership or entry fee required for Helpers)


Entries close November 18th (late entry fee of $50 after that)

Contact Contest Director, Grant Benns, for more details

[email protected]

021 062 9929

North Island AkroFest 20212021-09-20T17:48:57+12:00
18 11, 2021

Have a Go at Aerobatics

Register Here

Get a taste, extend your skills or have a go at competition-style aerobatics.

BYO plane or register to get airborne in various attending aircraft:

  • Cessna 152 Aerobat
  • Robin/Alpha 2160
  • CT4

Experienced instructors will be on-site over the three days, including Tim Marshall, Nic Rowe, Wayne Ormrod, Jason Alexander, Andrew Hope, Jason Drake, John Ashman, and Grant Benns. Training material to assist with the understanding of the in-and-outs (and ups-and-downs) of competition aerobatics will be provided to registered attendees.

Hangarage and AvGas now available at Mercer Airport – accommodation available too, at Mercer Backpackers.

The draft daily timetable is as follows:

Flying 9:00am onwards Dual Instruction
Solo coaching/critiquing
Watch judging in action
Seminars 10:00am “It’s not that scary!” – Your First Competition
11:00am Aresti Notation – Reading the sequence card
1:00pm Getting your head in the game” – Competition Racecraft
2:00pm What the Judges are looking for
Lunch Break 12:00-1:00pm
BBQ Dinner 7:00pm Mercer Backpackers
More detailed info for registered attendees.
Register Here
Have a Go at Aerobatics2021-10-08T10:47:24+13:00
30 09, 2021

SI AkroFest 2021 – Entry Form


Entries for the 2021 South Island AkroFest are now open. Click the image above to download the entry form.

SI AkroFest 2021 – Entry Form2021-10-01T00:00:42+13:00
27 09, 2021

HAGAD – New Dates

Due to a conflict with the Flying NZ regional comps and SAA Balck Sands Fly-In, both of which will have attendees that may wish to attend our Have a Go at Aerobatics Days as well, we have moved the event along one weekend, to November 19-21.
The registration page reflects the new dates – please register your interest to attend (free for instructors!) and let ‘your people’ (students/interested mates) know too.
And, within the limitations of rosters etc, let me know if you intend to come along, and for what days. I would like to make a plan of who (wannabes) can fly with who (instructors), as we have 25 registered attendees already – should be fun!
HAGAD – New Dates2021-09-27T13:15:55+13:00
21 09, 2021

Have a Go at Aeros Days (HAGAD!)


As you might have expected, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Delta Covid situation we have decided to move our “Have a Go at Aerobatics Day” event to our back-up dates, as follows:

Venue Mercer Airport

NOW November 12/13/14th

Time All day, each day
Sequences Whatever you want to fly.

$40 per day for flyers (incl. lunch).

Instructors free.

(Aircraft hire and landing fees extra.)

Hopefully, we will be in Level 2 (or better) by mid-November – the weather should be warmer and more predictable too. 
Thank you to those who have already registered – there is a real buzz around this weekend, with over 20 attendees (and some cool planes) already registered.
Please rebook your planes, leave and accommodation for these new dates.
Contact me for any more info.
Grant  – 0210629929  / [email protected]
Have a Go at Aeros Days (HAGAD!)2021-09-21T19:55:53+12:00
18 09, 2021

Subs Renewal (2021/2022)


Subscriptions for the 2021-22 season are unchanged and now due. You must be a financial member of the New Zealand Aerobatic Club to participate in club events and receive the E-newsletter.

Subs Renewal (2021/2022)2021-09-19T12:22:57+12:00
1 06, 2021

2021/2022 Sequences now available!


Good news, the 2021/2022 sequences are now available. Check them out on the sequences page!

2021/2022 Sequences now available!2021-09-19T11:56:48+12:00
1 05, 2019

Aerobatic Turn Arounds


Competition aerobatics are flown inside a 1km by 1km box, affectionately known as ‘the box’. Aerobatic sequences are designed to keep aircraft within the box utilising manoeuvres that continuously reverse the direction of flight.

Click on any of the images to open this article

Aerobatic Turn Arounds2021-09-19T00:02:37+12:00

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