TailDragger 2014

Bikes and birds

As you can see we had some interesting visitors to TailDragger this year with the HB Classic Motorcycle Club dropping by on their monthly ride.

More photos, competition results and tales soon on the TailDragger page but for now:

Bruce Coulter in his 180 Supercub scored the best set in the Cub Class STOL with a 29m takeoff and 55m landing to take the trophy. The shortest single takeoff in the cub class of 22m was achieved in CHB  Rans S6  with Ross MacDonald at the controls while Fraser Eaton made the shortest landing at 50m piloting BQS 90 Supercub.

In the Heavy Class Richard Coop in RWC C180 took top honors taking off in 57meters and landing in 70 meters. His landing roll was also the shortest for the day in the Heavy Class.  The shortest takeoff – 45m made in DXA C180 piloted by Jamie Gunson.

JailBar bombing

The team of Ross MacDonald (pilot) and Wendy Milne (bombardier) came closest to the target at 7 meters but yet again the target remained unscathed.


Club Cross Country

I found some old footage from a club flight around the south island from 2005. From memory around 7 planes went on the jaunt in perfect weather. Its a reminder just how great these club expeditions are!. Apologies for the sad editing (improved alot since then).

-Tim Whittaker

Dawn Raid July 2014

Great weather for the Dawn Raid

Thank you to all our dawn fly-in visitors. The club kitchen and bbq’s were kept busy delivering hot breakfasts to flyers from about 7.30am through to 9am as aircraft arrived in at an easy rate. Those from Hawera had the longest journey, Dannevirke made the earliest arrival and from the north Gisborne battled here though a good headwind. A little frosty underfoot but not a bad day for winter, snow on the hills made a nice backdrop to the fly-in.
Tim Whittaker created this short time lapse video as the sun rose. More pics in the gallery.
Frogley Cup results? The third and final round. Congratulations go to Waipukurau who retain the cup for another year (last one though).

2014 Flying Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our scholarship winners for this year.
Jasper Marra
Rhuaridh Williamson
Aimee Burn
Alistair McAulay
Rebecca McKenzie
Sam Bradley

All contestants are entitled to one years paid membership with the club whether or not a scholarship prize was won.
We look forward to seeing you all at the airfield.
Happy flying.