COMPETITIONS ARE FOR EVERYONE!

Whether you are just starting to learn or a seasoned professional, there are competitions for you!

Competitions are fun, challenging and enhance your flying skills!

Compete for your club, region or even your country!


FLYING COMPETITIONS Competitions are for pilots of all skill levels!

Flying NZ Competitions.

Flying New Zealand promotes the development of the flying skills of its affiliated members by running the Flying NZ competitions. A range of competitions are available, suited for pilots at all experience levels, from trainee to the seasoned commercial pilot.

Competitions have been developed over the years and at National level includes trophies donated by, or in the memory of, some of our country's earliest aviators and dignitaries.

Most clubs have competition days. They then choose a club team to compete at one of the five Regional Rallies, which are held about November each year. The winner in each regional competition qualifies to compete at the National Championships held the following February.

Flying NZ Competitions include, Precision flying, Aerobatics, Life Raft dropping, Formation Flying, Bombing, Navigation, Streamer cutting and more.

The Wings Trophy International competition between New Zealand and Australia is held each year, alternately in each country. The New Zealand team is selected from the highest performing competitors at the Regional Rallies and the previous year's National winners.

  • Landing competitions
  • Bombing
  • Streamer cutting
  • Ground Judging
  • Formation
  • The grid
  • Aerobatics
  • The rewards


2019 Wings Team Selected

The Flying NZ team to travel to Perth for the Wings competitions between Auatralia and New Zealand has been selected.

The Wings competition is held alternately in Australia and New Zealand and in March 2019 will be held at Serpentine Airfield, approximately 30 minutes drive south of Jandakot Airport in Perth.

The team will travel to Perth on Sunday 17th March. The Wings competitions will be held on Wednesday 20th March.

The selected team is:

  • Aerobatics -Darren Luff - Wanganui Aero Club
  • Precision Circuit – Daniel Campbell - Tauranga Aero Club
  • Forced Landing – David Campbell - Tauranga Aero Club
  • Formation – Andrew Butler, Grant Hopewell and Graeme Randle - Canterbury Aero Club.

Will I be good enough?

If you have learnt enough to go solo, there is a competition for you. Flying NZ has competitions where low hour pilots compete with other low hour pilots. Air judges are normally instructors, so you will have an instructor with you. There are also competitions aimed at the very experienced but the bulk of the competitions are open and available to all qualifying pilots.

It is not necessarily experience that wins, flying accurately with a good disciplined approach to your piloting wins out every time.

Where do I start?
Clubs usually have a Club Captain who is responsible for organising competitions, fly-aways and other club flying activities. Talk to your club captain and join in the club's next competition day. It's fun, friendly and social and a great way of polishing your skills at a reasonable cost.

You may find that you particularly like certain competitions, become good at them and be selected for your club's Regional Rally team. Win at the Rally and you are on your way to competing Nationally or even Internationally.

The Flying NZ Rallies and National Championships are great sporting and social events and often the highlight of a pilots year. Supporters are also welcome to attend.


COMPETITION CALENDAR

2018 Competition Results.

Results of latest competitions including the 2018 Rallies when completed.








2018 - 2019 Competition Rules.










2018 - 2019 Competitions.

The National Championships will be held from Wednesday to Saturday 13 - 16th February 2019 at North Shore.
The 2018 regional competitions are now complete.
Northern
The Northern Regional Rally was hosted by the Auckland Aero Club on November 16th-17th at Whitianga Airport, Mercury Bay.
Central
The Central Regional Rally was hosted by the Tokoroa Aero Club on 23rd-24th November at Tokoroa Aerodrome.
Cook Strait
The Cook Strait Regional Rally was hosted by the Whanganui Aero Club on 2nd-3rd November at Whanganui Airport.
Alpine
The Alpine Regional Rally was hosted by the Canterbury Aero Club on 26th-27th October at West-Melton Airfield.
Lakes
The Lakes Regional Rally was hosted by the South Canterbury Aero Club at Timaru on the 10th of November.

Future Competition Allocations

Host clubs and venues have been allocated for the 2019 - 2020 season.
The National Championships will be held in February 2020 at Tauranga.
The 2019 regional competitions will be held in October and November.
Northern
The Northern Regional Rally will be hosted on November 22 - 23
Central
The Central Regional Rally will be hosted on 15 - 16 November
Cook Strait
The Cook Strait Regional Rally will be hosted by the Wellington Aero Club on 25 - 26 October at Masterton.
Alpine
The Alpine Regional Rally will be hosted by the Kaikoura Aero Club at Kaikoura airfield.
Lakes
The Lakes Regional Rally will be hosted by the Central Otago Aero Club at Alexandra on the 15 - 16 November.

Landing Competitions

Landing competitions include Junior and Senior Landing as part of the prestigious Wigram Cup competition, as well as Precision Circuits and Forced Landings. An air judge marks the accuracy and procedures in the cockpit and ground judges record the accuracy and position of the ground landings. The competitors with the highest total of both air and ground scores are the winners

Bombing and Life-raft

Bombing and Life-raft are popular competitions and one of the few times you can legally drop an object from a flying aircraft. They are a mixture of altitude and airspeed control combined with the ability to place the object correctly on the target. They have an air judge in the aircraft and ground judges who record the placement. The life-raft competition is a team event with a pilot and a dispatcher.

Aerobatics

There are six different aerobatic competitions available to cater for all skill levels. The most basic, the Aero Engine Services Trophy, is designed for pilots who are early in their aerobatic training and have an aerobatic instructor on board as the judge. All other aerobatic competitions use the New Zealand Aerobatic Club sequences, which are graded in difficulty, and judged from the ground.

Formation competitions

Flying NZ has two formation competitions a two ship and a three ship. The Graham Davidson pairs (two ship) is popular because it is easier for clubs to find two similar aircraft to compete. The W A Morrison (three ship) is spectacular to watch and compete in, with most teams attaining a high standard. It is also one of the events that is included in the International Wings competitions.

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