John Ensoll (1931 - )
experienced aeromodelling when he saw a model being built by a
school teacher about 1937. In 1938 his father brought him a rubber
model kitset (bamboo, tissue, banana oil and wire construction)
built and flown inside the house!!
John joined the Wanganui
Aeromodellers 1945-49, was a Founder member of North Shore model
aero club 1950-52, then moved to the Christchurch MAC, with gaps,
till now and been a life member of the Christchurch MAC for
In 1950 John joined Aircraft Services Ltd at
Mangere Aerodrome (now Auckland International), the base of the
Auckland Aero club, as a "Boy".
Transferred to National
Airways Corporation in Palmerston North as an apprentice, he
became a Aircraft engineer, licensed on engine overhauls, then an
engine shop inspector, moved to the technical section where he
worked until retirement.
During this time John learnt to
fly the Tiger Moth and Auster, and worked on AeroClub aircraft
including the Beech Staggerwing.
Was part of production
team producing Easicut lawn edging tool in spare time to fund his
Johns modelling career has not been
continuous with wife, family and fishing interrupting (as they
With Dave Griffen, John became "Canterbury
Sailplanes", building the ARTF sailplane "Prima" (over 100 of
them) thereby encouraging thermal soaring in NZ. Also produced
slope soaring foamies, literally thousands of models for New
Zealand and export sales.
He a committee member for the
inaugural Trans Tasman R/C 1974 consisting of pylon racing,
aerobatics, with thermal soaring as a supplementary event. The
committee then created the Cirrus Trophy for club team competition
(in the Christchurch area) in thermal soaring to class D rules
Attended many nationals Wanganui, Hamilton,
Fielding, Carterton, Invercargill, Christchurch, Omaka, he enjoyed
numerous successes, mainly in Free Flight and, later, in R/C
Positions held in the CMAC. Currently Club
President 2003,4,5. Soaring liaison officer for 7 years. Free
flight liaison officer for 5 years. Torque editor for 3 years.
Secretary for 1 year. Held positions on the S.I.M.A.A. for a
number of years.
John is also currently on the Air Users
Safety Committee which overseas the activities of all users of the
airspace around Christchurch, putting forward the aeromodelling
John also has been a member of the Soaring
S.I.G. and been contest director for Thermal soaring at club and
Currently John is revelling in the resurgence in
Vintage modelling with several old designs coming off the building
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