Help available to keep your Christmas drone
Drones are popular Christmas presents, and this year
Model Flying NZ wants to help keep them safely in the air after New Year.
Model Flying NZ represents thousands of people who enjoy flying remote
control model aircraft including model helicopters and multi-rotor drones.
Model Flying NZ Secretary Jonathan Shorer says every Christmas people
are disappointed to find that using their new drone safely can be quite a bit
more complex than would appear from the advertising.
too many of these expensive craft are damaged or lost for lack of some friendly
advice and help from someone with experience,” says Mr Shorer.
"Our members are experienced and enthusiastic
flyers of a wide range of craft, and many are happy to share their knowledge
with new drone pilots.
want to keep New Zealand’s skies safe for all flyers, from the smallest
multi-rotor drone to passengers on commercial flights. The best way to do that
is for everyone to learn how to fly safely."
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Mr Shorer says Model Flying NZ is proud of its safety record.
“Our association's members have an enviable history of safety and responsible
behaviour when flying drones and model aircraft over many decades throughout New
“There have never been any deaths attributed to the
recreational use of multi-rotor drones anywhere in the world. While the
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) records reported drone ‘incidents’ we are not
aware of any significant accidents in New Zealand, and there are fewer
‘incidents’ reported for drones than for manned aircraft.”
“Model Flying NZ is keen to ensure that every new drone operator has access to
the help, assistance, knowledge and information needed to ensure that drones are
used in a safe and considerate manner. To this end, members of the
organisation are more than happy to assist."
has 79 affiliated clubs, and many have keen and highly experienced drone pilots
as members. For example, the
Helicopters Club in Auckland and the Wellington
Model Aeroplane Club have active programmes. Here’s a video
of model flyers in “action”. Other centres also have active clubs and
contact details are on our
For more information contact Model Flying New
Jonathan Shorer 027 225 1952
In Memory of Paul
Henry Lagan, 6 July 1941 – 6 November 2018
How to Safely Fly Your Drone
If you are operating a drone, you are a pilot and
therefore have a shared responsibility for the safety and security of everyone.
There are basic rules you must follow to ensure
you are flying your aircraft safely:
Welcome to Model
Flying New Zealand (MFNZ)
Model Flying New Zealand promotes and manages model aircraft flying in New
Zealand. We run national competitions, help modellers to
complete overseas, support fun fly-ins and rallies, develop safety guidelines,
produce a magazine (four times a year) called
Flying World, supply insurance for members,
encourage clubs and liaise with Government bodies, the Civil Aviation Authority,
Radio Frequency Services and other organisation. In short, we do our best to see
that you can fly your model in as safe environment as possible and enjoy this