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 Model 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 fun sport.

  MFNZ - the latest on COVID-19 (updated 2/10/2020).

New Zealand's Covid Alert Levels have changed. Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 while the rest of New Zealand goes to Alert Level 1.

We can go to the club to go flying during Alert Levels 1 and 2 but please follow this Government advice:

For Auckland flyers

Club meetings and gatherings of flyers at the field must not exceed 100 people in a defined space at any one time.

For all of us the advise remains

- Keep a 2 metre physical distance and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance.
- Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces
- Keep a record of where you have been, use the NZ COVID app
- If you have cold or flu like symptoms call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked

The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels.

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:



Aviation Safety Concern with Arducopter Pre 3.6.11 firmware.

Please be aware that there has been a recent accident due to loss of the flight controller which is believed to have been caused by ArduPilot causing the main processor to crash. Read more here.

Situations vacant

>> MFNZ Treasurer

A key role on the Council is that of Treasurer. All of the “book keeping” is done by the Membership Administrator using Xero. We need someone with an accounting background to provide the professional expertise to ensure that the accounts are properly managed. If you feel that you could undertake this job, please give me a call or drop me an email. The full job descriptions for the Council posts are here.


Rescheduled Events:
        The Once in a Lifetime Sale which was to be at the       end of May 2020, is now rescheduled for the 5/6th       June 2021.

Results of NZ Government Drone Survey released

Three government departments , CAA, MoT and MBIE have put their heads together and commissioned another survey to attempt to map out the use of drones in New Zealand. After an initial failed attempt in 2017 we had hoped they would do a little better this time. The results of the survey have been published. New Zealand Drone Research

The report is potentially more flawed than the previous attempt. MFNZ has analysed the research and submitted a paper to CAA with numerous questions and comments about the research.

MFNZ Drone Survey Questions

CAA has sent out a media release based on these results that stated that:

But about 2.5 out of every 10 recreational users were found to have very little or no idea about the rules they need to follow when they take to the skies and one in five recreational flights may have taken place in restricted airspace in breach of the rules.

This is a flawed statement based on a flawed survey. We have sent out our own media release in an attempt to counter the statement.

MFNZ Media Release

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