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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.



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.

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:


Spectacular Jet Action - video by Bruce Simpson - XJet

Announcement of where the next 2021 Nationals are being held:

Len Drabble, President of Model Flying New Zealand, has announced the situation of the 2021 Nationals. Quote "The Nats will be back at Carterton for 2021 on the following dates. Registration will be on Sunday the 3rd of January, Monday the 4th first day of competition and Friday the 8th will be prize giving as well as a rain day if required.

The following reasons have driven the decision:

Free Flight - the facility at Matamata is too far from the hub and becomes onerous for the competitors having to drive up to an hour each way.

Control Line- no hard circle facility at Matamata and a grass facility is off site and this requires control line to be in both New Plymouth and Matamata which I find is a big ask and expensive for those competing.

Soaring and Vintage - Currently no guaranteed site for either and depending on crops and the ability to even secure a site it seems we are always down to the wire in finding something suitable and from a Nats management point of view it is unacceptable.

Aerobatics - Can't get a NOTAM at Matamata above 900ft and with the active runway it becomes harder every time.

Scale and Pylon - No current issues.

Heli, FPV and Roto Cross - Carterton provides excellent venues for both of these disciplines within the show grounds area.

Jets - I have been in talks with a local who has access to an airstrip close by the show grounds. I am trying hard to get the strip for the whole week so we could also have a site for large models including jets or those who aren't competing on RC1. I will get Rene Redmond to come with me and check the surface and give me the thumbs up.


The ability to have 5 disciplines at the show grounds in full view for the public and people attending it, makes quite a spectacle.

Camping onsite with lots of shade and 10 times quieter than Matamata.

Indoor hall on site; no travel required.

Headquarters easily accessible for all.

Facilities for social functions on site.

Access to off site accommodation either motel or book a batch within 5 min drive either direction for those not wanting to camp.

Guaranteed flying sites for all disciplines confirmed now.

The ability to build the camaraderie we experienced at the 2020 Nats.

Meeting Rooms available for SIG meetings on site.

Easy access for all the hire equipment needed to run the Nats.

Lastly I have put my hand up to run the Nats at Carterton again. If we were going to Matamata I would not be available to do the same.

My objective is to make this the best attended Nationals by all the disciplines we currently administer and by making this decision now and setting the dates nobody can winge that they didn't have time to make arrangements to attend" End Quote.

The MFNZ Nationals are over for another year, thanks to all those who took part especially those that travelled large distances to compete.

And other thank yous go to Len Drabble for managing the running of the Nationals; Jonathan Shorer who ran the office along with his wife Gill. Thanks to the those who organised the SIGs and the Contest Directors. And congratulations to all the winners and those who took part.

Get the 2020 72nd Nationals results here. - View prizegiving pictures: here - View soaring pictures: here

The location of the next Nationals has yet to be decided. Matamata and Napier have been discussed (see above statement from the President of the MFNZ).

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