Macdonald Memorial Award List of Recipients



Awarded for

L.H. Wright


Contribution to the pioneering of early Radio Control systems in New Zealand.

F.D. Bethwaite


Achievements of his achievements in the R/C field culminating in two world record for R/C sailplane flight.

F.D. Bethwaite


Representing NZ on the International Board of the FAI.

A.R. Rowe


Contribution to NZ Model Aviation and service on the NZMAA Council.

D.R. Kennedy


No Record

J Sheppard


Promoting Aeromodeling in NZ and overseas-Team Manager 1959 Wakefield and Nordic Teams in England- Representing NZ at the FAI meeting at Paris.

I.B. Barber


Development and experimentation of R/C gliders cumulating in setting a world record in R/C Glider Duration of 9 hours 4 minutes.

W. Cook


Establishment of the world respected Upper Hutt Bulletins providing plans, technical and general modelling information taken up by several overseas publications-representing NZ in three World championships-promotion of sport of NZ model aircraft generally.

P.H. Lagan


Noteworthy model flying achievements-administrative work-promoting model flying as a sport particularly pylon racing.

M. Dilly (U.K.)


Services towards NZ entries in World Championships acting a NZ representative and proxy flying NZ entries-NZ representation at FAI meetings in Paris-providing technical information to the NZ contest flyers.

G.H. Westland


Development of high performance control line engines- contribution to control line especially in the field of safety.



Founder and editor of the FONZ News for Free Flight-representing NZ in five NZ International teams-administrative work on the F/F Advisory Committee.

W.A.A. Manson


For work with young people fostering enthusiasm in the sport providing building and flying classes, and assistance at both National and International competitions.

M.R. Brider


For outstanding work as Editor of the NZMAA publication The Flyer’s World in the development and professional presentation of the magazine.

L.H. Dickens


Outstanding leadership and management as President of the NZMAA keeping the Association from folding due to lack of finances-establishing procedure manuals and missions and goals for the Association-introducing computer management systems for the Nationals.

B. Sutton


Outstanding administrative work as the NZMAA and Nationals Recording Officer.

G and P Mildenhall


Outstanding contribution as Editor and Assistance Editor of the NZMAA publication The Flyer’s World lifting its presentation and content to a world class publication.

M. Fairgray


Outstanding administrative work as NZMAA Secretary producing operating and training manuals for Council, Clubs and SIGS, holding training courses for various individuals and committees-work as organising Secretary of the annual National Competition.



For outstanding service to the NZMAA members as Liaison Officer for the National Competitions organising venues and permissions from the local land owners.

M. Race


For services as Editor of the NZMAA publication The Flyers World for a period of 8 years.

S. Belworthy


No Record

C. Murphy


Outstanding service to the Free Flight members establishing an International Competition series in the South Island-Editor of the FONZ News letter- contributing reports and articles on NZ Modelling activities to overseas publications-promotion of F/F within NZ and overseas.

John Malkin


No Record

A.J. Woodley


Administrative duties at Club level-fostering model aviation with teaching and instructing many modellers-promotion of safety at club level

Antony Gr


Administration services at Club, Regional and National level-Organiser of the 61st Nationals-principle organiser in the raising of funds to send a Club Junior to the International Junior F/F Champs.

Richard Tier


Outstanding administrative service as a founding member of his club-fostering and training new members-driving force behind the establishment of his clubs flying site and amenities-fostering events such as pylon, MANZ rallies and scale competitions.

Allen Lawrence


Outstanding service to his club as Secretary-represented NZMAA as Area Representative-competed in National and International competitions in C/L aerobatics and R/C Scale-fostering C/L flying-promoting aeromodeling with his willingness in helping and advising other modellers

Peter Salmond


Outstanding service in administration at Club level and as Area Representative for MFNZ
- organisation in raising funds to stage the Club display at the Wanaka Airshow and organisational duties connected with the display-promotion of model aviation at Club and MFNZ public displays at Wanaka Airshow
-fostering model aviation holding regular club "build nights" for young members
-participation at National and International Competitions.

Michael Taylor


Michael was selected for the following outstanding service and achievement:- National Administrative Service:- Michael was the principle researcher and compiler of the first 50 years history of the NZMAA National Competition which resulted in the publication of a book with Michael being recognised as a co-author. Michael is also compiling the history of the NZMAA for the years 1948 to 1978 documenting and collating a vast amount of material contained in the NZMAA archives and from other members of the Association. This is of significant importance to the NZMAA and its members the result of which will see a permanent record being retained for the Association. Club Administration:- Michael is documenting the AMAC Clubs records and has served on the committee for 20 years in positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Bulletin Editor and Committee Member. Outstanding Achievement:- Completing the history of the Nationals and completing a significent portion of the NZMAA History Project which is on going.

Dave Falconer


Dave has performed the following outstanding services for his Club and MFNZ membership. Administration Service: on Council in the position of president, Secretary and Treasurer on his club committee and principle organiser of the model presence at the International Wanaka Airshow. Competition: Contestant in several Trans Tasman events, South Island Radio Champion in the late 1960's. Fostering Model Aviation: Introduced model aviation at the International Wanake Airshow, arranged for a New Zealand aerobatic champion to display model flying at the show. This provided International exposure for the Association its members and model aviation in particular.

Don Robinson


Don has demonstrated the true meaning of dedication and encouragement to his chosen sport Control Line. He has performed outstanding service to the NZMAA and its members as Recording Officer from 1998 – 2002 and has served on the Control Line Special Interest Group for many years. His dedication in promotion and support to Control Line competition both in New Zealand and Nationally is well documented. He is the holder of the MFNZ gold badge presented as having represented New Zealand in 5 international F2B and F2C events He has had a long standing involvement in the organisation and management of the Trans-Tasman, National and Club competitions. He was instrumental in establishing the control line circles at Clareville and New Plymouth. He has served in various positions in his Club.

Graham Main


Graham has demonstrated the true meaning of dedication and encouragement to his chosen sport of model aircraft building and flying. He has performed outstanding service to the NZMAA and its members as Secretary of the Vintage SIG over a period of 14 years, Editor of AVANS for 12 years, promoted the sport of model flying with articles in the National Magazine Model Flyers world for a total of 14 years and serving as Contest Director at National events, all of which have been a major contribution to his chosen sport. Graham was a founder member of the Whangarei Model Aero Club, currently holding the position of Secretary, and has served in various committee positions in the club’s he has belonged to. Graham has participated in Scale, R/C, Free flight and Vintage events and has passed on his knowledge to others and provided initial training to many prospective fliers.

John Ensoll


John has been involved at all levels of model aviation both personally as a competitor flying in his chosen disciplines of Free Flight and Radio Control Soaring and at a management level on his Club Committee serving in all positions over the years. He has contributed to the wider aeromodelling community serving on various committees including the Soaring SIG, SIMAA administration team, National and International Team Manager and currently represents RC Modelling on the Airspace Users Safety Committee that oversees the activities of all air space users around Christchurch. John served on the organising committee responsible for the inaugural 1974 Trans-Tasman Radio Control competition. John was awarded the MFNZ gold badge for six or more team representations including the 1970 Trans-Tasman Free Flight Competition. John also holds several National and International records. His service as Editor of the MFNZ “The Model Flyers World” allowed him to foster and benefit model aviation which is recognised in various published promotional information and training material. He has been involved in youth activities such as schools, ATC and promoting model aviation at air shows. He has designed a wide variety of soaring models which were instrumental in providing an affordable way for many to enter thermal and slope soaring disciplines.

Jonathan Shorer


Jonathan has given outstanding service to the modelling community with his service as Area Representative for the lower North Island, service on Council as Area Representative, President and the Manager of the Nationals and continuing on in his present role as Secretary.
During his role as President he has written and reviewed many important documents including the Association Constitution, to modernise and standardise these documents. As Nationals Manager he has introduced new procedures to streamline the areas of administration and introduced a financing system which provided for the SIG’s to pay for their individual events costs. His commitment extended outside the duties as President as Team Manager for 4 NZ F3K and F3J world championship soaring teams, promoting MFNZ at many events and supported the new sport of drone racing organising drone racing at his own residence. His most noticeable service is representing the Association with the CAA and other aviation bodies to ensure that model aviation is represented and having a direct input on the many rule changes to ensure the existing rules concerning the operation of model aircraft were not compromised in any way.

Frazer Briggs


Frazer Briggs has been a promotor of RC modelling for 30 years. He has served on the IMAC and MFNZ Pattern SIG’s committees for 15 years and has been a strong leader in the organising of competitions and training sessions which have seen the numbers in both these organisations grow.

Frazer represented New Zealand in the 1994 and 2005 World Aerobatics Championships in F3A as well as being a member of the Trans-Tasman F3A team for the last 19 years. He has competed in the USA Tuscon Shoot Out for IMAC Large Model Aerobatics winning his class in 1999 and 2004. In New Zealand he has competed in the Nationals in a number of events where he has won many Championships.

His performance of free style aerobatics at major aviation events has done much to promote Model Aviation in New Zealand. In 1998 Frazer was awarded the Royal New Zealand Aeroclub “Notable Achievement Award” and in 2013 he was inducted into MFNZ Hall of Fame and was recognised as a worthy Ambassador for Model Flying New Zealand.

The Macdonald Memorial Award Trustees are pleased to endorse the nomination of Frazer for his support of his chosen sport, International exposure of model aviation and the encouragement, knowledge and experience he has passed on to the members of Model Flying New Zealand.

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