Lake Forsyth Flyin, 2019

Flyin 2019

This is one of the largest RC model flying events in the country. We typically get 80-90 pilots attending and many more models. The event is over two days and there is camping available, but it is advised that you have self-contained accommodation on site. The area is a CCC park and reserve and so we need to obey local bylaws concerning the way we use the site, including care with rubbish, local wildlife, no dogs, health and safety etc. We run the event primarily for the enjoyment of the fliers and we ask that they have their MFNZ Wings badges and current membership to cover things such as safety and insurance. Public are welcome, but we do not advertise the event in the wider community, largely because we do not want it to become too big.

There are four flight lines operating – land line, float line, helicopter and 3-D areas. A NOTAM is in place up to 1,000 feet.

Pilots need to vouch for the safety of their aircraft and we cater for all types of models at the event and require pilots to fly at the appropriate flight line, please.

February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

The first newsletter for 2019 is out, another year of flying ahead.

November 2018 Newsletter.

November 2018 Newsletter.

The last newsletter for 2018 is just off the press, find it on the downloads page or click the thumbnail below.

August-September Newsletter for 2018

August-September Newsletter for 2018

The August September newsletter for 2018 is on the downloads page, or click the thumbnail below to grab a copy.

Lake Forsyth 2018, another great year.

It just goes to show that you can’t second-guess the weather! Lake Forsyth, outside Christchurch ,continues to attract many fliers and public to one of the largest events of its type in the country, even if the weather gods did not smile on Saturday morning. Once the cold Southerly had blown through the weather settled by lunchtime and the planes came out in ever increasing droves – racing drones, float planes, jets, World War 1 types, warbirds, foamies, helicopters. There was something for everyone.

The local club, Christchurch Radio Fliers, had to layout, mow and roll a new strip because the lake level was very high the week before and was flooding some of the low-lying patches. Then a few days before the fly-in the authorities opened the outlet and let the lake level down. On the plus side there was more area for car parking.

We had the largest collection of camper vans etc there has been and quite a small village had assembled by the Friday night. Some even stayed through the Monday too. Much fun was had with the foamies, drones and FPV outside of the official event event times.

Sunday was brilliant and it was great seeing all four flight lines getting a lot of work. Pilots had come from as far away as Wellington and Invercargill, but most were local or Canterbury based. There were 72 pilots register in all. Hangar One came to the party with sponsorship of the lucky number registration prize, as did Ferntech, the DJI drone specialists, so there were plenty of raffle draws.

There were too many highlights to distinguish specific aircraft, but the flying skills shown by Richard Race and Alex Hewson with their large, aerobatic machines with smokers on full blow, drew much applause.

Awards went to:

Pilots’ Choice Best LANDPLANE: Hellcat (Mark Brown)
Pilots’ Choice Best FLOATPLANE: Hangar 9 Cub ( Ben Carmine)
Pilots’ Choice Best HELICOPTER: AS350 Squirrel
Best Overall: BE2C (Donald Brown)
Oldest Flier: Donald Brown (83)
Youngest Flier: Ryan Chisholm (9)