Lake Forsyth, 2020



The year 2020 will be one to remember for all the wrong reasons and one which most of us will want to put behind us. All the planning for the 2020 Lake Forsyth Float & Field fly-in was based on Level 1 and when Auckland sent us into Level 2 we thought we were sunk.

Christchurch Radio Fliers finally managed to get permission to hold the event under Level 2 conditions with thanks to the City Council and MFNZ. We were forced to adhere to government regulations which required a maximum of 100 people at the site. We were compelled, therefore, not to admit spectators nor members of the public. Most people were very understanding and wished us well. Pilots had to pre-register so that we could get an understanding of numbers and then to register at the site. We had a QR code as well as a NOTAM, RPAS certificate, approval letters, Health and Safety plan etc.

Camping was still permitted and many fliers took advantage of this. We had pilots from Nelson as well as Dunedin and Gore; even a flier from West Auckland who had been in the South Island since before the latest lockdown and was on his way home. Without the public, there was a different vibe to the event, but more time for pilots to mingle and more space for parking.

Excellent weather on Friday and on Saturday morning helped many aircraft get into the air, especially off a glass-smooth Lake Forsyth. A nor-wester then developed from lunchtime onwards which made for some interesting cross-wind landings. As usual, a wide variety of models including jets, warbirds, gliders, helicopters, foamie wings, World War 1 and vintage types were in evidence. This creates plenty of interest and our guest judge, Dave Johnston, took some time wandering around the pits and watching models in the air before he could make the difficult decision of the Best Overall model. This year that award went to Mike Kingsbury from Ashburton for his magnificently detailed Harvard.

The general conscensus was that this year’s Lake Forsyth event was successful and a great opportunity to have fun flying and to enjoy each others company. There were 61 registered pilots, slightly down on previous years, but this is to be expected in a year where a nasty virus has dominated the news. The local club thanks all those who made the effort to come along and to Mark Brown for his rolling of the strip and the large team of helpers who made the event possible.


Awards went to:

Pilots’ Choice Best LANDPLANE: 12’ Telemaster (Craig McNab)
Pilots’ Choice Best FLOATPLANE: Kingfisher (Sean McCurrie)

Pilots’ Choice Best HELICOPTER: Goblin (Glenn Anderson)
Best Overall: Harvard (Mike Kingsbury)
Oldest Flier: Donald Brown (84)
Youngest Flier: Michael Knott (16)



UNDER COVID-19 LEVEL TWO:   Pre-registered fliers only. No spectators

We are going ahead with our annual fly-in at Lake Forsyth, but restricting attendees to registered fliers (MFNZ Wings) only in order to keep the number below 100, as per government guidelines. There will not be room for public and non-fliers.

If you wish to attend you will need to pre-register with Peter Hewson (, or 0220884766) before Thursday evening, 27 August. Send your name, cell phone number and MFNZ number. Registration will be completed at the site. Fees are $20 for the weekend. Pilots get free tea and coffee and there will be food and drinks available for purchase. If you wish to camp at the site the City Council require that your camper is self-contained. We will have toilets at the site too.

We have a QR code for the event to aid with contact tracing, so you might like to download the app. to your phone if you have not already done so.


We will be back to almost normal with entry to public and others, less concern about social distancing etc.


Event is cancelled.

Lake Forsyth Float & Field Fly-in

Lake Forsyth Float & Field Fly-in

Yes folks. The annual two day fun fly-in is still on at Lake Forsyth this year.

29-30 August, 9:00 – 1600 both days. NOTAM is to 1200 feet. CCC have given approval for the event providing we stick with the government regulations around COVID-19. If the country slips back to Level 2, however, we will not be including public or spectators.

Registration is $20 for the weekend. Look forward to seeing all you fliers.

Weather information

Weather station

  1. Go to Weather underground


Burnham Elev 184 ft, 43.62 °S, 172.32 °E

  1. Then select Wundermap (Shows all the private weather stations in Canterbury)
  2. Zoom in to find the Burnham weather station (Station ID: IBURNHAM6)

Gives temp, wind direction & speed in mph, dew point, precipitation in inches, pressure in inches, humidity, daily precipitation, visibility in miles

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