Soaring Saturdays – Autumn/Winter Series – Blenheim Model Aero Club

During the coming months we are holding ‘Soaring Saturdays’ again at the Waihopai Valley site – see directions below. These are aimed at promoting all types of r/c soaring for silent flight enthusiasts and will include discus launch (F3K) gliding, altitude limited electric soaring (ALES), aero-towing etc. 

These flying days are open to all local r/c pilots - whether you are an experienced flyer or just want to learn more about this aspect of our hobby.

The planned flying days are 25th Feb / 25th March / 29th April / 27th May / 24th June / 29th July and we usually start flying around 09.00 a.m.

If the weather is unsuitable on any of these days we will fly Sunday instead.

Any questions - contact Peter Deacon 


The flying site is at 1566 Waihopai Valley Road.  If travelling from Blenheim, take the SH6 westwards for 6km, just before entering Renwick turn left onto SH63.  After 2km, at Grove Mill Winery, turn left onto Waihopai Valley Road. After a further 15km cross the iron bridge over the Waihopai River and after approximately 100m turn right onto Quaildale Road. Follow the gravel track for approximately 400m then turn left through the field-gate opposite the woolshed. Follow the vehicle tracks going diagonally across the field to the gate at the far corner - go through the gate and turn left – the airstrip is straight ahead in the gap between the trees.

Blenheim Model Aero Club

Aerotow 30th January 2016





A Newsletter for Model Glider Enthusiasts and NDC Competitors

This is a newsletter aimed at encouraging and assisting model pilots to participate in soaring, particularly in the Marlborough area. It is not meant to replace the club’s regular bulletin, The Propwash, which covers the full range of club activities, rather it will concentrate on soaring and the Model Flying NZ organised National Decentralised Competitions. Currently there is a small group of enthusiasts in Marlborough who fly models in a variety of events including aerotowing, slope soaring and some of the NDC events and we would really like to see a greater participation, hence this newsletter.

As the editor, I do not profess to be an expert but I am an enthusiast. The newsletter will appear on a "now and then" basis at this stage and you can expect to see reports on events that have been held as well as photos and discussion of soaring activity in the area. I would welcome contributions from others which could include model reviews, build tips, photographs, suggestions, questions or jokes. As long as it’s relevant I’ll find a place for it. Feel free to comment as well - bouquets or brickbats, they are all helpful.          Contact me by e-mail:

September 2016 The Soaring Scene is now available for download

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Blenheim Model Aero Club 2009

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