The club has a busy calendar of events. You, your friends and family can enjoy camaraderie with fellow aviators of all levels of experience, and the freedom to explore another dimension – the sky.
The Events calendar can be found here. The events are also advertised in the CAC Weekly (email newsletter) and posted on the club’s Facebook and Instagram.
Held monthly at West Melton (WL) or Rangiora (RT), club days are a relaxed and fun opportunity to try different flying activities as a pilot or passenger. Anybody can have a go. It is not necessary to have a current licence; the flying is ‘dual’ with an instructor.
Each day has a theme, and some activities are structured as informal competitions for those who wish to measure their skills in events such as: precision landing, circuits (instrument or non-instrument), navigation, instrument flying or bombing (the only way you can legally throw something from an aircraft).
When not in the air you can hang out at the club house and talk shop or help out with ground judging. Either way you get to absorb tacit knowledge, and there is always a BBQ lunch.
Trips to an interesting destination are scheduled throughout the year. The premier event is the annual Mt Cook fly away, which is always booked out.
Fly aways cater to different interests and tastes for adventure. There are dawn raids, day trips, camping trips and multiday mini-air-safaris.
A number of members participate in the Flying NZ regional and national competitions. CAC has an outstanding record of success, but don’t be intimidated. Competition flying is a great way to improve your flying skills and airmanship in preparation for your PPL or BFR flight test.
There is a big social aspect too, as the team travels away together and meets fellow aviators and supporters from around the country.
Non-current aviators and lapsed club members meet from time to time for a morning of re-connecting with good company and flying with an instructor.
Like any good club, CAC has a number of social events throughout the year, ranging from pizza and beer nights, continuing education evening and airfield users’ safety briefings, to dinners with speakers, various celebrations such as BNL’s birthday, anniversaries and airfield Christmas parties.
The proximity of our rural hinterland and the generosity of our rural members lend themselves to a social day out and the opportunity to experience operating in and out of farm airstrips.
Individual Post-PPL Activities
At the club you have many opportunities to develop your skills as a recreational flyer or to progress to a professional aviation career. The club offers Type ratings, Tail-wheel rating, Constant speed unit (CSU) rating, Night VFR, Aerobatics, Formation flying, Mountain flying, Biennial Flight Review (BFR), CPL, Single pilot IFR, Instructor ratings and more.