Wakatipu Aero Club finds new home in Kingston

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Joint media release from Queenstown Airport and Wakatipu Aero Club

The Wakatipu Aero Club (WAC) and Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) have reached an agreement to re-establish the Aero Club at a new home base in Kingston.

The Aero Club’s lease at Queenstown Airport expired in 2015 and both parties have been working together over the past 18 months to find a suitable long-term location for the Aero Club to re-establish its private flying and flight training activities.

WAC President Adrian Snow says that while it’s taken some time for the club to find the right location, his members are very happy with the end result.

“Both organisations have worked together constructively to re-establish the Wakatipu Aero Club and we’re looking forward to the success of the club at its new home in Kingston.

“Kingston now has a private, well-graded, full length grass airstrip and has recently gained resource consent to operate an airfield.  Our members across the Wakatipu Basin can access the airfield and it’s the perfect size for our operations.”

Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel thanked Mr Snow and the Aero Club members for working with QAC to find the best solution.

“We respect the Aero Club’s proud aviation heritage, passion for flying and contribution to the region.  It’s been personally rewarding to help the club re-establish operations in Kingston at a time of sustained growth and a busier airspace at Queenstown Airport.”

More about Wakatipu Aero Club

The Wakatipu Aero Club was founded in 1970 and is owned by its members.  The Aero Club exists primarily to promote private flying, being a base from which members can fly aircraft operated by the club or their own aircraft.  It offers training towards private pilot license, commercial pilot license and flight instructor ratings.  It also offers a mountain flying course.