Welcome to North Shore Model Aero Club (NSMAC)
The club has been in existence for over 50 years and was initially based in Takapuna, flying out of the Barrys Point. Since then, we have been lucky to have the use of a part of Holdaway's farm in Green Road, Dairy Flat. This land is now owned by the Council and leased to a farmer. Although we don’t enjoy a secure tenure, we are nevertheless recognized as long-established park users and have an excellent relationship with both the farmer and the Council.
The flying field sits in an extremely attractive rural environment offering a flying venue second to none - in our completely partial view. But, more than that, the Club is proud of its relaxed, laid back and friendly approach to Club life. We enjoy each other’s company, help each other and, of course, we all love planes, modeling and flying.
Although our grass runway can occasionally be walked over by large hairy animals, it is maintained to a high standard suitable for all types and sizes of models. The runway is approximately 110m long.
Flying is mainly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am and Wednesday evening Club meets will be held over the Summer months. Fixed wing flying is mainly Sunday, but heli and fixed wing flying is carried out in separate parts of the field. Therefore, both can operate safely alongside one another throughout the weekend. Club members can use the field 7 days a week during daylight as long as they observe NZMAA and CAA rules. In particular, because we are less than 4 km from the Dairy Flat airfield, pilots are expected to have an observer and to fly under 400 feet. The Club has an excellent safety record.
The club is very proactive in limiting noise pollution and follows very strict model flying new Zealand guide lines, we have established no fly area's that limit the amount of noise to surrounding neighbor's.
We have an all-weather driveway that allows us to operate through the Winter months, barring prolonged wet weather when ground conditions can become unpleasant enough to deter all except the hardiest. We have constructed a Winter parking area adjacent to the flying field. If you are planning on visiting, you are welcome to stop by. We even have a toilet for your convenience. In addition, we have a tiny clubhouse – well let’s be honest – an aging shed, for our gear and limited shelter. We also sport a container that houses equipment including our own sit-on mower. There are picnic tables in the pit area to enable round table chats. Members are each issued with a key to access the main gate on Green Road.
The club has a growing membership, currently in excess of 100 and of all ages. New fliers are always welcome and we offer free training using the Club’s buddy boxes.
We fly mostly RC (remote control) - sports, pattern, scale, gliders, helicopters and (becoming quite popular) quadcopters.
A typical nice summer’s Club day would see at least 20+ cars at the field.