Flight training began in Ashburton in 1928. Later, in 1984, we became the Mid Canterbury Aero Club (MCAC) and we have successfully trained numerous private pilots and a number of commercial pilots, some of whom have gone on to fly both nationally and internationally.

"We are a small club, run by a dedicated committee, with volunteer support when required. We actively seek new members, both social and flying."

The Club utilises the services of B Cat Flying Instructors, supported by C Cat Instructors as required. All instructors hold full New Zealand Commercial Pilot Licences and Multi Engine Instrument Ratings and undergo annual competency assessments by an A Cat Flight Examiner. Training is predominantly in Piper PA28 aircraft, but we also utilise Cessna 150 and 172 on a regular basis. Other types of aircraft are also available to the club, such as Piper Cubs and twins and our instructors will be able to provide training to cover all your needs at recreational, private and commercial levels.

We are a small club, run by a dedicated committee, with volunteer support when required. We actively seek new members, both social and flying.

MCAC is a member of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club, which includes 50 other affiliated clubs, with whom we have reciprocal rights.

The club arranges frequent flyaways, strip flying & competition days. Our monthly club finish off with a shared meal. Our friendly bar and clubrooms are open Saturday & Sunday evenings. We keenly compete in the New Zealand Regional & National Championships every year, and try to "lift" a few of the trophies.

Name: Ian Begbie
Role: Club President
About: Has had 35 years as a member of the Club with 1300 flying hours & is now a life member. Was presented with a Community Award for all the improvements etc on the airfield.