Thinking about visiting "down-under" this Summer or Fall (your seasons) and wondering when and where the most popular home-built aircraft fly-ins might be.  It would be great meeting fellow builders/flyers.


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Comment by Loren Otto on January 18, 2014 at 2:32am

Hey, I appreciate all your suggestions so far and yesterday got on-line to find out about airline travel way down-under.  It's quite a long trip and looks like departing from Colorado Sprimgs, to Salt Lake City, to Los Angeles, to Sydney and then to Christchurch would be about the quickest(?)  As far as I know now, my medical appointments in April limit me to April 11th to 22nd in NZ, but those two dates are arrival and departure dates in Christchurch.... along with the usual jet lag after arrival, yukk.  Jack suggested visiting Wanaka, which sounds like a gorgeous, scenic place.  And I'm sure there are many other places to see and things to do, as well.

I currently keep pretty busy building my CH701, but think a couple weeks vacation would be a great break.

Any other ideas from you guys are certainly appreciated.  I know it's almost 3 months, but time slips away and some travel plans should be arranged early  to avoid last minute rush.

Thanks, Loren

Comment by Chris Sinfield on January 17, 2014 at 7:30pm
There is a major fly in at Easter in Temora NSW Australia called Natfly 2014
It not bad
Mainly ultra lights and stuff Zenair Australai normly have a stand and display
Comment by Jock Struthers on January 16, 2014 at 3:31am

Well Loren if you are here in late April, then there will be the airshow at Wanaka - website below - starting April 18th.  Wanaka is a beautiful mountain area, not far from Queenstown and other southern attractions.  If you have a big cheque book, then warbird rides will be available on Easter Monday after the main show days.

It is possible that I will be working in China during April - yet to be confirmed.  If I am home I will be glad to see you in Blenheim. Keep in touch - my email: jstruthers(at)

Re Visa - USA is on the list of Visa Free countries and you will receive a visitor's visa on arrival

And yes my plane won the microlight section of the STOL competition, my lightweight test pilot got it off in just over 18 metrss but I beat him in - so overall he beat me by under a metre.  If he borrows my plane this time, I will insit he takes my diving weight belt with him to even up the weights - he's built like a jockey!

Comment by Loren Otto on January 16, 2014 at 2:48am

Hi Jack:

Thanks for your additional details about New Zealand's flying activities.  It appears that Summer time is a good time for those there.... as it typically is here in the U.S.  But I have a few limitations on taking a somewhat extended break from our Winter... even though it's pretty cold and snowy.  So, I'm thinking that the third week of April for possibly 10-12 days.  It takes a couple days to recover from jet lag for me but I can live with that occasionally.

I noticed that you placed very well in the STOL competition last year.  That would be an interesting event to attend, but since it's only a couple weeks away (and still in your summer) I doubt I could make it.  Do you know if I need a New Zealand visa as a U.S. citizen?  I can't remember if I had one back in 1971.  That could take some time to acquire, if necessary.

Actually, I think some local (regional?) scenic flyingj in a CH701 would be a great high-light of my visit there, with or without the "crowds".


Loren Otto

Comment by Jock Struthers on January 15, 2014 at 11:01pm

Hi - Also from New Zealand.  We have our annual STOL competition at Omaka Airfield Blenheim on Feb 1st  and there is an Easter airshow at Wanaka This airshow alternates each year with one at Omaka  These shows do not have the scale of Oshkosh, but wont disappoint.  As Deane indicates, we don't have the number of flyins as you do in the states, but there are a few, - ie

20-22 February. Flying NZ national Championships. Tauranga Host- Tauranga Aero Club. Info:

22-23 February. Weekend Eight. Mandeville. Tiger Moth AGM and Fly-in. Contact: Maeva Smith 03 208 9755. E:

7-9 March. SAA Sportavex and Golden Jubilee. Bridge Pa:Hastings. Contact: Adrienne Fillery. E:

 We have list of CH701 pilots who get together now and then - often at short notice as everything here is weather dependent - battling our hilly/mountainous terrain with 30knot headwinds (as at present) makes CH701  journeys an interesting experience!

Happy to see you if you visit  Marlborough wine country - where the Ferry from Wellington comes from to link the north and south islands

Jock - ZK ZMX

Comment by Loren Otto on January 14, 2014 at 6:13pm

Hi Deane:

Actually a huge fly-in (like Airventure, Oshkosh) is almost too much of a challenge  ;).

My first, and only visit down-under was back in 1971 during a group tour.  We spent a couple days in Christchurch, one night in Wellington, two nights in Rotorua and a couple in Auckland.  I was not able to see your "Alps" and I resolved to myself that New Zealand would definitely be worth visiting again.

If a one week or 10 day visit there in April or May could be arranged, that would be very interesting and worth looking forward to.  Meeting even a few fellow CH701 or 750 builders would be welcomed.


Comment by Deane Philip on January 13, 2014 at 1:13pm
hi from NZ we don't really have the big fly inns like you do in the Sates but there are a couple of events throughout the year and if you do make it to nz by all means contact me and I will take you flying I am In Christchurch of New Zealand but if you have some dates in mind I will research events for you also I think Australia may have a few larger events but not sure of times ect
Deane zk-JUG ch701

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