Flying NZ began over 80 years ago under a Royal Charter as the Royal New Zealand Aero Club Inc. (RNZAC). It is the umbrella organisation for many sport and recreational flying organisations in New Zealand.

Flying NZ consists of an Executive body elected from member clubs throughout New Zealand.  We participate in the rule and regulation-making process with CAA (through ACAG), as well as in other areas, on behalf of member Clubs and the wider General Aviation community.

Flying NZ is the New Zealand representative of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), and is the National Airsport Control for New Zealand.

We are dedicated to promoting the highest possible standard of flight training and practice for recreational aviation.

Flying NZ runs seminars for Club instructors, promotes safety to Club members, as well as providing assistance to its member Clubs on all manner of topics. Regional, National, and International flying competitions are held on an annual basis.

Our focus is increasing awareness and participation in flying for sport and recreation in New Zealand.


  1. Advocacy for member clubs with other industry bodies (CAA, local councils, other operators etc). Some examples include:
    • Objecting to proposed changes to cost sharing and trial flight rules (in progress)
    • Advocating for the DL9 medical for PPL (success ✔)
    • Objecting to proposed airspace restrictions for RPAS operations (success ✔)
    • Advocating with an airport operator regarding non-standard operations causing operational risk for members (success ✔)
    • Responding to an RMA application impacting members at a regional aerodrome (success ✔)
    • Clarifications with CAA regarding Lycoming maintenance requirements during Covid lockdowns (success ✔)
  2. Advertising for member aero clubs via this website (check out the banner at the top)
  3. The Pilot Proficiency scheme, encouraging and recognising increasing experience and skill
  4. Our Young Eagles Youth Programme, including merchandise and support materials. Run by, and for, Clubs, to promote aviation to young people
  5. Annual Flying NZ Scholarship Programme for Young Eagles members and supported by the aviation industry!
  6. Annual member's conference (held alongside our AGM)
  7. We are a Part 149 certified Recreational Aviation Organisation for microlight operations (at no extra cost for Flying NZ club pilots, once certificates have been issued!)
  8. The FAI representative for NZ, including internationally-recognised sporting licences and awards scheme
  9. Our periodic newsletter with updates from Flying NZ and around the country
  10. Competitions!
  11. Member of the CAA's ACAG group (helping to set CAA's priorities)
  12. Member of the NZ Aviation Federation which also advocates for General Aviation (Flying NZ rep is the Vice President of the NZAF!)
  13. Flying NZ awards scheme for recognising contributions to safety and service
  14. Access to employer advice and support through the EMA

... and more!

Want your members to enjoy these benefits and more? Contact us to have a discussion. We'd love to have a chat!

Flying NZ is an Incorporated Society, where the Aero Clubs are the members. We are here to support our member clubs.

The original 1928 RNZAC logo

In 2005 the RNZAC Executive re branded the RNZAC as Flying New Zealand to better reflect its commitment as an all embracing body for Sport Aviation in New Zealand.