Model aircraft group taking flight in Te Anau

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2014
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AIRBORNE: Plane enthusiasts Max Harrington, left, and Sam Sadler check out a model aircraft being flown by Te Anau pilot Adam Butcher.

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A club has been formed in Te Anau to help people fly model aeroplanes.

Pilot Adam Butcher and Te Anau Lodge manager George Garden share a passion for aviation, which resulted in the formation of the Fiordland Cloudbusters Model Aircraft Club. Mr Butcher, who also works for Te Anau Lodge, flies the De Havilland Dominie, a 1943-built passenger airliner, for Airscapade Affairs. which takes people on scenic flights.

Mr Garden was keen to learn how to fly a radio-controlled model plane and Mr Butcher started helping him before they discovered other people in the area also had an interest in learning.

The club was then formed and now has 15 to 20 members. The club used the Te Anau Lodge grounds to fly the aeroplanes, but was looking at an alternative site on the waterfront where anyone could bring a model plane, yacht or car they were passionate about. The club's aim was to bring together people passionate about model aircraft and encourage family participation.

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