Aero club buoyed by global support
South Waikato Model Aero Club president Bruce Simpson has been inundated with support from all over the globe.
Last week the club was banned from using the Tokoroa Airport by the South Waikato District Council until it gets clearance from Model Flying NZ (MFNZ) and the Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA). This comes amidst reports from MFNZ that club members were flying their models dangerously at the airfield, although according to Mr Simpson, those claims are untrue. South Waikato News received hundreds of comments from international fans of the club on the paper’s Facebook page and letters of support were sent via email. South Waikato News conducted a poll on our Facebook page asking if SWDC was right to ban the club from the airport. An overwhelming 675 people voted no with only seven voting in favour.
‘‘ As you have seen by the comments, emails and poll results, Tokoroa has already attracted the interest of RC modelers all over the world,’’ Mr Simpson said.
Although the club is still banned from the airfield, it has made a few changes from within. ‘‘Nothing much has changed with the situation between SWMAC and SWDC except that the SWMAC is about to become an incorporated society to be known as SWIM ( South Waikato International Modelers).’’
As well as an overwhelming chorus of support globally, thousands of dollars have already been pledged from overseas model fliers towards the creation of a facility in Tokoroa.
‘‘We’re now hoping that the SWDC will seize this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a world-class recreational centre that attracts regular visitors from around the nation and around the world, while also giving every man, woman and child in the district a place to enjoy a wide range of very affordable hobbies and other activities in a safe environment.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put Tokoroa back on the map as a global Mecca for thousands of RC modellers,‘‘ Mr Simpson said.
STILL GROUNDED: South Waikato Model Aero Club still grounded.