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Wakatipu Aero Club finds new home in Kingston

December 23, 2017 Airport No Comments Email Email

The Wakatipu Aero Club (WAC) and Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) have reached an agreement to re-establish the Aero Club at a new home base in Kingston.

The Aero Club’s lease at Queenstown Airport expired in 2015 and both parties have been working together over the past 18 months to find a suitable long-term location for the Aero Club to re-establish its private flying and flight training activities.

WAC President Adrian Snow says that while it’s taken some time for the club to find the right location, his members are very happy with the end result.

“Both organisations have worked together constructively to re-establish the Wakatipu Aero Club and we’re looking forward to the success of the club at its new home in Kingston.

“Kingston now has a private, well-graded, full length grass airstrip and has recently gained resource consent to operate an airfield.  Our members across the Wakatipu Basin can access the airfield and it’s the perfect size for our operations.”

Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Colin Keel thanked Mr Snow and the Aero Club members for working with QAC to find the best solution.

“We respect the Aero Club’s proud aviation heritage, passion for flying and contribution to the region.  It’s been personally rewarding to help the club re-establish operations in Kingston at a time of sustained growth and a busier airspace at Queenstown Airport.”

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