What is the Tauranga Aero Club?
The Tauranga Aero Club is an incorporated society, similar to a well established baseball team or football club. Although the club is run along commercial lines there are no shareholders and it does not exist to make a profit. The club is administered by a committee which is elected by the club members. The club owns three aircraft – a two seater trainer and two four seater cross country machines. It also has access to several other light aircraft through commercial agreements, including twin engined aircraft. The club rooms consist of the hangar, offices, briefing room, showers and kitchen facilities, fully licenced bar, and the club rooms themselves. Two full time flying instructors are employed by the club and are on duty seven days a week (we close Christmas day but are open the other 364 days of the year!)
The aero club movement was established shortly after WWII. At the time its charter was to “promote aviation to the wider public”. This still remains a foundation of the club charter today, although aviation is well established in today’s society and there is probably less need to promote the new, exciting, and slightly crazy fad of charging around the sky in biplanes. The club exists today to give access to aircraft at a reasonable cost to club members, as a social club, a commercial operation, to provide a career pathway for young instructors aspiring to an airline career, and to introduce as many people as possible to the joy of learning to fly.
Membership of the club is deep and varied. Many club members are private pilots, but there are also 30000+ hour topdressing pilots, active domestic and international airline pilots, retired 747 training captains, flying instructors, aircraft engineers, and all manner of aviation buffs. The bar is open on club nights every Friday and Sunday and you are welcome to come along and talk shop.
The Tauranga Aero Club is governed by an elected committee of club members. Elections for committee members are held annually at the club AGM. Voting rights are held by club members that hold full membership. The committee is governed by the club President.
The Chief Flying Instructor is the licence holder within the club responsible for direct oversight of day to day flight operations. The CFI is responsible for ensuring that operations at the club are at all times carried out in accordance with the Civil Aviation Rules and Advisory Circulars, as well as the Tauranga Aero Club Operations Manual
Maintenance is carried out by a third party maintenance organisation. Sunair Aviation Limited provides maintenance for all aircraft owned by the Tauranga Aero Club. Other aircraft used in flight operations are maintained by other third party maintenance organisations.
Ground facilities available for flight training at the Tauranga Aero Club consist of the following:
Main briefing room
Ground training and briefing is carried out in the briefing room at the Tauranga Aero Club. This briefing room is equipped with the following:
– Overhead projector and screen.
– Computer and powerpoint projector
– Cockpit panel layout.
– Model aircraft.
– Student desks and seating for 4 students.
Flight Simulator Room / Secondary Briefing Room
The Flight Simulator Room contains a large screen Microsoft Flightsim based computer, as well as desks, whiteboard, and reference material. This room may also be used for conducting briefings and ground training.
Internet, telephone, printing, copying, and EFTPOS facilities are available in the main reception and office area.
Reference library, Student Training Files, Operating Manuals, and other equipment are located in the Instructor’s Office.
The main hangar has sufficient space for up to six light aircraft. All rooms adjoin onto the hangar and access to the hangar is available from all of these rooms. Kitchen, shower and toilet facilities are available.
The Tauranga Aero Club clubrooms and decking area are licenced under the Sale of Liquor Act and contain a bar as well as a large area with desks and chairs. Seating capacity is up to approximately 100 people. The area is suitable for examinations.