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The Nelson Aero Club was formed on 28 September 1932 and has had over 85 years of operation.  The Aero Club first operated from what is now Saxton Field and moved to the airport site in the late 1930’s, although activity ceased during the Second World War.  The club has occupied different buildings on the airport site until finally moving to the current hangar in February 1996.  The club has an excellent safety record and our aircraft are maintained within strict CAA requirements.

The Nelson Aero Club provides high level flight training in a friendly environment that welcomes pilots of all abilities.

The club offers flight training towards PPL and CPL licences including night ratings and type ratings on various aircraft. The club has a Young Eagles programme in place that helps introduce aviation to younger people, aged between 14-18. We also offer private hire in a variety of Cessna aircraft.

Nelson is regarded as the sunshine capital of New Zealand which means we get plenty of opportunity to fly throughout the year. See our website for more details or contact us directly through the links below.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Hanger 4
McLaren Drive
Nelson 7011

Postal Address:
PO Box 2185
STOKE 7041


(03) 547 9643


Sam Hopgood
Flight Instructor
[email protected]

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Monday to Sunday - 8am to 7pm

Nelson Aero Club Inc McLaren Drive

Nelson Aero Club Inc McLaren Drive, Nelson Airport, Nelson, New Zealand

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