Received this great entry for Loop, Roll and Win! from Tawhai Webby, age 11…. thought it a good note to share!

Click here to read about Loop, Roll and Win!              Click here to see the entries received to date.


There are some changes afoot for the radio control aerobatics classes and events in New Zealand! We flew to these new rules at our latest competition, and everything worked really well! We now need to make these changes official so we can fly our new events and use all these rules at the next National Championships.

So…. Have a read of all the new rules which are available for download here: http://www.nzrcaa.co.nz/downloads/ and scroll down to ‘official stuff’.

Here is a summary of the main changes:
– Sportsman Pattern renamed Clubman Pattern, Advanced Pattern renamed Masters Pattern – to avoid confusion with IMAC using the same class names.
– Introduce a new pattern class Expert between Clubman and Masters – this proved to be really popular at the last competition, and is a really nice sequence for those done with Clubman, but not yet ready for Masters.
– Introduce a new event ‘Classic pattern’ – for anyone with an old school pattern model, or use any design and blast around the sky!
– Some small changes to allow a bigger variety of models in Clubman.
– Normalising changed to match the new FAI method of normalisation.
– Changes to the calculation of NZ National Aerobatics Champion.

After you have had a read, please vote on these rule changes by emailing YES (I agree and want the new rules) or NO (I want things to stay as they were) to vote@nzrcaa.co.nz Please include your MFNZ membership number when you vote.

We are introducing all the changes as one remit – there are simply too many small changes to possibly list each change as a separate rule change.

Please vote by the 1st July 2018!


Loop, Roll and WIN! Click here to read all the details! The Aerobatics SIG is pleased to announce our latest competition. Simply go out with your favorite model, do a loop and roll during your flight, and then have someone take a picture of you and your model (or take a selfie!) and email us the picture! That’s it! The winner will be drawn at the Aerobatics AGM at the next Nationals. Click here to see the entries received to date.


NEW – Classic Pattern! Click here!


Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Radio Controlled Aerobatic Association. We are a Special Interest Group of Model Flying New Zealand and our role is to support and foster the growth of RC Aerobatics (both pattern – precision aerobatics, and IMAC – scale aerobatics) within New Zealand and on the international stage.  If you would like to find out more about how you can take part in this area of the hobby please read Starting Out.

As a group we will help anyone who shows an interest in aerobatics and feel free to show up to one of the comps listed on the right and say Hi. In the lower classes any plane will do as well as any flying ability is welcome. A .40 size model can win the basic classes. Come and give it a go.

If you would like to be placed on the North Island or South Island mailing lists please email Frazer: frazer@pbgsoftware.co.nz

While both pattern and IMAC involve flying aerobatics, the schedules and type of model required to fly at a top level are quite different. Pattern requires models of less than 2 meters wingspan and length, weighing less than 5kg. These typically do not look like full size aircraft, with the designs optimized over the years to perform the maneuvers required with great precision. IMAC on the other hand is best flown with a larger model, which must resemble a full size aerobatic aircraft – except for basic (the introductory class) where any model goes!