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Wellington Aero Club celebrates 90th anniversary with an open day

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Spreading its wings in 1929, Wellington Aero Club is now celebrating 90 years in the heart of Wellington. Members of the club invite the public to join them in celebrations with an open day on Saturday 23 November - giving the opportunity to see aircraft up close, to view flying aircraft and see a demo from the Airport Fire Service.

With 90 years of history, you can imagine the transformation that the Wellington airport has been through in this time. In fact, the Wellington Aero Club founded the original Rongotai Airfield when it was just a big grassy paddock, well before it became the international airport we know today.

Staff and members are excited to open their doors to the greater public and share their enthusiasm for aviation. Andrew Sims, Chief Flight Instructor says, "It’s great to be able to celebrate this huge milestone and to be able to give our local community a chance to come and learn about aviation. We know there are lots of people out there that are really interested in light aircraft that won't have had a chance to see them up close and have a look inside, and lots of people that will be interested in seeing the airfield from a different perspective."

The event includes static displays from The Royal New Zealand Air Force, Sounds Air, Strikemaster 72, Life Flight and more. Members of the public will also have a chance to get behind the controls, with trial flights available for purchase at a discounted rate on the day.

The event is open from 10am till 3pm, entry by gold coin donation. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Find out more about this event and Wellington Aero Club at or find us on Facebook @WellingtonAeroClub

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