FC / 16 Apr 2021 / Rangiora Fly-in

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FC / 16 Apr 2021 / Rangiora Fly-in

#1 Post by VATNZ Events » Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:11 am

Friday Night Fly-ins
Rangiora Fly-in
Friday 16th April 2021 1900-2200 NZST / 1700-2000 AEST / 0700-1000 UTC

Friday Fly-ins is now moving to weekly with the first Fly-in being Rangiora Airport!

Friday Night Fly-Ins are designed to bring the experience of a General Aviation fly-in to VATSIM. While we can't simulate the fun that fly-in's provide once you arrive, we can certainly provide the fun experience of actually flying in.

These events will be moving around airports in NZ and could be Controlled and Un-controlled airports but the flying is primarly focused on VFR flying.

Fly-in time is scheduled for 8:30pm NZ time, (0830 UTC) so plan to arrive at Rangiora around then.

Located 12 nautical miles north of Christchurch, Rangiora (NZRT) is a small grass airport that serves as a popular GA and training base for the Christchurch area. Operating off grass runways 07/25, 10/28 and 04/22 ranging from 1180m to 515m in length, Rangiora is located in an MBZ just north of Christchurch and is home to one of the three Cantebury Aero Club bases and a large number of private GA aircraft.

There are a ton of short flight options in the area ranging from just a few minutes from Christchurch (NZCH), Forest Field (NZFF) or West Melton (NZWL), to some longer options such as Kaikoura (NZKI) or Ashburton (NZAS). If you want the IFR option you would need to fly into Christchurch IFR and then break off VFR to Rangiora.

After arriving, be sure to stick around to watch and listen to the other traffic coming in and out for the airport for the event, then why not pick a different airport to depart to and enjoy the fantastic scenery the area has to offer.


ATC for Core positions will be rostered on by the Events Director for Friday Fly-in events.

This decision was made due to the high interest in controlling and limited positions available.

To apply please use the applications tab above. Applications will close at the end of the Tuesday before the event.

Core positions will be the positions listed below on this page.

Rangiora is an uncontrolled airfield up to 2500ft where Christchurch Approach takes over. Expect both Christchurch Approach and Tower to be online. Position reports will be on 122.8 at Rangiora

Rostered ATC
The controller positions for this event are being rostered by the event organisers.
You can apply to provide ATC via the VATNZ Website.

Flight Bookings
We encourage pilots to book your intention to fly using vroute.
These bookings display on the VATNZ website and allow others to know when and where to expect pilots and controllers to be online.

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For more information, including airport charts and position details, check out the event page.

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