FC / 28 May 2021 / Taupo Fly-in

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FC / 28 May 2021 / Taupo Fly-in

#1 Post by VATNZ Events » Sat May 22, 2021 12:11 am

Friday Night Fly-ins
Taupo Fly-in
Friday 28th May 2021 1900-2200 NZST / 1700-2000 AEST / 0700-1000 UTC


Join us for the second May Fly-in at Taupo Aerodrome!

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 Taupo around then.

Located on the Central Plateu of the North Island, Taupo (NZAP) is a samll uncontrolled airfield located just to the south east of Taupo itself. It operates of a main 1386m long seal 17/35 and a 670m long grass 10/28 that is normally only approved for local operator use. Taupo is a major adventure aviation location with a number of sky-diving and heli-tour operaters. It also takes in commerical flights from Air NZ and Sounds Air along with plenty of GA activity with a popular cafe at the airport serving as a nice stopping over point for cross country trips.

Some nice short flights include departures from airfields like Turangi (NZTN), Rangitaiki (NZRK) and Rotorua (NZRO). Some longer options include the likes of Hamilton (NZHN), Napier (NZNR) and Palmerston North (NZPM). Taupo is fully IFR since it accepts commerical flights so another fantastic chance to bring out the GA IFR flying.

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.

Hastings is an uncontrolled airport with ATC provided by Bay Approach from 6500ft and above which will be staffed for the event.

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.

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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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