Hamilton Branch AGM & Branch Meeting

31 May 2017

Hamilton Branch, New Zealand


Thanks to those (15) who attended last month's meeting, when Neil McHugh (SAA) gave us a very informative talk on how he built his kit-set aeroplane. A Just a/c Highlander (ZK-MCQ), a fine looking a/c in a very attractive red/silver paint scheme, with a finish and detail that is a credit to his workmanship. So thanks Neil for a great talk from a first time builder, and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

On Sunday 14th May (Mother's Day) Gina and I went to the SAA Fly-in at John Hansen's strip Te Awamutu, where 4 a/c plus one helicopter flew in and enjoyed a lovely sunny day over a shared lunch and a chat about who was building what and where. Two Jodel's (ZK-KSD) Gary Williams/Otorohanga, and (ZK_MMB) Murray Belfield/Tokoroa were there, along with Cessna 172M (ZK_FGV) John Lissington/Otorohanga and Zenith Zenair CH701 SP (ZK_ESY) Adrian Van der Hulst/Te Awamutu. Supporting the rotary craft was Safari 400 (ZK_HXJ) Bruce Belfield/Te Awamutu, Murray's son. And of course our host with his very own Hansen Deuce (ZK_JFH) which won John 3 prizes at a recent SAA Fly-in down in Ashburton. Yours truly kindly accepted a short flight in this a/c and was suitably impressed with the performance of this well engineered homebuilt, so a credit to John's build, and thank you, much appreciated my learned friend. I've conned Bruce into giving us a talk in the near future.

Mark your calendars for Sunday 4th/June for the Warbirds D-Day Open Day at Ardmore, from 10am-4pm, with flying displays at 11.30am and 1.30pm, cost $20/hd.


A reminder that payment of subs (still only $25/yr, $30 1st year for new members) are due.

Can you please make sure, especially if you are paying on-line, that you include your name with the payment (in the reference or particulars section) and what the payment is for.

Bank Account number 06-0317-0224109-00.

Cheques are payable to the RAeS Ham/Branch.


W.F.JONES Vice-Chmn mobile 027-307-5308

Brian Sunderland Hon/Sec-Treasurer RAeS, Hamilton Branch.


E-mail: tribrimaxnet.co.nz Ph.no. (07) 843-8308 mobile 0211303379

Website: http://www.raes.org.nz/home

Speaker Details

Graham Lister

This covers his part in the NZ Police Operation Overdue to manage the recovery of the bodies of the passengers and crew from Flight TE901 which was lost in Antarctica on 28th/Nov 1979. Graham was assigned to Operation Overdue as Air NZ Liaison, where his background in air freight and his many industry contacts proved useful. Although Graham didn't get to Antarctica himself, he was awarded the NZ Special Services Medal (Erebus) in 2007 for the part he played in NZ. In compiling his material on Erebus, Graham has formed a view on the facts and the many opinions which were written about the accident. Some of these materials were acquired from the estate of the late Ross MacPherson, the former Editor of “NZ Wings”. Graham's talk will be aided by a PowerPoint presentation.


Hamilton Branch, New Zealand

Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton