First the Marlborough Aero Club who own the Omaka airfield, then a quick and sometimes bumpy flight down to Rangiora for lunch with the Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club members. I took their President's advice to stay there - a wise move as a strong NW gale kicked in later and buffeted the place all night.
Next day I dropped into my friend's farm at Barrhill for a chat, then flew on to have lunch with the founders of the Ashburton Aviation Pioneers. The club's 2 microlight aircraft are based at the Ashburton airport, but I was keen to drop into the Vincent's delightful Lismore farm strip. Finally an afternoon at Timaru with the South Canterbury Aero Club. People kept turning up to check out the GP One, so I spent half the next day there as well.
Everyone who looked over the GP One commented favourably on its looks, build quality and user-friendly layout. The questions most people asked centred on its performance, economy, purchase price and servicing costs - they were pleasantly surprised by the answers. Whenever I've taken an instructor up for a demo flight they have been impressed with how suitable it would be for flight training.
Hopefully these clubs will decide to order a GP One and take advantage of this modern light sport aircraft to boost their club's activity.