Trust and Trustees

Classic Flyers NZ is owned by the Bay of Plenty Classic Aircraft Trust, a registered Charitable Trust.

Our aims are:

  • To Preserve Classic and Historic Aircraft and

  • To Support the retention of New Zealand’s aviation history.

The Trust strives to gather, protect and preserve aircraft and aviation memorabilia from bygone times – especially material with a Bay of Plenty or New Zealand connection.


Our Trustees and Executive Officers

Andrew Gormlie – Trustee and CEO

Andrew is a company director and a successful businessman. He is also a commercial pilot with rating on a large number of aircraft. He is a member of the Warbirds Association and part owner of several aircraft including a Harvard, CT4B Airtrainer, Boeing Stearman, Piper Cub, and a T28 Trojan. Andrew has lived in Mount Maunganui for the past 18 years.

David Eagles - Patron

David is also originally from England. His career started as a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot, mainly flying the MD F4 Phantom. David then became a test pilot, and participated in the test programme for the Tornado and the Eurofighter.  Until recently, David was  CEO of Pacific Aerospace Corporation in Hamilton, and is now an Aviation Consultant for McGregor and Co.

David Love - Chairman of the Board of Management

David is a recently retired Group Captain RAF, and has had a wide variety of appointments at senior level both in Service and civilian life, such as Chief of Security for Allied Command Europe in Belgium. David’s home is in Tauranga.

Jerry Cowper - Finance

Jerry took early retirement from a highly successful career in banking to run a business consultancy advising small to medium scale businesses on best business practice. Jerry has joined the board of Classic Flyers to offer his expertise to our charitable endeavours.

Ian White - Trustee

Ian brings to the board of trustees a wealth of knowledge, which has accumulated from running his successful building/construction business in Auckland for 25 years allowing early retirement.  His common sense and down-to-earth honest approach is much appreciated as a  catalyst for getting the job done.

Michelle Harrison - Trustee

Michelle was appointed as a Trustee in October 2015.  She has an extensive background in management accounting, human resources and leadership and has a BMS from Waikato University with an emphasis in strategic management. She brings a number of skills from her prior board experiences and her 25+ year career which has focused on supporting and advising businesses with up to 50 staff and the not-for profit sector.

Stewart Boys

Air Commodore Stewart Boys retired from the Royal New Zealand Air Force as one of the best aviators of modern times. Not only a skilled military pilot, he also has high level aviation knowledge that is invaluable to Classic Flyers in offering safe flying facilities to the public. With his knowledge of the Civil Aviation Authority he is an invaluable interface between Classic Flyers and the government authorities.
Norman Empson
Norman enjoyed a full career in communications in the RNZAF before moving to the police communications division and then on to a further career providing technical support to broadcasting.

A group of passionate individuals got together to achieve this dream of creating Classic Flyers to protect the rich and precious history of New Zealand aviation.

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