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 

David is a 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.

Lawrence Graham - Trustee

Laurie is now retired after a career working in the Animal health field in various roles.
He has also spent time in the glass industry, farming and property development.
Laurie is married and has a son and daughter and has lived in Cambridge for the past 30 years and now is a director on the Cambridge Rotary Club board.


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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