Model Aviation Northland INC

We are enthusiastic model flyers.

Join us in our hobby.


About us

A group of likeminded aero modellers. The focus of which is to create an environment in which family values and the more traditional skills associated with the hobby / sport of aero modelling are respected, fostered and encouraged.



Our Projects, here we would like to show you what our club members are up to.




During the years we were able to host a number of successful events.

Come and see our next events.


Functional requirements:


  • Visual images every 20 minutes from up and down the runway

  • Environmental data collected every 10 minutes

    • Wind speed

    • Wind direction

    • Rain data

    • Luminosity

    • Humidity

    • Temperature

  • Additional sensor data (optional)

    • electric fence status

    • Gate status

    • Tarmac temperature

  • Website for Members only providing current data (no history is kept)

  • Mast mounting on top of roof




Non Functional requirements


  • Data to be send via 4G network to server

  • System is self rebooting after power outage

  • Minimal maintenance requirements

  • Weather station and electronic box is robust for Whangarei weather




Out of Scope:


  • Solar powered station






  • The system will be powered by 12V connected to mains plug

  • Constant power at Piggery

  • 4G network coverage at Piggery (confirmed)






After some research an Arduino based controller was selected. For flexibility, an enhanced version of the Arduino MEGA 2560 was selected together with a CC3000 Wifi Shield for wireless connection.









Following further components have been selected:





The data and images will be captured by the Arduino through the respective sensors. The image data will be stored onto the SD card on the Wifi shield. After successfully storing the images, they will be uploaded onto the webpage storage. The existing files will be constantly overwritten, no history is kept.


The sensor data will be directly send to the server database.


The website will refresh automatically with the latest images and sensor data to be displayed







  • Arduino MEGA 2560

  • CC3000 Wifi Shield

  • WeatherPiArduino

  • Weather Rack

  • Sparkfun TSL2561 Luminosity sensor

  • ADAFruit HTU21D-F Humidity / Temp sensor

  • 2x Arducam mini 5MP






Thank you to our sponsors, who help to keep the club alive and support us with donations.

Our Main Sponsor


Many thanks for allowing us to be on your land, a true community minded company.

We are all proud supporters of the Northland Emergency Services Trust, our vital community owned Rescue Helicopter Service.

Please also join us in supporting this incredibly valuable organization. 

Just follow the link to the "NEST"  website for further information how you can also give your support.

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