Our past supports the future

of New Zealand aviation.


The NZ Aeronautical Trust ensures the significant 

development of New Zealand aviation.


In October 1915 Vivian and Leo Walsh, with support from Rueben Dexter, formed the New Zealand Flying School to train pilots. These men helped to lay the foundation for both military and civil aviation in New Zealand.

In 1952 the Auckland Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, recognising that no lasting monument to Leo and Vivian Walsh had been established, set up an incorporated Society known as the Walsh Memorial Air Pageant Organisation. The purpose of which was to promote avenues whereby the names of Leo and Vivian Walsh would be perpetuated and their contribution to New Zealand’s aviation history suitably recognised.

Thank you NZ Aeronautical Trust, I have been able to finish my work on the theory of laminer flow.
— Geoff Lamb, Yamaha Aeromotive
We have been able to achieve what we set out to do with our sponsorship.
— Jane White, Engineer
We have been able to look at the new materials that give our drone more airtime.
— John Walsh, Aerodrone
Our team has been able to achieve so much more. We will push the envelope even further. Thank you.
— Fletcher McKenzie, The Icarus Institute