Kerry Conner (New Zealand)

Kerry Conner is based at NZMS, Masterton/Hood Airport, Masterton, New Zealand.

Kerry Conner with the WWI aircraft, Pfalz D.III

Hello, I am from New Zealand and own a flight training organisation specialising in taildragger training. The only aircraft I have for training ab-initio through to CPL are taildraggers. Available on-line we have a Piper Cub (100hp) no flaps, a Piper Pacer (160hp, 4 seat), a Cessna 180 and a Tiger Moth.

Flying Pfalz D.III being chased by an SE5a in this photo

I have over 3500 hours in taildraggers and love flying and teaching in them. Taildragger aircraft I have ratings in are all those mentioned above plus The Cessna 150 taildragger, Cessna185, Maule, De Havilland Chipmunk, Gardan GY-20, Jodell D11, Thatcher CX4, Percival Piston Provost, North American Harvard, World War I aircraft such as the Pfalz DIII, Fokker DR-1, Airco DH 5, Fokker DVII, and the SE5a. I have also flown a J3 Cub, DH90, Auster, Cessna Bird dog, Beech Staggerwing and the Thorpe T18. I have been flying since 1984 and have over 7500 total hours.

3 Taildraggers I use for flight training

I live and work out of a town in New Zealand called Masterton, which is home to “The Vintage Aviator Collection” of WWI aircraft, which I am very privileged to be a part of as a pilot and get to fly their unique aircraft in airshows.

I am also a member of the NZ Warbirds Assn, NZ Women in Aviation, AOPA and the NZ C180/185 group. 

If anyone wants to come to NZ for a holiday and needs a taildragger fix, please come and see me, it would be great to fly with other women who love taildraggers.  Find me at


Kerry Conner

Masterton, New Zealand

  • Gail
    Posted at 21:27h, 27 September Reply

    Hi Kerry,

    I’ll be looking forward to meeting you next March. My husband and I will be joining the Air Safari–in a 172 rented from the Nelson Aero club. At home we own and fly a Bücker, and anything else interesting we can get our hands on. Check youtube, search on 628BJ.


    • Kerry Conner
      Posted at 23:25h, 01 October Reply

      Hi Gail
      It would be great to catch up in March, I look forward to seeing you. Please come and find me, the safari starts right here on my home aerodrome, so I’m guessing you will be in town for a few days, so would be great to say hi.
      Regards Kerry

      • Gail
        Posted at 13:04h, 07 October Reply


        We will certainly be looking for you. We plan on getting to Masterton on Sunday. We’ll probably be a bit dazzled by all the stuff to do for the Safari but I’m sure we’ll find you at some point. We are really looking forward to this trip and having a fun time flying all around NZ.


  • Charlotte
    Posted at 11:57h, 24 September Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit and fly in NZ, even better to do so in taildraggers!

    • Kerry Conner
      Posted at 23:26h, 01 October Reply

      Hi Charlotte
      Yes, definately are the aircraft to fly – thats for sure. Please come and look me up if you come to visit.
      Regards Kerry

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