Classic Cubs has been providing flight training and aircraft hire since 2007. It is our mission to provide quality flight training in classic Piper Cub aircraft. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is to train pilots wishing to extend their experience and broaden their horizons by flying tailwheel aircraft. 



Bill Henwood is the Managing Director and Chief Flying Instructor at Classic Cubs. He has had a life long interest in aircraft, reading most of the Biggles books as a lad. He would often spend rainy days at Paraparaumu airport (then the bad weather alternate for Wellingtons Rongotai Airport) watching F27 Friendship aircraft come and go. Bill also has a keen interest in photography, and combining the two passions has resulted in a large collection of NZ aircraft photos from the 70s and 80s. Those interests extended into a part-time photography business specialising in equestrian events (due to hours watching his two daughters ride!) and aerial photography, and then flight training in a Super Cub.

Bill currently works for a large NZ based airline as First Officer on the Boeing 787, an occupation that gives enough time to also keep a 1957 Piper Cub in good condition and flying often. Operations include taildragger training for pilots, BFRs  and private hire to suitably qualified pilots. Bill has amassed over 22,000 flying hours, in a range of aircraft from Jodel D9 single-seater, to most Piper and Cessna single-engine, Austers, DH-82 Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, Cub, Pawnee, Airtourer, Boeing Stearman, twin-engine GAF Nomad, Cessna 421, Piper Seneca and Navajo Chieftan, Embraer Banderante, Metroliner, Convair 580, Boeing 737, 787 and A320. Included is 5,000 hours instructing on most of the above types, except for the Boeings and Airbus. Bill has a current ‘B’ Cat instructor rating allowing him to conduct ab initio training, conversion training, mountain flying, aerobatic training, and BFR's. The wide range of aircraft type ratings allows him to conduct BFR's in our aircraft or yours.



Neroli Henwood is the Associate Managing Director and co-owner. Neroli has a wide range of life experience. She has worked in the horticultural, medical, veterinary and aviation industries in various capacities, and held a Private Pilots licence until the late 80’s. Neroli recently regained her Private Pilots Licence, having to resit the exams and a flight test after a layoff of some 24 years since originally holding a licence. Her 600+ flying hours has meant a speedy transition to taildragger flying. 

Bill and Neroli have two daughters who also have a keen interest in aviation. This means they all enjoy flying together and share a love of the family's Piper Cub ZK-BQV.



ZK-BQV, serial number 18-5546, was imported into New Zealand as a new aircraft in May 1957 by the Piper Agents, The Auckland Aero Club. It was originally fitted with a Continental C90 engine. BQV was delivered to its first owners, the Waipukurau Aero Club on 6th May 1957 and spent the next 7 years there until 1964. From there it was sold to the Patea Aero Club. Since then the aircraft has operated from Omaka, Gisborne and Taupo, before being purchased and operated from Ardmore, by Ardmore Taildraggers, then Taildragger Classics. In 1973 the engine was replaced with a 100 hp Continental O-200 which it still runs. BQV has been updated with mandatory equipment modifications, such as transponder, 406 MHz ELT and modern radios to enable it to fit into the modern ATC system, but otherwise is largely as it left the factory. The aircraft currently lives in a hangar at Te Kowhai, approximately 12nm north-west of HN.