Strong Fly-In turnout delights organisers (+pix)

A wide variety of planes descended on the Ashburton Airport for the Great Plains Fly-In over the weekend.
Photos Heather Mackenzie

The skies of Ashburton were alive with the buzz of aeroplanes over the weekend, and the organisers of the event that brought them here were delighted with the turnout.

Nearly 70 planes from around New Zealand descended on the Ashburton Airport for the biennial Great Plains Fly-In.

“It went very well, the weather was great.

“It was probably the best one we have had so far and all the participants really enjoyed it,” Ashburton Aviation Museum secretary Warren Janett said.

“We all enjoyed it as well.

“We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t enjoy it and it is also a great fundraiser for us.”

Planes first started arriving last Friday, including a range of styles from planes based on 1930s designs to the cutting edge of flying technology.

“The change in the aircraft and the technology that has taken over in them is amazing compared to what was here when it started,” he said.

A group of planes took a scenic flight in convoy to Lake Heron on the Saturday, and polished off the night with a gala dinner with guest speaker Anna Lovatt talking about her experiences as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force.

– By Jaime Pitt-MacKay