Airfield hosting huge number of planes

tedBy Sue Newman
People in planes and people who are simply passionate about planes will be descending on Ashburton Airport from tomorrow, all in the name of the Great Plains Fly-In.
The event, running until February 6, is a biennial one for Ashburton and already more than 100 aircraft are registered to fly in from around New Zealand.
And while the numbers of aircraft already registered is hitting record levels, this is likely to increase as the weekend progresses, registration secretary Neil Stuckey said.
“A lot of people just leave it until the last minute to see what the weather is going to be like before they decide to come,’ he said.

Aircraft are likely to arrive tomorrow and Saturday, in readiness for the competitions and displays that will take place in the air and on the ground on Sunday and Monday.
The efforts of aircraft builders and competitors will be rewarded on Monday night when the awards dinner is held. Speaker at the dinner will be Keith Mitchell, who has had a lifetime involvement in the aviation industry.
While the airshow is about sport aircraft and homebuilt aircraft, the museum team will be taking the opportunity to wheel out their most recent restoration effort, the Harrier GR3. One of its former pilots, Squadron Leaader Sean Perritt, will be on hand to share his experiences as a pilot in the Royal Air Force.