Delayed air show still attracts a big crowd

April 17, 2018

Echuca-based pilots Michael Jones and Adrian van der Sluys with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia executive director Benjamin Morgan and Deniliquin Aero Club president Darren Manzin.

Loop-de-loops, barrel rolls and synchronised flying left spectators in awe at the Deniliquin Aero Club’s special mini air show at Deniliquin Airport on Sunday.

It was originally scheduled to be held Saturday afternoon, but strong winds and a blanket of rain forced the Aero Club to cancel the event.

Conditions improved by Sunday morning, and all eyes turned to the sky as pilots involved in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia’s Freedom to Fly aerobatics team performed their tricks.

Saturday’s other planned events — musical performances, car and plane displays and the launch of a No. 7 Service Flying School opening — were unable to be rescheduled for the Sunday.

Despite the cancellations, Aero Club event organiser Ian McAtamney said it was still a great weekend.

He was delighted with the turnout for re-scheduled mini air show.

‘‘The only public events that went ahead as planned were the Aero Club dinner and Sky High Opera performance of The Barber of Seville (held in an airport hangar) organised by South West Music,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a great event planned but hope to run another event in the future to encourage flying and the use of the airport.

‘‘About 300 came out to the Deniliquin Airport to watch the air show.’’

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