Bird’s-eye view on of­fer

AgLife - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

T he dra­matic land­scapes of the Wim­mera and Mallee have long held an at­trac­tion for peo­ple in pur­suit of wide-open spa­ces, and that is cer­tainly the case for fly­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The vast hori­zon ex­tend­ing from the Grampians can be awe-in­spir­ing when given the op­por­tu­nity of a bird’s eye view, and one of the pri­mary rea­sons why the re­gion has had the op­por­tu­nity to host state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional glid­ing championships. Peo­ple from around the world want to come to the re­gion to see it from the air.

One of the best times to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence is dur­ing the gen­er­ally mild changeover from sum­mer to au­tumn, es­pe­cially when com­bined with one of the big­gest events on the Wim­mera cal­en­dar.

Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days has de­vel­oped a part­ner­ship with Grampians Heli­copters to al­low pa­trons to ex­tend their ex­pe­ri­ence to the air.

A view from the air, while amaz­ing in its own right, also pro­vides a rare op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to gain in­sight in the scope of the field days and how it has ex­panded at its Wim­mera Events Cen­tre site at Lon­gerenong.

Grampians Heli­copters is a grow­ing Stawell-based busi­ness help­ing spread the word about unique ways of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Wim­mera.

While the busi­ness has been swoop­ing into some of the re­gion’s rare and iconic lo­ca­tions for ex­cited pas­sen­gers, the Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days did some swoop­ing of its own in en­cour­ag­ing the busi­ness to be part of the March event.

Field days man­ager Mur­ray Wil­son said part of the back­bone of the field days was the op­por­tu­nity they pro­vided for new busi­nesses.

“It al­lows them to ex­ploit ma­jor ex­po­sure and high-vol­ume busi­ness trade over three busy days,” he said.

Grampians Heli­copters has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of re­gional vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike, es­pe­cially with its wine-tour drop-in, fly-out tours of the Grampians.

Grampians Heli­copters’ Jus­tine Ne­ofi­tou said the field days pro­vided the fledg­ling busi­ness with ‘fan­tas­tic’ ex­po­sure.

“Justin our pi­lot was born and raised at War­rackn­abeal and knows the re­gion very well,” she said.

“Our busi­ness is not only for the ben­e­fit of tourists but also for lo­cals who are look­ing to do some­thing special and don’t want to travel to Mel­bourne to get that ex­pe­ri­ence.

“With our joy flights on of­fer, we can ex­pand on the field days fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties and add to the at­mos­phere by pro­vid­ing some­thing special for peo­ple to do.”

Grampians Heli­copters will pro­vide five, 10 and 15-minute joy flights dur­ing the three days, start­ing from $60 a per­son.

Mr Wil­son said the of­fer was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for pa­trons to see just how big and im­pres­sive the field days site was from the air.

“It will cer­tainly give peo­ple the chance for a unique view of the field days site in its en­tirety. We ex­pect it to be an ex­cit­ing and pop­u­lar fea­ture for the field days this year,” he said.

Grampians Heli­copters will op­er­ate each day of the event from the east side of the site with a va­ri­ety of flight of­fers.

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