Monto Fly In action
THE sky came alive for the Monto Fly In at the weekend.
And the biennial event attracted more than 250 aircraft and 1200 people.
Aviation enthusiasts travelled from around Australia, including Airlie Beach’s Ivan Lizarralde, and Patrick Normoyle from Adelaide.
The two men had struck up a friendship years ago in a shared aircraft hangar and were at the fly-in with a Kifox, Foxy Lady.
Mr Lizarralde said the pair was at the Monto event to hand Foxy Lady over to Canberra Aero Club.
“This is our final fly of the plane,” he said.
“And we are happy to hand her over to a good home.”
Event manager Myles Breitkreutz said he was happy with the event and wanted to return to Monto to continue the economic boost.
“Our members are already planning for 2014,” Mr Breitkreutz said.
“And we are hoping the district embraces it.”
North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney opened the event.
“It is a good function for Monto and I congratulate all in- volved,” Mr Seeney said.
Mr Waugh said he hoped to see a continued presence at the event.
“I look forward to people returning,” Mr Waugh said.
Monto resident and RAA member John McElroy said he was grateful to all who contributed to the event’s success.
“I wish to thank council, the polocrosse club for use of their grounds and all the helpers,” Mr McElroy said.
AVIATION ROW: Aircraft are ready to hit the sky.
FLYING TEAM: Ivan Lizarralde and Patrick Normoyle proudly stand by their Kitfox, Foxy Lady.