Monto Fly In ac­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­orge Smith

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

AVI­A­TION ROW: Air­craft are ready to hit the sky.

FLY­ING TEAM: Ivan Lizarralde and Patrick Nor­moyle proudly stand by their Kit­fox, Foxy Lady.

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