...over South Otago skies

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY-JO TO­HILL

South Otago Aero Club is ex­pect­ing be­tween 20 and 30 com­peti­tors at the Fly­ing NZ Lakes Re­gional Rally at Bal­clutha on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The club was to have hosted the same na­tional qual­i­fier last year, but had to can­cel the event be­cause the grounds flooded in heavy rains, which meant the rally had to be moved to the South Can­ter­bury Aero Club, at Timaru.

The Timaru club is host­ing the Fly­ing NZ 2018 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships from Fe­bru­ary 28 to March 3.

At this event, the Wings Tro­phy In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion be­tween New Zealand and Aus­tralia will be held. It al­ter­nates each year be­tween coun­tries.

The New Zealand team is se­lected from the high­est per­form­ing com­peti­tors at the re­gional ral­lies and the pre­vi­ous years’ na­tional win­ners.

Clubs com­pete re­gion­ally to gain en­try to the na­tion­als.

Mem­bers com­pete in events that test their abil­ity in pre-flight prepa­ra­tion, pre­ci­sion cir­cuits and land­ing.

Events in­clude pre­ci­sion fly­ing and aer­o­bat­ics, along with life raft drop­ping, for­ma­tion fly­ing, bomb­ing, nav­i­ga­tion and streamer cut­ting.

The rally is at the aero­drome on Glas­gow St, Bal­clutha.

Pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend. Train­ing flights are avail­able for those in­ter­ested in hav­ing lessons with club in­struc­tors.

MARY-JO TO­HILL/STUFF

The South Otago Aero Club is play­ing host to the re­gional rally.

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