Com­peti­tors land in force for rally

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Sue Dud­man sue.dud­man@whanganuichron­i­cle.co.nz

Com­peti­tors from aero clubs around the lower North Is­land took to the skies around Whanganui for the Cook Strait Area Rally last week­end.

Run by Fly­ing New Zealand, the rally in­volved clubs from Hast­ings, Welling­ton, Kapiti and Whanganui, Wan­ganui Aero Club pres­i­dent Dar­ren Luff said.

“There were about 50 com­peti­tors and around 15 ex­tra air­craft on the aero­drome,” Luff said. “We host it ev­ery four or five years. The weather wasn’t great so we were lucky we got all the fly­ing done on Fri­day and Satur­day.”

Com­pe­ti­tions in­cluded spot land­ing, nav­i­ga­tion, low fly­ing in des­ig­nated lowfly­ing ar­eas, in­stru­ment fly­ing, life raft drop­ping and bomb­ing. Welling­ton Aero Club won the main event.

“We had good co-op­er­a­tion from Whanganui District Coun­cil who al­lowed us to use the aero­drome and good sup­port from other air­port users,” Luff said.

PHOTO / STEPHEN HOLDAWAY

Pi­lot Craig Mitchell-Anyon, fly­ing the Wan­ganui Aero Club’s Piper Tom­a­hawk, com­pet­ing in the se­nior cir­cuit and land­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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