Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­graph.

A RALLY driver and TV pre­sen­ter has spent a day in Ash­bourne get­ting to grips with some fab­u­lous fly­ing ma­chines.

Catie Mun­nings, who presents her own chil­dren’s show on CBBC called Catie’s Amaz­ing Ma­chines, was hosted by the team at Air­ways Air­sports, who helped her pro­duce part of an episode fo­cus­ing on pro­pel­ler-driven ma­chines.

The show, which is aimed at pre-school­ers and will be shown to­mor­row at 4.30pm, fea­tures three ma­chines, one of which was a mi­cro­light, sup­plied by the Dar­ley Moor fly­ing school.

Air­ways Air­sports gave Catie and her film crew ex­clu­sive ac­cess to their field for the day of film­ing, which took place in May, and sup­plied a mi­cro­light, fly­ing in­struc­tor and a chase plane for film­ing Catie tak­ing to the air.

Chief fly­ing in­struc­tor Mark Hilton, who took Catie through her paces, says it was a fun day and he was im­pressed with Catie’s tal­ents.

He said: “The ini­tial brief was to teach a pre­sen­ter to fly in a day, but the winds on the day didn’t re­ally al­low for that. But she’s a very ca­pa­ble woman, and re­ally open­minded to it all and un­fazed and just said, ‘right let’s get on and do it.’

“So we took her up on a num­ber of flights, build­ing up her con­fi­dence in the air­craft, and took her over Dovedale, and Cars­ing­ton and Ash­bourne.

“We spent most of the time float­ing around show­ing her how the air­craft works and the steer­ing and ac­cel­er­a­tor and ev­ery­thing. We pro­vided them a great team and it was good fun, we had a great day.”

The episode, which also fea­tured a gi­ant freight-car­ry­ing Su­per Gup­pie Air­plane and a Thun­der­cat rac­ing boat, is cur­rently live on BBC’S on­line iplayer ser­vice.

Air­ways Air­sports of­fers tu­ition and gift ex­pe­ri­ences for all abil­i­ties in a range of dif­fer­ent air­craft and is open for vis­i­tors and spec­ta­tors seven days per week. To find out more visit www.air­ways-air­ or call 01335 344308.

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