Taking to the skies

By Shepparton News

A windy Saturday where conditions made flying difficult was more than made up for by yesterday’s ideal conditions for the Valley Radio Flyers’ annual fly-in at Karramomus.

The wind meant the Saturday became more of a social event, with limited numbers of vehicles able to fly.

Yesterday, however, the dozens of large-scale model aircraft were in full flight.

Valley Radio Flyers president Les Sawyer estimated 600 attendees went through the gates during the weekend.

Regardless of the conditions, Mr Sawyer described the weekend as ‘‘absolutely fantastic’’.

‘‘Obviously the bad weather, restricted flying... but it made up for it today,’’ Mr Sawyer said.

‘‘(On Saturday), we were restricted to a few types of aircraft that can handle those conditions... (yesterday) was absolutely glorious, minimal winds.

‘‘The response from the flyers has been really good.’’

By weekend’s end, 71 pilots had entered a total of between 90 to 95 aircraft, some of whom had achieved world champion status, others travelling from interstate to attend; some transporting their model aircraft worth thousands of dollars on purpose-built trailers.

As for next year, Mr Sawyer was optimistic the event could attract a further 25 or so entrants.

‘‘We’ve already, had a lot of positive feedback... A lot said they’d definitely be back next year.’’