Nigel Gambasin from the Sunshine Coast being strapped into a Drifter aircraft by his pilot James Bange.
Nigel Gambasin from the Sunshine Coast being strapped into a Drifter aircraft by his pilot James Bange.

Wind cuts Clifton Fly turnout

WINDY weather cut aircraft and fan numbers at the annual Clifton Fly In at the weekend.

There were 35 aircraft at the Fly In compared to the usual 100 to 120.

Attendance was also down due to the weather with 200 to 300 spectators compared to the usual 600 to 800.

The Toowoomba Veteran and Vintage Car Club was at the Fly In as part of a rally yesterday.

Organiser Trevor Bange said 15 years ago organisers would have thought 35 was a good number.

The most unique plane at the Fly In was the Gyrocopter flown in from Dalby which attracted a lot of interest from spectators.

The Jabiru was popular with Fly In patrons. Eight Jabirus were at the Clifton Airfield yesterday, all made in Bundaberg.

Mr Bange’s son James travelled from Charters Towers where he works in the mines to help with running the day.

Last night, Mr Bange said the Darling Downs Sport Aircraft Association would organise the 19th annual Fly In next year.

“Part of the reason plane numbers were down was the discipline of the pilots,” he said.

“They err on the side of caution. A number rang on Saturday morning and said they would fly in the afternoon if the weather improved and called again in the afternoon hoping to fly Sunday if conditions were suitable.

“Quite a few pilots who would have flown got in their cars and drove to be involved with the activities.”

Despite the inclement weather, attendance at the Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast was about half the usual numbers.



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