Kianni Hughes, 13, of Tweed Heads on her first flight with pilot Rodney Ginn.
Kianni Hughes, 13, of Tweed Heads on her first flight with pilot Rodney Ginn. Susanna Freymark

SSHHH: "Don't tell mum I flew a plane”

KIANNI HUGHES' mum doesn't know her daughter flew a plane at the Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head on Saturday.

The 13-year-old was thrilled with her ride on the 1992 YAK 52 and was fearless when pilot Rodney Ginn did a loop-the-loop.

 

 

Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head.
Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head. Susanna Freymark

Her father Glen Hughes is an airport safety officer and he paid $250 for Kianni's flight, plus an extra $70 for footage from the Go Pro camera attached to her dashboard.

"Her mum would have a pink fit if she knew," Mr Hughes said.

 

 

Woodburn's Max Ticknor, 8, checking out the inside of a plane at the Living Museum at the Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head.
Woodburn's Max Ticknor, 8, checking out the inside of a plane at the Living Museum at the Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head. Susanna Freymark

It was a spur of the moment decision for Kianni.

"The flight was better than I expected," a cool and calm Kianni said after her 10-minute acrobatic flight.

"It is way better than a roller coaster."

Pilot Ginn said she was smiling the whole time he did a wing over, the big climb and a Derry turn.

"My mum won't believe me," Kianni, from Tweed Heads, said.

 

 

Bailey Skinner, 6, from Tweed Heads with his toy plane.
Bailey Skinner, 6, from Tweed Heads with his toy plane. Susanna Freymark

The Great Eastern Fly-in is a community event that has been running since 1992.

Drones were the new "thing" this year and TAFE ran demonstrations throughout the weekend.

 

 

Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head.
Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head. Susanna Freymark

Co-ordinator Gai Taylor said people liked that the event was inclusive.

"We run the event to promote the heritage of the site," she said.



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