Evans Head skies getting crowded
By BREE PRICE
THE air was abuzz with the sound of light aircraft, but Ian Hodgkinson only had eyes for one plane at the Great Eastern Fly In at Evans Head.
Mr Hodgkinson, of Maleny in Queensland, was eyeing off the ICP Savannah because he planned to create one from scratch.
"I'd like to build one similar to this one, so I'd like to talk to the owner," he said.
"This one would cost about $56,000, but kits are cheaper."
The Savannah is just one type of aeroplane expected at the Evans Head Aerodrome during the Fly In that continues until Sunday.
Co-ordinator Gai Taylor said a Pitts Special, T28 Trojan and a Yak 52 were expected to arrive today, all of which were offering joy-flights.
"We are expecting 200 to 300 planes from all over Australia to fly in," she said.
However, she said mechanical problems meant the Mustang fighter which had been expected to be part of the fly-in could no longer attend.
Ms Taylor said the four-day event was an opportunity for people with a common interest in aeroplanes to get together.
"It's an important event for Northern Rivers people to come and have a look. It's always a popular event," she said.
The fly-in will feature aero- batics displays today and tomorrow from 11am and 1.30pm.
Parking, food and drink are all available on site.