NEWCASTLE Choppers will be offering joy flights for members of the public as part of the sixth annual Gloucester Aero Club Fly-In later this month.
Up to 50 aircraft are expected to arrive in Gloucester for the fly-in on the weekend of October 26 and 27.
“In previous years we’ve had a really good variety of aircraft,” club member Andy Edwards said.
Pilots come from as far south as Wollongong and north to Coffs Harbour for the event.
Among the highlights of the weekend will be a practice flight by model aeroplane pilot Ranjit Phelan.
The Kia-Ora resident has been flying model aeroplanes for more than 50 years and is a two-time world championship runner-up.
The event, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, began as a means of recruiting new members to the aero club.
“We wanted to lift the profile of the club,” Mr Edwards said.
“And we wanted an event that the community could be part of.”
The club now boasts about 50 members, including a couple of commercial airline pilots and an air force pilot.
It also owns a Cessna 172 aircraft which will be in action during the fly-in.
Mr Edwards said he expected about 60 people would take up the offer to camp out at the airstrip for the fly-in.
He said Newcastle Choppers would be donating part of its proceeds from the joy flights to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service while the local support group will also be at the fly-in.
The Lions Club will run a barbecue throughout the event.
“We also get great support from JR Richards who provide us with a couple of port-a-loos at no cost,” Mr Edwards said.
Newcastle Choppers will be offering joy flights from about 10am on Saturday, October 26.