Festival of the Plain 10-year-old's flight had ice-cream highlight

Saturday's Wings and Wheels was the biggest yet, organisers believe.

Co-organiser Warwick Sims said thousands attended the event at Taieri Airfield and feedback was positive.

''There's been a lot of work gone into it and it's been worth it for us and we are happy,'' Mr Sims said.

He described the event as ''all highlights'', but he was ''particularly impressed'' by the public interest in trial and scenic flights.

One of Mr Sims' favourite moments from the day was hearing how Dunedin pilot Craig Buist had taken a 10-year-old girl for a flight on her birthday and when they could not immediately land his amphibious plane when returning, he took her to Macandrew Bay and bought her an ice cream: ''It was her favourite flavour apparently, hokey pokey''.

The turnout from the car clubs and Otago Aero Club was heartening, he said.

''We were very lucky with the weather on the day.''


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