An Airborne Trike, a Team Rocket and a homebuilt Murphy Rebel
are three of 25 sport aircraft heading to Wanaka next Easter,
but organisers of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International
Airshow are looking for more.
Microlights, ultralights, experimental aircraft, replicas and
others are being sought as part of a plan to show people how
inexpensive it can be to enter the world of aviation for work
or pleasure, event manager Mandy Deans said.
''Sport aviation is an entry point for potential pilots who
perhaps can't afford conventional aircraft.
''Some would hopefully go on to larger aircraft and
eventually, if we provide a career path for them, on to
A hangar would be dedicated to the widely variant types and
demonstrations would show construction techniques for
homebuilt aircraft, Ms Deans said. Suppliers of parts would
be displaying the tiny engines and components used by the
aircraft and experts would be available to discuss the sport
A flying display of sport aircraft was also scheduled for
inclusion in the main programme of the three-day airshow and
potential pilots would have an opportunity to take rides and
possibly fly some of the machines at a ''Rides Day'' on the
Monday following the event.
The airshow's sport aviation facilitator, Graham Taylor, said
modern construction methods using wood, metal and composites
was making flying more affordable and more reliable.
''The vast range of sport aircraft cost from around $50,000
up to $1 million.
''There are some very quick, smart little machines around
these days and you can fly them on a simple licence that's
easy to get,'' Mr Taylor said.