Aviators flock to Northam Airfield for fly-in

Northam Airfield.
Northam Airfield.

IF it flies, it’s welcome was the invite to WA aviators who landed an array of aircraft for the first fly-in lunch at Northam Airfield.

One of the organisers Lyn Lawrence said 40 aircraft and 140 people arrived for the runway attraction hosted by Northam Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA).

“The aircraft kept arriving and Peter Hill did a great job directing people where to park,” she said.

“It was so exciting not knowing what type of plane was about to land,” she said.

“We all had a huge thrill watching a formation of three planes, a Yak, an RV6A and a Victa arrive after completing a formation fly over at the Brookton Car Show.”

Gordon Marshall and Andrew Cotterell from White Gum Farm had eyes cast skyward as they landed their gyrocopter.

The gyrocopter.

Rhonda and Dave Wohling flew in from the Myrup Estate in Esperance to scoop the prize for the longest distance flown and Murray Kester’s red Spitfire stole the show for the most popular aircraft.

Another trophy went to Chapter 24 from Jandakot for the biggest attendance with 14 aircraft landed for the afternoon of camaraderie on March 24.

Northam Shire President Chris Antonio and his wife Niki supported the event and met many of the pilots who use the local airfield.

Malcolm Vivian and Rachel Wright doing the registrations.