Wings Over Wairarapa Friday flights cancelled with decision for Saturday to come video

WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA

The Aerosparx glider team practises over the Wairarapa for this weekend's displays.

Persistent rain has forced organisers to modify the programme for Wings Over Wairarapa with all Friday flights cancelled.

Event manager Jenny Gasson said on Friday there would be free general admission and wet-weather footwear would be needed at Hood Aerodrome.

"The weather at this stage is hampering efforts, but everyone involved is determined to put on a great show. Unfortunately there will be no flights today due to persistent rain. The pilots are very keen to get up and hoping that things clear up for tomorrow.

Black Falcons aerobatic troupe will hopefully be seen in action tomorrow.
Gavin Conroy

Black Falcons aerobatic troupe will hopefully be seen in action tomorrow.

"We are happy to offer free general admission today because there will be no flying, and people can still view the aircraft and have a look around the aerodrome."

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Niwa forecast indicates rain will lessen on Friday afternoon.

Doug Batten with his Yak 52. Batten said the pilots can't wait to get into the air.
Katie Farman

Doug Batten with his Yak 52. Batten said the pilots can't wait to get into the air.

Gasson said due to health and safety regulations the flying programme was weather dependent and Saturday's plans would hinge on rain easing. Information would be available at the aerodrome to clearly let people know what was happening during the day.

"At this stage things look fairly limited for today because of the weather but there will still be plenty to see and do down at the aerodrome. We will tweak the programme according to what the weather enables us to do and are still committed to putting on this airshow," she said.

Yak 52 pilot Doug Batten said they were really keen to get airborne after a brief practice flight over Masterton on Thursday, and were itching to get back up. 

Tom Williams and a member of the public with the Tiger Moth that will be available for paid flights at Wings Over Wairarapa.
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Tom Williams and a member of the public with the Tiger Moth that will be available for paid flights at Wings Over Wairarapa.

"We can't wait to fly, we've come down to fly our planes and if the weather clears we will be doing it."

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 A decision about Saturday's airshow would be made by 8am but at this stage everything was moving ahead as planned.

 - Stuff

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