Rotarians fly into region for fun time
Members of the New Zealand Flying Rotarians touched down in Blenheim on Friday for a social weekend spent cruising the Marlborough Sounds and wining and dining.
The Flying Rotarians, formed in Seattle in 1965, is made up of 1200 active Rotarians and their partners from around the world, all with an interest in aviation and most of whom are pilots, either current or past.
Organiser Eric Linklater said most of the Rotarians flew into Omaka with six aircraft from airfields in Ardmore, Whangarei, North Shore, Whakatane, Taupo and Ashburton but some had taken the option of a commercial flight.
The aircraft included a range of planes: Cessna, Piper Arrow, Cherokee, ultralight and a homebuilt MCR-4S that reached 130 knots, faster then most of the other aircraft.
Mr Linklater was full of praise for Marlborough's attractions.
The group spent an enjoyable weekend cruising Pelorus Sound, visiting Safe Air engineering and taking in many other highlights around the region.
The Flying Rotarians had held hundreds of similar fly-ins worldwide in the 47 years since their establishment.
Many members flew their personal aircraft in support of international activities.
One of the national members was at the forefront of Angel Flight, which transfers medical patients and their families to and from hospital.
- The Marlborough Express