Wudinna wants to build on fly-in event

More than 30 planes were on show as enthusiastic visitors and interested locals alike enjoyed the Wudinna Fly-in event earlier this month.

Hosted at the Wudinna Airport by the Wudinna Flying Club and an eager group of locals, a total of 37 planes were in attendance at the weekend-long aerial event.

A group of local pilots were joined by others from across the state for what the Wudinna District Council's Craig Midgley said was a fun and relaxed weekend.

Planes started arriving on Saturday morning, with a dinner at the airport that night and skydiving fun on Sunday, as well as a chance to have a close look at the planes.

"It was something to create a new activity in the region focused on a good asset in town in the airport," Mr Midgley said.

"There were a number of pilots in the area keen to have a fly-in and it was a chance for pilots to fly in, have a low-key catch up, a barbecue and then fly out the next day.

"They were able to practice some aeronautics and on the Sunday they had parachuters come in and 12 local people braved it, went up and dropped down on the oval."

The idea behind the fly-in event came after local Graham Waters visited an air show and thought something similar could be hosted in Wudinna.

He was in touch with individuals from the Wudinna Flying Club and others around town to organise the event, and they were given the go-ahead by the council to utilise the airport.

Mr Midgley said the fly-in was well received.

"There was a lot of interest from the local community - it was a big weekend in sport and activities with the start of the football and netball season, and there were people coming in and out all day, and we had the Men's Shed put on a barbecue," he said.

"It was a chance for local people to come down, have a look at the planes and see them up close which a lot of people haven't done.

"Pilots from Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Adelaide and elsewhere flew in, they had a meal and stayed the night and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere."

Mr Midgley said the visiting pilots liked that the airport was so close to the centre of town and enjoyed taking a trip to Mount Wudinna.

He said there was also interest in hosting another fly-in.

"People who didn't know much about Wudinna enjoyed the town and said they would come back if we have another event," Mr Midgley said.

"As an event we have potential to build on it - it is not an air show, this is more relaxed and we want to build it up as it is good for the town and good for local groups to get involved.

"Next time we do it we will look to have more activities for visiting pilots so they get to know the area better."