It rained on Thursday, threatened on Friday and rained again all day Sunday. No doubt about it, we got lucky with the weather, because Saturday dawned fine with just a few mid and high level clouds. The scene was set for a nice day for the All-In Fly-In 2011. The dining marquee was setup and ready to go as were interesting displays by the Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club and the Oakey Air Museum, which included the cockpit of a WWII Spitfire which is currently under restoration.
The early bird fliers started dropping in from before 8:00am, with the rate of arrivals picking up throughout the morning. This year saw the introduction of ground marshals in bright orange vests with matching paddles eager to greet the pilots and direct them to the nearest position in the parking area. This made for a highly efficient and safe parking area and sets the standard for future fly-ins at the airfield.
This year saw a much more diverse range of aircraft types attend the fly-in. There were classic aircraft such as the Tiger Moth and Chipmunk. There were Trikes, Gyroplanes and a smattering of Warbirds. There were Aerobatic Aircraft, Helicopters and finely crafted Homebuilts. And there was a large number of General and Recreational Aviation aircraft.
Arthur Marcel was the lucky winner of the QUA Tool Roll Raffle
As lunch time approached the Brisbane Valley Christian Church did a brisk trade serving up hamburgers and the like, while the Queensland Ultralight Association helped wash it all down with a nice cold softdrink. The Aerobatics Club catered for the more refined by serving up Devonshire Teas.
By any measure the fly-in was a great success, with well over 100 aircraft having made the trek to Watts. But more importantly it was obvious that everyone who made the effort to come had a good fun day out. And that’s what the All-In Fly-In was all about – encouraging aviation enthusiasts of all persuasions to get in the air, fly somewhere other than around the “home paddock” and intermingle with the diverse forms of flight and flying machines that others enjoy.
All things being equal The All-In Fly-In 2012 should be a "must do" highlight of next year's Calender of Events.