The All-In Fly-In has been conducted annually, commencing in 2010, and has grown from humble beginnings to become firmly entrenched as major aviation attraction in S.E. Queensland.
The early morning saw just a little fog hovering over the Brisbane River with only minimal cloud. There was however, a "red sky in the morning", and we all know how that one goes. And true enough, the weather took a turn for the worse becoming quite overcast with intermittent showers skittering across the airfield. However that did not deter the many pilots who flew in or dampen the spirits of those in attendance.
Watts Bridge is the home base for the Queensland Vintage Aeroplane Group, the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club and the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Aerobatics Club. This ensures a great diversity of aircraft types and 2014 was no exception. Many rare and noteworthy aircraft attended including a Grumman G-73 Mallard, the de Havilland Dove, a U.S. Air Force T-34A Mentor, a fine example of the Mignet HM290 Flying Flea and the amazing scale Grumman F9F Panther jet which is always a show stopper!
The aim of the All-In Fly-In is to celebrate and promote recreational aviation regardless of aircraft type. Through the day we saw gyroplanes, aerobatics specialists, warbirds, homebuilts, trikes, recreational, classic and vintage aircraft as well as a large contingent of general aviation types. All in all in excess of 90 aircraft attended the single day fly-in with many more folk electing to drive in.
Local community group “Beyond Limits – Supporting Youth through Education” did a fantastic job with the on-field catering. By any measure the fly-in was a great success. It was obvious that everyone who made the effort to come had a good fun day out. All things being equal The All-In Fly-In 2015 should be a "must do" highlight of next year's calendar of events.
This year the local newspaper the Gatton Star got right behind the All-In Fly-In with great
coverage promoting the event and a three page photo spread and feature article in the next edition.
Watts Bridge submitted a feature article and photographs for inclusion in the Recreational Aviation Australia's monthly magazine - Sport Pilot. RAAus printed a great two page spread which helps enormously with the promotion of the airfield and next year's All-In Fly-In.