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Young blood . . . South Canterbury and Mid-Canterbury Young Eagles (junior pilots) were on hand to help as spotters during landing competitions at the Flying NZ National Championships in Timaru on Thursday last week. PHOTO; GRETA YEOMAN

Flying fans of all ages flocked to the South Canterbury Aero Club last week for the Flying New Zealand Championships.

More than 120 pilots competed in a variety of airborne activities, including forced and precision landings, streamer cutting, navigation and aerobatics, aero club chief instructor Aaron Pearce said.

The competition, which ran from Wednesday until Saturday, attracted pilots from across the country – including Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and an Australian contingent.

Mr Peace said at least 180 people had signed up to attend the presentation dinner on Saturday night.

“It’s [been] massive.”

It was the first time the club had hosted the competition in a decade.