Wagga Air Centre gives birds eye view of field day site

August 19, 2015

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With district canola crops to be in full flower, the view from the helicopter over the field days site will be spectacular.

Henty farmers wanting an aerial photograph of their farm can pre-book a flight in Wagga Air Centre’s helicopter at this year’s field days.

For over a decade, Chris Cabot, Wagga Air Centre’s chief pilot, has conducted helicopter joy rides for visitors, giving them a bird’s eye view of the field days and surrounding landscape.

With district canola crops around the field day site expected to be in full flower, the sight from the air is bound to be breathtaking.

Mr Cabot said the 10 minute flights in a Robinson R44 helicopter ($70 per person, minimum two people), could be booked on-line, with local farmers who want to photograph their property also catered for (priced separately).

Chris and his wife Jenny originally owned an interstate transport business in Wagga before establishing Cabot Horse Transport.

Chris began flying as a hobby in a Piper Warrior, using it for family holidays.

In 1990, the couple established Cabair Charter Service, using a twin-engine aircraft for mining contracts and Royal Flying Doctor Service charter work in northern Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The business became Wagga Air Charter in 1996 and now runs a fleet of 12 aircraft and one helicopter, providing a night-flight return service to 15 regional ports on the eastern seaboard 250 days a year.