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Sugar gliders: Children scramble for chocolate eggs on the grass at Casino Airport on Saturday.
Photo: Susanna Freymark. Digital skywriting mischief: Saskia Flynn

Chocolate eggs rained from the skies at Casino Airport on the weekend.

Model aeroplanes loaded with eggs spilled the Easter load in front of children waiting for the all-clear to make a grab for the chocolate eggs.

Egg rush
Egg rush: Children running to collect the eggs that were dropped from a model aeroplane at Casino Airport. Photo: Susanna Freymark.

Tyson and Kevin Dodd, who have a property at Dyraaba and live in Sydney, organised the event with NSW Aeromodellers.

There were 120 aircraft and owners travelled from Queensland and Victoria to be at the Richmond Valley Casino Airport Fly In.

Tyson and Kevin Dodd
Tyson and Kevin Dodd organised the model aeroplane Casino Airport Fly In. Photo: Susanna Freymark.

“The most expensive plane is $30,000,” Tyson said.

NSW Aeromodellers saw the fly in as a test run for a much bigger event in 2023.

The FAI World Aerobatic Championships is held every two years.

“The event was cancelled in the US because of covid,” Tyson said.

The committee were keen to hold a smaller event in Casino to check out the airport grounds and how Casino might handle model plane fliers from 40 countries attending the world championships.

They were pleased with what they saw and are already planning for the premier event in Casino in two years.

David Garle
David Garle from Brisbane with his Fokka DR triplane with a 400CC engine. Photo: Susanna Freymark.

Find out more at nsw.aero modellers.org.au

Richmond River Independent 7 April 2021

This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 7 April 2021.

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