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Get a view of the outback from above

Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

PICTURE: Speedhawk PICTURE: Speedhawk

By Ethan James

Imagine being on an endless rollercoaster with no tracks and no boundaries.

That’s the best way to describe the sensation of streaking through the air in the front seat of a two-seat acrobatic aircraft.

And I was fortunate enough to be in the front seat yesterday afternoon.

Pilot Rob Noonan, who represented Australia in the last year’s World Acrobatic Championships in America, controlled the plane effortlessly and the landing and takeoff were far smoother than that of a commercial airline.

“It’s all about sharing our passion taking people who haven’t flown before or flow acrobatically before just how amazing it is,” Noonan said.

You have the ability to talk freely with your pilot through the experience and Noonan is a steady reassuring voice in the back seat.

“We build through various stages and then go through classic manoeuvres such as the roll,” he said.

“And then we look at the influences of G-force and the final level is freestyle aerobatics where we tumble end over end, which is what you’d see at an air show.

“You’re only limited by your imagination but we only do what the person is comfortable with.”

Aside from the thrill of the moves, the scenic element of the experience was breathtaking in itself.

The oncoming storms and sheets of rain, blue skies and green and red earth was simply picturesque.

Without sounding too clichè, it was also quite humbling to see the vastness of the outback from such a height.

The Speedhawk team is in town until Sunday night.

More information can be found on www.speedhawk.com.au or by calling 0488 423 022.

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