Heads will be tilted back and eyes turned upwards as the annual New Zealand Air Games takes to the skies above Wanaka this December.
From December 27th and 28th, fearless pilots and stuntmen will compete in a series of airborne disciplines above the airport at Wanaka on the Southern Island.
Events will include helicopter stunt flying, aircraft acrobatics and, perhaps most death-defying of all, head-to-head skydive races which take place amid descending inflatable pylons as a gauge of each competitors progress back down towards the ground.
There will also be model aircraft races as well as non-powered events such as paragliding to excite the crowd.
The spectators in the airfield will be able to see pictures from fuselage and helmet-mounted cameras displayed on large video screens, as well as benefit from sophisticated computer graphics giving real-time updates and statistic information.
Visitors will also have the chance to try out some aerial pursuits themselves, with hot air ballooning, (strictly non-competitive) skydiving and helicopter flights all on offer as the festival looks to increase interest and participation in airborne pursuits.
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