EXPERIENCED FLYER: John Blain in a tug plane at the Dalby Aerodrome.
EXPERIENCED FLYER: John Blain in a tug plane at the Dalby Aerodrome. Sam Flanagan

Hang glider proving experience counts

BIG AIR doesn't just attract world-class pilots from across the globe, it also draws former Dalby residents to the skies of the Western Downs for mid-air fun.

John Blain may reside in Grafton now but he loves making the annual trip north for Dalby Big Air.

In fact, Mr Blain was around when it all began.

"I'm a founding member of Big Air,” he said.

"I fly the tug planes and hang glide; I've been hang gliding for 46 years.”

The Dalby Big Air competition may have been around for 15 years but Mr Blain still marvels at the ability of participants.

"The internationals are good pilots, they wouldn't come all this way unless they were good.”

Event organiser Annie Crerar said she never thought Big Air would grow as large as it has.

"I'm surprised how big it's become, this is the largest field we've ever had; it just keeps growing every year,” Mrs Crerar said.

The week-long event officially wraps up at the Dalby Aerodrome tomorrow.