Published: 02/08/2011 09:15 - Updated: 02/08/2011 09:46

Light aircraft from across Scotland land at Dornoch for annual fly-in

Pilots of light aircraft from across Scotland headed to Dornoch at the weekend to take part in the annual "fly-in" held by the Highland branch of the Light Aircraft Association.

The pilots, from as far away as Prestwick, Perth, Fife, Aboyne and Aberdeen-shire, landed their aircraft in good weather on the airstrip located on the links, close to the beach and Dornoch Golf Club. 

A branch spokesman said: "For many, this was their first visit to Dornoch, and all commented on the excellent condition of the airstrip. Many took the short walk up to town, and were well pleased with the facilities on offer, promising to return."

The event also proved to be an attraction for local people who were able to get close to the wide variety of planes and have a blether with the pilots.

One of the chief organisers of the fly-in, Billy Grant, a baker from Tain, was taken for a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane to celebrate his birthday.

Chairman of the Highlands and Islands Strut of the Light Aircraft Association, Alister Sutherland, Edderton, won the prize for the best home built aircraft on display. He was presented with the award - a champion haggis donated by Cockburns Butchers, Dingwall - by Mary Grant, Dornoch.

Alister built the plane over aperiod of about 20 years, devoting all his spare time to the project. He started with just a set of plans but thanks to his dedication and expertise, brought his craft to the perfection it is today.  

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