Retired teacher shows off his plane for the Albury Aero Club open day being held this weekend

FOR five years Martin Daniell would have parcels arriving from the US every six months or so.

The Albury Aero Club president used components from those boxes to build a light plane – a Vans RV-10.

It will be on display at the club’s open day at Albury airport from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

High-flyer: Martin Daniell with his light plane which he has built from a kit. It will be on display as part of the Albury Aero Club's open day on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER

High-flyer: Martin Daniell with his light plane which he has built from a kit. It will be on display as part of the Albury Aero Club's open day on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER

“It’s got four seats, it’s got very good performance and it’s quite easy to fly,” Mr Daniell said of his plane which reaches 300km/h.

Painted earlier this year, the $200,000 plane entered the air last November and has taken him on trips to Cairns and Narromine.

“I’m 67 now and I started flying in 1972 – it’s a passion I’ve had all my life,” Mr Daniell said.

“I ready every Biggles book, I think I might not have read Spitfire Parade, but I loved reading Biggles books.”

About 30 planes will be on display at the annual open day with entry via a gold coin donation.

A visitors’ day at the hangar housing the replica Uiver plane, which is being restored, will be held next Saturday October 22. 

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