All eyes will be skyward come February 2017 for the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival being held at Masterton’s Hood Aerodrome.

The three-day event, to be held from February 17th – 19th 2017, will feature a remarkable line-up of aircraft spanning a century of flight. Rare WWI aircraft from The Vintage Aviator Collection will take to the skies alongside civilian and military aircraft. As well as all the excitement in the air, there will be plenty to see on the ground thanks to static displays, entertainment, technology and education zones, contemporary and vintage military vehicles and delicious food and beverages.

For the first time next year, iconic Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus will be the naming rights sponsor. The company will host guests in its state of the art corporate facility situated on the flight line, and display a Pilatus PC-12 NG - a single-engine turbine-powered aircraft used globally for executive transport, cargo, air ambulance and in government special mission applications.

Wings over Wairarapa Chair, Bob Francis is thrilled to have Pilatus on board as naming rights sponsor.

“Their aircraft are renowned around the world and their quality and innovation is something to behold. To have such a strong international brand supporting us is yet another step up for the Air Festival, as we focus on taking it to the next level.”

Pilatus Australia CEO Sebastian Lip agrees.

“It’s the only one (Air Festival) of its kind in the North Island and we have great customers there already. By being a part of Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival we hope to expose more New Zealanders to what Pilatus has to offer.”

Aviation enthusiasts will be well catered for next February as the weekend after Wings Over Wairarapa, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will mark 80 years of service to New Zealand with an air tatoo at its Ohakea base. The three-day event, taking place from February 24th – 26th 2017, will include displays from the RNZAF fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter fleets, the formation aerobatic team and the Parachute Training Squadron.

Tickets go on sale this September at Ticketdirect.