SSHHH: "Don't tell mum I flew a plane”
KIANNI HUGHES' mum doesn't know her daughter flew a plane at the Great Eastern Fly-in at Evans Head on Saturday.
The 13-year-old was thrilled with her ride on the 1992 YAK 52 and was fearless when pilot Rodney Ginn did a loop-the-loop.
Her father Glen Hughes is an airport safety officer and he paid $250 for Kianni's flight, plus an extra $70 for footage from the Go Pro camera attached to her dashboard.
"Her mum would have a pink fit if she knew," Mr Hughes said.
It was a spur of the moment decision for Kianni.
"The flight was better than I expected," a cool and calm Kianni said after her 10-minute acrobatic flight.
"It is way better than a roller coaster."
Pilot Ginn said she was smiling the whole time he did a wing over, the big climb and a Derry turn.
"My mum won't believe me," Kianni, from Tweed Heads, said.
The Great Eastern Fly-in is a community event that has been running since 1992.
Drones were the new "thing" this year and TAFE ran demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Co-ordinator Gai Taylor said people liked that the event was inclusive.
"We run the event to promote the heritage of the site," she said.