Organisers of the international airshow Warbirds Over Wanaka 2022 are ramping up promotion for the show and hoping Covid-19, like lightning, does not strike twice.

Last year, the airshow had to be cancelled when New Zealand went into its first Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, only days before the show was due to go on.

Warbirds general manager Ed Taylor said some of the world’s best airshow display pilots were already training for the show.

Brett Emeny flew in the 2018 Wanaka airshow and was one of the most accomplished pilots on the New Zealand airshow circuit, Mr Taylor said.

“Brett is in his happy place at the controls of classic warbird aircraft.”

Meet the pilot . . . Brett Emeny in his happy place.

Mr Emeny first flew at the age of 15 and over the years has flown many types of aircraft, including the Catalina, Trojan, Yak-52, Harvard, Hawker Hunter, and of course his own Vampire jet.

Mr Emeny is based in Inglewood, near New Plymouth, and owns and operates an aviation-based agriculture business, Fine Particle Application.

Tickets for the 2022 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow are on sale and may be bought on the airshow’s website.


Enjoying the show . . . Brett Emeny flying a Vampire at Warbirds Over Wanaka in2018